Film festival awards recognise emerging talents

The curtain came down on the 57th Corona Cork Film Festival last night following the announcement of the award winners at the Triskel arts centre.

The week-long festival was designed to showcase the best of local, Irish and international cinema using familiar venues and one-off screens around the city.

And the awards’ element sought to continue the festival’s tradition of spotting talent early.

The ‘Made In Cork’ award, for the best short film, went to a production by Shaun O’Connor called Uisce Beatha.

The jury heaped praise on Mr O’Connor’s film for its genuine warmth and “lightness of touch”.

“It was a film, we felt, that could have been clichéd or clumsy in lesser hands,” the panel said.

The best international short film award was given to Finnish director Jussi Hiltunen for All Hallows Week. This focused on the fallout from a random act of violence.

The best Irish film prize went to Eamon O’Neill for his animated entry Left, which charted the lives of two childhood friends.

Sascha Fülscher from Sweden took the OutLook Award for Best LGBT entry with her film, Next Door Letters.

Cathy Brady was nominated as the festival’s entry in the European Film Awards for Morning.

She won the best first film prize at the same festival in 2010.

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