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Broken Song wins audience award at Dublin International Film Festival

Vanishing Waves wins Dublin Film Critics Circle’s best film prize.

Irish documentary Broken Song scooped a top prize at the 2013 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.

The film, following three street poets and hip-hop artists from north Dublin, proved a winner with critics and audiences alike, picking up this year’s audience award as well as the Michael Dwyer Discovery Award at the Dublin Film Critics Awards.

Broken Song is part of the Arts Council’s Reel Art scheme in association with the festival and Film Base, designed to provide film artists with a unique opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries on an artistic theme.

The Dublin Film Critics Circle selected Kristina Buzyte’s sci-fi melodrama Vanishing Waves as Best Film.

Other prizes included:

  • Best Director
    Mikhail Segal, Short Stories

  • Best Actor
    Aleksey Vertkov, White Tiger

  • Best Actress
    Dilan Aksüt, Night of Silence

  • Best Debut
    Maja Milos, Clip

  • Best Screenplay
    Oriol Paulo and Lara Sendim, The Body

  • Best Cinematography
    Oleg Mutu, Beyond the Hills

  • Jury Prizes
    Blancanieves
    After Lucia
    The King of Pigs


  • Best Documentary
    Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story

  • Best Irish Feature
    Babygirl, Macdara Vallelly

  • Best Irish Documentary
    Get The Picture, Cathy Pearson

This year saw the first presentation of the inaugural CINE Talent award, a new initiative from the festival’s partnership with Universal Pictures, Screen International and Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board, which aims to spotlight and promote Irish talent to the international industry.

Nick Ryan, director of The Summit, which screened on the closing night of the festival, was awarded the accolade.

The festival wrapped on Sunday (Feb 24) with the premiere of Mark McLoughlin’s Irish documentary Blood Rising, about the Mexican border city of Juarez, dubbed ‘the capital of murdered women’, bringing to an end 11 days of screenings, conversation, socialising and special events.

The festival, which had opened with UK drama Broken, attended by its stars Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy, has developed into a key player on the international festival landscape, with guests this year including Danny DeVito, Joss Whedon, Costa-Gavras, Gabriel Byrne, Mary Harron, Sarah Bolger and Robert Towne.

Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys said: “I was delighted with the large numbers of Dubliners who joined us this year to experience the festival, meet our Irish and international guests and celebrate the best of world cinema.”

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