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27th Galway Film Fleadh Winners

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Galway Film Fleadh 2015

The 27th Galway Film Fleadh has drawn to a close and the winners have been announced at the conclusion of the festival on Sunday, 12th July.

The Best Irish Feature Film award was picked up by Cartoon Saloon’s animated feature Song of the Sea. Tomm Moore’s Academy Award®-nominated film has received critical acclaim and is currently on release in Irish cinemas.

The Best Irish First Feature award went to Mark Noonan’s You’re Ugly Too. The film stars Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones) as Will, who is released from prison on compassionate leave to care for his niece Stacey (Lauran Kinsella; Albert Nobbs), after the death of her mother. You’re Ugly Too was produced by John Keville and Conor Barry and will be released in cinemas on July 24th.

Older Than Ireland was the winner of the Best Irish Documentary Award. Alex Fegan’s documentary, which explores what it means to have lived one hundred years in Ireland, as seen through the eyes of its oldest citizens, was warmly received at its premiere at the festival on July 10th.

For his work on Simon Fitzmaurice’s My Name is Emily, Seamus Deasy was the winner of the Best Cinematography in an Irish Feature award. The film’s producer, Kathryn Kennedy, was the winner of the Bingham Ray New Talent Award.

The full list of award winners at the 27th Galway Film Fleadh:

Best Irish Feature Film: Song of the Sea
Best Irish First Feature: You’re Ugly Too
Best Cinematography in an Irish Feature: Seamus Deasy –My Name Is Emily
Best Irish Documentary: Older Than Ireland
James Horgan Award for Best Animation: Violet
The Don Quijote Award for Best Animation: Meanwhile
Best Animated Sequence in a Short Film: Geist
Best First Short Animation: Unhinged
The Tiernan MacBride Award for Best Short Drama: North
Best Short Drama: Queen of the Plough
Best First Short Drama: Today
The Donal Gilligan Award for Best Cinematography in a Short Film: Tim Fleming – My Bonnie
Best International Film: Margarita With A Straw
Best International Feature Documentary: Armor of Light and Touch the Light
Best International First Feature: My Skinny Sister
Best Human Rights Feature: Marzia, My Friend
The Bingham Ray New Talent Award: Kathryn Kennedy (Producer – My Name is Emily)
The Fleadh Pitching Award: Luke Morgan – Ewetopia.
The One Minute Festival Award: Luke and Roger
Short Film Slam: I Am Jesus
Galway Hooker Award: Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Pete Docter, Jonas Rivera, and Mícheál O Meallaigh