#FilmFleadh: 29th Galway Film Fleadh announces award winners
The 29th Galway Film Fleadh came to an end today (July 16th) with the annual award ceremony, celebrating the best in Irish and international short and feature films that were shown over a fantastic 6 days.
The big winner was Michael Inside, directed by Frank Berry, which won Best Irish Feature. Dafhyd Flynn picked up the Bingham Ray New Talent Award for his leading role in the film. Nick Kelly’s The Drummer and the Keeper, which received a prolonged standing ovation after the screening, picked up the Best First Irish Feature, while Best Irish Feature Documentary went to Rocky Ros Muc, the story of boxer Sean Mannion.
We’re so happy and grateful to have received these awards for Michael Inside at the Galway Film Fleadh, which is amazing encouragement for us on the film’s World Premiere. Looking forward to the next step on the journey.
Frank Berry, Director – Michael Inside
Tom Collins, who premiered his newest feature Aithri/Penance at the Fleadh, saw his animated short An Béal Bocht pick up two awards, for Best First Short Animation and Best Animated Short Film. Oscar-winning director Benjamin Cleary could well be back at the Academy Awards again after his short film Wave, co-directed with TJ O’Grady Peyton, won the Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama, an award that comes with instant Academy Award qualification. The other Oscar-qualifying award, The James Horgan Award for Best Animation went to Rory Byrne’s An Island.
The Galway Film Fleadh emphasises the important foundation of good story and scriptwriting in the audiovisual industry though this award in which feature films are pitched to a panel of industry professionals and awarded a cash prize for development of their scripts.
The jury felt this was a perfectly pitched project – a true story that doesn’t feel like a documentary because it has great emotional depth and truth.