Last night √âCU – The European Independent Film Festival, Europe‚Äôs premier event for independent cinema, announced its 25 award-winners for 2015. One of the 25 awards went to Irish short film Sophie at the Races, with Siobhan O‚ÄôKelly taking the prize for Best Actress for her portrayal of Harriette.
Sophie at the Races is a family drama from writer/director Alan Friel, starring Michael Power, Siobhan O‚ÄôKelly, and Susie Power. The film follows Sophie as she journeys to the races on a promise from her troubled mother Harriette that she will meet her father for the first time. The film was produced by Fiona Kinsella for Jumper Productions, with financing through the Irish Film Board Signatures scheme.
The festival screened 84 films from 32 countries over , with films competing in 14 categories, with 7 open to non-European competitors. The awards were judged by a panel of internationally acclaimed industry experts, according to their quality, creativity, and independent spirit in both form and content.
√âCU – The European Independent Film Festival is an annual international film festival dedicated to independent cinema. Held in Paris, France, it was created in 2006 by Scott Hillier. The festival is dedicated to the discovery and promotion of the best independent film making talents from Europe and beyond, showcasing films that demonstrate quality, innovation, and creativity in both form and content.
The full list of winners:
|Best European Independent Film 2015||Here Lies (United Kingdom)||Duncan Ward|
|Best European Independent Dramatic Short||The Anklet (France)||Guillaume Levil|
|Best European Independent Dramatic Feature||Roseville (Bulgaria)||Martin Makariev|
|Best European Independent Documentary||Gazi to Gezi ‚Äì A Stones Throw Away (United Kingdom)||Ross Domoney|
|Best European Independent Animation||Mend And Make Do (United Kingdom)||Bexie Bush|
|Best European Independent Experimental Film||Out of Reach (Rain Night) (Belgium)||Pablo Diartinez|
|Best European Independent Music Video||Entomophobia (United Kingdom)||Robin Rippmann|
|Best European Independent Comedy||De Smet (Belgium/Netherlands)||Thomas Baerten & Wim Geudens|
|Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Short||Catching Fireflies (USA)||Lee Whittaker|
|Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Feature||Flytrap (USA)||Stephen David Brooks|
|Best Non-European Independent Documentary||Trip Along Exodus (Syrian Arab Republic/Lebanon)||Hind Shoufani|
|Best Student Film||Exit Neverland (Denmark)||Chadi Abdul-Karim|
|Best Short Script||Long Road Home (United Kingdom)||Richard Flynn|
|Best Feature Script||The Competitors (United Kingdom)||Ruth Greenberg|
|Best Actor||Roseville (Bulgaria)||Kalin Vrachanski|
|Best Actress||Sophie at the Races (Ireland)||Siobh√°n O‚ÄôKelly|
|Best Editing||Being an Angel (Spain)||Luigi Abanto Varese|
|Best Cinematography||127 (New Zealand)||Leigh Elford|
|Best Director||Before the Bomb (USA)||Tannaz Hazemi|
|Special Jury Mention||Oh! My Princess (Republic of Korea)||Heewook SA|
|The Barbiers Blade (Germany)||Hakan Can|
|Touch (United Kingdom)||Andrew Richardson|
|Audience Award||The Dandelion (Belgium)||Sophie-Cl√©mentine Dubois|
|The Ahmed Khedr Award for Excellence in Arab Filmmaking||Amongst (Saudi Arabia)||Mohammed Alsalman|
|Excellence in Women‚Äôs Filmmaking||Final Stroke (Germany)||Anne Chlosta|