The 32nd Galway Film Fleadh announces its award winners
- The prestigious Irish film event saw the triumph of Philip Doherty's dark comedy musical Redemption of a Rogue, crowned Best Irish Film and Best Irish First Feature
The 32nd edition of the Galway Film Fleadh (7-12 July), one of Ireland's most prestigious film events, was brought to a close by the traditional awards ceremony, which took place before the digital screening of Tomás Ó Súilleabháin's Arracht [+see also:
film profile]. On this occasion, the whole event was held fully online as a safety precaution owing to the current COVID-19 outbreak.
This edition saw the triumph of Philip Doherty's dark comedy musical Redemption of a Rogue [+see also:
film profile], which scooped the Awards for Best Irish Film and Best Irish First Feature. Doherty's movie revolves around Jimmy (Aaron Monaghan), a prodigal son who returns home to Cavan to visit his ailing father and seek redemption before he intends to say goodbye to the world. As Jimmy’s father takes his last breath, thunder rumbles and rain starts to pour. However, there is a condition in the will: his father cannot be buried on a wet day. Wildcard Distribution will release the film later this year.
Finally, also among this year's victors were Pat Collins' documentary Henry Glassie: Field Work [+see also:
interview: Pat Collins
film profile], crowned Best Irish Documentary, and Tomer Shushan's White Eye, the recipient of the Award for Best International Short Drama.
Here is the full list of this year's award winners:
Best Irish First Feature
Redemption of a Rogue – Philip Doherty
Best International Short Documentary
No Crying at the Dinner Table – Carol Nguyen (Canada)
Best International Short Drama
White Eye – Tomer Shushan (Israel)
Best International Short Animation
To the Dusty Sea – Héloïse Ferlay (France)
Best Irish Debut Short Fiction
Ballast – Jesse Gilbert (Ireland/UK)
Best Irish Debut Short Animation
The Dead Hands of Dublin – Leo Crowley (Ireland)
The Tiernan McBride Award for Best Fiction Short (in association with Network Ireland Television)
The Invisible Boy – James Fitzgerald (Ireland)
The James Horgan Award for Best Animated Short
TOT – Fiona McLaughlin, Tom Getty and Aimée Kirkham Priester (Ireland)
Best Irish Short Documentary
How to Fall in Love in a Pandemic – Michael-David McKernan (Ireland)
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