Donald Clarke

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Song of the Sea wins best Irish feature at the Galway Film Fleadh

The Oscar-nominated animation puts another gong on the shelf.

Sun, Jul 12, 2015, 20:27


I don’t suppose this comes as an enormous surprise. After opening to ecstatic reviews across the UK and Ireland this weekend (just one negative review on Rotten Tomatoes). Tomm Moore’s Song of the Sea has taken the best Irish Film prize — presented in conjunction with Volta — at the Galway Film Fleadh. The picture is now among the most acclaimed releases from any nation in 2015.

Best Irish feature documentary went to the lovely Older Than Ireland, which we wrote about on Friday. Alex Fegan’s film goes among a group of centenarians and draws wisdom and humour concerning the state of Ireland over the last 100 years. It is hoped the film will make it into cinemas before the year is out. Best first feature went to Mark Noonan’s You’re Ugly Too, a drama starring Aidan Gillen as a man recently released from jail who is forced to take care of his young niece.

The Bingham Ray New Talent Award was presented to Kathryn Kennedy for her work on Simon Fitzmaurice’s My Name is Emily. Seamus Deasy took best cinematography in an Irish feature for the same film.


  • Best Irish Feature Film: Song of the Sea
  • Best Irish First Feature: You’re Ugly Too
  • Best Cinematography in an Irish Feature: Seamus Deasy –My Name Is Emily
  • Best Irish Documentary: Older Than Ireland
  • James Horgan Award for Best Animation: Violet
  • The Don Quijote Award for Best Animation: Meanwhile
  • Best Animated Sequence in a Short Film: Geist
  • Best First Short Animation: Unhinged
  • The Tiernan MacBride Award for Best Short Drama:  North
  • Best Short Drama: Queen of the Plough
  • Best First Short Drama: Today
  • The Donal Gilligan Award for Best Cinematography in a Short Film: Tim Fleming – My Bonnie
  • Best International Film: Margarita With A Straw
  • Best International Feature Documentary: Armor of Light and Touch the Light 
  • Best International First Feature: My Skinny Sister
  • Best Human Rights Feature: Marzia, My Friend
  • The Bingham Ray New Talent Award: Kathryn Kennedy (Producer – My Name is Emily)
  • The Fleadh Pitching Award: Luke Morgan – Ewetopia. 
  • The One Minute Festival Award – Luke and Roger
  • Short Film Slam: I Am Jesus
  • Galway Hooker Award: Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Pete Docter, Jonas Rivera, and Mícheál O Meallaigh