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GALWAY 2019 Awards

A Bump Along the Way and Extra Ordinary triumph at the Galway Film Fleadh

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- Irish comedies have won big at this year's Fleadh, while Patrick Wang's A Bread Factory scooped the Award for Best International Film

A Bump Along the Way and Extra Ordinary triumph at the Galway Film Fleadh
A Bump Along the Way by Shelly Love (left), and Extra Ordinary by Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman

It's a wrap for the 31st edition of the Galway Film Fleadh, the Republic of Ireland's leading film festival. Yesterday, Sunday 14 July, the event came to a close after the screening of Ivan Kavanagh's new western Never Grow Old [+see also:
trailer
interview: Ivan Kavanagh
film profile
]
, starring Emile Hirsch and John Cusack in the lead roles. As always, the historic Town Hall Theatre hosted the awards ceremony.

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This year's edition saw the triumph of two Irish comedies – namely, Shelly Love's A Bump Along the Way [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
, the recipient of the Award for Best First Feature, and Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman's Extra Ordinary [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, crowned Best Irish Feature. Incidentally, the latter also won the Best Film Award and the Audience Award at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival this weekend (see the news).

Other prestigious awards were bestowed upon Abbie Ainsworth's Stage: The Culinary Internship (Best International Feature Documentary), Michael McCormack's Breaking Out (Best Irish Feature Documentary), Anke Blondé's The Best of Dorien B. [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Anke Blondé
film profile
]
(Best International First Feature) and Patrick Wang's A Bread Factory (Best International Feature).

Here is the complete list of award winners at the 2019 Galway Film Fleadh:

Best International Film
A Bread Factory - Patrick Wang (USA)

Best International First Feature
The Best of Dorien B. [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Anke Blondé
film profile
]
- Anke Blondé (Belgium)

Best International Documentary
Stage: The Culinary Internship - Abbie Ainsworth (Canada)

Best Human Rights Film
For Sama [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts
film profile
]
- Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts (UK/USA)

Best Irish Film
Extra Ordinary [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
– Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman (Ireland/Belgium)

Best Irish Documentary
Breaking Out - Michael McCormack (Ireland)

Best Irish First Feature
A Bump Along the Way [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
- Shelly Love (UK)

Best Cinematography in an Irish Feature
Cathal Watters - Finky (Ireland)

Bingham Ray New Talent Award
Lola Petticrew (actress) – A Bump Along the Way

Best International Short Documentary
After the Silence - Sonam Larcin (Belgium)

Best International Short Animation
Roadkill - Leszek Mozga (UK)

Best International Short Fiction
Brotherhood - Joobeur Meryam (Canada/Tunisia/Qatar/Sweden)

Don Quijote Award for Best Animated Short Film
Featherweight - Kayleigh Gibbons (Ireland)

Best Animated Sequence in a Short Film
Abe’s Story -
Adam H Stewart (Ireland)

Donal Gilligan Award for Best Cinematography in a Short Film
Rip to the Rescue!
- Robin Whenary (Ireland)

Best Short Documentary
Hydebank -
Ross McClean (UK)

Best First Short Drama
Bainne -
Jack Reynor (Ireland)

Best First Short Animation
Archie’s Bat - Shannon Egan (Ireland)

Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama
Cynthia - Jack Hickey (Ireland)

James Horgan Award for Best Animation
Streets of Fury - Aidan McAteer (Ireland)

Galway Hooker Award for Outstanding Achievement
James Schmaus, Ros Hubbard and Jon Hubbard

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