Award Winners Package
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2018 AWARD WINNERS PACKAGE
Winner of Best Breakthrough Feature
2017/Ireland/UK (92 min)
Director: Aoife McArdle
Candice longs to escape the boredom of her seaside town, but when a boy she dreams about turns up in real life, she becomes involved with a dangerous local gang.
Winner of Most Inspiring Short
BLESS ME FATHER
2017/Ireland (16 min)
Director: Paul Horan
In a small Irish town where secrets are rare, a local man goes to church to confess his sins.
Winner of Director's Choice Feature
New England Premiere
2017/ UK | Ireland | Sweden | Germany (92 min)
Director: Stephen Burke
Maze is based on the true story of the 1983 mass breakout of 38 IRA prisoners from the HMP Maze high-security prison. As Larry Marley, the chief architect of the escape, schemes his way towards this feat, he meets prison warden, Gordon Close. Initially they are confirmed enemies, born of opposite sides of Northern Ireland's political divide, but when Larry realizes that Gordon may be useful for his escape, a slow seduction begins. What follows is an intense and intriguing drama during which an unlikely relationship is forged between two adversaries.
Winner of Director's Choice Short
2017/Ireland (15 min)
Director: Eamonn Murphy
Inspired by a true story. Sean races against the clock to his mother's death bed while dealing with inter-family politics over the phone.
Special Jury Prize
2017/Ireland (94 min)
Director: Nora Twomey
Parvana is an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family. Working alongside her friend Shauzia, Parvana discovers a new world of freedom - and danger. With undaunted courage, Parvana draws strength from the fantastical stories she invents as she embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family. Equal parts thrilling and enchanting, The Breadwinner is an inspiring and luminously animated tale about the power of stories to sustain hope and carry us through dark times.
Winner of the Global Vision Documentary
2017/Ireland (122 min)
Director: Emer Reynolds
It is one of humankind's greatest achievements. More than 12 billion miles away a tiny spaceship is leaving our Solar System and entering the void of deep space - the first human-made object ever to do so. Slowly dying within its heart is a nuclear generator that will beat for perhaps another decade before the lights on Voyager finally go out. But this little craft will travel on for millions of years, carrying a Golden Record bearing recordings and images of life on Earth. In all likelihood, Voyager will outlive humanity. The Farthest celebrates these magnificent machines, the men and women who built them, and the vision that propelled them farther than anyone could ever have hoped.