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‘Gridlock’ eligible for Oscar Nomination following Cork Film Festival Win
2016-11-21 9:45:00 : Katie McNeice
The winners of the Cork Film Festival were announced yesterday, Sunday November 20th, with Ian Hunt Duffy’s title starring ‘Vikings’ actor Moe Dunford honoured as the Grand Prix Irish Short winner.

‘Gridlock’ marks a directorial debut for Hunt Duffy and has also screened at both the Galway Film Fleadh and Waterford Film Festival this year. He previously produced ‘Love is a Sting’ directed by Vincent Gallagher, which received the Grand Prix Irish Short Award in 2015.  

The project is produced by FailSafe Films and also earned the team an award of €1,500 on the night, which was presented Colm Crowley of RTÉ Cork.  

Gridlock is a thriller set during a traffic jam on a narrow country road, and the desperate search by a father for his young daughter, after she goes missing from their car.

Another winning project which is now eligible for the longlist is ‘Forest of Echoes’ from Maria Luz Olivares Capelle, which received the Grand Prix International.

Award Winners

  • Grand Prix Irish Short: ‘Gridlock’, Ian Hunt Duffy
  • Grand Prix International: is ‘Forest of Echoes’, Maria Luz Olivares Capelle
  • Cinematic Documentary: ‘Tempestad’, Tatiana Huezo
  • Best Cork Short: ‘Oíche Nollaig na mBan’, Oonagh Kearney
  • Best Documentary Short: ‘Scrapbook’, Mike Hoolboom
  • The Best Irish Music Video: for The Coronas' The Long Way, Stevie Russell
  • Best International Music Video: Boomerang, Steven Vander Meer
  • Nomination for the 2017 European Film Academy Award: ‘The Party’, Andrea Harkin
  • Spirit of the Festival Award: ‘Dark Night’, Tim Sutton
  • Audience Award: ‘The Apology’, Tiffany Hsiung
  • Youth Jury Award: ‘The Pass’, Ben A. Williams

James Mullighan, Creative Director:
"Gridlock is a well-deserved winner, and is a worthy inclusion on the Academy Awards’® longlist. We wish it every success in its category. The quality of shorts this year was extraordinary, and highlights the depth of talent and creativity in Ireland’s film community, and cements the Cork Film Festival’s long-standing commitment to presenting and promoting short film.”

“This year more than 150 richly diverse films were screened at the Festival, ranging from psychological thriller I Am Not a Serial Killer to Nate Parker’s timely American drama, The Birth of a Nation, and the powerful documentary, Dreamcatcher, by preeminent filmmaker, Kim Longinotto.”

Ciarán McMahon, Managing Director of Ford Ireland:
“Documentary is an increasingly important and popular genre, that uses the power of cinema to explore some of the burning cultural and social issues of our time, and invites audiences to see the world differently, a sentiment we proudly endorse at Ford. We are delighted to be supporting the Cork Film Festival by sponsoring this award and the Closing Gala.”

Fiona Clark, Festival Producer:
“Audiences warmly embraced this year’s programme and we had many sold-out nights, including for Gerry Stembridge’s The Randomer; Out of Innocence, starring acclaimed Cork actress Fiona Shaw; and all four fLUX events in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral.  We were delighted to present the first Doc Day in partnership with the Irish Film Board, and other highlights included a collaboration with the National Sculpture Factory, Perceptions of Vision; acclaimed RTÉ documentaries with guest speakers including Fr. Peter McVerry; and our Illuminate programme of films and discussions exploring mental health.

“We are hugely appreciative to all our funders, sponsors, partners, patrons, friends, and industry colleagues who have ensured the success of the 61st Cork Film Festival, and we are especially grateful to the large and loyal audiences who attended.”

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