RÚBAÍ wins Best Irish Short at Foyle Film Festival

Posted November 25, 2014 by Suzanne Murray in News
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The Irish language short RÚBAÍ today won the Light in Motion Award for Best Irish Short at the Foyle Film Festival and greatly increased its chances of an Academy Award nomination into the bargain.

Since 1991, the Foyle Film Festival has been one of a handful of fesivals and the only festival in Northern Ireland to be Oscar® affiliated. This means that short films which win the Light in Motion Competition can automatically submit their film for Oscar affiliation without the normal theatrical run.

Previous festival winners to go on to win the Oscar include Martin McDonagh’s Six Shooter in 2006 and Terry George’s The Long Shore in 2012.

Last year’s winner of Best Irish Short at the festival, SLR, directed by Stephen Fingleton, recently made the long list for the 2015 awards. This list of ten films will be whittled down to five which will compete for the big prize at the Oscar ceremony in February of next year.

The Foyle Film Festival was founded in 1987 and over the two decades of its existence has attracted a range of high-profile film-makers including Wim Wenders, Danny Boyle, Brendan Gleeson, Ray Winstone, and Kenneth Branagh.