Since the festival began in 2011, we have commissioned a different trophy design for each year. Why? Partly because we like variety, but we also like to give different artists or students an opportunity to create something beautiful.
From 2011 – 2013, the awards trophies were influenced by Blackrock, the village where the shortlisted films were originally screened. In 2011, a local ceramicist Annika Berglund created trophies that were inspired by Dolmen landmarks.
From 2012 – 2013, undergraduate students from the B.A. in Modelmaking, Design and Digital Effects at IADT (Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology) were given the opportunity to ‘pitch’ for the task of designing and creating the trophies. These students took their inspiration from the local landmarks and surroundings. For the 2012 festival, David Lynham created a replica of the Victorian bandstand located in Blackrock Park. The 2013 trophy created by Elin Adler was inspired by a stone cross that can be found on the Main Street in Blackrock.
In 2014 Michael Flynn, a 3rd year student created a trophy that was inspired by the sea – could the film ‘Song of the Sea’ by Cartoon Saloon have had an influence? In 2015 Mateus Wojtas, a third year student, took his inspiration from a ‘Tree of Life’ and his trophies for DAFF 2015, were stunning – Matt showed himself to be a gifted designer and modelmaker. Impressed by his commitment and talent, the festival asked him to create a very special trophy design that would reflect the 1916 celebrations. His piece was inspired by a ceasefire that was allowed during the 1916 rising. Every day, both sides of the conflict allowed a temporary ceasefire, so the keeper of St. Stephen’s Green could enter the park to feed the ducks. In 2016 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Dun Laoghaire Harbour, the trophy created by Matt encapsulated ‘Wild Geese’ which represented beauty in wildness and was a poignant reminder that many emigrants from Ireland left in search of a better life.
In 2018 we worked with Rachel Quinn to create our new trophy. Our inspiration was Grace O’Malley, the Pirate Queen, whose exploits at sea combined with her ability rule alongside her fellow chiefs of Ireland and Queen Elizabeth of England, made her a legend! We feel that Grace would approve of the beautiful figurines created by Rachel. To view Rachel’s other work, click here.
SOCIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
JOINT HONOURABLE MENTION
WINNER – ‘THE ILAND’
Directed by Leanne Dooley, Limerick School of Art and Design.
Directed by Rhea Hanlon and Meabh Gilheany – Belfast School Art, University of Ulster.
2. ‘GHOST QUEST’
Directed by Aidan McAteer, Boulder Media. (In Association with Fighting Words).
BEST SHORT FILM DIRECTED BY A PRIMARY OR SECOND LEVEL STUDENT
WINNER – ‘STRASIAK RUDKO/SCARECRAW RUDDY’
Created by students from the International House of Art for Children, Bratislava, Slovakia.
‘BIG CITY, BRIGHT LIGHTS’
Directed by Max Hendrikson.
BEST IRISH SHORT FILM
WINNER – ‘THE WIREMEN’
Directed by Jessica Patterson, Jam Media.
‘THE DREAM REPORT’
Directed by Jack O’Shea.
BEST IRSH STUDENT OR GRADUATE SHORT FILM
JOINT HONOURABLE MENTION
WINNER – ‘BUBBLES’
Directed by Rachel Fitzgerald, The National Film School, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology.
Directed by Leanne Dooley, Limerick School of Art and Design, Limerick Institute of Technology. HONOURABLE MENTION
Directed by Cliona Noonan, The National Film School, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology.
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD
‘HOW TO ROB A WITCH’
Directed by Liam Fay, The National Film School, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology.