A Ukrainian drama and a documentary about the aftermath of the Syrian Revolution were among the winners at this year's Dingle Distillery International Film Festival at the weekend.

Over the weekend, the festival screened 82 films from 23 countries, with 30 Irish films also showcasing homegrown talent.

These were shown in local landmarks An Díseart and the Blasket Centre – but there is a hope that when the festival returns in 2023, the unused Phoenix Cinema, which is currently for sale and at the centre of a 'Save The Phoenix' campaign locally, may become the focal point of the film-filled festivities.

The festival finished with an awards ceremony for the winning films. The winners were chosen by a jury of industry experts, with the winning films awarded The Dovinia, a trophy created by local designer Brian de Staic.

In the Feature Zone category, the Ukrainian drama Klondike, written, directed, and edited by Maryna Er Gorbach, took home the top award.

The film stars Oxana Cherkashyna as a pregnant woman living near the Ukrainian-Russian border during the Russo-Ukrainian War and the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

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The Trip by Rimantas Oičenka triumphed in the Shorts Zone International category while the Best Irish Short winner went to For the Birds by Ciarán O'Connor.

The Documentary Zone nod went to Little Palestine by Abdallah Al Khatib, which tells the story of the aftermath of the Syrian Revolution.

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On Sunday, the closing day of the festival, Philip King of Other Voices and the American director John Sayles (Matewan, Lone Star, Men with Guns) led a panel discussion at Dingle Distillery on filmmaking in Ireland, with a focus on Kerry as a shooting location – something it is already well known for, thanks to the likes of Ryan's Daughter, Far and Away and the Star Wars films.

Andy Clarke (Brooklyn, Normal People) gave a talk on the Art and Science of Visual Effects. Eugene McCrystal – whose film and TV work includes Conversations with Friends, Normal People, The Quiet Girl and Joyride – shared his insights as one of Ireland's leading colourists – the experts who design the colour scheme of a film or TV show.

Other highlights of the festival included an acting masterclass from director John Sayles and a day-long session with cinematographer Owen McPolin (Game of Thrones, Vikings, Penny Dreadful), who gave hopefuls all the tips and tricks of the trade.

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