On May 6th the Sci On! Festival in Reno, Nevada awarded A Tiny Spark with the 2019 Best Medical Documentary Award after screening it in the stunning Fleischmann Planetarium. A Tiny Spark is a documentary directed by Niamh Heery, produced by Caroline Kealy with animations by Eric Dolan about stroke research and survivors. It has just started it’s international festival run and so far it has had screenings in Ireland, Australia, Oregon and Nevada.
The judging panel had the following to say about the film, which was funded by CURAM and Galway Film Centre’s Science on Screen Award:
Absolutely superb and engaging documentary, with an excellent and sensitive blending of interviews with animated scenes.
Such a powerful and perfectly-made film. The subject matter is so vital and relevant. It’s hard to find the words to describe such a meaningful and compassionate treatment of a condition that has impacted so many of us directly or indirectly, personally or through a friend or family member. Thank you for helping raise awareness — and to show that there is hope.