Over the weekend the 5th DARE Media UnderGround Short Film Festival came to an end in Cork City. The festival concluded its run in the city with an awards ceremony, celebrating the best films that showed during the 8 days.

Oisin McCoille’s captivating look at a father and daughter dealing with dementia Still Life took home the award for Best Irish Short, with Lochlainn McKenna’s¬†dramatic comedy Pockets winning the Made in Cork award.

Denmark’s financial crisis comedy Triangles of Happiness won Best International Short, with Casitas winning Best Spanish Short, after the festival celebrated the cinema of Spain with a unique strand. French director Even Frederic’s Metamorphosis won Best Animated Short.

Irish and International feature films were also present at the festival, with awards being handed out to Cork native Ian Ruby for his low-budget feature Dead Dogs, and to Turkish director Mete Sozer for his drama And The Circus Leaves Town.

The UnderGround Short Film Festival was established in 2010 by filmmakers Darren O’Mahony and Tomas O’Neill with the aim of developing and highlighting the film making community in the Cork and Munster area. Under O’Mahony’s stewardship the festival has gone from strength to strength. The 2015 festival saw Inspire Awards go to filmmaker Terry McMahon and actress Victoria Smurfit for their contributions to Irish cinema. McMahon’s speech was a highlight of the festival, and recommended reading for potential filmmakers.

The full list of winners and nominated films is below:

Irish Short
Still LifeWinner
Barty Carty – Nominated
Stoop – Nominated

Made in Cork Short
PocketsWinner
Absolution – Nominated
Cead Ghra (First Love) – Nominated

International Short
Triangles of HappinessWinner
Mediation – Nominated
Slick Timing – Nominated

Spanish Short
CasitasWinner
I just had a Dream – Nominated
Washakie Y El Chico de las Manos – Nominated

Animated Short
MetamorphosisWinner
Around The World in Eighty Days – Nominated
The Urge 2: It lies within – Nominated

Comedy Short
1500 WordsWinner
Casa Del Suenos – Nominated
Comic Potential – Nominated

Documentary Short
Spirit of SamhainWinner
Mind / Body – Nominated
Tonn Nua? – Nominated

Drama Short
Stop EjectWinner
Home Truths – Nominated
The Hunt – Nominated

Experimental Short
Black CoffeeWinner
Pale Blue Dot – Nominated
Total Animal 3 – Nominated

Sci-Fi / Horror Short
The Smiling ManWinner
Lady in White – Nominated
Awakenings – Nominated

Music Video
Love wont make you cryWinner
Cais Sodre Funk Connection – Nominated
Vertiginious Hole – Nominated

Irish Feature Film
Dead DogsWinner
The Three Sisters – Nominated

International Feature Film
And The Circus Leaves TownWinner
Nick – Nominated

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