Triumph For Irish Film at 29th Galway Film Fleadh as Six IFB Titles Take Home Awards
The 29th Galway Film Fleadh came to a close on Sunday 16 July, following another outstanding year of Irish and international film premieres, screenings, workshops and discussions. The annual awards ceremony took place last night, with six IFB-funded titles receiving major accolades.
Frank Berry’s Michael Inside was presented with Best Irish Feature while Nick Kelly’s The Drummer and the Keeper was awarded Best Irish First Feature. Directed by Berry, Michael Inside was produced by Donna Eperon, Tristan Orpen Lynch and Aoife O’Sullivan at Subotica. The Drummer and the Keeper, which marked Kelly’s feature directorial debut was produced by Kate McColgan at Calico Pictures.
The award for Best Irish Feature Documentary went to Michael Fanning’s Rocky Ros Muc, produced by Fanning and Máire Bhreathnach. Richard Kendrick was announced as the winner of Best Cinematography in an Irish Feature for his work on Pat Collins’ Song of Granite, which was produced by Alan Maher and Jessie Fisk of Marcie Films alongside Martin Paul-Hus at Amerique Films.
It was also a successful night for IFB animation as two FRAMEWORKS short films took home awards. Louise Bagnall’s Late Afternoon won the prize for Best Animated Sequence in a Short Film for the short which was produced by Nuria González Blanco at Cartoon Saloon. Rory Byrne’s An Island which was produced by Ciarán Deeney at And Maps And Plans was presented with The James Horgan Award For Best Animation, with this particular award meaning that An Island is now eligible to qualify for the Academy Awards.
The Bingham Ray New Talent Award, which recognises the breakthrough talent of Irish filmmakers, went to Dafhyd Flynn, for his portrayal of an incarcerated youth in Michael Inside.
About the Films:
The Drummer and the Keeper
The Drummer and the Keeper tells story of an unlikely friendship between a 25-year-old rock’n’roll party animal with bipolar disorder who revels in rejecting society’s rules, and a 17-year-old goalkeeper who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome and yearns to fit in.
Michael Inside portrays the institutionalising impact of the prison system as it depicts Michael McCrea, a young and impressionable teenager who is sentenced to three months in prison after being caught holding a bag of drugs for his friend’s older brother.
Rocky Ros Muc
Rocky Ros Muc tells the compelling story of one of Ireland’s lesser-known sons, who came from humble beginnings to become a boxing legend challenging for a world title. From the quiet Galway village of Ros Muc to the criminal underworld of Whitey Bulger and the mean streets of Boston, this doc examines not just determination and spirit inside the ring but troubles outside, exploring the reality of emigration and life on the fringes.
Song of Granite
Song of Granite portrays the life of the great traditional Irish singer, Joe Heaney. Enigmatic and complex, Joe Heaney was one of the greats of traditional Irish singing (sean nós). Shaped by the myths, fables, and songs of his upbringing in the west of Ireland, his emergence as a gifted artist came at a personal cost. The film sees the beautiful yet harsh Connemara landscape combined with the myths, fables and songs of Heaney's childhood that helped shape this complex and gifted character.
An elderly woman drifts back through her memories. She exists between two states: the past and the present.
A solitary man sets out to conquer an isolated island.