Ashford teenager lands $100,000 scholarship and Best Director Award at New York Film Festival

Ashfords Sean Treacy has been making short films since he was just 7 years old…which isn’t all that long ago. He entered his First Film Awards in 2017 aged just 12 and returning home with 1st prize tucked under his arm, appears has never looked back or stopped filming. His list of awards and commendations now runs into dozens including Highly Commended for Cinematography award in 2021. He also won Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year in 2019 at the age of 15 for his film ‘Rue’. It would appear to be just a mere few months since we were celebrating his win at the Fresh International Film Festival for Ireland’s Young Filmmaker with his winning film ‘The Least I Can Do’. That said, Sean has just added a ‘Best Film Director at the All-American High School Film Festival in New York‘ award to his growing resume.

‘The Least I can Do’ centres around the issue of consent, when the main character, David witnesses his best friend become intimate with a girl at a party without her permission. What ensues is a battle of guilt and morality.

Speaking with the humility of a man twice his age, Sean has said this of his fellow actors and production team following his win at Fresh Film Festival; “This prize really feels like a celebration of them more than anything, and I am so delighted for that to be the case. All I can hope for now is that their collective work in this film continues to have a positive and powerful impact on as many audiences as possible. That was always our goal, and this couldn’t be a better place to start!

Sean Treacey and Max Hendrickson – Ireland’s latest award winning film makers

Along with a film makers dream package of creative software, subscriptions, lessons, licences, equipment and of course the coveted ‘Tindie’ Trophy, Sean has also secured himself a jaw dropping $100,000 scholarship to the Minneapolis college of Art & Design.

Sean was not the only Irish teen to be represented at the awards as Max Hendrickson of Dublin entered his stunning animation “The Oubliette” for consideration by the judges and came away with 2nd place in his category. Both Film Makers were up against a whopping number of entrants totalling 2,700 from around the globe.

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