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‘Good Vibrations’, ‘The Girl with the Mechanical Maiden’ and ‘Citadel’ Win Big At Galway Film Fleadh
16 Jul 2012 : By Eva Hall
'Good Vibrations'
Irish films ‘Good Vibrations’, ‘The Girl with the Mechanical Maiden’ and ‘Citadel’ were among the big winners as the 24th Galway Film Fleadh closed last night with the announcement of its annual awards.

‘Good Vibrations’, the Colin Carberry and Glenn Patterson-penned biopic, which screened at the Fleadh on Saturday night, picked up the Best Irish Feature Award in the Audience Award category.

See here for a gallery of images from the Galway Film Fleadh

The film had garnered enough buzz to pack the Town Hall on Saturday, and was attended by directors Lisa Barros D’sa and Glenn Leyburn; producers David Holmes and Chris Martin; editor Nick Emerson, and Terri Hooley, the record shop-owner whom the film is centred around.

Set in Belfast during the height of the Troubles in the 70s, ‘Good Vibrations’ will be released in Irish and UK cinemas later this year, with Richard Dormer, who has just been cast in season three of ‘Game of Thrones’, playing the title role of Hooley.

Speaking ahead of its screening on Saturday night, producer David Holmes told IFTN he was excited to see the film in a "proper cinema", having previously premiered it at the Ulster Hall as part of the Belfast Film Festival. He also said he wasn’t nervous about the Fleadh screening as the Belfast audience was more than likely the "toughest audience to crack", as they are aware of the Terri Hooley story.

Mark O’Connor’s ‘Stalker’ received second place in the Audience Award category for Best Irish Feature.

Writer, director and cinematographer Andrew Legge picked up The Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama for his film ‘The Girl with the Mechanical Maiden’. Network Ireland Television’s Derry O’Brien presented the award, which gives the short eligibility to enter the Short Film Competition for an Academy Award. ‘The Wire’ star Dominic West features alongside Serena Brabazon and Ingrid Craigie. Legge wrote and directed the short, with Ciara Whelan producing.

Colm Quinn’s ‘Joy’ received a Special Mention in the same category.

‘Citadel’ and ‘Earthbound’ received the joint award of Best First Irish Feature. ‘Citadel’ was directed by Ciarán Foy and produced by Katie Holly for Blinder Films and Brian Coffey for Sigma Films. It screened at the Town hall Theatre on Friday July 13 as part of the Fleadh. The horror stars James Cosmo (Game of Thrones), Aneurin Barnard (We’ll Take Manhattan) and Wunmi Mosaku (Vera).

Actress and former TV presenter Caroline Morahan (Off the Rails, A Kiss for Jed) attended the screening of ‘Citadel’ and told IFTN she "watched the majority of it from behind my arm" due its frightening subject matter. She added: "It’s a testament to their (Blinder) skill that I could barely watch the film, it was so horrifying, it was really just a psychological-thriller horror, it just pours into your skull, and I’m not very good at watching those kind of movies!"

‘Earthbound’, a sci-fi adventure directed by Alan Brennan in his directorial debut, also screened at the Fleadh on Friday July 13. Heidi Karin Madsen, Jacqueline Kerrin and Dominic Wright produced the feature, which is a Ripple World and Paper Dreams co-production. The alien-based drama stars Rafe Spall (Prometheus), Jenn Murray (The Fades) and David Morrissey (Blitz).

Other winners on the night include Art O’Briain’s ‘Natural Grace’, which picked up first prize in the Best Irish Feature Documentary, and ‘Lón sa Spéir’, directed by Seán Ó Cualáin, which took second prize in the same category.

Hannah Patterson won the Galway Film Fleadh Pitching Award with her idea for ‘Resistance’, and feature film ‘Pilgrim Hill’, which screened on Friday July 13, won director Gerard Barrett the Bingham Ray New Talent Award.

Speaking after the IFTA Summer Reception on Saturday evening, Galway Film Fleadh programmer Gar O’Brien said this year’s Fleadh was the biggest and best he has seen in his seven years working there: "I certainly feel like it’s been the biggest and best. I think a lot of that is because of the current crop of Irish cinema and talent that’s coming through, everything from ‘Grabbers’ from day one, right through, has just been a adored." He added: "I am fully expecting in two or three year’s time to be at the Fleadh again and to be introducing projects that were started from people meeting at events like this."

O'Brien said the one thing he wanted attendees to take away from the 2012 Fleadh was "passion for cinema, passion for what we do, what the industry does, and a passion to support, create, thrive and enjoy it."

Check out all the pictures from this year's Galway Film Fleadh in our gallery.

For the full list of winners from the Galway Fleadh Award, see below.

Galway Hooker Awards
Frank Stapleton
Isabelle Huppert

30 Minute Film Festival Judges Award
Winner: Alan Travers
Director: Stop Motion Biscuit Cake

The International Federation of Film Societies is proud to award the Don Quijote Prize in the animation short film category presented by Alberto Lacasa
Winner: Here To Fall
Director: Kris Kelly
Producer: Evelyn McGrath

Special Mention: Learning to Fish
Director: Teemu Auersalo
Producer: Nicky Gogan

The Huston School of Film and Digital Media’s Cinema, Human Right and Advocay Award is presented to the film that shows the importance of cinema as a means of raising awareness about human right issues presented by Dee Quinn
Winner: Give Up Tomorrow
Directed: Michael Collins

The Donal Gilligan Award for Best Cinematography in a short film presented by: Charlotte Sommers, Michael, Joe & Finn Gilligan
Winner: James Mather for The Hatch

Shorts Jury Awards

The James Horgan Award for Best Animation in association with Telegael
Winner eligible to enter Short Film competition for Academy Award

Winner: Fear of Flying
Director: Conor Finnegan
Producer: Brunella Cocchigila

Special Mention: Irish Folk Furniture
Director: Tony Donoghue
Producer: Cathal Black

The Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama in association with Network Ireland Television presented by Derry O’Brien
Winner eligible to enter Short Film competition for Academy Award

Winner: The Girl with the Mechanical Maiden
Director: Andrew Legge
Producer: Ciara Whelan

Special Mention: Joy
Director: Colm Quinn
Producer: Neil Wallace, Emmet Fleming

Cartoon Saloon Best First Animation Award
Winner: Head Over Heels
Director: Timothy Reckart
Producer: Fodhla Cronin O’ Reilly

The Best First Short Drama in association with Mazars presented by Paul Mee
Winner: Toy Soldiers
Director: Mike Hayes
Producer: Ciara Gillan

The Best Short Documentary Award in association with Teach Solas
Winner: The Hood and the Collar
Director: Paddy Hayes
Producer: Ciara Ni Chormaic

Special Mention: Off the Board
Director: Siobhan Perry
Producer: Roisin Linnie

Special Mention: Saving Turf
Director: Gearoid Hayes
Producer: Gearoid Hayes

Features Audience Awards

The Best Irish Feature Award
Winner: Good Vibrations
Director: Glenn Lyburn, Lisa Barros D’Sa
Producer: Chris Martin, Andrew Eaton, David Holmes

Second place: Stalker
Director: Mark O Connor
Producer: TJ O Grady Peyton

Best International Feature
Winner: The Parade
Director: Srdjan Dragojevic
Producer: Biljana Prvanovic

Second Place: Baikonur
Director: Veit Helmer

The Best First Irish Feature
Joint Winner: Citadel
Director: Ciaran Foy
Producer: Katie Holly & Brian Coffey

Joint Winner: Earthbound
Director: Alan Brennan
Producer: Heidi Karin Madsen, Jacqueline Kerrin, Dominic Wright

The Best International First Feature
Winner: Perfect Stranger
Director: Toni Bestard

In Second Place: In the Family
Director: Patrick Wang

Best Irish Feature Documentary
Winner: Natural Grace
Director: Art O Briain
Producer:Art O Briain, Aileen McDonagh

Second Place: Lon Sa Speir
Director: Sean O Cualain
Producer: Eamonn O Cualain

Best International Feature Documentary
Winner: Four Horsemen
Director: Ross Ashcroft
Producer: Megan Ashcroft

Second Place: The Swell Season
Director: Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins, Carlo Mirabella-Davis

The Galway Film Fleadh Pitching Award
Winner: Hannah Patterson for RESISTANCE

The Bingham Ray New Talent Award in association with Magnolia Pictures presented by Annabelle Ray
Winner: Pilgrim Hill
Directed by: Gerard Barrett
Produced by: Gerard Barrett

See here for a gallery of images from the Galway Film Fleadh


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