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Belfast production company wins two Galway Film Festival prizes

Belfast-based production company Below The Radar has scooped two prizes at the prestigious Galway Film Festival.

The Oscar-qualifying film Rocky Ros Muc, which tells the story of Irish boxer Sean Mannion, won the Best Irish Feature Documentary prize,

Meanwhile, Tit For Tatt was named the joint winner in the Best Short Documentary category. The film follows the experiences of two cancer survivors who were inspired to mark their battles by getting tattoos on their surgery scars.

Trevor Birney, CEO of Below the Radar, said: “We are thrilled to have won two outstanding awards at such a prestigious and important festival.

"This is a reflection of the talent, hard work and dedication of the producers and directors at Below the Radar, in particular Michael Fanning, Máire Bhreathnach and Mairéad Ní Thréinir.

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“These awards are a reflection of our established and emerging talent at Below the Radar and we are looking forward to producing more captivating documentaries in the near future.”

Rocky Ros Muc will go on release in cinemas in New York and Los Angeles in the autumn, meaning it will qualify for the chance to be shortlisted for an Oscar at the 2018 Academy Awards.

Director Michael Fanning said: “We have had a phenomenal response to the film since it was first screened in Boston in the spring. Being able to show it in Galway has been a homecoming in terms of the documentary, where Sean’s friends, family and supporters watched his emotional story on the big screen for the first time.

“The audience response in Galway and the award from the panel of judges will catapult the story of Sean Mannion right across the globe.”

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