*Best ‘Creative Cork’ Award *

Date Night, dir. Ross Carey
For his formally inventive yet deeply moving exploration of love and grief we were unanimous in giving the award to Ross Carey for the imaginative and affecting Date Night.

Special Mention – Dig dir. Rob Mullins
Squeezing fresh humour out of the established trope of two journeymen gangsters trying to carry out a hit job in a woods and being frustrated by the reluctant victim, we commend Rob Mullins for his highly entertaining Dig.

*Best Irish Short *

For its sensitive depiction of a younger and an older woman meeting in the departure lounge of an Irish airport. In Terminal, Natasha Waugh effectively conveys the private dramas of people’s lives affected by current public policy.

Special Mention –
In her highly entertaining documentary When The Butcher Stopped Ordering Meat we commend film student Laura Gaynor for revealing the rich and inspiring content of ordinary Irish lives.

*Spirit of IndieCork Award *

We are delighted to present this award to indie Godfather, Huck Melnick for his decades of championing independent film, for giving support and guidance to countless indie filmmakers and for his own independent work, the latest of which, the feature Faith & Fidelity, we are honoured to premiere at IndieCork.

*Best World Short *

In a year of outstanding international short films at the festival; we had many contenders for best world short. In the end, we chose a film that captures a worldwide story of increasing concern. Yet in a personal and unique way, Belle Ville outlines the predicament of the young Chinese-Korean woman at the heart of the film. It is deceptively low key, yet masterful filmmaking, reminiscent of the work of the Dardennes brothers. We are delighted to present the Best World Short to Wohnee Jung, for Belle Ville.

IndieCork Music Awards 2016

Emerging Artist Award – Darren Kirwan for Signal:Noise
Signal:Noise is an audiovisual performance piece that mixes, treats and distorts found footage in order to express a critical view of media consumption. Darren’s piece exhibits both technical virtuosity and creative purpose; his manipulation of media distances and ironicises its materials to evoke a powerful dystopian vision. As a supporter of contemporary media arts, IndieCork is delighted to offer this award to Darren, for cross-platform work that is both experimental and relevant.

Award for Pioneering Musical Practices – Dr Strangely Strange
Ireland, and particularly ‘Rebel’ Cork, has a reputation for welcoming musical innovation and experimentation. This award is made in recognition of the ground-breaking work of Dr Strangely Strange, a group that has blended folk, rock and ‘psychedelic lounge music’ from the late 1960’s to the present day. Their contribution to, and influence upon, each of those musical genres in Ireland has been significant. Their pioneering creativity remains inspirational for a new generation of musicians, and the spirit that IndieCork aspires to foster.

O’Bheál Poetry Film Competition

Winner: Dictionary Illustrations by Marie Craven (poem by Sarah Sloat)
Dictionary Illustrations was a perfect film poem because, remembering it, we can’t distinguish which parts were the words, which the images, which the sounds: each element harmonised perfectly with the others to create one discrete artwork. This effect is so rare, and so rewarding. – Kathy D’Arcy & Rossa Mullen.

Euroconnection Ronan Phelan Script and Pitching Award winner

Mike O’Dowd for ‘Woodpeckers’