“Stop-Motion Biscuit Cake” received two awards at the Galway Film Fleadh over the weekend. Both awards came from the “30 Minute Film Festival” section of the Film Fleadh: viewers voted during the festival to give it the Audience Choice Award and a the organisers also awarded me with the Judge’s Award.
I had to attend the Closing Awards Ceremony in the Town Hall Theatre to collect the Judge’s Award. First up was legendary Irish director Frank Stapleton who received a special “Galway Hooker” award, then the amiable French actress Isabelle Huppert received the same award.
Then straight after two legends, I was called up on stage for the award for the “shortest film in the festival”. I was presented with the award by the Galway Film Fleadh Managing Director Miriam Allen and Programmer Gar O’Brien. Then Miriam motioned towards the microphone and told me to say a few words!!
I’m a terrible public speaker at the best of times, but this was completely unexpected in front of a full theatre full of brilliant film-makers. I stuttered out a special thanks to my girlfriend Deirdre Whelan, who did most of the work in the film and hopped off the stage as quickly as I could!
I was absolutely chuffed to received the awards, and equally chuffed as to the big deal the organisers made of the whole thing. There was a big party later on with food and drink from Cava restaurant and an intimate (and utterly insane!) performance from Alabama 3 after the closing film “Shadow Dancer”. A great way to finish a great film festival in Galway.