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A Date for Mad Mary and The Young Offenders win Galway

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- Seana Kerslake was conferred the Bingham Ray New Talent Award

A Date for Mad Mary and The Young Offenders win Galway
The Young Offenders by Peter Foott (left) and A Date for Mad Mary by Darren Thornton

Darren Thornton’s A Date for Mad Mary [+see also:
film review
trailer
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]
 and Peter Foott’s The Young Offenders are the joint winners of Best Irish Feature Film at the 28th Galway Film Fleadh (5-10 July). Mad Mary lead actress Seana Kerslake was conferred the Bingham Ray New Talent Award. Frankie Fenton’s It’s Not Yet Dark [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
won Best Irish Feature Documentary, while David Kinsella’s The Wall won Best Human Rights Feature. Philip John’s Moon Dogs [+see also:
trailer
interview: Philip John
film profile
]
won Best International First Feature, while Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople won Best International Feature.

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Veteran Irish director Jim Sheridan was bestowed the prestigious Galway Hooker Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Here is the complete list of winners: 

Best Irish Feature
The Young Offenders – Peter Foott
A Date for Mad Mary [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 – Darren Thornton

Best International First Feature
Moon Dogs [+see also:
trailer
interview: Philip John
film profile
]
– Philip John

Best International Feature
Hunt for the Wilderpeople – Taika Waititi

Best International Feature Documentary
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise – Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack

Best Human Rights Feature in Association with Amnesty International
The Wall – David Kinsella

Best Cinematography in an Irish Feature
Kate McCullough – It’s Not Yet Dark 

The Bingham Ray New Talent Award
Seana Kerslake – A Date for Mad Mary 

Best Irish Feature Documentary
It’s Not Yet Dark [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 – Frankie Fenton

Galway Film Fleadh Pitching Award
Janet Hayes – Edges

The Galway Hooker Award
Jim Sheridan

Best First Short Animation Award in Association with Cartoon Saloon
Joining Dots – Fiona Ryan

Don Quijote Award for Best Animated Short Film
Second to None – Vincent Gallagher

Best First Short Drama Award
Groundless – Eimear Callaghan

Best Short Documentary Award
Séan Hillen, Merging Views – Paddy Cahill

James Horgan Award for Best Animation
Second to None – Vincent Gallagher

The Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama in Association with Network Ireland Television
Lily – Graham Cantwell

The Donal Gilligan Award for Best Cinematography in a Short Film in Association with the Irish Society of Cinematographers
Wifey Redux – Daniel Katz

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