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Once, Exhibit A win Raindance

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John Carney’s Dublin-set musical love story Once [+see also:
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won the Best International Feature at the 15th Raindance Film Festival while Dom Rotheroe’s gritty Exhibit A walked away with the prize for Best UK Feature.

Festival founder Elliot Grove and festival producer Jesse Vile announced the winners before the screening of the closing night film – Gus Van Sant’s Paranoid Park [+see also:
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. Koen Mortier’s Ex Drummer [+see also:
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from Belgium won the best debut feature award while Poland’s Dragonflies won the Best International Short.

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The Truffle Hunter picked up the Best UK Short award. Delta Air Lines supports the award with a prize of two return tickets to anywhere in the US. The prize was designed to give UK filmmakers the opportunity to attend screenings of their film in US festivals. Last year’s winner, Osbert Parker, used his tickets to fly to Aspen Shorts Fest, where he was awarded the best animation prize for his short film.

UK film The Stronger won the SAE Digital Short award while another UK film, Pushkin, won the Adobe Animation award.

This year’s edition of Raindance has been one of the most successful ever with over 180 features, events and shorts attracting over 15,000 admissions. Highlights included a Masterclass with Michael Madsen and a pitching event with Ewan McGregor.

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