In keeping with tradition the closing night opened with the presentation of the Consulate of Ireland Award and the Festival Awards . After much applause the final group of shorts screened ultimately revealing the Audience Award winners when the votes were tabulated. It is remarkable that once again the winning films were separated by just a few votes bringing to mind the the old saying that every film and filmmaker is a winner, which is indeed true, but only a handful will actually get the awards. And so to the 2013 winning films:
CONSULATE OF IRELAND AWARD
IRISH FOLK FURNITURE
Director TONY DONOGHUE, Producer CATHAL BLACK.
1st Place: MACROPOLIS
Director/Producer JOEL SIMON
2nd Place: HOME TURF
Director ROSS WHITAKER, Producer AIDEEN O’SULLIVAN
3rd Place: UISCE BEATHA
Director: SHAUN O’CONNOR, Producer AIDEEN WYLDE
Honorable Mention: TOWN
Director ORLA MURPHY
Producers ORLA MURPHY and ORLA McHARDY
1st Place: FEAR OF FLYING
Director CONNOR FINNEGAN, Producer BRUNELLA COCCHIGLIA
2nd Place: COWBOYS and DISSIDENTS
Director WILL MALONEY, Producer LARRY COWAN
3rd Place: RHINOS
Director SHIMMY MARCUS
Producers CIARA GILLAN and SHIMMY MARCUS
Honorable Mention: MHOIR THAN A TEAM
Director/Producer HANNA BOWENS
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS!
The festival would like to say thank you to its venue partners, AMC River East and The Society for Arts; to our great sponsors for their support and encouragement; to everyone on the festival team who did yeomen’s work with a minuscule budget; to everyone who attended the fest we hope enjoyed the films and to the filmmakers your talents are amazing….thank you.