Bloomsday Film Festival announces award winners

The Bloomsday Film Festival wrapped last Sunday after a jam packed programme of eclectic literary film events around Dublin City.  After a hugely successful week of sold out events the Bloomsday Film Festival, born during the Covid pandemic, and only in its third year, has firmly cemented its place in Dublin’s Summer festival calendar.

Highlights included sold out short film screenings in the James Joyce Centre, a visit from Oscar winning filmmaker Charlie Kaufman for a screening of his new short poetry film Jackals and Fireflies’, a packed out event in tribute to late poet Niall McDevitt and a special Bloomsday screening of the award winning Irish musical documentary North Circular.

Tommy Creagh presents Writer’s Tears to Charlie Kaufman and co at the Bloomsday Film Festival

Award Winners  

The judging panel was made of writer and journalist Sinéad Gleeson, artist and actor Caitríona Ni Threasaigh and Oscar and Bafta nominated producer Baldwin Li.

Expectant filmmakers and special guests gathered at the IFI last Thursday for a jubilant Award Ceremony followed by an afterparty featuring  traditional music and Bloomsday themed entertainment.

The winners of the awards are as follows:

Best Overall Film Short Film sponsored by Writers’ Tears Whiskey

They Call Me Bridget by Tzarini Rose Myler

Clare Minock from Writers’ Tears Irish whiskey presented the winner with a €1,000 cash prize plus a limited-edition bottle of Writers’ Tears Ulysses Centenary edition whiskey. The limited, collector’s edition bottle was produced to commemorate the centenary of Ulysses in 2022. The bottle features Sweny’s Pharmacy, which Joyce himself visited in 1904 and features in Episode 5 of the novel. Winners in all the other categories received a special Writers’ Tears gift in addition to the Bloomsday Film Festival special award.

Tzarini Rose Myler awarded by Writers’ Tears

Best Feature Film 

Translating Ulysses by Aylin Kuryel and Firat Yucel

Best Irish Poetry Short 

Out of the Blue by Pat Boran 

Best International  Poetry Short 

What Athena Saw When Tiresias Looked Douglas Tyrrell Bunge

Best Literature Short 

They Call Me Bridget  by Tzarini Rose Myler

Best Irish Experimental 

In Velvet by Jessica Kennedy and  Megan Kennedy

Best International Experimental Short

L’Amour Rebelle by Leo Crane

Best Irish Joycean Short

A Bible, a Book and a Beach by Liz Roche, José Miguel Jiménez 

Best International Joycean Short

Ulysses by Duane Michals

Best Dublin Story

Rello by Michael Creagh

Special mentions included Nemeton by David Smith, Bruise by Maureen O’Connell , North Circular by Luke McManus and Crane Count by Jonny Farrelly.

Bloomsday Film Festival founder and organiser Tommy Creagh commented:

“This year was the biggest and best we’ve had. Sold out, meaningful screenings and fantastic filmmaker and audience interactions along with the wonderful whisky tasting events provided by Writers’s Tears made it very special indeed. We can only see the festival flourish even more in the coming years”

Clare Minnock, Global Brand Director for Writers’ Tears, said: 

“We are delighted to support the festival and help it go from strength-to-strength. Writers’ Tears has a strong connection to the creative community and especially to Sweny’s which we have supported since 2019.”

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Photos by Marcelline Roulleau

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About Luke Dunne

Luke is a writer, film addict and Dublin native who loves how much there is for film fans in his home county. A former writer for FilmFixx and the Freakin' Awesome Network, he founded Film In Dublin to pursue his dual dreams of writing about film and never sleeping ever again.

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