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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
film profile
]
 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 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 – 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

Bridging the Dragon
 

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