A new short starring Normal People star Paul Mescal, which tells the story of childhood friends drifting apart will be screened at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival this March.

Drifting will air during the festival, which runs from March 3rd to 14th, and which will be virtual due to the pandemic.

The short tells the story of Cian (Mescal) and Pat (Dafhyd Flynn), who have been best friends since they were young boys. However, a strain develops in their friendship when Pat becomes curious about life beyond their small-town life while Cian seems happy where he is.

The 14-minute short film's co-director and co-writer Robert Higgins announced the news on twitter.

"Delighted to have Drifting screening as part of this year’s @DublinFilmFest. Been a regular attendee of the festival for years so it’s great to be screening at it for the first time!" he said.

Tickets for the short film programmes, all of which take place on March 3, are available here, while the full programme is set to be launched on February 3.

Mescal, the breakout star of Normal People, has been involved in several projects since the end of Lenny Abrahamson's acclaimed adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel.

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He has appeared in music videos for the Rolling Stones and Phoebe Bridgers and will also star in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut The Lost Daughter, and the musical, Carmen.

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