The Dublin Film Critics Circle has announced the winners their awards at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival, with a host of local and international cinema celebrated at the event.
A panel of critics including Tara Brady, Brogen Hayes, Nicola Timmins, John Maguire, Paul Whittington, Donald Clarke, David Turpin and Daniel Anderson deliberated on the awards in 12 major categories, including the inaugral George Byrne Maverick Award, named for their late colleague who passed away in 2015.
Irish writer Mark O'Halloran was the first to take this award for his work on Viva and a host of other impressive projects over the years and young Irish actor Ferdia Walsh-Peelo was the latest recipient of the Michael Dwyer Discovery Award, fresh from his first ever film work as the lead in John Carney's Sing Street.
"2016 marks the DFCC's tenth birthday and we can think of no better present this this year's tremendous ADIFF programme,” said DFCC chair, Tara Brady. “We hope everybody loves our award picks as much as we do. We're especially pleased to hand over the inaugural George Byrne Maverick Award to Mark, who has greatly enlivened our national cinema by thinking, as George did, outside the box."
Here's Walsh-Peelo accepting his award from juror John Maguire.
The full list of winners is below, including an ensemble win for the incredible Green Room:
Best Film: Mustang
Best Director: Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Evolution
Best Cinematography: Matyas Erdely, Son of Saul
Best Actor: Alex Lawther, Departure
Best Actress: Monica Bellucci, Ville Marie
Best Ensemble: Green Room
Best Screenplay: Jaco Van Dormael, Thomas Gunzig, The Brand New Testament
Best Documentary: Heart of a Dog
Best Irish Film: Viva
Best Irish Documentary: Atlantic
Jury Award: Black Mountain Poets
Jury Award: Victoria
Jury Award: Anomalisa
Michael Dwyer Discovery: Ferdia Walsh Peelo, Sing Street
George Byrne Lifetime Achievement: Mark O' Halloran