2011 was the year that we launched the festival in Blackrock. It was the year when Ireland was really feeling the effects of the recession! The screenings were held in a former Methodist Church in Blackrock village and a comic book workshop was held in an empty shop unit provided a local shopping centre. Over 20 short films were screened that day and five awards were presented that evening. One of the winning entries ‘Audition’ by Udo Prinsen from the Netherlands would be screened at Annecy in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Annecy Cristal Award.
BEST IRISH SHORT FILM
Richard Kelly and William Sean Ryan
Prickly Pear Productions, Co. Kildare.
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM
Udo Prinsen, Carambolas Films, Utrecht, the Netherlands
BEST IRISH GRADUATE SHORT FILM
Whatever Happened to Ultra-Man?
John Walsh, The National Film School, IADT
BEST SHORT FILM FOR CHILDREN
Jacopo Martinoni Cicciotun Studios, Italy.
COMMUNITY RECOGNITION AWARD
A Frame of Mind
Michael Collin, Blackrock Studios, Glasgow, United Kingdom
BEST FILM – UNDER 18 YEAR CATEGORY