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Stranger Than Fiction Fest Winners
24 Jun 2009 :
The Stranger Than Fiction Festival awards were presented in Dublin last weekend following the three day festival. Leticia Agudo & Aoibheann O’Sullivan won the award for Best Irish Short for their film ‘Forty Foot’, which also scooped the Audience Award. The Jury Award for Best International Short went to Keith O’Shea for ‘Dear Matthew’.

The awards ceremony, which took place on the 21 June - the final day of the festival, wrapped up the three day long screening fest which included Irish and International talent.

The two major awards handed out on the night were chosen by the judging panel which was compromised of IFTA winning director Lenny Abrahamson (Adam & Paul); veteran filmmaker Bob Quinn (Poitin); Bulgarian director Boris Desapodov ‘Corridor no. 8’; David Rane, film producer, and director of the Guth Gufa Documentary Festival; Micheál Ó Meallaigh, Head of commissioning in TG4; and IFB production exec in charge of documentary film, Alan Maher.

Best Irish Short which went to Leticia Agudo & Aoibheann O’Sullivan for their look at Ireland’s most famous bathing spot Dublin’s Forty Foot, saw them scoop a €500 award supported by the Irish Film Board. The Jury Award for Best International Short which went to Keith O’Shea for ‘Dear Matthew’ which tells the moving story of the family of missing painter Matthew O’Reilly.

The IFI Stranger Than Fiction Festival has announced it will hold a Stranger Than Fiction screening each month so that audiences can catch up with the best new Irish and International documentaries throughout the year. The first screening, on Tuesday 14th July at 8.20pm, is of ‘Burma VJ’ which tells the story of undercover Burmese video journalist’s defiant and subversive challenge to the military regime. The IFI will broadcast a live satellite introduction and post-screening discussion with the filmmakers as part of this screening.

Tickets from IFI Box Office: Tel: 01 6793477 or book online at www.ifi.ie

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