Irish short Sophie at the Races wins at European Independent Film Festival
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)
Best European Independent Dramatic Short
The Anklet (France)
Best European Independent Dramatic Feature
Best European Independent Documentary
Gazi to Gezi ‚Äì A Stones Throw Away (United Kingdom)