1916: The Irish Rebellion has been announced as the winner of the 'Silver Saber' at this year's 1916: 'International Historical And Military Film Festival in Warsaw', Poland.
The film was entered in the category of 'Documentary Films' at this years festival following an approach from the festival organisers and consultation between the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with COCO Television.
The Festival is in its seventh year, and shows a wide range of historical and military films. There were approximately fifty entries this year for the documentary film section. Previous awards in this category include the Spanish film, ‘Madame Barcelona,’ Directed by Marc Petitepierre, and an Australian-Polish co-production, ‘Niegdys Moja Matka’ directed by Sophia Turkiewicz.
Speaking about the award, Ambassador Gerard Keown said:
I am delighted that the film has been recognised here in Poland by this award, which is a tribute to the quality of its research and cinematography. It has been a pleasure for the Embassy to arrange screenings of the film around Poland, where it has been received enthusiastically be Polish audiences, given the many parallels between the Irish and Polish struggles for independence and statehood.
The award ceremony will be held in Warsaw on Friday, 28 October at the central Luna Cinema. The win comes following 1916: The Irish Rebellion winning an Irish Film and Television Award last weekend for Best Documentary Series.