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'Apocalypse Joker' wins top prize at Galway Film Festival, marking best year for festival industry sector

A year later, a major Irish film talk comes in the form of Martin MacDonald’s gorgeous all-star tragicomedy The Enisherin Banshee and vernacular art Blockbuster Quiet Girl , maybe it’s time for something a little more silly to take center stage.

Apocalypse Clowns — A deranged comedy that sees a group of worn-out, failed clowns chaotically travel through the world after the world has descended into anarchy Ireland. A Blackout – which took home the top prize at the 27 annual Galway Film Festival on the country’s west coast. The film, George Caan’s directorial debut, which he co-wrote with Demian Fox, Sean O’Brien and James Walmsley, opened Sunday night at the festival’s closing film, Cindy Cain. Lauper” was voted Best Irish Film at the ceremony. doc makes the canary sing .

The Apocalypse Clown was held in Galway in July 13 World premiere, next showing at Canada’s Fantasia Festival, followed by a September 1 release in Ireland (Wildcard Entertainment) and the UK (Vertigo Releasing).

Elsewhere, John Carlin’s drama Lie of the Land took home Best Irish First Feature Film honors, while The Grace Age – A Song of John Murray by The Grace writer-director Sarah Share was voted Best Irish Documentary.

Meanwhile, Galway’s industry sector film fair is enjoying its biggest year ever, with an expanded event program at the Galmont Hotel. Seen as a transatlantic bridge between Europe and the US, the event, in its fifth edition, includes for the first time virtual reality sessions and a pitch for video game professionals.

The expo’s business-focused marketplace revolves around 700 pre-arranged speed-dating-style meetings for filmmakers on completed films or projects in development between and with financiers, distributors, sales agents, broadcasters, funds and producers from all over the world. Attendees include Neon, BBC Film, Film4, StudioCanal, BFI, Bankside, Altitude, HanWay, DogWoof, Magnolia Pictures, Protagonist, WestEnd and XYZ to name a few.

Last week, Film Fleadh became the first film festival to be affected by the strike, at one point at the cusp of a SAG-AFTRA strike storm. Matthew Modine flies into the city for his film The Martini Shot’s world premiere — following crucial SAG-AFTRA vote and press conference — canceled post-film Q&A, tells The Hollywood Reporter he will attend the screening, but only “as a tourist at the cinema”.

The actor who ran against SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher in the 700 union leadership election in 700 Also posing, he held a banner expressing “solidarity” with the strike and issued a lengthy statement written in Galway in which he urged artists, filmmakers and industry professionals to “unite” for future generations. Future generations create a “more just and inclusive landscape.”

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