The annual Galway Film Fleadh awards ceremony took place before the screening of the festival’s closing film An Bronntanas.
The Feature Film Audience Awards included Gerard Barret’s Glassland and Terry McMahon’s Patrick’s Day (pictured) jointly awarded Best Irish Feature. The Best Irish First Feature award went to This is Where I Used to Live, directed by Frank Berry.
Best Irish Feature Documentary also saw joint winners with Sinead O’Brien’s Blood Fruit and Aoife Kelleher’s One Million Dubliners both awarded the prize, while the Best Human Rights Feature was awarded to Laura Fletcher for her documentary African Pride.
Irish producer AnneMarie Naughton won this year’s Bingham Ray New Talent Award and Cian McGarrigle took the Galway Film Fleadh’s Pitching Award.
Brenda Fricker and Brown Bag Films were the recipients of this year’s Galway Hooker Awards and were honoured at the festival.
Since 2011 the Fleadh has been recognised as a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards Short Film Category. Recipients of the James Horgan Award for Best Animation and Tiernan MacBride Award for Best Short Drama will qualify for consideration. This year’s winners were Fresh Cut Grass (Robert Cullen) and Rockmount (Dave Tynan) respectively.
D.O.P Patrick Jordan won the Donal Gilligan Award for Best Cinematography in a Short Film for his work on Volkswagen Joe and Clare Carroll’s A Girl’s Best Friend won the Best Short Animation Award.
Damien Dunne’s The Swing was awarded The Best First Short Drama, while The Sisters (Ailish Sarah Flaherty) and A Challenging Woman (Eimhear O’Neill, Trevor Birney) jointly won the Best Short Documentary Award.
Anita Gaughan’s Vertical Horizons won Best Animation Sequence in a Short Film and Aidan McAteer’s Deadly won the Don Quijote Award for Animation in a Short Film