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Winners announced at the inaugural Irish Screen America Festivals
12 Oct 2015 : Seán Brosnan
Irish Screen America was launched in 2015
The inaugural Irish Screen America (ISA) Film Festivals that took place recently in Los Angeles and New York sold out their opening ceremonies, screenings and events attracting more than 3,000 attendees over the duration of the programmes.

ISA presented an award at the Los Angeles Opening Night Reception to "outstanding new filmmakers & influential and emerging Irish talent". Recipients of the 2015 ISA Rising Talent Award were Rachael Moriarty, Peter Murphy, Barry Keoghan, Liam Hallihan, Cathy Brady, Laura McGee, Naomi Sheridan and Dónall Ó Héalaí. The awards were presented to the filmmakers by Teresa McGrane, Deputy CEO, the Irish Film Board who said: “What we have witnessed this weekend is the extraordinary breadth of Irish talent living and working in the US and Ireland - Irish Screen America is an incredible platform to share stories. Thank you to Niall and the ISA team - we know the hard work they put in and we wish ISA every success in building on an amazing launch."

Highlights of the combined program included Daisy Asquith's documentary ‘After the Dance’, the Sundance Award-winning, IFTA-nominated ‘Glassland’ and Frank Berry's ‘I Used to Live Here’.

Launched in 2015, ISA is an organisation created to seek out and promote influential and emerging Irish talent to the U.S. and showcase the very best of contemporary Irish film, TV, animation, video games and interactive media.

The festival's Executive Director and Curator Niall McKay and Deputy Directors Clodagh Bowyer and Marissa Aroy welcomed guests on both coasts to the festivals which came to a close in New York on Monday.

Niall McKay commented: "This year, we were able to showcase over 13 films to over three thousand people in both New York and Los Angeles and introduce our participating filmmakers to important industry professionals. Of course, none of this could happen if they weren't making beautiful films that we are able to showcase. It's really a great time for Irish filmmaking. It was also really gratifying to see that many of the projects from our local Irish programme in New York, such as ‘You Are Beautiful’, ‘Creativity Requires Courage’ and ‘On the Lig’ sprung out of the relationships created at the prior editions of the festivals."

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