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Galway Film Fleadh announces its award winners

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- Govinda Van Maele's Gutland, Ryan and Andrew Tohill's The Dig and Viko Nikci's Cellar Door are among the victors at this year's edition

Galway Film Fleadh announces its award winners
Gutland by Govinda Van Maele

It’s a wrap for the 30th edition of the Galway Film Fleadh, the Republic of Ireland’s leading film festival. Yesterday, Sunday 15 July, the event came to a close after a raft of Irish and world premieres, special screenings, master classes and industry meetings. The closing ceremony took place before the screening of Lance Daly's Black 47 [+see also:
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interview: Lance Daly
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]
at the Town Hall Theatre and was attended by President of Ireland Michael D Higgins

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This year's edition saw the triumph of Ryan and Andrew Tohill's The Dig [+see also:
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, the winner of the Award for Best Irish Feature, and Simon FellowsSteel Country [+see also:
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, the recipient of the Award for Best International Feature. The Tohill brothers' thriller tells the story of a murderer (Moe Dunford) who searches for his victim’s body in an Irish bog after being released from prison. Meanwhile, Fellows' film stars Andrew Scott as Donald, a local sanitation truck driver who begins an obsessive search for a young boy who has disappeared in a backwoods town. Other prestigious awards were bestowed upon Govinda Van Maele's surrealistic rural noir Gutland [+see also:
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interview: Govinda Van Maele
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]
(Best International First Feature), Viko Nikci's drama Cellar Door [+see also:
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]
(Best Irish First Feature) and Thomas Morgan's documentary about refugee Mariam Shaar Soufra (Best International Feature Documentary).

Here is the complete list of award winners at the 2018 Galway Film Fleadh:

Best International Short Documentary
Juck
 - Olivia Kastebring, Julia Gumpert and Ulrika Bandeira (Sweden)

Best International Short Fiction
What Happened to Evie
 - Kate Cheeseman (UK)

Don Quixote Award for the Best Animated Short
Yunshí - James W Griffiths (UK) 

Best International Short Animation
The Driver Is Red
 - Randall Christopher (USA)

Best Short Documentary
Inhale
 - Sean Mullan (UK)
Special Mention
Johnny - Hugh Rodgers (Ireland)

Donal Gilligan Award for Best Cinematography in a Short Film
Boy Saint
 - Kevin Treacy (Ireland)

Best Short Animation Award
The Usual
– Eabha Bortolozzo and Jack Kirwan (Ireland)

Best First Short Fiction Film
Boy Saint
 – Tom Speers (Ireland)

Best International First Feature
Gutland
 [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Govinda Van Maele
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]
 - Govinda Van Maele (Luxembourg/Belgium/Germany/France)

Best International Feature Documentary
Soufra
 - Thomas Morgan (USA/Lebanon) 

Best International Feature
Steel Country
 [+see also:
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 - Simon Fellows (UK/USA)

Best Cinematography in an Irish Feature
When All Is Ruin Once Again
 [+see also:
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 - Keith Walsh

Best Irish Feature Documentary
Katie
 [+see also:
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- Ross Whitaker 

Best Irish First Feature
Cellar Door
 [+see also:
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]
 - Viko Nikci 

Best Irish Feature
The Dig
 [+see also:
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]
- Ryan and Andrew Tohill (Northern Ireland)

Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama
Wren Boys
 - Harry Lighton (UK) 

James Horgan Award for Best Animation
The Wiremen
 - Jessica Patterson (Ireland)

Bingham Ray New Talent Award
Jordanne Jones (actor) - Metal Heart [+see also:
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(Ireland)

Best Human Rights Feature
Women of Venezuelan Chaos
 [+see also:
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 - Margarita Cadenas (France/Venezuela)

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