Snámh (Swim) (2021)

Snamh (Swim) (2021)

Multi Award-Winning Short Film by Lee Williamson

Film poster as of the 13th July 2022, marking 1 year since the first festival entry.

Filmed on location in the Irish midlands during lockdown, a 70yr old hardy Irish swimming veteran opens up about his life’s experience and passion for the open water.

An intensely personal piece, but packaged for the viewer in a way that is both accessible and more importantly; frank and honest.

Entry into the world’s largest online review database

Our Irish short film, shot on Loch Rí in Lanesborough-Ballyleague, recently won screenings in both London’s Pinewood Studios (Nov 2021) and Hollywood’s Raleigh Studios Los Angeles (Sept 2022).

A list of screenings and awards so far this season:

  • Winner of Lift Off Network Online Sessions, Pinewood Studios London.
  • Best Maritime Film, Brejning Film Festival, Denmark.
  • Audience Choice Award in the Lift Off Global Network Paris Film Festival.
  • Best Cinematography and Best Drone Short Film in the Eastern Europe Film Festival, Romania.
  • Best Short Film Nomination and Best Cinematography at the Cinematic European Film Festival, Transylvania.
  • Best Sports Personality Nomination in the Sportsfilm Liberec Film Festival, Czech Republic.
  • Best Live Action Nomination in the 21 Islands Short Film Festival, New York.
  • Official Selections in the Lift Off Global Network in London, Manchester, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Sydney, Melbourne, Los Angeles, Austin, Tokyo, Toronto and New York.
  • Official Selection in the Irish Film Showcase, Contemporary Irish Arts Centre Los Angeles.
  • Official Selection in the Longford Cruthú Arts Festival, Ireland.
  • Official Selection in the Still Voices Short Film Festival, Ireland
  • Official Selection in The Paus Premieres Festival, Manchester.


Media References:

  • Film Ireland Director’s Panel: Directors sat to discuss their work and directing style. Lee Williamson (Snámh), Daniel Milton (Wasteland), Bridget O’Driscoll (Replay) and Anne Marie Kelly (God Given Opportunity).
  • Articles published in the Longford Leader, Ayrshire Post and Daily Record Scottish National Newspaper
  • Interviewed on Shannonside Radio Northern Sound and Ros FM
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