The winners of the 2016 Cork Film Festival (Ireland) were announced at an award ceremony held on November 20.
The Grand Prix Irish Short went to Ian Hunt Duffy’s Gridlock. The film is a thriller set during a traffic jam and follows the desperate search by a father for his young daughter, after she goes missing from their car.
The Grand Prix International went to an Austrian film, Forest of Echoes directed by Maria Luz Olivares Capelle. The film is influenced by childlike imagination, death and the filemessness of summer and follows Christina, a young girl who loses her friends while playing a game in the woods.
Both Gridlock and Forest of Echoes will go on to the longlost for the 89th Academy Awards in the Live Action Short Film category.
Commenting on this year’s edition, festival director James Mullighan stated in a press release that: “The quality of shorts this year was extraordinary, and highlights the depth of talent and creativity in Ireland’s film community, and cements the Cork Film Festival’s long-standing commitment to presenting and promoting short film.”
Other prize winners of the 2016 Cork Film Festival include: Tempestad by Tatiana Huezo, Award for Cinematic Documentary; Oíche Nollaig na mBan by Oonagh Kearney, Best Cork Short; Dark Night by Tim Sutton, Spirit of the Festival Award; The Apology by Tiffany Hsiung, Audience Award, and; The Pass by Ben A. Williams, Cork Film Festival Youth Jury Award.