The 17th annual Galway Film Fleadh culminated last night with the Fleadh Awards Ceremony presenting accolades in seven different categories.

The award for Best Irish Short was won by Billy McCannon for 'Recoil'. Brian O'Neill and Paul Bushe picked up the Best First Irish Short for 'A Taxing Night'.

'Pavee Lackeen' won the award for Best First Feature for Perry Ogden. The John Mallon directed 'Idir Dhá Shaol' claimed the award for Best Irish Short Documentary.

The Best First Irish Short Animation award went to 'What Have The Brits Ever Done For Us?', directed by Aidan O'Donovan, Colm Tobin and Kevin Nolan.

Director Eoghan Kidney picked up the Best Irish Short Animation award for 'Stars' and the Best Feature Documentary category was won by the Mystelle Brabbée directed 'Highway Courtesans'.

The Galway Film Fleadh also introduced a new award this year, the Stella Artois Pitching Award, inviting screenwriters to submit a one-page story idea for screen. Keith Brogue from Limerick was the recipient of the inaugural award.

The winners of each category were presented with a cheque for €1,000, at the ceremony in the Townhall Theatre in Galway last night.

Anthony Byrne's first feature 'Short Order', starring John Hurt, closed this year's festival.