14 June 2024 The Irish Film & Television Network
Kate McCullough awarded Best European Cinematography at 2022 European Film Awards
24 Nov 2022 : Nathan Griffin
Irish Cinematographer Kate McCullough
Irish cinematographer Kate McCullough has been recognised by the European Film Academy for her fantastic cinematography work on Colm Bairéad’s An Cailín Ciúin, the record breaking Irish language film.

McCullough, who won the award for Best European Cinematography, is one of eight recipients of this year’s Excellence Awards with Kenneth Branagh’s film Belfast also picked up two awards for European Costume Design and European Production Design.

A two time IFTA-winning Irish cinematographer, Kate McCullough is known for her work on hit TV series Normal People, Emer Reynolds’ documentary The Farthest, Ken Wardrop’s His & Hers, and was recently listed as one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow 2020.

“I’m delighted to be recognised by the European film academy with this prestigious award,” McCullough tells IFTN.

“I’m hugely grateful to my colleagues on The Quiet Girl who each played an integral role in making the tapestry that is the finished Film. A supportive and nourishing space in which all departments can collaborate and create is not a given, but in The Quiet Girl crew, it was such that we all moved together, toward the same end goal,” McCullough adds. “In particular, though for the first time, working with Colm was like working with an old friend. We had an immediate shorthand.”

Considered the most renowned and prestigious award for European film, the ceremony of the European Film Awards will take place on December 10th in Reyjjavik, and the Excellence Awards recipients will be honoured at the ceremony in their respective arts and crafts categories.

This award for An Cailín Ciúin is the latest of several picked up by the film’s creative team in recent weeks. The Irish-language film has already broken domestic box office records in Ireland, surpassing €1 million and becoming the most successful Irish-language film in history. It has also been critically acclaimed internationally, with outlets like Variety and The Hollywood Reporter highlighting the film’s potential as a contender for Best International Film at the Academy Awards, the shortlist of which will be announced in December this year.

Since its release last May, the film has been a major hit at international film festivals, winning a slew of awards including a Grand Prix Award at the Berlinale, seven Irish Film & Television Academy Awards, and has become a critic’s darling garnering 5-star reviews across the board.

An Cailín Ciúin is Ireland’s entry for the Oscars® Best International Feature Film category at the upcoming 95th annual Academy Awards, having been chosen by the Irish Film & Television Academy earlier this year.

The film was funded by Screen Ireland, TG4, and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland as part of the Cine4 scheme, and shot on location in Meath and Dublin in 2020. 

Other awards that An Cailín Ciúin has picked up so far include Best Irish Film, Dublin Film Critics’ Circle Awards 2022; Audience Award, Dublin International Film Festival 2022; Audience Choice Award, International New Talent Competition, Taipei Film Festival 2022; Audience Favourite Award, Film Fest 919, North Carolina 2022; Jury Award for Best Picture at the Newport Beach Film Festival 2022; Silver Spike Award, Valladolid International Film Festival 2022; FIPRESCI Award, Valladolid International Film Festival 2022; Audience Award, Official Section, Valladolid International Film Festival 2022; Audience Award for World Cinema, Montclair Film Festival, New Jersey 2022; Scannán na Bliana, Gradaim Chumarsáide an Oireachtais / Film of the Year, Oireachtas Media Awards 2022; First Runner-Up, Audience Award, Miami Film Festival GEMS, Florida 2022; Audience Award, Denver Film Festival, Colorado 2022; and Best Feature Film, Irish Film London Awards 2022.

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