A giant poster of An Cailín Ciúin sits in the corner of the Irish Film Institute in Dublin, providing a perfect backdrop for an interview with its writer/director Colm Baireád and producer Cleona Ní Chrualaoí.

When I met them, the pair, who are also a married couple, were in celebratory mood following the news that the film, a hit with critics and audiences alike had been selected as Ireland's entry for next year's Best International Feature Academy Award.

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The interview was wide ranging, covering the movie's source material - the acclaimed short story Foster by Claire Keegan - as well as the ecstatic reception it has received from audiences - Ní Chrualaoí says she has heard of three generations of a family going to see it together - and the campaign that will now have to be mounted to see the movie through to the next stage of the process.

Baireád also spoke of his gratitude to the funders of the film, the Cine 4 scheme, which has been central both to the story of this movie and the wider Irish language film industry.

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Cine 4 was set up in 2017, with the aim of encouraging live action, feature length drama projects in the Irish language. Backed by TG4, Screen Ireland and the BAI, it sought projects that had credibility as Gaeilge and that could appeal to Irish and international cinema audiences.

Among the movies funded by the scheme so far are Arracht, the famine era drama that went on to win a number of awards, including two IFTAs and Foscadh, which won Best Irish Feature at the Galway Film Fleadh.

Another film, Róise and Frank opens in Ireland in September and has already been extremely well received, winning awards including Best Ensemble at Dublin International Film Festival, Best Film, Director, and Actress at the Stockholm Film Festival and the Audience Award at both the Santa Barbara and Sonoma International Film Festival.

There is now not just a pool of filmmakers ready and willing to work in the Irish language, but a growing audience happy to go to see quality movies as Gaeilge.

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Getting an Oscar nomination does not happen overnight and, off screen, there are very few fairy tales in Hollywood. Arracht and Foscadh were both also put forward for the best international film category but neither made it through to the second round.

The team behind An Cailín Ciúin are the first to admit that the hard work really starts now - over 90 films will be submitted for the category internationally and they will be whittled down to just 15 in December, meaning the Irish team only has a few months to mount a major vote winning campaign. IFTA has promised to throw its weight behind the film, and will use its overseas network in LA, New York and London to hold screenings and get people talking. Its CEO Aine Moriarty feels the movie has major international appeal and that if enough people can be persuaded to see it then it could do extremely well.

An Cailín Ciúin has a fair wind behind it - its earnings are approaching 900k at the UK and Ireland box office, an astonishing achievement for an Irish language film, and audiences abroad as well as here have been captivated and deeply moved by the deceptively simple story of a young girl who is sent away from home and finds comfort and love with a second family.

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The Best International Film category is extremely competitive and the final five will likely feature leading names in world cinema. If An Cailín Ciúin makes it through to the final fifteen in December, it will be a superb achievement for the movie, to get as far as the red carpet itself, while not impossible, would indeed be a dream come true.

Before we look ahead however it's important to recognise that An Cailín Ciúin has already scaled significant heights, particularly given the fact that it was Colm Baireád's first feature length film and its star, the remarkable Catherine Clinch was also making her debut on screen performance.

Speaking at the launch of Cine 4 in 2017, TG4 DG, Alan Esslemont said the scheme would bring Irish language film making to 'a new level', and Irish film makers have certainly risen to that challenge.

An Cailín Ciúin is currently available to view on demand via Volta and IFI@Home. Roise And Frank is released in Irish cinemas on 16th September.