School Life director, Neasa Ní Chianáin was one of ten talented European female filmmakers whose work was highlighted during the Sydney Film Festival this month (June).

Held in conjunction with European Film Promotion and Screen International, Europe! Voices of Women in Film aims to address gender diversity in the industry.

This is just the latest accolade for the film & its makers in what has been a whirlwind six months of festivals and awards.

In April, School Life won the Special Jury Prize in the Golden Gate Awards at the San Francisco Film Festival.

The previous month, School Life (then known as In Loco Parentis) won the Prix du Public (Audience Award) at the Visions Du Reel International Film Festival in Nyon, Switzerland, hot on the heels of being awarded the Jury Prize for the Best International Documentary at DOCVILLE International Documentary Film Festival in Leuven, Belgium.

Since its world premiere at IDFA in the Netherlands, last November, School Life (formerly known as In Loco Parentis) has been screened at 21 international film festivals in 13 countries and is being enjoyed by audiences wherever it plays.

There are more festivals on the way, but already we are looking forward to a homecoming screening at the Guth Gafa International Film Festival in Headfort School 4-7 August.

Now, that really will be special!