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Best of the West 2011

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Thursday 20th October 2011

The Best of the West 2011 is a chance for Dublin audiences to catch the winning short films from that year’s Galway Film Fleadh. This special screening was organised by Filmbase, in association with the Galway Film Fleadh and The Screen Cinema, and took place at 6.30pm on Thursday 20th October 2011 at The Screen Cinema on Townsend Street in Dublin’s City Centre.

Originally conceived as a screening by filmmaker Luke McManus in 2008, in 2010 Filmbase revived the event which proved to be extremely popular with audiences and filmmakers, providing a showcase for the best short films from the Galway programme. Following on from the previous year’s succesful event, Filmbase continued the screenings as a way of giving audiences who didn’t make it to Galway an opportunity to see the winning films and celebrate a new wave of Irish filmmaking talent.

2011’s screening included the 12 award-winning shorts from the Fleadh including animation, live action drama and documentary. Two new award categories this year included Best Cinematography and the Don Quijote Award.

 

THE LINE UP:

Best First Animation Award

Signs (Winner)

Directed & Produced by Vincent Gallagher

There is magic in what we see every day; sometimes you just have to look hard enough.

 

The Art of Making Friends (2nd Place)

Written and directed by Paul McNulty

An intimate look at the unusual pastime of a reclusive bicycle engineer

James Horgan Award for Best Animation

The Boy in a Bubble (Winner)

Directed by Kealan O’Rourke
Produced by Brian Willis

Rupert, a ten year old boy, falls hopelessly in love. When it all goes wrong, he wishes never to experience heartache again. Turning to a book of magic, he invokes a spell to shield him from emotion forever.

 

The Gentleman’s Guide to Villainy (2nd Place)

Directed by Aidan McAteer
Produced by Aurelie Gauthier

A brief guide to being bad.

 

Children in Direct Provision (Special Mention)

Directed & Produced by Sharon Lynch and children resident in Direct Provision Centres

An animation piece created by asylum-seeking children with the help of community artist Sharon Lynch. It highlights the living conditions under the current Irish asylum system.

The Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama

This was jointly awarded to:

Asal (Winner)

Directed by Tom Sullivan
Produced by Aislinn Ní Chuinneagáin

Fionn, a young fisherman, risks everything to help a friend.

 

Even Gods (Winner)

Directed by Phil Harrison
Produced by Lisa Barros D’sa & Phil Harrison

Through an estranged daughter, Hughie meets his granddaughter, who he never knew existed. He finds himself circling the contours of a life he thought lost.

Best First Short Drama Award

Pentecost (Winner)

Written and directed by Peter McDonald
Produced by Eimear O’Kane

Pentecost is a coming-of-age story of a young boy who learns how to rebel against his father and the community.

Best Short Documentary Award

Needle Exchange (Winner)

Directed by Colm Quinn
Produced by Andrew Freedman

Glenn and Spencer’s friendship has endured everything from the lows of homelessness to the highs of heroin. Together they have overcome their drug addiction, but as life pulls them in different directions, how long can it last?

 

Halls Without Walls (Honorable Mention)

Written and produced by Mia Mullarkey

Jody is a painter and a poet with Asperger’s syndrome. All through his childhood he struggled and suffered in the world of people until he turned to nature where he found solace and inspiration for his work.

Donal Gilligan Award for Best Cinematography in a Short Film

Mummy’s Little Helper (Winner)

Written and directed by Michael Lavelle
Cinematography by Kate McCullough
Produced by Ismail Sahin & Holger Sorg

A mother discovers an illegal way to lose weight, with disturbing consequences…especially for her daughter.

The International Federation of Film Societies Don Quijote Award

The Boy Who Lived in a Bubble (Winner)

Written and directed by Kealan O’Rourke
Produced by Brian Willis

Rupert, a ten year old boy, falls hopelessly in love. When it all goes wrong, he wishes never to experience heartache again. Turning to a book of magic, he invokes a spell to shield him from emotion forever.

 

Cured (Special Mention)

Directed by Mary Redmond
Produced by Laura Ní Cheallaigh

An unconventional love story with a meaty twist! Exploring themes such as love, isolation and hope, Cured tells the painstakingly humorous story of Maggie as she struggles with obsessive compulsive disorder.