Each November, in the lead up to the Irish Film Festival London, which this year takes place from 21st November to 25th November, IFL hosts an awards ceremony in celebration of Irish Film. These awards highlight and reward the talents of a select number of Irish film makers, whose work has shown great distinction, originality and passion.

The Award nominees are hand-picked from the films selected to screen during the festival each year. This year’s line-up includes twenty-eight films, representing Ireland’s latest mainstream and independent films. The categories include: Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, Best Documentary, The Súil Eile Award, the Best Irish Music Video Award and The Ros Hubbard Award for Acting.

The Awards took place in the beautiful setting of The Irish Embassy in London.

The Awards were announced as follows:

Best Short Film in association with The Irish World

The Nominees were:

Lint - Dir: Lisa O’Sullivan

Early Days - Dir: Nessa Wrafter

Wren Boys - Dir: Harry Lighton

The winner was Early Days.

The film will screen as part of the Irish Short Programme on Friday 23rd November at5.30pm at Regent Street Cinema.

Best Documentary in association with Cara Personnel and C-KO

The Nominees were:

Under the Clock - Dir: Colm Nicell

Poc na nGael - Dir: Éamonn Ó Cualáin

The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid - Dir: Feargal Ward

The winner was The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid.

The film will screen at Bertha Dochouse at Curzon Bloomsbury on Saturday 24th November at 4pm.

Best Feature Film in association with Scannain

The Nominees were:

Rosie - Dir: Paddy Breathnach

Grace and Goliath - Dir: Tony Mitchell

The Little Stranger - Dir: Lenny Abrahamson

The winner was Rosie.

The film screens at Regent Street Cinema on Saturday 24th November at 7.30pm

Best Irish Music Video Award in association with The Irish Jam

The nominees were:

1/ Villagers - Fool - Director: Bob Gallagher


2/ Kodaline - Head Held High - Director: James Fitzgerald


3/ Daithí (feat The Sei) - In My Darkest Moments - Director: Lochlainn McKenna


4/ Pillow Queens - Favourite - Director: Bob Gallagher


5/ Roisín Murphy (feat Ali Love) - Jacuzzi Rollercoaster - Director Roisín Murphy


6/ Jafaris - Found My Feet - Directors: Nathan Barlow & Stephanie Naughter


7/ Hot Cops - Decay - Director: Aaron Eccles


The winner was Favourite, Pillow Queens, directed by Bob Gallagher.

The Súil Eile Award in association with Tourism Ireland

The winner was Under the Clock, presented by Darren Quinton from Tourism Ireland and received by director Colm Nicell.

This film tells the life-affirming stories of a generation of people whose relationships began under one of Ireland’s most iconic landmarks, Clerys clock. Be taken back in time to the days of the Dublin dance halls, courting, sneaking out to meet a fella, and the heart-racing times spent waiting, not knowing if they would turn up...

The film screens as our opening night film on Wednesday 21st November at 7pm, with welcome drinks from 6.30pm. Tickets available from www.regentstreetcinema.com

The Ros Hubbard Award for Acting

The Ros Hubbard Award went to Sarah Greene for her performance in Rosie. The award presented by Ros Hubbard and was received by director Paddy Breathnach on behalf of actor Sarah Greene.

The Festival Founder, Kelly O’Connor said, “It’s great to have so many of the filmmakers in attendance at the awards this year. It’s such a unique networking opportunity, rubbing shoulders with programmers from all the main exhibitors in London, not to mention producers, commissioners and international acting talent too. 

The Irish Embassy did a superb job of hosting us, and we are exceptionally lucky to have such a progressive and supportive Ambassador here in London to champion events like this as part of their busy schedule.”