Patrick's Day, the award-winning new film from Irish writer-director Terry McMahon, will be released in Irish cinemas in early 2015, and will have a gala screening at the Cork Film Festival next month.

Patrick's Day stars Kerry Fox, Waterford actor Moe Dunford in his first major film role, Catherine Walker and Philip Jackson.

It tells the story of Patrick, a schizophrenic who falls in love with Karen, "an alcoholic, suicidal air hostess".

After winning the Screen Directors' Guild of Ireland (SDGI) Finders Series Award and the Audience Award for Best Film at the Galway Film Fleadh, Patrick's Day has been acquired for domestic release by Wildcard Distribution. 

The film received its world premiere at the SXSW (South by Southwest) Festival in Austin, Texas earlier this year, with Dunford also winning Best Actor and McMahon winning Best Screenplay at the Hell's Half Mile Film and Music Festival in Michigan.

Director McMahon said: "The ongoing international embrace of Patrick's Day is beautiful, but the perfect distributor for the Irish cinema release of Patrick's Day is Wildcard."

He continued: "Their campaign for this film is brave, eclectic and smart and, most importantly for a film dealing with the taboo of intimacy and mental health, it will be all-inclusive.

"Patrick's Day is a bold, emotionally provocative, big screen movie and we can't wait to screen it to Irish audiences."

Having won the Finders Series Award, Patrick's Day will now be screened to an industry audience at the Directors' Guild of America Theatre in Los Angeles next Friday, October 10.