Festival: The third Fingal Film Festival announces winners

In a celebration of independent films from around the globe this week-end the 2014 Fingal Film Festival screened a broad and exciting range of feature films, documentaries, shorts and animation by emerging and established Irish and international filmmakers at Movies@Swords, Dublin.

The festival closed on Sunday night with eight prestigious Fingal Film Festival awards, ranging from cash to film equipment to broadcasting of films, which were announced at the awards event, at the four star Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin airport – including a new category this year for Best Irish Language Film. Scannain was there, presenting the award for Best International Film to Belgian drama Electric Indigo.

UK/US co-production Calloused Hands took home the big prize of the night, winning Best Feature, while excellent Irish short Skunky Dog followed up its win at the Underground Cinema Film Festival by taking the prize for Best Short. Elsewhere Huggy Bear (Barrog Beir) won the inaugural Best Irish Language Film, and the beautiful I’ve Been a Sweeper won Best Student Film.

“It’s been an exciting third year” said Liz Kenny, Festival Managing Director. “The quality and range of submissions this year has been fantastic. As a young festival we have come a long way and it is so encouraging for our future growth and direction. The support has been overwhelming from both the film industry and our audiences. The local goodwill and enthusiasm here in Fingal has been truly amazing, a special big thank you to all our volunteers, they all have worked so incredibly hard.”

The films were judged by a panel comprising of: Mícheál Ó Meallaigh – Director of Commissioning TG4, Ciaran Tanham ( ISC) Director of Photography  and Boulder Media Creative Director Rob Cullen.

The full list of winners were:

Best Feature Film

Winner: Calloused Hands

Director: Jesse Quinones

Country: UK/USA


Best Documentary Feature

Winner: Dah Zivota

Director: Snjezna Brezno

Country: Bosnia


Best International Film

Winner: Electric Indigo

Director: Jean-Julien Collette

Country: Belgium


Best Irish Language film (sponsored by TG4 and Film Equipment Hire Ireland)

Winner: Huggy Bear (Barrog Beir)

Director: Gavin Fitzgerald & Sibéal Eléna Davitt

Country: Ireland


Best Student Film (sponsored by Canon and BAI)

Winner: I’ve Been a Sweeper

Director: Ciaran Dooley

College: Dublin Institute of Technology


Best Animation Film

Winner: Shoot

Director: Rory Conway

Country: Ireland


Best Short Film

Winner: Skunky Dog

Director: James Fitzgerald

Country: Ireland


Best Fingal Newcomer Media Award (sponsored by Swords Express)

Winner: Volkswagen Joe

Director: Brian Dean

Country: Ireland

Fingal Film Festival was established in 2012 to provide a platform for local, national and international emerging filmmakers, offering encouragement and promotion for new work in a quality cinema environment. The Festival connects emerging voices in film with industry experts and independent creative filmmakers from around the world.

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