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Loughinisland documentary No Stone Unturned makes Oscar consideration list

No Stone Unturned; the documentary into the Loughinisland massacre is to be considered for an Oscar.

A DOCUMENTARY based on the loyalist attack on the Heights Bar in 1994 that left six men dead is to be considered for an Oscar.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed No Stone Unturned was among 170 films being looked at in its Documentary Film category.

Among them are three made by Belfast production companies.

Fine Point submitted two - Elian and No Stone Unturned - while Below The Radar's Rocky Ros Muc is being reviewed.

No Stone Unturned is Fine Point's investigation into the UVF massacre. Masked gunmen burst into the packed Co Down bar and opened fire as customers were watching Ireland play Italy in the World Cup.

Former Irish News journalist Barry McCaffrey was among the team who worked on the investigation.

Fine Point's Elian is the story of a five-year-old Cuban boy found floating on a tractor tube off the coast of Miami in 1999 and who became the centre of a power struggle between Fidel Castro and President Clinton’s administration.

Rocky Ros Muc is an Irish language film that tells the story of Irish American boxer, Sean Mannion. It is the first Irish language documentary to qualify for Oscar consideration.

A shortlist of 15 will be announced in December.

Trevor Birney, CEO of Fine Point Films said: "Having three films released on this year's Oscar list is a reflection of the talent and determination of all our team in Belfast. From development, through finance, producers and directors, every single person has played their role in building the company".

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