The Dublin International Film Festival (DIFF) has announced the recipients of this year’s Discovery Awards for breakthrough talent, which aims to identify and champion emerging talent in front of and behind the camera.
Recipients include Rachel Carey, whose debut feature Deadly Cuts will have its world premiere as DIFF’s closing-night film on March 14th. Set in Dublin, the film revolves around a group of hairstylists who take on a criminal gang which threatens their community.
Actor Hazel Doupe is given an award for her work on Kathleen Was Here. The short, about a young woman facing a future alone, was directed by Eva Birthistle. Doupe previously starred as the lead in Carmel Winters’ feature Float Like A Butterfly, which won the FIPRESCI prize for the Discovery programme at Toronto.
Director of photography Burschi Wojnar was awarded for his work on the shorts Hum and Kathleen Was Here; with Saileóg O’Halloran, costume designer on actor Jack Reynor’s short Bainne, also a recipient.
DIFF continues until March 14 with a programme of Irish and international features and documentaries as well as masterclasses, public interviews and other events. This year’s festival is being held virtually, with Ireland still in full lockdown due to the pandemic.