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Ardnacrusha man in running for €50,000 prize

MarkA  25 year old actor and director from Ardnacrusha in Co. Clare has been revealed as one of Budweiser’s Dream Job finalists.

Having already secured an equipment bursary of €2,000, Mark Griffin and four other finalists are also bidding for a prize fund of €50,000.

The overall winner will be decided by the Irish public as voting opens on the Budweiser Facebook page.

The judging panel was headed up by ‘Game of Thrones’ star Liam Cunningham, alongside internationally acclaimed DJ Matador and TV presenter, Leanne Moore. The judges were very impressed by Mark’s passion for storytelling and his existing engaging productions.

Mark qualified in Medicine in UCC three years ago, but his dream has always been to work in acting and film. While studying, he spent most of his free time acting in the UCC Drama society. His first short film Drift was awarded Best Director and Best Cinematographer in the first national ‘March on Film’ competition last year. Mark has since written a second film with his brother Edward, and he also wrote a play that was staged in London last November. He has just received the great news that his play will be published! It was Mark’s drive and dedication that caught the eyes of the judges and secured his place in the final five.

Speaking about Dream Job, he said, “Everyone’s got a film they love – one that’s inspired them, made them laugh, and made them cry. I want to spend my life creating these films. Winning Dream Job would allow me to make this my full-time career, buy my own equipment and ultimately shoot my first feature length film.”

Alongside Mark in this year’s Budweiser Dream Job final are Brazilian fashion designer Alex D’Paula, Dublin concert pianist Sean Rooney, Stillorgan based music composer Scott Tobin and Dundalk comedian Lisa Casey.

Members of the public, over 18 years, can vote for the Dream Job finalist that they feel most deserves to win on the Budweiser Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Budweiser) until midnight on Monday, March 23rd. The overall winner, the applicant who receives the most votes, will be revealed by Budweiser Dream Job ambassador, Hollywood star and Emmy Award-winning actor, Aaron Paul on March 26th.

The overall prize fund of €50,000 includes a €40,000 cash prize which will allow the overall winner the freedom to take real steps towards securing their dream job over a 12 month period. It also includes a €5,000 equipment bursary as well as practical mentoring sessions with experts in the winner’s area of interest.

Speaking about the Dream Job, Budweiser Senior Brand Manager, Laura Douglas commented, “Mark Griffin’s application really captures what Budweiser Dream Job is all about. His passion, determination and pride really impressed the judges, and secured his place in the final five. With almost 2,000 entries, this is a huge achievement and now he needs the public to vote for him so that he can make his dream job a reality!”

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About Mark Dunphy

Founder and Editor of The Clare Herald, Mark Dunphy is a native of Connolly in County Clare. Mark also operates Dunphy PR.

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