The 2017 Audi Dublin International Film Festival drew to a close on Sunday February 26th after a remarkable 11 days celebrating the best of Irish and World cinema. The award winners in the various categories are below.

AUDI-ence Award

The Farthest (Feature Documentary)

The prestigious AUDI-ence award is voted for entirely by the audience.

Discovery Award

Niamh Algar - (actress – Without Name, Pebbles, Gone)
John Connors - (actor – Breathe, The Secret Scripture)
Vincent Gallagher - (Writer/Director – Second to None).

The 2017 ADIFF Discovery Award Jury was:

Juanita Wilson - Director
Seána Kerslake - Actor
Jason Foran - Producer
Aidan Greene - Deputy CEO of Core Media

Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards

DFCC Best Film - Aquarius
DFCC Best Actress – Florence Pugh, Lady Macbeth
DFCC Best Actor - Sherwan Haji, The Other Side of Hope
DFCC Best Director – Lav Diaz, The Woman Who Left
DFCC Best Cinematography - M. David Mullen, The Love Witch
DFCC Best Screenplay - Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov, Glory
DFCC Best Irish Feature – Handsome Devil
DFCC Best Irish Documentary – The Farthest
DFCC Best Documentary – I Am Not Your Negro
DFCC Jury Prize - Kristopher Avedisian, Donald Cried
DFCC Jury Prize – Daouda Coulibaly, Wulu
DFCC Jury Prize – My Life as a Courgette
DFCC Jury Prize - The Transfiguration
DFCC George Byrne Maverick Award – Emer Reynolds
DFCC Michael Dwyer Discovery Award - Blue Teapot cast - Sanctuary
The 2017 Dublin Film Critics' Circle Jury was:
DFCC President Tara Brady (Irish Times)
Brogen Hayes (
Nicola Timmins (Average Film Reviews)
Paul Whitington (Irish Independent)
John Maguire (Sunday Business Post)
David Turpin (No More Workhorse)
Donald Clarke (Irish Times)
Gavin Burke (

Fantastic Flix Award

Best Fantastic Flix Feature - Zip & Zap and the Captain’s Island
Best Fantastic Flix Feature and
Best Fantastic Flix Short – Litterbugs
The 2017 Fantastic Flix Children's Jury* was:

Naoise Byrne
Saoirse Cannon
Abbie Cassidy
Adam Falegan
Eve Gannon
Ella Gannon
Lee Geoghegan
Grace Hickey
Rowan Moore
Kian McCluskey
Kelly Ogan
Ollie West

*As part of our partnership with The Ark, Dublin, their Children's Council became the Fantastic Flix Children's Jury for the duration of the festival.

Shorts Awards

Best International Short - Speechless
International Special Mention - Super Sex
Best Irish Short – Lily
Irish Special Mention – Breathe
Audience Award for Short Film – The Nation Holds Its Breath
The 2017 ADIFF Shorts Jury was:

Esther McCarthy - Freelance Film Critic
Trish Long, Vice- President and General Manager of The Walt Disney Company (Ireland)
Mark Adams, Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival
Cathal Gaffney, Managing Director of Brown Bag Films