Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland Titles Take Home Major Awards at the 30th Galway Film Fleadh

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Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland Titles Take Home Major Awards at the 30th Galway Film Fleadh

Posted: 16th July 2018

The 30th Galway Film Fleadh came to a close last night after another outstanding year of Irish and international film premieres, screenings, workshops and discussions. Viko Nicki’s Cellar Door, Ross Whitaker’s Katie, Keith Walsh’s When All Is Ruin Once Again, Jessica Patterson’s The Wiremen, Sean Mullen and Meelis Arulepp’s The Overcoat and Jordanne Jones (Metal Heart) were among the Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland-supported winners at the Fleadh.

The annual awards ceremony took place before the screening of the closing film Black 47, with the ceremony attended by President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.

Viko Nicki’s Cellar Door, which presents a unique point of view on a familiar trauma, was awarded Best Irish First Feature. Racing from young love to tortured loss and back again, this story follows Aidie, a fighter inside and out, as she searches for her son while in the grip of the Church. Cellar Door cuts deep into the character’s experience in an exploration of love regained and loss relived. The title is produced by David Collins for Samson Films alongside Viko Nicki.

Taking home the accolade for Best Irish Feature Documentary was Ross Whitaker’s Katie. An intimate take on the legendary Irish boxer, Katie Taylor’s efforts to rebuild her career following a year of turmoil in her life, the documentary is produced by Aideen O’Sullivan at True Films, with Andrew Freedman of Venom Film serving as executive producer.

Keith Walsh’s When All Is Ruin Once Again was presented with the accolade for Best Cinematography. At the beginning of the Anthropocene — an epoch defined as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on the natural world — a rural community carve out their lives while a motorway ploughs forth through the landscape. It goes no further than the town of Gort in the west of Ireland, halted by the dawn of a financial crisis. 

When All Is Ruin Once Again sees a myriad of personalities weave an epic tapestry through the bog lands, farms, firesides, race tracks and hurling pitches of recession Ireland.

Jessica Patterson’s animated film, The Wiremen, won The James Horgan Award For Best Animation. The animated short film, which was produced under Screen Ireland and RTÉ’s joint-funded Frameworks scheme, was written by Paul Cahill and produced by Dave Minogue, in association with JAM Media.

When electricity is first brought to rural Ireland, a six-year-old girl believes an actual faerie has entered her home with ‘the Light’. Her attempts at capturing it unwittingly cause a blackout and ultimately summons the sinister, ghoulish creatures who haunt the surrounding countryside.

The Overcoat, an Irish-Estonian co-production, directed by Sean Mullen and Meelis Arulepp took home the award for Best Animated Sequence in a Short Film, “for the beautiful and technically accomplished ghost sequence.” The film is a warm and unique Christmas story about an office worker who saves all his money to buy a new coat in time for Christmas, only to have fate take a ghostly hand. The Overcoat, which was written by Hugh O’Conor, also features the voice talents of Cillian Murphy, with the title produced by Jonathan Clarke at Giant Animation and Kristel Tõldsepp at A Film Estonia.

Jordanne Jones was the recipient of The Bingham Ray New Talent Award for her role in the Hugh O’Conor-helmed Metal Heart, which received its world premiere at the Fleadh. Jones plays a starring role in the film which is teen drama about two estranged sisters — Emma (Jones) and Chatal (Leah McNamara) — home alone for their last summer together before adulthood beckons. Jones previously starred as Amy in the Screen Ireland-supported I Used to Live Here, directed by Frank Berry.

For a full list of winner from the 30th Galway Film Fleadh, please click here.