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29/02/2008

'Wave Riders' Surfs Up Audience Award

Irish surf documentary ‘Wave Riders’ has won the hotly contested Audience Award as part of the 2008 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, inching out the early front-runner Dambé - The Mali Project which finished second.
Both Wave Riders and The Mali Project received funding from the Irish Film Board.
Closely following in third place was ‘Lars’ and the ‘Real Girl’, with ‘The Orphanage’ in fourth and ‘In Bruges’ and ‘There Will Be Blood’ in joint fifth.
The 6th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival closed on Sunday 24th with the Premiere of Irish film Eden, attended by writer Eugene O'Brien, director Declan Recks, and cast members Aidan Kelly and Eileen Walsh.
The event marked the end of an action-packed festival, with guests over the 10 days including Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Stuart Townsend, Charlize Theron, Daniel Day Lewis, Marianne Faithfull, U2, Liam O'Maoinlai, Jonas Mekas, Mike Leigh and John Sayles amongst many others.
The festival, first for new Festival Director Grainne Humphreys, presented over 100 features from 33 countries, and attracted the huge audiences for its events.
As well as film screenings the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival started a number of new initiatives, such as library talks, a film critics forum and a series of outdoor screenings of films that were shot in Dublin, in the location where they were filmed.
The festival also launched the Walt Disney Studios, Motion Pictures (Ireland) Screenwriting Award, the Irish Talent on Screen Showcase and presented Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Day Lewis and cinema owner Leo Ward with a Volta, the festival career achievement award.
The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival a not for profit organization. It is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, the Irish Film Board and Dublin City Council.
Media Partners for the festival are The Irish Times: The Ticket, and FM104.
The Official Venue Sponsor is Cineworld. The Conrad Hotel is Official Host Hotel to the festival. MSL is The Official Transport Provider. Windmill Lane Ltd are Official Post Production Partners. Cine Electric Ltd are the Audience Award Sponsor.
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