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Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland, July 5-11, 2011. Experimental jury. Report by Atle Isaksen

After an initiative taken by access>CINEMA (the Irish federation) towards the Galway festival, an experimental jury was incorporated at the 23rd edition of the Fleadh. The programme consisted of both Irish and international feature films, short films and documentaries. The members of the FICC jury were Maretta Dillon, Ireland, Hauke Lange-Fuchs, Germany and Atle Isaksen, Norway.

The task of the FICC jury was to judge the New Irish Shorts programme, a total of 107 films. The blocking of the 9 sub programs was often scheduled after each other, which meant that the jury had very short breaks before re-entering the cinema. The level of the films was very varied, and the jury was wondering whether there were any pre-selection at all. The impression of the Galway Film Fleadh was that it was mainly a showcase for Irish films aimed at producers and the film business, and some of the short films seemed more like excerpts from feature films to be pitched than short films.
The short film programs were mostly screened during the morning and early afternoon which left time to see other films and explore Galway. The city is located at the west coast of Ireland, and the impact from the forces of nature was evident, both in terms of the weather, which changed every minute, and the differences in the tides of the sea. Galway was a nice place to visit with good restaurants and, of course, pubs.
The FICC jury members were not accommodated together with the rest of the guests, which meant little possibility to meet other film professionals. However, thanks to access>CINEMA, we were well taken care of, and we had a very nice dinner together with the board of access>CINEMA.
The jury awarded the Don Quijote Award to:

The Boy Who Lived In A Bubble
IR 2o11, 6 min
Kealan O’Rourke
„The Boy Who Lived In A Bubble treats its theme of love with a fresh approach and new energy. It is a funny animation with a good rhythm, and the choice of Alan Rickman as narrator suits the film. The film appeals to all audiences, and a young one in particular.“

Special Mention:
Cured
IR 2o1o, 12 min
Mary Redmond
„Cured is an unconventional love story about love between two adults. They are both lonely with their own issues, but despite their clumsiness they have not given up hope. The film is a humorous drama and the characters are vivid and played with natural conviction.“