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Winners at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival



Celebrating the films that captured people’s hearts, the Audi Dublin International Film Festival is delighted to announce the winners of the AUDI-ence Award, Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards, ADIFF Discovery, Volta Awards and Shorts competition.

Irish feature Viva by Paddy Breathnach has scooped the coveted AUDI-ence Award, fighting off close competition from fellow Irish titles My Name is Emily and Sing Street as well as Zootropolis, part of the inaugural Fantastic Flicks season. The Audience prize for Shorts went to Ger Duffy and Daire Glynn’s Little Bear. This year the Festival is delighted to announce a collaboration with Title Sponsor Audi, offering the winner of the Feature AUDI-ence Award an exclusive networking trip to the Berlinale in 2017.

“I’m thrilled with this news,” said director of Viva Paddy Breathnach. “Dublin is a great audience festival so getting this award means so much to us all. Viva has been a wonderful adventure and this helps keep the adventure going to help bring it to a wider audience.”

The Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards, established in 2006, took place on the closing Sunday of the Festival, presenting accolades for Best Film, Director, Irish Film and Documentary amongst others. The Critics this year named Sing Street’s Ferdia Walsh Peelo as recipient of the Michael Dwyer Discovery Award, and writer of Viva Mark O’Halloran as recipient of the inaugural George Byrne Maverick Award.

Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang was named as Best Film; Lucile Hadžihalilović, who attended the Festival screening of Evolution was named as Best Director; 
Best Cinematography went to Matyas Erdely for Son of Saul
. Acting Awards were given to Alex Lawther for Departure, Monica Bellucci for Ville Marie
 and Green Room
 for Best Ensemble. Best Screenplay went to Jaco Van Dormael and Thomas Gunzig for The Brand New Testament; 
Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog won
 Best Documentary; Best Irish Film went to the Festival’s Closing Film, Paddy Breathnach’s Viva
; whilst Best Irish Documentary went to Atlantic. 
Jury Prizes were also awarded to Jamie Adams’ Black Mountain Poets
, Sebastian Schipper’s single take Victoria 
and Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa.

“2016 marks the DFCC’s tenth birthday and we can think of no better present this year’s tremendous ADIFF programme,” said DFCC president Tara Brady. “We hope everybody loves our award picks as much as we do. We’re especially pleased to hand over the inaugural George Byrne Maverick Award to Mark, who has greatly enlivened our national cinema by thinking, as George did, outside the box. Thanks as ever to all the heroic jurors: Nicola, Brogen, David, Paul, Donald, John and Daniel.”

The ADIFF Discovery Award aims to identify and champion emerging talent from both in front of, and behind the camera. Judged by a panel of industry experts comprising Casting Director Margery Simkin, Head of Distribution at Element Films Audrey Shiels, Director and Manager of Teach Solais Jason Foran and Director Ken Wardrop, the winners were announced as actor Barry Keoghan (Mammal, Traders, The Break), director/animator Jack O’Shea (A Coat Made Dark, Eat the Danger) and producer Kathryn Kennedy (My Name is Emily, It’s Not Yet Dark, After)

“At such an exciting time internationally for Irish film we were honored to be a part of the Festival’s effort to celebrate emerging Irish talent and in turn help that talent get recognition both here and abroad,” said Margery Simkin. “As a jury we were delighted to have viewed so many projects that show there is no shortage of upcoming talent here.”

The judging panel for the Short Film Award was this year made up of actor Killian Scott, TileStyle and Chair of Business to Arts Ger McNaughton and Screen International critic Fionnuala Halligan, who named Geist as Best Irish and The Bathtub as Best International short. “There is no question that the overall quality of the shorts this year was extremely high,” said Killian Scott. “The international category brought us deeply moving and also hilarious tales from around the world. The winner here is a unique story that combines both qualities and reminds us of the power of simplicity in execution. On the Irish side of things, it is only right that our industry is currently looking towards Oscar glory tonight, however if the short films under review this year are anything to go by, there will be plenty more of that to come. The winner here is simply stunning. Congratulations to all”

Honoring career achievement, the Volta award was this year given to two screen legends, Angela Lansbury and Claudia Cardinale, who both participated in public interviews and mentoring sessions with emerging actors.

Speaking at the Closing Night of the Festival, Richard Molloy, Head of Marketing at Audi Ireland said: “We have been very happy with the success of this year’s festival. Screening the national premiere of Irish film Viva is a perfect way to close this year’s Audi Dublin International Film Festival. With appearances from screen icon Angela Lansbury, a programme of some of the best new films from Irish and international directors, and recognition for leading talent in Irish film, ADIFF 2016 has been a resounding success.

We look forward to supporting the Dublin International Film Festival over the next two years, bringing what is now an established international cultural event, and the Audi brand, to an even greater audience.”

Audi Dublin International Film Festival was delighted to welcome an array of films and guests to Dublin cinemas over the 11 days, including Richard Gere, Angela Lansbury, Claudia Cardinale, Brendan Gleeson, Rebecca Miller, Aidan Quinn, Neil Jordan, Evanna Lynch and Jack Reynor.

The Dublin International Film Festival would like to thank Title Sponsors Audi, and Principal Funders The Arts Council.

Key partners and funders include The Irish Film Board, hotel partner The Merrion Hotel, beverage sponsor Peroni Nastro Azzurro, retail partner Arnotts, print transport partner Wells Cargo, post-production partner Windmill Lane and media partners The Irish Times, RTÉ Supporting the Arts and