The 2014 Sky Road TV & Film Festival Winners

Best Short Film in association with The Irish Film Board:

Winner: The Abandoning.
A film about the memory of a house where the past and present are not separate places.
Director: Vanessa Gildea. Producer: Sé Merry Doyle.

Best Short Film, First Time Director in association with The Irish Film Board.

Winner: The Swing.
A coming of age story about two young brothers who find themselves in a perilous situation that kicks up memories of their past.
Director: Damien Dunne. Producer: Nora Windeck

Best Feature Film.

Winner: A NIghtingale Falling.
Set in Ireland during The war of Independence, two sisters’ lives are changed forever when they care for a wounded British soldier in their house.

Best Feature Documentary in association with TG4.

Winner: John Sheahan – A Dubliner.
A portrait of a man who was an integral part of the national institution that is The Dubliners. Director: Maurice Sweeney. Producer: Liam McGrath/Ceoladh Sheahan.

Best Short Documentary in association with RTE.

Winner: Seamus Heaney – Iarscribhinn – Imeall.
This special edition of Imeall celebrates the life and poetry of Seamus Heaney and visits the farmlands of Bellaghy, Co. Derry that inspired so many of his poems.
Director: Paschal Cassidy. Producer:Maggie Breathnach

Best Documentary Series in association with BAI.

Winner: Ceolchuairt Iamaice.
Belfast troubadour Gearoid Mac Lochlainn embarks on a reggae pilgrimage to Jamaica to see if the message of one love that crossed sectarian boundaries in his teenage years in Belfast is still alive in
Director: Paddy Hayes. Producer: Laura Ni­ Cheallaigh

Best three-minute short, New Media, filmed on a mobile or smart device.

Winner: Turnaround for Little Terns.
A news report for RTE which was filmed on an iPhone 5S. It has been the best breeding year on record for one of Ireland’s rarest seabirds, the little tern.
Director: Philip Bromwell.

Best One-minute short, New Media, filmed on a mobile or smart device.

Winner: iday.
One minute video concentrating on energy and power.
Director/producer: Ivor Carroll

The Spirit of the Festival Award

The Spirit of the Festival Award was presented in recognition of a film, television programme or event that encapsulates the spirit of the Sky Road TV & Film Festival each year.
Winner: It Came From Connemara!!
This feature documentary tells the story behind Roger Corman’s film factory in Connemara. Director/Producer: Brian Reddin

TG4 Pitch

TG4 Pitch an idea to make a 25-minute documentary worth €25,000. TG4 offered aspiring filmmakers a chance to pitch their ideas to make a 25-minute documentary worth €25,000. Fifteen original pitches were shortlisted from a total of 61 entries to pitch to commissioning editors on stage at the Festival in either the Irish or English language.

The winner was Barry Ryan, a native of Clifden, with Beyond Reach Of Our Pity. His idea for a short documentary, about a young boy who died in Letterfrack’s industrial school, was inspired by a line of poetry from Paula Meehan.

Barry will receive an initial €1,000 to develop a detailed written treatment from the synopsis, under the guidance of an experienced TV director. If TG4 considers this treatment of an acceptable standard for production the budget awarded will be €24,000.

Special screenings

Special screenings included The Field, 25 years after it was first filmed in the locality, and the world premiere of Tommy Tiernan’s Tommy: To Tell You The Truth with the comedian in attendance.