Discovery Award

Renamed, the ADIFF Discovery Award in 2016, the festival has focussed a spotlight on emerging Irish talent since 2008. The programme now offers unique mentoring opportunities with Festival guests as well as networking opportunities.

Highlighting the creative energy from emerging homegrown talent surging through the festival programme, sixteen exceptional individuals were nominated for the ADIFF Discovery Award with the winners announced Sunday 26th Feb 2017 as Niamh Algar (actress – Without Name, Pebbles, Gone) John Connors (actor – Breathe, The Secret Scripture), and Vincent Gallagher (Writer/Director – Second to None, Love is a Sting).
 
The ADIFF Discovery Award Jury was comprised of past-winner and director Juanita Wilson, star-on-the-rise Seána Kerslake, producer Jason Foran, and Aidan Greene, Deputy CEO of Core Media. 
 
The Discovery Award Jury said “At such an exciting time internationally for Irish film we were honoured to be a part of the Festival’s effort to celebrate emerging Irish talent and in turn help that talent get recognition both here and abroad.  As a jury, we were delighted to have viewed so many projects that show there is no shortage of upcoming talent here. It’s quite an accomplishment to be nominated for any award, and we the jury would like to congratulate all the nominees, as yet again the work submitted this year was excellent and continues to raise the bar. In a repeat of last year, we have decided to choose three winners, each being recognised for their amazing work and we look forward to watching them grow within their respective fields.”

The 2016 Award Winners were chosen by an international jury including casting director Margery Simkin (Avatar, Top Gun), director Ken Wardrop (Mom & Me, His & Hers), Element Picture’s Audrey Sheils (Room, Frank) and Jason Foran (Manager Teach Solais/Director), who voted for winners Barry Keoghan (Actor - Dunkirk, 71), Kathryn Kennedy (Producer - My Name is Emily), Jack O’Shea (Animator/Director - A Coat Made Dark).

ADIFF Discovery Award recipients to date

John Connors
2017

John Connors

Niamh Algar
2017

Niamh Algar

(Actress)

Vincent Gallagher
2017

Vincent Gallagher

(Director)

Barry Keoghan
2016

Barry Keoghan

(Actor)

Jack O’Shea
2016

Jack O’Shea

(Director/Animator)

Kathryn Kennedy
2016

Kathryn Kennedy

(Producer)

2014

Donal Foreman

(Director)

2012

Pat Collins

(Director)

2012

Brian Byrne

(Film Composer)

2012

Ian Fitzgibbon

(Director)

2011

Juanita Wilson

(Director)

2011

David O’Reilly

(Animator)

2011

Aidan Gillen

(Actor)

2010

Darren Healy

(Actor)

2010

Conor Horgan

(Director)

2010

Kate McCullough

(Cinematographer)

2009

Cartoon Saloon

(Irish Animation Company)

2009

Margaret Corkery

(Writer/Director)

2008

Ken Wardrop

(Director)

2008

Margo Harkin

(Producer)

2008

Tim Fleming

(Director of Photography)