115% Funded


Target: €10000


€11,550 Raised


71 Funders


By Cathal Black


Leonard, a lonely probation officer, estranged from his wife, is faced with the difficult task of writing a report on Teri, a young, hot-tempered graphic designer who has convictions for minor theft. A clash of personalities in their first meeting sets the tone for what's to come, and, over the course of their series of meetings, Leonard’s need to help her brings about more conflict as Teri stubbornly rejects his methods and uses his personal failings to keep him at arms length. As his patience runs out, Leonard drops his professional approach and makes one final attempt to break through to her. Teri’s acceptance or rejection of his helping hand will see her released from the dark past she has lived with for years, or condemn her to continue in her downward spiral.

Cathal Black will direct this short/long film (30-40 mins). Cathal’s first film, Wheels (1976), was an adaptation of a John McGahern story, and was followed by Our Boys (1980), a documentary about Christian Brothers education in Ireland, then Pigs (1984), a black comedy set in a Dublin squat. In 1995 his film Korea - also based on a McGahern story - won the Jury Prize at the Amiens Film Festival and the Asta Nielsen Award at the Copenhagen Film Festival, and came runner-up for best film at the Seattle Film Festival. In 1998 he produced Invisible World, a documentary about a spiritual healer, then directed Love & Rage in 1999; a feature film which mixed romance and horror. In 2007 Cathal directed Learning Gravity (aka The Undertaking) which was officially selected for the Telluride Film Festival, the Cologne Film Festival, and the San Francisco and LA Irish Festival. It won the silver trophy at the New York Television Festival, The Michigan Award at the Michael Moore Film Festival and was nominated for an IFTA. Most recently Cathal produced acclaimed short Irish Folk Furniture, which won the Best Animated Short Film award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Butterfly was written by playwright Neil Donnelly. Denis Conway (The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Quirke, Garage) and Antonia Campbell-Hughes (The Other Side of Sleep, Kelly + Victor, 3096 Days) star. We recently completed the week long shoot with Fionn Comerford (Harry Potter, Penny Dreadful) attached as director of photography, and Philippe Faujas (Eden) on sound, however, in order to realize the script in the most engaging and immersive way, we need your help.

Personal funds were used to film the short and so the money raised will cover post-production costs such as editing, music, sound mixing, effects and the colour grade. In exchange for your pledges we have some unique rewards on offer and promise to deliver a high quality, independent, Irish short film which will go on to compete on the international stage.

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Our sincere thanks for your time and we hope you’ll join us on this exciting project.



Galway Film Fleadh Screening Details

Hi folks, The Galway Film Fleadh finally kicks off this evening! BUTTERFLY is an official selection of the festival and will have its festival premiere this coming Saturday morning, the 11th, at 10am in the Town Hall Theatre as part of the 'New Irish Shorts 6' programme. Tickets for the screening are on sale now and the direct link to the programme we are included in is here: http://bit.ly/1Cl8mse Hopefully some of you will be able to make it and get the chance to see your names up there on the big screen when the credits roll. We're really looking forward to the screening and hope to share the experience, and catch up with those of you helped get this short film across the line and into Ireland's finest film festival. Our very best, The Butterfly Team

Festival Premiere

Hello everyone, So sorry we haven't been in touch with more updates about the film, but when we finally completed it we found ourselves at the end of the 2014 festival circuit. So, we've patiently been waiting for submissions to open again and submitting where possible, but then there's the waiting game to contend with. That said, today we're delighted to let you guys know first that BUTTERFLY has officially been selected for the shorts programme at this year's Galway Film Fleadh! We're thrilled to have been chosen for what's arguably Ireland's finest film festival, and one that MovieMaker magazine listed in their '25 coolest festivals in the world' article last year. It's also great that our official festival premiere will happen in Ireland, so if any of you are planning to head to the Fleadh this year be sure to keep us in mind. We don't have details about what day/date the film will screen as yet, but once we know we will share that information with your good selves. The Fleadh itself runs from July 7th - 12th. So, that's it for the moment, but we will be in touch again in the coming weeks with more. All the best, The Butterfly Team

Premiere Screening

Hi all, Just a reminder that the premiere screening of Butterfly is taking place this coming Tuesday, Nov 4th at 7pm in the Iontas Theatre at Maynooth University. Each of you should have received an invite from 'Nightingale Films Ltd', if not, check your spam folder. We would appreciate if those of you planning to attend would reply confirming same to nightingalefilmslimited@gmail.com by the Sunday evening - the 3rd. It is a public event and open to all, however, we're hoping to reserve seats for any backers attending, and as such need to know the numbers. The film is 36 minutes long. Afterwards there will be a short Q&A with director Cathal Black and his stars, Denis Conway and Antonia Campbell-Hughes. This will be followed by a reception, courtesy of our generous hosts, Maynooth University Media Studies. Exciting times and we look forward to watching the finished film with as many of our backers as possible on the night. Thanks! The Butterfly Team

115% Funded

Hello backers, The campaign is over and thanks to all of you we were successful in reaching, and exceeding our target! The final amount raised was €11,550, which means that we were 115% funded. As such, we were able to cover the commission and fees, and walk away with the €10k target set! Post-production is now underway and Cathal has been working closely with editor Tony Cranstoun - early word is positive and we will keep you in the loop as important milestones are reached. Regarding your rewards, many of them are dependent on completion of the film, however we hope to fulfill many of the others in the short term. In terms of the screenplay feedback we will email those of you entitled to this reward shortly and you can submit your scripts to the contact email address. The winner of the Damien Hirst print is DENISE PATTISON! Congratulations, Denise. We will send you an email shortly to sort out delivery of the artwork. Those of you entitled to an IMDb credit will also receive an email shortly. The project isn't on the site just yet, but we will sort that out sooner rather than later. At this point we're looking for links to profiles from those of you who are on IMDb already. That's all for now, folks! We will be in touch as and when we have more news to share. Once again, our sincerest thanks for your support. We couldn't complete this film without you. The Butterfly Team ps. if you want to get in touch with us feel free to send a private message on Facebook, or a tweet on Twitter... the links to both are in the project blurb.

100% and counting

Hello all, You may know this already, but if not, we hit our target!!! We're obviously delighted and want to thank each and every one of you for the part you've played in getting us this far. The support has been fantastic throughout the campaign and we're very grateful to be in this position with time still left on the clock. 5 days remain on the campaign and we would really appreciate it if you would continue to talk up the project in your respective circles, like/share the Facebook posts, and/or re-tweet our tweets! Every extra pledge will initially go toward clearing the commission fees so that we get the full €10k. Everything raised after that will go into post-production, and will enable us to finish the film to the highest possible standard. Again, thank you all for the part you've played. We can't wait to complete the film and show you what you helped us achieve. The Butterfly Team

'Korea' Competition

Hello all, A big THANK YOU for being one of our early backers! In thanks for the support we've received to date, we're giving away five signed copies of Cathal's critically acclaimed feature film 'KOREA' - starring Andrew Scott (The Stag, Sherlock) in his big screen debut - which is currently unavailable to buy on DVD. To be in with a shot of winning simply follow this link (http://on.fb.me/1f2qtrA) to Facebook, choose a butterfly from the photo and tag it with your name. We'll announce the winners this Sunday night! We're currently at 25% of our €10,000 target but only have 4 weeks left to raise the remaining 75%. As such, we're asking you, our primary ambassadors, to please continue to spread the word about Butterfly by liking/sharing our posts on Facebook (tag yourself in the competition!), retweeting our updates on Twitter, and talking about the project with your family/friends/colleagues. Your involvement as a backer will encourage others to get involved and will help us earn our wings! Together we can successfully cross the line in 4 weeks, and finish what is shaping up to be a truly unique Irish film. Many thanks for your support! Team Butterfly

funders (71)

There are 60 public funders of this project

There are 11 anonymous funders of this project