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Winners announced as ADIFF 2016 draws to a close
29 Feb 2016 : Seán Brosnan
Hector Media in Paddy Breathnach's 'Viva'
The Audi Dublin International Film Festival winners of the AUDI-ence Award, Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards, ADIFF Discovery, Volta Awards and Shorts competition have been announced, with the 11 day festival coming to an end over the weekend.

Irish feature ‘Viva’ by Paddy Breathnach has won the AUDI-ence Award, fighting off competition from fellow Irish titles ‘My Name is Emily’ and ‘Sing Street’. The Audience prize for Shorts went to Ger Duffy and Daire Glynn’s ‘Little Bear’. This year the Festival announced a collaboration with Title Sponsor Audi, offering the winner of the Feature AUDI-ence Award an exclusive networking trip to the Berlinale in 2017.

Speaking about his film’s win, director of ‘Viva’ Paddy Breathnach said: “Dublin is a great audience festival so getting this award means so much to us all. ‘Viva’ has been a wonderful adventure and this helps keep the adventure going to help bring it to a wider audience.”

The Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards, established in 2006, took place on the closing Sunday of the Festival, presenting accolades for Best Film, Director, Irish Film and Documentary amongst others. The Critics this year named Sing Street’s Ferdia Walsh Peelo as recipient of the Michael Dwyer Discovery Award, and writer of ‘Viva’ Mark O’Halloran as recipient of the inaugural George Byrne Maverick Award. Paddy Breathnach’s ‘Viva’ also won Best Irish Film whilst Best Irish Documentary went to ‘Atlantic’.

"2016 marks the DFCC's tenth birthday and we can think of no better present this year's tremendous ADIFF programme,” said DFCC president Tara Brady. “We hope everybody loves our award picks as much as we do. We're especially pleased to hand over the inaugural George Byrne Maverick Award to Mark, who has greatly enlivened our national cinema by thinking, as George did, outside the box. Thanks as ever to all the heroic jurors: Nicola, Brogen, David, Paul, Donald, John and Daniel."

The ADIFF Discovery Award aims to identify and champion emerging talent from both in front of, and behind the camera. Judged by a panel of industry experts comprising Casting Director Margery Simkin, Head of Distribution at Element Films Audrey Shiels, Director and Manager of Teach Solais Jason Foran and Director Ken Wardrop, the winners were announced as actor Barry Keoghan (Mammal, Traders, The Break), director/animator Jack O’Shea (A Coat Made Dark, Eat the Danger) and producer Kathryn Kennedy (My Name is Emily, It’s Not Yet Dark, After).

The judging panel for the Short Film Award was this year made up of actor Killian Scott, TileStyle and Chair of Business to Arts Ger McNaughton and Screen International critic Fionnuala Halligan, who named ‘Geist’ as Best Irish and ‘The Bathtub’ as Best International short.

Honoring career achievement, the Volta award was this year given to Angela Lansbury and Claudia Cardinale, who both participated in public interviews and mentoring sessions with emerging actors.

The Audi Dublin International Film Festival welcomed an array of films and guests to Dublin cinemas over the 11 days, including Richard Gere, Angela Lansbury, Claudia Cardinale, Brendan Gleeson, Rebecca Miller, Aidan Quinn, Neil Jordan, Evanna Lynch and Jack Reynor.

The Dublin International Film Festival’s Title Sponsors are Audi whilst the Arts Council were Principal Funders. Key partners and funders include The Irish Film Board, hotel partner The Merrion Hotel, beverage sponsor Peroni Nastro Azzurro, retail partner Arnotts, print transport partner Wells Cargo, post-production partner Windmill Lane and media partners The Irish Times, RTÉ Supporting the Arts and Entertainment.ie.

For more information on ADIFF and its full list of winners, go to www.diff.ie.

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