Informative plattform of International Federation of Film Societies- Féderation Internationalle des Ciné-clubs- Federación Internacional de Cine Clubes
Galway Film Fleadh took place from July 11th to 16th, in the Irish town Galway. The six days international film event takes place every July and is Ireland’s leading film festival with more than 180 screenings. The central goal for the festival is to bring together audiences and filmmakers within an intimate environment, and share a common experience – the wonder of cinema. It is also an event for international and national cinema industry, with workshops, Masterclass and panel discussions. The point of contact for the FICC jury was Maeve Cooke from access>CINEMA. She did a very good job and helped us with nearly everything practical at the festival.
It was 29th. time the Fleadh was arranged, and it is a very well-organized festival. There are about 60 volunteers, which is important to arrange a festival of this size. Especially the desk of registration/information was very helpful with tickets, information, etc. Two of them were Caitriona Fitzpatrick and Aoife Gavin. Below a photo of Caitriona.
The FICC-jury was present from Friday 14th. The members of the jury were Laura Dunne, Finola Costello, both from Ireland, and me from Norway. After each section of short movies we had some time to discuss the films and to decide which to award. The films were of very high quality.
Don Quijote Award should be given to the best animated short film. There were 14 short movies for the jury to judge. The FICC jury unanimously awarded The Don Quijote award to An Béal Bocht / The Poor Mouth, directed by Tom Collins. It is an animated adaptation of Flann O’Brien’s only novel written in Irish under the pseudonym of Myles Na gCopaleen. It is a biting satire of the life story of a young Gael reflecting on his life from Sligo Gaol. This film also won the prize for Best First Short Animation Award.
The jury also gave a special mention to Late Afternoon, directed by Louise Bagnall and produced by Nuria Blanco. This movie also got the prize for Best Animated Sequence in a Short Film.
This was the first time I was a member of a FICC jury and I enjoyed this very much. Galway Film Fleadh is a wonderful festival. I can certainly recommend this to others, and I gladly participate as a jury member again.
Stein R. Bjerkely, Grenland Filmklubb, Norway