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John Connors and Clare Dunne win top awards at Dublin International Film Festival 2020

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Clare Dunne in Herself

Clare Dunne in Herself

Clare Dunne in Herself

John Connors and Clare Dunne were among the recipients of prestigious awards at the Dublin International Film Festival 2020 on Sunday night.

The festival closed on International Women's Day with a screening of Dunne's inspiring feature, Herself, which she both starred in and wrote.

The film received the ICCL Human Rights Film Award, awarded in partnership with the The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) and Dunne also received the Michael Dwyer Discovery Award.

Special mention was also given to Daniel F. Holmes’ Street Leagues, which recounts the personal testimonies of the homeless men and women who have found a sense of belonging and purpose in football..

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Actors Clare Dunne and John Connors with Niamh O'Driscoll, Head of Brand and Marketing and Grainne Humphreys, Festival Director pictured at the launch of the 2020 Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival programme

Actors Clare Dunne and John Connors with Niamh O'Driscoll, Head of Brand and Marketing and Grainne Humphreys, Festival Director pictured at the launch of the 2020 Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival programme

Actors Clare Dunne and John Connors with Niamh O'Driscoll, Head of Brand and Marketing and Grainne Humphreys, Festival Director pictured at the launch of the 2020 Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival programme

John Connors’ debut feature documentary Endless Sunshine on a Cloudy Day about the late Jade McCann and her father Anthony who died just months apart, won the coveted Audience Award.

The film garnered a standing ovation from the audience at its world premiere during the festival and earned Connors the €5000 cash prize.

Audiences also chose Shaun Dunne’s Iarscoláire as their favourite short in the Festival.

Connors also received a Special Mention in the Best Irish Short Film category for Innocent Boy, which he directed. The Award went to Cara Holmes for her short Welcome to a Bright White Limbo.

Confucian Dream (China USA), a gripping portrait of marital and parental crisis directed by Milje Li was the winner of the 2020 Documentary Competition.

Actor Liam Cunningham received the inaugural Lifetime Contribution Award at the festival, which saw guests including Charlie Kaufman, Niamh Algar, Barry Keoghan, Bob Geldof and George MacKay attending.

Phyllida Lloyd, Marejane Satrapi, Trine Dyrholm and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor also attended.

Best International Short Film was awarded to Quiet Land Good People directed by Johannes Bachmann with a Special Mention for Adnan directed by Steven Chatterton & Mark Arrigo.

The four winners of the Aer Lingus Discovery Award were Cara Holmes (Director), Claire Byrne (Director), Paddy Slattery (Director, Writer) and Dónal Ó Héalaí (Lead Actor).

The Dublin Film Critics’ Circle announced their Festival favourites, with Supernova winning Best Film, Roy Andersson (About Endlessness) named Best Director and Arracht named Best Irish Film.

The Michael Dwyer Discovery Award went to Clare Dunne for Herself, and the George Byrne Maverick Award went to Pat Murphy for Anne Devlin.

Disney Pixar's new release Onward was named Best Feature Film by the Fantastic Flix Childrens Jury composed of the Ark Advisory Committee

They chose Streets of Fury (directed by Aidan McAteer) as Best Short Film.

Speaking about this year’s festival, Gráinne Humphreys, Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival Director, said “ It has been an exciting 12 days celebration of cinema which our audiences have embraced with gusto.

"I have been delighted to connect Irish audiences to global perspectives in our world cinema programming alongside an exhilarating robust slate of new Irish films, testament to the dynamic vigorous film industry here.

"We celebrated the best of Irish and international filmmaking talent with a line-up that featured world premieres, new discoveries and visits from the industry’s best known stars.”

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