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Runway takes off at Galway

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Runway takes off at Galway

Ian Power’s The Runway has won Best Irish Feature at the 22nd Galway Film Fleadh. Starring Domain Bichir and Kerry Condon, the film is produced by Macdara Kelleher, Brendan McDonald and Bernard Michaux.

Snap by Carmel Winters (see interview), produced by Martina Niland (Once [+see also:
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), won second place in the category. Risteard Ó Domhnaill’s The Pipe won Best Feature Documentary. Nic Dunlop, Annie Sundberg and Julie le Brocquy’s Burma Soldier came second in the category.

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Javier Fuentes-Leon’s Undertow [+see also:
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won Best First Feature. Giuseppe Capotondi’s The Double Hour [+see also:
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, produced by Nicola Giuliano and Francesca Cima (producers of Il Divo [+see also:
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and The Consequences of Love), won second place.

Pádraig Mannion’s Action Evader won the Best First Animation prize, awarded in association with Cartoon Saloon with honourable mentions going to Leo Crowley’s Laurie and the Litterbugs and Bryan Joseph O’Sullivan’s We Are Detectives.

Len Collin’s Dumpailte won the Galway Film Fleadh Pitching Award where directors have to sell their idea in just 500 words. Interestingly, Will Collin won the same award two years ago for My Brothers. The film opened Galway this year.

David Quin’s Mister Heaney – A Wee Portrait won the James Horgan Award for Best Animation with an honourable mention going to The Meaning of Eggsistence directed by Bruce Ryder. Domhnall Gleeson won the Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama for Noreen with Tom Merilion’s Flatbed garnering a honourable mention.

Fleadh co-founder Lelia Doolan won the event’s lifetime achievement award, the Galway Hooker.

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