Irish Filmmaker Wins Top Prize at Foyle Film Festival

| November 23, 2016 | Comments (0)
©/Lorcan Doherty Photography - 20th November  2016.  Eavan King and Bernie McLaughlin from the Foyle Film Festival and Eamonn McLaughlin from  Brunswick Moviebowl present the Light In Motion Award for Best Irish Short Film to the filmmakers of Gridlock.  Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

Eavan King and Bernie McLaughlin from the Foyle Film Festival and Eamonn McLaughlin from Brunswick Moviebowl present the Light In Motion Award for Best Irish Short Film to the filmmakers of Gridlock.
Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

Northern Ireland’s Oscar-affiliated Foyle Film Festival has announced the winners of its Light In Motion awards, with a host of local and international cinema celebrated at the annual event in Derry.
Taking home the top prize for Best Irish Short was Ian Hunt Duffy for Gridlock, a thriller set during a traffic jam on a country road, featuring some of Ireland’s finest actors including Moe Dunford, Peter Coonan and Amy De Bhrun. The short fought off stiff competition from three other Irish films – Strangers in the NightFoxglove and runner-up Pause.

 

The film, along with winner of the Best International Short Grandma’s Day from Polish director Milosz Sakowski will now qualify for consideration of the Academy Awards.

 

Grandma’s Day focuses on Tomek who needs money and tries to pull a ‘grandparent scam’ on an elderly womanEverything is going fine until she locks him in her apartment and threatens to expose him, unless he pretends to be her grandson when a social worker comes to visit.

 

The award for Best Animation went to South Korean director Seongmin Kim for Green Light, which follows Mari who does all she can to rebuild after a nuclear disaster.
Ransacked from director and former banker Petur Einarsson about the financial crisis in Iceland in 2008 was named as the winner of Best Documentary.

 

The awards, sponsored by City of Derry Crystal, were followed by the screening of The Eagle Huntress in Brunswick Moviebowl, bringing to a close five days of premieres, special events and industry networkingSpecial guests at this year’s festival included; filmmakers John Maclean (Slow West), Tony Cranstoun (I Give It A Year, Mr Bean’s Holiday) and Ciáran McMenamin (Made In BelfastTo End All Wars) and James Northcote (A United Kingdom, The Imitation Game, Belle, Wuthering Heights).

 

The Foyle Film Festival is one of only a handful of International festivals with Oscar® affiliation and BAFTA recognition.

 

Bernie McLaughlin, director and programmer of the Foyle Film Festival, said: “We are proud to honour the winning filmmakers of our Oscar®-affiliated Light in Motion awards. We’ve been privileged this year to enjoy a really impressive array of short films, documentary features and short animations from around the world.

 

“I’d like to thank all our competitors for sharing their work at Foyle Film Festival and we wish them all the very best in their careers going forward.”

 

Full list of Light in Motion Awards Winners & Runners-up

 

LIM AWARD – BEST IRISH SHORT: Gridlock directed by Ian Hunt Duffy

Runner Up – Pause directed by Niamh Heery

 

LIM AWARD – BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT: Grandma’s Day directed by Milosz Sakowski

Runner Up – Standby directed by Charlotte Regan

 

LIM AWARD – BEST SHORT ANIMATION: Green Light directed by Seongmin Kim

Runner Up – Way of Giants directed by Alois Di Leo

 

FFF BEST DOCUMENTARY WINNER: Ransacked directed by Petur Einarsson

Runner Up – How to Defuse a Bomb The Project Children Story directed by Des Henderson

 

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