10 project shortlisted for Virgin Media Discovers Short Film Competition Ten new films have been shortlisted by the 2021 Virgin Media Discovers & Screen Ireland Short Film Competition with an overall fund of €150,000. The winning films will be broadcast on Virgin Media Television and on Virgin Media on Demand as part of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2021. The Prize From a total prize fund of €150,000, 10 shortlisted projects will be given €9,000 each for the development of their scripts from Screen Ireland. Two winners will be selected from these final scripts by the judging panel in March and will win €30,000 each for the production of a 10-minute short film, also supported by Screen Ireland. The 10 shortlisted projects are: Nannie (Drama) Writer/Director: Louise Lowe An up close and personal meditation of those at the frontline of addiction and homelessness. Ahmed & Ayomide (Thriller) Writers: Aoife Kelleher & Bulelani Cornelius Mfaco A tragic love story set in a direct provision centre. Adagio (Drama) Writer: Hana Hall, Director: Fiona Aryan A teen violinist desperate to make an audition falls foul of a Garda whose harshness stems from his own heartache. Superhuman (Drama) Writer/Director: Mícheál Fleming After being rejected from professional football and diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, an African Irish Leaving Certificate student is guided towards the Paralympic games; all while learning to deal with his new identity and the discrimination that has surrounded him all his life. Water Under the Bridge (Drama) Writer/Director: Rehan Ali After a long journey, Bilal and his mother have come so close to tasting freedom. Now the restrictions of hostel life keep him from true liberty. Pediment (Drama) Writer: Derek Ugochukwo A precocious biracial boy embarks on a day’s journey to reconnect with an estranged relative, unaware of a long-existing dispute between both sides of the family. Punch Line (Black Comedy) Writers: Allie O'Rourke & Becky Cheatle On the night of a transphobic attack a transgender comedian processes her feelings the only way she knows how, via stand-up comedy. Slip Away (Fantasy) Writer/Director: Mark Cantan A girl with no gravity struggles to find her place on the world. Goodnight Girl (Drama) Writer: Hiram Harrington A group of queer friends reunite at the funeral of their trans friend, only to find her conservative family is burying her under her dead name and refusing her last wishes. They team up to concoct a heist to steal her ashes, and have their own funeral for her. Headspace (Drama) Writers: Aisling Byrne & Mark Smith As the frustrations and tensions of living in a shared community house begin to close in on him, a young man with Down Syndrome, seeks to end a nightly disturbance, by any means available.