The 2013 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival drew to a close on 24th February, after an action packed 11 days of screenings, insightful Q&As and special events featuring some of cinema’s leading lights including Danny DeVito, Tim Roth, Joss Whedon, Costa-Gavras, Gabriel Byrne, Cillian Murphy, Mary Harron, Sarah Bolger and Robert Towne.
Commenting on the closing night of the festival, Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys said: “Wow what a 2013 festival – as the films and guests return home – all that remains are the memories (and photos) of a packed 11 days. I was delighted with the large numbers of Dubliners who joined us this year to experience the festival, meet our Irish and international guests and celebrate the best of world cinema – roll on 2014.”
The Irish documentary following three street poets and hip-hop artists from north Dublin, Broken Song, proved a winner with critics and audiences alike, recieving both the Michael Dwyer Discovery Award at the Dublin Film Critics Awards and scooping the much coveted Audience Award for 2013. Commenting after the announcement, director Claire Dix said: “To get the audience award is so special, it’s a real validation for myself and Nodlag as filmmakers. We had a great experience at the festival – they’re one of the Reel Art partners and Gráinne Humphreys, the festival director has been really supportive of the project right from the beginning.” Directed by Claire Dix and produced by Nodlag Houlihan of Zucca films, Broken Song is part of the Arts Council’s Reel Art scheme in association with the festival and Film Base, designed to provide film artists with a unique opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries on an artistic theme.
The Dublin Film Critics Circle selected Kristina Buzyte’s Vanishing Waves as Best Film,
Best Director went to Mikhail Segal for Short Stories, Best Actor went to Aleksey Vertkov for White Tiger, Best Actress to Dilan Aksüt for Night of Silence, Best Debut went to Maja Milos for Clip, Best Screenplay went to Oriol Paulo and Lara Sendim for The Body, Best Cinematography went to Oleg Mutu for Beyond the Hills and Jury Prizes were awarded to Blancanieves, After Lucia and The King of Pigs. Irish films also fared well at the awards, with Best Documentary going toFar Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story, Macdara Vallelly winning Best Irish Feature with Babygirl, Cathy Pearson winning Best Irish Documentary forGet the Picture, and Michael Dwyer Discovery Award going to Claire Dix for Broken Song.
2013 also saw the first presentation of the inaugural CINE Talent award, a new initiative from the festival’s partnership with Universal Pictures, Screen International and Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board, which aims to spotlight and promote Irish talent to the international industry. Nick Ryan, director of The Summit, which screened at the festival, was awarded the accolade, with a prize that includes profile from Screen International and networking opportunities at their events at the Toronto, Cannes and Berlin film festivals. The winner will also be assisted by Universal Pictures and Bord Scannan na hEireann/the Irish Film Board with networking introductions to relevant international contacts. The prize also aims to include mentoring opportunities from an established industry alumi, from the previous JDIFF Irish Talent Spotlight Award.
Honoring career achievement, the Volta award was this year given to four hugely worthwhile recipients: Hollywood legend Danny DeVito, iconic British actor Tim Roth, Greek/French director Costa-Gavras and pop culture idol Joss Whedon.
The winner of the UNTITLED Screenwriting competition, run in association with Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board was announced as Eoin Rogers with his animation scriptThe Cloud Giant. This competition involved a public presentation an idea for a feature film with the theme of ‘Family Films’, in order to win a First Draft Development Loan of up to €16,000.
Jameson Dublin International Film Festival would like to thank its funders and sponsors: Jameson, The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board, Cineworld, Renault, The Merrion Hotel, The Irish Times, RTÉ, Windmill Lane, Wells Cargo, Entertainment.ie, Film Base and The Church.
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