5th DARE Media UnderGround Short Film Festival Award Winners
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 comedyPocketswinning the Made in Cork award.
Denmark’s financial crisis comedy Triangles of Happiness won Best International Short, with Casitaswinning 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 Life – Winner Barty Carty – Nominated Stoop – Nominated
Made in Cork Short Pockets – Winner Absolution – Nominated Cead Ghra (First Love) – Nominated
International Short Triangles of Happiness – Winner Mediation – Nominated Slick Timing – Nominated
Spanish Short Casitas – Winner I just had a Dream – Nominated Washakie Y El Chico de las Manos – Nominated
Animated Short Metamorphosis – Winner Around The World in Eighty Days – Nominated The Urge 2: It lies within – Nominated
Comedy Short 1500 Words – Winner Casa Del Suenos – Nominated Comic Potential – Nominated
Documentary Short Spirit of Samhain – Winner Mind / Body – Nominated Tonn Nua? – Nominated
Drama Short Stop Eject – Winner Home Truths – Nominated The Hunt – Nominated
Experimental Short Black Coffee – Winner Pale Blue Dot – Nominated Total Animal 3 – Nominated
Sci-Fi / Horror Short The Smiling Man – Winner Lady in White – Nominated Awakenings – Nominated
Music Video Love wont make you cry – Winner Cais Sodre Funk Connection – Nominated Vertiginious Hole – Nominated
Irish Feature Film Dead Dogs – Winner The Three Sisters – Nominated
International Feature Film And The Circus Leaves Town – Winner Nick – Nominated