Foyle Film Festival Closing Night

Foyle Film Festival Closing Night

Following on from its successful screening of the Derry~Londonderry set movie, Jump, on Saturday night, with rising Northern Irish star Martin McCann in attendance, the 25th Foyle Film Festival began its last day of 2012 with a packed house of excited children at the Brunswick Moviebowl for Dreamworks’ latest animation offering – Rise of the Guardians 3D.

The Film Festival continued its prestigious programme of competition shorts throughout the day, with all of the attending filmmakers vying for the Festival’s prestigious Light In Motion Awards, the winners of which were announced at the Closing Night Awards Ceremony. The winners were:

Best Short Film // Hatch, directed by Christoph Kushing
Best Animation // Oh Willy, directed by Mark James Roels & Emma De Swaef

These shorts will now be automatically considered for Oscar nomination, as per the Foyle Festival’s affiliation with the Academy.

Margo Harkin’s The Far Side of Revenge also took home a Light In Motion Award for Best Documentary. When all of the filmmaking awards had been handed out, festival director Bernie McLaughlin was surprised with a ‘LegenDerry’ award of her own, presented by her staff, for guiding the event to its 25th year. Bernie had previously awarded Ray Winstone with the LegenDerry Award on Opening Night.

The Festival closed out its best year yet with the critically acclaimed Danish film, The Hunt, by director Thomas Vinterberg. Starring Mads Mikkelsen, The Hunt is a powerful and disturbing depiction of how quickly a lie can become the truth when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to flourish.

The Foyle Film Festival is the flagship project of the Nerve Centre and is funded by Northern Ireland Screen and Derry City Council.

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