8th RHIFF Awards -The festival is now accepting submissions for the 9th edition, to be held this October.
8th RHIFF Awards Show- list of winners/2021 submissions now open
The 8th annual Richard Harris International Film Festival hosted its virtual awards show on the 30th of April.
The winners of 19 categories, nominated by an international jury from the shorts and features submitted to the festival in 2020, were announced on the night.
Renowned director and 6-time Academy Award nominee Jim Sheridan accepted the RHIFF Outstanding Talent Award for 2020. Previous winners of this award, chosen by the board of the festival, include actors Fionnula Flanagan, Jack Reynor, Patrick Bergin, Dominic West, and composer Patrick Cassidy, whose composition featured in the Inauguration Mass for President Biden.
Big winners on the night were Eamonn Murphy’s ‘A Better You’ which picked up three short film awards and Phil Sheerin’s feature film ‘The Winter Lake’ took home four awards. Former Munster Rugby star and first-time director Damien Varley’s ‘Life after life’ won two awards including the Newport Beach Film Festival Selection category. Fernando Bonelli ‘Planet Earth calling Ana’ from Spain was also the winner in two categories.
The acting categories were amongst the most competitive this year with nominees including Charlie Murphy; Michael McElhatton and Paul Mescal.
The feature film acting awards went to Charlie Murphy for ‘The Winter Lake’ and Joel Minguet for ‘Lone Wolves’. Mark Lawrence was the winner for best short film performance in a male role, while Laia Manzanares won the female acting award for ‘Planet Earth calling Ana’.
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Phil Sheerin won the inaugural best-directing award in a feature film for ‘The Winter Lake’. ‘The Winter lake’ also won the best feature award following on from last year’s winner ‘Bellingcat: Truth in a post-truth world’. Eamonn Murphy took the directing award in the short film category for ‘A Better you’ and Eamonn also won the category for best writing ‘A Better You’ won the best overall short category. Eamonn has previous form in the festival after winning with ‘Lost Memories’ in 2017.
The technical awards went to Colin Campbell for best editing for ‘Algorithm’ and to Ian Fox for ‘best cinematography’ for ‘Lost Suns’.
Among the many great locally produced films submitted, Sohaila Lindheim’s ‘Bluebell’ took the Best Midwest film award.
Other winners included ‘Planet Earth calling Ana’ directed by Fernando Bonelli for best National/International Short; Michael David McKernan’s ‘How to fall in love in a pandemic’ (best documentary); Kayleigh Gibbon’s ‘Featherweight’ (best animated short) and Conor Johnston’s ‘Don’t Sing’ (best student short). Special Judges mentions were awarded to Lane Shipsey’s ‘Olive Harvest’ and for Emma Mackey for ‘The Winter Lake’.
The awards show was produced by Emerald Giant Productions; directed by Zeb Moore, edited by Simon McGuire, and announced by Rachel Donahue.
The full list of winners can be seen HERE
The festival is now accepting submissions for the 9th edition, to be held this October. According to the organisers it is hoped that the festival will have a significant number of in-person and live events, should the public health situation and government guidelines allow, this year.
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