The Galway Film Fleadh awards laurels in:

  • 8 audience-voted feature film award categories
  • 9 jury-voted short film award categories (2 of which qualify the winner for the Oscar© longlist in that category)

Further individual awards include:

  • A script pitching award
  • The Bingham Ray New Talent Award in association with Magnolia Pictures
  • The Fleadh’s highest honour, The Galway Hooker

Feature Film

Best Irish First Feature

in association with

Best Irish Feature

in association with

Best Irish Feature Documentary

in association with

on behalf of

Best Human Rights Feature

in association with

Best Cinematography in an Irish Feature

in association with

Best International Feature
Best International First Feature
Best International Feature Documentary

2015: Tie between Armor of Light and Touch The Light

Short Film

Oscar qualifying
The James Horgan Award for Best Short Animation

2015: Violet

Oscar qualifying
The Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama

2015: North

in association with

The Donal Gilligan Award for Best Cinematography in a Short Film

2015: Tim Fleming for My Bonnie

in association with

Best First Short Animation Award

2015: Unhinged

in association with

Best First Short Drama

2015: Today

in association with

The Best Short Documentary Award

2015: Queen Of The Plough

The Don Quijote Award for Best Animated Short Film

2015: Meanwhile

Best Animated Sequence in a Short Film

2015: Geist

The One Minute Film Festival

2015: Luke and Roger by Kevin O’Brien

in association with

Individual Awards

The Galway Hooker

2015: Pete Docter (Director), Inside Out
2015: Jonas Rivera (Producer), Inside Out
2015: Mohsen Makmalbaf (Director), The President
2015: Mícheál Ó Meallaigh (Former TG4 commissioning editor)

Pitching Competition
The Bingham Ray New Talent Award

2015: Kathryn Kennedy (Producer), My Name Is Emily

in association with

Bingham Ray

Bingham Ray, throughout his career at October Films, United Artists and Sidney Kimmel, always managed to block off the week to attend the Fleadh annually. From the early Claddagh Palace days, he witnessed our passion for film, drive and independent spirit, and recognising it as his own, became our greatest stalwart. Bingham gave so much of his time to mentoring lmmakers over the years at the Galway Film Fair, listening, advising, believing and encouraging. The Irish film community benefited hugely from Bingham’s wealth of knowledge across the complete spectrum of the film industry and the many friendships that he made along the way is a testament to his generosity in sharing his experience. The inaugural Bingham Ray New Talent Award was given to Gerard Barrett by Bingham’s daughters, Annabel and Becca, for Pilgrim Hill, which went on to worldwide success.

The nominees for 2016 are:

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