The Galway Film Fleadh, in association with Magnolia Pictures is proud to announce the five nominees for the 2015 Bingham Ray New Talent Award.This year’s nominees have been shortlisted for their work in the fields of Directing, Acting and Producing.

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 filmmakers 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. Last year the award went to producer Anne Marie Naughton, for her work producing the superb Irish horror film The Canal.

The Nominees for 2015 are:

Alex Fegan (Director, Older Than Ireland)

Mark Noonan (Director, You’re Ugly Too)

Lauren Kinsella (Actress, You’re Ugly Too)

Barry Ward (Actor, Pursuit, Blood Cells)

Kathryn Kennedy (Producer, My Name is Emily)


The winner of the 2015 Bingham Ray New Talent Award will be announced at the Closing Night Awards Ceremony of the 2015 Galway Film Fleadh at 7:15pm on Sunday July 12th.