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This year, an esteemed jury of industry professionals evaluated a shortlist of the brightest stars in the Irish film industry. From this pool of incredible talent, these four individuals were selected as the 2020 Aer Lingus Discovery Winners:

Editor & Director Cara Holmes

Director Claire Byrne

Director Paddy Slattery

Actor Dónall Ó Héalaí

All four of these filmmakers had films screened in our 2020 festival and are currently working on the release of those works. New projects, however, have been on hold since lockdown began. Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys has spent the past three months talking to filmmakers about how to keep morale up, how to keep networks and contacts fresh, what film festivals to target, and how to be prepared for when the international film world restarts.

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