The Audi Dublin International Film Festival drew to a close on Sunday night after 11 days celebrating the best of Irish and World cinema.
Aisling Walsh’s ‘Maudie’ opened the festival, and John Butler’s Handsome Devil closed the festival on Sunday night. The festival screened almost 100 Irish and World Premieres with filmmakers, actors and crew attending to support their films.
Emer Reynolds’s space exploration documentary ‘The Farthest’, production by Crossing the Line’s John Murray, and Clare Stronge, won the AUDI-ence Award.
Emer Reynolds, said: ‘"On behalf of the whole team, I am delighted and humbled to receive this award. Screening the film to a Dublin audience was the most incredible experience and for them to honour us like this is out of this world!"
The ADIFF Discovery Award with the winners announced Sunday as Niamh Algar (actress – ‘Without Name’, ‘Pebbles’, ‘Gone’) John Connors (actor – ‘Breathe’, ‘The Secret Scripture’), and Vincent Gallagher (Writer/Director – ‘Second to None’).
The ADIFF Discovery Award Jury is comprised of past-winner Juanita Wilson (Director – 2011), star-on-the-rise Seána Kerslake, producer Jason Foran, and Aidan Greene, Deputy CEO of Core Media.
The Discovery Award Jury said: “At such an exciting time internationally for Irish film we were honoured to be a part of the Festival’s effort to celebrate emerging Irish talent and in turn help that talent get recognition both here and abroad. As a jury, we were delighted to have viewed so many projects that show there is no shortage of upcoming talent here. It’s quite an accomplishment to be nominated for any award, and we the jury would like to congratulate all the nominees, as yet again the work submitted this year was excellent and continues to raise the bar. In a repeat of last year, we have decided to choose three winners, each being recognised for their amazing work and we look forward to watching them grow within their respective fields.”
Highlights of the Dublin Film Critics Circle winners includes Emer Reynolds, John Butler, Len Collin, Charlene Kelly and Kieran Coppinger. The Circle is composed of a jury of professional film critics. The awards were announced and took place at a special ceremony sponsored by Limelight Communications that attracted many of the key players in film journalism and distribution.
Audi Dublin International Film Festival Shorts Awards
The shorts jury comprised Freelance Film Critic Esther McCarthy; Trish Long, Vice- President and General Manager of The Walt Disney Company (Ireland); Mark Adams, Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival; and Cathal Gaffney, Managing Director of Brown Bag Films.
Best Irish Short – ‘Lily’
Irish Special Mention – ‘Breathe’
The Shorts Jury said "Our Best Irish Short award goes to Graham Cantwell’s pithy, energetic and perfectly made short, Lily. Featuring an excellent young cast and rooted in very believable performances, its story revolving around homophobic bullying among a group of teenage girls is, of course, timely and relevant, though never too angsty.”