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Galway Film Fleadh Award Winners
11 Jul 2005 :

Perry Ogden with Rosie Maughan & her daughters Winnie & Rosie

The 17th annual Galway Film Fleadh drew to a close on Sunday the July 10th with the Fleadh Awards Ceremony which honoured the top feature and short films screened at the festival this year.

Seven category awards were presented with the coveted Best Irish Short accolade

presented to Billy McCannon for 'Recoil'. Best First Irish Short was presented to 'A Taxing Night', by Brian O' Neill and Paul Bushe and a delighted Perry Ogden was presented with the award for Best First Feature for his film 'Pavee Lackeen'.

Best Irish Short Documentary was won by 'Idir Dha Shaol' (Dir. John Mallon), Best First Irish Short Animation went to 'What Have The Brits Ever Done For Us?' (Dirs. Aidan O' Donovan, Colm Tobin and Kevin Nolan), Best Irish Short Animation was presented to director Eoghan Kidney for 'Stars' and Best Feature Documentary was won by 'Highway Courtesans' (Dir. Mystelle Brabbée). The winners of each award were presented with a cheque for €1,000 and each of the runners up also received €500 euro.

This year’s Galway Film Fleadh also introduced the Stella Artois Pitching Award, valued at 5,000 euro. This event was open to screenwriters to submit a one-page story idea for screen. Projects were pre-selected by a designated panel and the five successful projects pitched publicly today by the individual screenwriters in front of an industry panel and audience. The winner of this year’s award was Keith Brogue from Limerick.

The Fleadh was also delighted this year to announce that the prize fund had increased to €10,500 thanks to the ongoing support of RTE.

The ceremony, which took place in the Townhall Theatre in Galway, preceded the closing film of this year's Fleadh - 'Short Order' - a first feature by the Irish director Anthony Byrne. Actor John Hurt, who plays a lead role, was among those in attendance at the reception.

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