Galway Film Fleadh | 7th - 12th July 2015
Academy Awards Arts Council

25th Galway Film Fleadh Awards

25th Galway Film Fleadh Awards

On Sunday, 14th July the 25th Galway Film Fleadh came to a close at the Town Hall Theatre in Galway, following another outstanding year of Irish and international film and documentary premieres, screenings and workshops. The annual awards ceremony, which took place before the screening of closing film The Sea, was attended by the President of Ireland, Michael.D.Higgins and international stars of the screen Saoirse Ronan, Zachary Quinto, Fionnuala Flanagan and Will Forte.





Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse had captivated an audience earlier in the day with an engaging public interview with Sean Rocks at the Town Hall, and received a rapturous ovation from the crowd.


James Morris

The former Chair of the Irish Film Board was given the award for his inspiring and enduring legacy with the Irish film industry.


Miriam Allen, Managing Director & Co Founder of the Galway Film Fleadh

Miriam received a surprise award from the President of Ireland Michael.D.Higgins for her on-going commitment and dedication to the Irish Film Industry.


The other Awards were as follows:




The Donal Gilligan Award for Best Cinematography in a Short Film:


Winner: D.O.P. James Mather for The Girl


 The James Horgan Award for Best Animation in Association with Telegael

***Winner eligible to enter Short Film competition for Academy Award ****


Special Mention: Coda

Director: Alan Holly

Producer: Ciaran Deeney


Winner:  The Missing Scarf

Director: Eoin Duffy

Producer: Jamie Hogan


 Best First Animation Award in Association with Cartoon Saloon


Special Mention: The Ledge End of Phil (from accounting)

Director: Paul O Muiris

Producer: Pearse Cullinane


Winner:  That’s Not Supposed to Happen

Director: Rory Kerr

Producer: IADT




Special Mention: Unfold

Director: Steven Daly

Producer: Oisin O’Driscoll


Winner: Rubai

Director: Louise Ni Fhiannachta

Producer: Gemma O’ Shaughnessy


The Tiernan MacBride Award for Best Short Drama in Association with Network Ireland Television


Special Mention: Rubai

Director: Louise Ni Fhiannachta

Producer: Gemma O’Shaughnessy


Winner: Mechanic

Director: Tom Sullivan and Feidhlim Cannon

Producer: Tom Sullivan, Suin O’Connor and Derek O’Connor


The Best Short Documentary Award in Association with Teach Solas


Special Mention: Town

Director: Orla Murphy

Producer: Orla Murphy, Orla McHardy



Winner: The End of The Counter

Director: Laura McCann

Producer: Aisling Ahmed



The winner of the 30 Minute Film Festival, the minute-long shorts fest within the festival was won by Robert Gaynor for his film, The Canon.


The Audience award went to 'The Bank Holiday' by Rory Walsh and Spire Productions.



The International Federation of Film Societies presented the Don Quijote Prize in the animation short film category to director Alan Holly and producer Ciaran Deeney for their short animation, Coda. There was a special mention for Two Wheels Good.




Features Audience Awards:


The Best Irish Feature Award


Second place: Life’s A Breeze

Director: Lance Daly

Producer: Macdara Kelleher


Winner: Run & Jump

Director : Steph Green

Producer : Tamara Anghie and Martina Niland



Best International Feature


Second Place: Ernest et Celestine

Director: Benjamin Renner, Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar

Producer: Didier Brumner and Stephan Roelants


Winner: Discoverdale

Director: George Kane

Producer: James Dean and Chris Carey



The Best First Irish Feature in Association with Crowe Horwath


Second Place: Out of Here

Director: Donal Foreman

Producer: Emmet Fleming


Winner: Run & Jump

Director: Steph Green

Producer : Tamara Anghie and Martina Niland



The Best International First Feature


In Second Place: Closed Season

Director: Franziska Schlotterer


Winner: Boy Eating The Birds Food

Directed: Ektoras Lygizos


Best Irish Feature Documentary


Second Place: Close To Evil

Director: Gerry Gregg

Producer: Gerry Gregg


Winner: Coming Home

Director: Vico Nikci

Producer: David Collins




Best International Feature Documentary


Second Place: The Search for Emak Bakia

Director: Oskar Alegria

Producer: Oskar Alegria


Winner: Plot for Peace

Director: Carlos Agullo’ and Mandy Jacobson

Producer: Mandy Jacobson



The Best Human Rights Documentary in Association with Amnesty International


Winner: Coming Home

Directed: Vicki Nikci

Producer: Viko Nikci & David Collins




The Galway Film Fleadh Pitching Award


Winner: Jacinta Owens for her project, C-Me 2020.




The Bingham Ray New Talent Award in association with Magnolia Pictures


Winner:  Kelly Thornton for her portrayal of Emma in Life’s a Breeze.