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Nominees 2023

Here are the full list of nominees for the 14th Underground Cinema Awards.  The ceremony will take place in the Royal Marine Hotel on Saturday November 11th.  Click here to get your tickets



Two explorers from an ill-fated expedition in the Antarctic find shelter as they face one last, impossible leg of their journey to safety and the reveal of the truth of what happened out on the ice.


Best Film - Míchéal Fleming & Norma Howard

Best Director - Míchéal Fleming

Best Actor - Aaron Monaghan

Best Supporting Actor - Barry McKiernan

Best Supporting Actress - Clare Monnelly

Best Sound Design - Migeul Cravinho 

Best Score - Daithí

Best Production Design - Sarah Delaney

Best Costume Design - Bridie Costello



In rural Ireland a priest and young widow develop a bond over their shared trauma.


Best Film - Produced by Séan Coyle

Best Director - Séan Coyle

Best Actor - Steven Jess

Best Actress - Sadhbh Larkin Coyle

Best Supporting Actress - Maria Connolly

Best Screenplay -Séan Coyle

Best Score - Conor Mason



Eilís is addicted to mustard. When she falls madly in love, she's sure her demons are finally banished, but when the relationship breaks down her shameful addiction to the yellow stuff returns with a vengeance.


Best Film - Producer Jason Forde

Best Director - Hildegard Ryan

Best Actress - Eva O'Connor

Best Supporting Actor - Daniel Monaghan

Best Screenplay - Eva O'Connor

Best Cinematography - Burschi Wojnar

Best Editor- John Cutler



An Imperial Base Station is attacked by a battleship and haunting PTSD within its ranks.


Best Cinematographer - Billy Cummings

Best Visual Effects - William Beanl

Best Editor - Billy Cummings & Chris Buckley

Best Sound Design - Alan Keogh

Best Score - Brian Lane

Best Costume Design - Micheál Fitzgerald

Best Production Design - Micheál Fitzgerald 

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The Tale Of Billy OC

The Tale of Billy O'C is an Irish crime thriller strongly focused on an unpredicatble plot with twists, keeping the audience wanting to know what happens next. It's a story of vilification, family dedication, redemption and a desire for peace. Set in a small village in Count Kilkenny, Ireland in 1975, it unfolds with a backdrop of an IRA safe house and small-town politics.


Best Film - Directed by Peter Harris

Best Actor - Brendan Corcoran

Rising Star Award - Peter Harris

Best Production Design Peter Harris & Louis Buggy

Best Costume Design - Joan Brennan

Best Score - Brian Hogan & James Mahon

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Night Of The Daniels

"Day of the Dead" meets "Daniel O'Donnell"! When a mysterious curse threatens his local town it's up to Daniel O'Donnell to spring in to action, defeat the evil with the power of music and save the day with the help of the locals!


Best Music Video - Ciarán McCann & Shaun Doogan

Best Visual Effects - Ciarán McCann & Shaun Doogan

Best Editor - Ciarán McCann & Shaun Doogan

Best Cinematographer - Olamide Shoyinka

Best Production Design - Frank McKeon


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The Blue Ball

While on a mission in space, Yolandi - an astronaut Jack Russell Terrier, is reminded of moments from her life back on earth.


Best Visual Effects - John Berminham

Best Production Design - John Bermingham

Best Editor - John Bermingham

Best Sound Design - John Bermingham

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Three Way Mirror

Suffering a brutal attack Alexander Hutton’s entire personality and perception on life has drastically changed, once an outgoing, confident individual now lives his life behind closed doors, cut from social interaction. 


Best Horror Film - Directed by Kevin J McCorry

Best Actor - Richard Sherwood

Best Cinematographer - Patrick Hughes

Best Sound Design - Shawn Ward


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The Secret Life of Jim

Nick tries desperately to have one more real moment with his father Jim who suffers from Alzheimer disease. But he fears he might have run out of time. This film explores the struggles of being a sole carer, grieving and the use of music to bring someone back.


Best Film - Produced by Emmet Kelly & Roisin Kearny

Best Director - Emmet Kelly 

Best Actor - Aidan Jordan

Best Screenplay - Emmet Kelly


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