‘Song of the Sea’ Wins Best Film at Galway Film Fleadh


Cartoon Saloon’s Song of the Sea won Best Irish Feature Film at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh. Alex Fegan’s Older Than Ireland was awarded Best Irish Documentary while Mark Noonan’s You’re Ugly Too won Best Irish First Feature ( in cinemas 24th July)

The Bingham Ray New Talent Award was given to producer Kathryn Kennedy, who produced the Fleadh’s opening film, My Name is Emily. Seamus Deasy was awarded Best Cinematography in an Irish Feature for his work on the film.

Stephen McNally’s Meanwhile won the Don Quijote Award for Best Animation and the Best First Short Animation was awarded to Tom Caulfield’s Unhinged.

The James Horgan Award for Best Animation went to Maurice Joyce’s Violet, while the Tiernan MacBride Award for Best Short Drama was won by Phil Sheerin’s North.

Best First Short went to Tristan Heanue’s Today, while Cara Holmes’ Queen of the Plough won Best Short Documentary.


The full list of winners of the 2015 Galway Film Fleadh:

  • Best Irish Feature Film: Song of the Sea
  • Best Irish First Feature: You’re Ugly Too
  • Best Cinematography in an Irish Feature: Seamus Deasy –My Name Is Emily
  • Best Irish Documentary: Older Than Ireland
  • James Horgan Award for Best Animation: Violet
  • The Don Quijote Award for Best Animation: Meanwhile
  • Best Animated Sequence in a Short Film: Geist
  • Best First Short Animation: Unhinged
  • The Tiernan MacBride Award for Best Short Drama: North
  • Best Short Drama: Queen of the Plough
  • Best First Short Drama: Today
  • The Donal Gilligan Award for Best Cinematography in a Short Film: Tim Fleming – My Bonnie
  • Best International Film: Margarita With A Straw
  • Best International Feature Documentary: Armor of Light and Touch the Light
  • Best International First Feature: My Skinny Sister
  • Best Human Rights Feature: Marzia, My Friend
  • The Bingham Ray New Talent Award: Kathleen Kennedy (Producer – My Name is Emily)
  • The Fleadh Pitching Award: Luke Morgan – Ewetopia
  • The One Minute Festival Award – Luke and Roger
  • Short Film Slam: I Am Jesus
  • Galway Hooker Award: Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Pete Docter, Jonas Rivera, and Mícheál O Meallaigh

Irish Winners at the Galway Film Fleadh Awards 2014


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







25th Galway Film Fleadh Awards – All the Winners


Run & Jump, which won the Best Irish Feature Award at Galway

Feature Awards:

The Best Irish Feature Award:
Winner: Run & Jump
Director : Steph Green
Producer : Tamara Anghie and Martina Niland

Second place: Life’s A Breeze
Director: Lance Daly
Producer: Macdara Kelleher

Best International Feature:
Winner: Discoverdale
Director: George Kane
Producer: James Dean and Chris Carey

Second Place: Ernest et Celestine
Director: Benjamin Renner, Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar
Producer: Didier Brumner and Stephan Roelants

The Best First Irish Feature in Association with Crowe Horwath:
Winner: Run & Jump
Director: Steph Green
Producer :Tamara Anghie and Martina Niland

Second Place: Out of Here
Director: Donal Foreman
Producer: Emmet Fleming

The Best International First Feature:
Winner: Boy Eating The Birds Food
Directed: Ektoras Lygizos

Second Place: Closed Season
Director: Franziska Schlotterer

Documentary Awards:

Best Irish Feature Documentary:
Winner: Coming Home
Director: Vico Nikci
Producer: David Collins

Second Place: Close To Evil
Director: Gerry Gregg
Producer: Gerry Gregg

Best International Feature Documentary:
Winner: Plot for Peace
Director: Carlos Agullo’ and Mandy Jacobson
Producer: Mandy Jacobson

Second Place: The Search for Emak Bakia
Director: Oskar Alegria
Producer: Oskar Alegria

The Best Human Rights Documentary in Association with Amnesty International:
Winner: Coming Home
Directed: Vicki Nikci
Producer: Viko Nikci & David Collins

Short Film Awards:

The Tiernan MacBride Award for Best Short Drama in Association with Network Ireland Television:
Winner: Mechanic
Director: Tom Sullivan and Feidhlim Cannon
Producer: Tom Sullivan, Suin O’Connor and Derek O’Connor

Special Mention: Rubai
Director: Louise Ni Fhiannachta
Producer: Gemma O’Shaughnessy

The Best First Short Drama in Association with Mazars
Winner: Rubai
Director: Louise Ni Fhiannachta
Producer: Gemma O’ Shaughnessy

Special Mention: Unfold
Director: Steven Daly
Producer: Oisin O’Driscoll

The Best Short Documentary Award in Association with Teach Solas:
Winner: The End of The Counter
Director: Laura McCann
Producer: Aisling Ahmed

Special Mention: Town
Director: Orla Murphy
Producer: Orla Murphy, Orla McHardy

The Donal Gilligan Award for Best Cinematography in a Short Film:
Winner: D.O.P. James Mather for The Girl

Animation Awards:

The James Horgan Award for Best Animation in Association with Telegael:
Winner: The Missing Scarf
Director: Eoin Duffy
Producer: Jamie Hogan

Special Mention: Coda
Director: Alan Holly
Producer: Ciaran Deeney

Best First Animation Award in Association with Cartoon Saloon:
Winner: That’s Not Supposed to Happen
Director: Rory Kerr
Producer: IADT

Special Mention: The Ledge End of Phil (from accounting)
Director: Paul O Muiris
Producer: Pearse Cullinane

Don Quijote Prize in the Animation Short Film Category:
Winner: Coda
Directro: Alan Holly
Producer: Ciaran Deeney

Special Mention: Two Wheels Good
Director: Barry Gene Murphy
Producer: John Kelleher

Special Awards:

Galway Hooker Awards:
Saoirse Ronan
James Morris
Miriam Allen

The Bingham Ray New Talent Award in association with Magnolia Pictures:
Winner: Kelly Thornton for her portrayal of Emma in Life’s a Breeze.

30 Minute Film Festival in association with Galway Film Centre and Solid Media:
Audience Award: The Bank Holiday (Rory Walsh)
Judge’s Award: The Canon (Robert Gaynor)

The Galway Film Fleadh Pitching Award:
Winner: Jacinta Owens for her project, C-Me 2020.


‘Run & Jump’, ‘Coming Home’ and Saoirse Ronan triumph at the 25th Galway Film Fleadh Awards


The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

After a week of Irish and international premieres, short films, documentaries, workshops and panels, the 25th Galway Film Fleadh came to a close with the annual awards ceremony. Taking place on Sunday 14th July before the closing film, The Sea, the awards were attended by international film stars Saoirse Ronan, Zachary Quinto, Fionnuala Flanagan and Will Forte, as well as the President of Ireland, Michael.D.Higgins.

Steph Green’s Run & Jump scooped the awards for Best Irish Feature and the Crowe Horwath Award for Best First Irish Feature. Steph Green’s feature debut after her short New Boy received an Oscar nomination, Run & Jump is an unconventional love story set in rural Ireland and stars Maxine Peake and Will Forte.

Other winners included Dead Cat Bounce’s comedy mockumentary, Discoverdale, which picked up Best International Feature. Viko Nikci’s documentary, Coming Home, which follows Angel Cordero, a man who has served 13 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, won both the Best Irish Feature Documentary Award and the Amnesty International Award for Best Human Rights Documentary.

President Higgins presented the special Galway Hooker Awards, which this year went to Miriam Allen, managing director and co-founder of the festival, James Morris, former chair of the Irish Film Board, and Irish actress Saoirse Ronan.

Click here for a list of all the winners at the 25th Galway Film Fleadh Awards.


Lights, Smartphone, Action – Irish director wins Best International Film at the 3rd Olleh Smartphone Film Festival



The film won the award for best international film and also the best actor prize, which was shared by Guy Fearon & Samia Rida. This was the third year of the festival and the first time an international competition was included.


The ceremony took place at the COEX Megabox cinema and was streamed live with the director and cast being contacted via Skype to accept their awards.


The film follows an actor’s efforts to make a short audition clip on his Smartphone and was shot on an iPhone 4S.


Watch Tell me about yourself (complete with Korean subtitles):



Dublin Film Critics’ Circle Awards

The winners of this year’s Dublin Film Critics’ Circle Awards for the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival were announced on Saturday at the IFI

Best Film: The Robber

Best Director: Aleksei Popogrebsky, How I Ended This Summer

Best Irish Film: Snap

Best Irish Director: Carmel Winters, Snap

Michael Dwyer Discovery Award: Still Films

Best Cinematography: Tim Fleming , As If I Am Not There

Best Screenplay: Medal of Honour

Best Short: Small Change , Kathy Brady

Best International Documentary: Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Best Irish Documentary: Men of Arlington

Best Debu: Philip Koch, Picco

Best Actor: Jacob Cadergren, Submarino

Best Actress: Martina Gusman, Carancho

Special Jury Prize: Le Quattro Volte


Morgan O’Sullivan to receive IFTA Outstanding Contribution to Industry Award

Mary Hanafin T.D. Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport  unveiled details of the 2011 Outstanding Contribution to Industry Award at the IFTA press launch held in Dublin’s Mansion House today. The Minister mingled with members of the Irish Film and Television Academy and congratulated a number of IFTA 2011 nominees who were in attendance before going on to announce that producer Morgan O’Sullivan is to be the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Contribution to Industry Award. She praised his achievements saying he ‘continues to make an outstanding contribution to Irish film’, adding that ‘Ireland owes a great deal of gratitude to Morgan O’Sullivan’. His production credits include Angela’s Ashes, Veronica Guerin and King Arthur.

Minister Hanafin giving launch speech

Mary Hanafin T.D. Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport

Minister Hanafin commented on the importance of the audio/visual industry in Ireland, acknowledging the creative forces at work in this ‘imaginative sector’, which is ‘the face of Ireland abroad’ and produces ‘advertising that money couldn’t buy’, citing the positive example in the Wall Street Journal of a half-page photograph from the Morgan O’Sullivan produced Camelot.

Minister Hanafin with nominees

Minister Hanafin with nominees

Among those attending the launch were IFTA-nominee  Saoirse Ronan accompanied by her father Paul. Saoirse is nominated in the category Actress in a Supporting Role – Film for her role in The Way Back.

Saoirse and Paul Ronan

Paul and Saoirse Ronan

Kevin Moriarty, who guest edited the July/August, 2008 issue of Film Ireland, was in attendance alongside former Irish Film censor Sheamus Smith.

Former Guest Editor Kevin Moriarty and Sheamus Smith

Former Guest Editor Kevin Moriarty and Sheamus Smith

Also in attendance were Maya Derrington, director of Pyjama Girls alongside Sinead Ni Bhroin, assistant producer. Pyjama Girls was nominated for The George Morrison Feature Documentary Award.

Maya Derrington and Sinead Ni Bhroin.

Maya Derrington and Sinead Ni Bhroin

Commenting about his Outstanding Contribution to Industry IFTA Award Morgan O’Sullivan said, ‘I would like to dedicate this award to all of the people who have supported me down through the years but particularly the Irish Film and Television community.’

Dublin’s Convention Centre is the new venue for the Irish Film & Television Awards ceremony in 2011. This new building, located on Spencer Dock, Dublin will play host to IFTA’s nominees, winners, actors, TV personalities, directors, producers and guests as they walk the red carpet – celebrating the talent that exists within the film and television industries in Ireland and around the globe.

The 8th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards take place in Dublin on Saturday, 12th February and will broadcast Live on RTÉ One at 9.30pm.

The Irish Film & Television Awards are supported by RTÉ and the Irish Film Board.

For further information visit www.ifta.ie

Photos by Tristan Hutchinson


'Hunger' Wins in Poland

Hunger, the debut film from British artist Steve McQueen, has scooped two of the top prizes at the 9th Era New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclow, Poland.

The film picked up the Grand Prix and the Film Critics Award, winning $43,175 (€30,000) and guaranteed distribution in Poland.

The biopic of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands has had a successful run of screenings at international film festivals, picking up a slew of awards. These include the Camera d’Or at Cannes 2008, where the film premiered, the DIESEL Discovery Award at Toronto 2008, and the Carl Foreman Award for special achievement by a newcomer at the BAFTAs 2009.