On Sunday July 12, 2020 the 32nd edition (and first ever online edition!) of the Galway Film Fleadh came to a close after another outstanding year of film premieres, events and discussions. The annual awards ceremony was live-streamed online before the closing film Arracht.  

Speaking during the launch Maureen Kennelly Arts Council Director said, “During the last six days your sterling programme has transported us to other worlds, but you remained true to yourselves in being a platform for Irish film showcasing the work of filmmakers at all stages of their careers”.

The winners are as follows:


Short Film Awards

Best International Documentary Short : No Crying At The Dinner Table by Carol Nguyen

Best International Fiction Short: White Eye by Tomer Shushan

Best International Animation Short: To the Dusty Sea by Héloïse Ferlay

Best Debut Fiction Short: Ballast by Jesse Gilbert

Best Debut Animation Short: Dead Hands of Dublin by Leo Crowley


Oscar Qualifying Awards

The Tiernan McBride Award for Best Fiction Short in association with Network Ireland Television:  The Invisible Boy by James Fitzgerald

The James Horgan Award for Best Animation Short: TOT directed by Fiona McLaughlin, Tom Getty & Aimée Kirkham Priester

Best Short Documentary Award in association with TG4: How to Fall in Love in a Pandemic by Michael-David McKernan


Individual Artist Awards

The winner of the 2020 Pitching Award is Alice McDowell for Rain Song.

The winner of the 2020 Bingham Ray New Talent Award, in association with Magnolia Pictures is Edwina Casey, producer Here Are the Young Men and director Algorithm.


Feature Film Awards

Peripheral Visions Award, in association with Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture: River Tales by Julie Schroell

Best Irish Documentary: Henry Glassie: Field Work directed by Pat Collins

Best Irish First Feature: Redemption of a Rogue directed by Phillip Doherty

Best Irish Film: Redemption of a Rogue directed by Phillip Doherty


The Awards Ceremony and all other live events, Q+A’s and panel discussions from the 32nd Galway Film Fleadh are available to watch back by clicking here.