Irish director Ciaran Foy picks up audience award for Citadel

Irish/Scottish co-production CITADEL, the psychological horror debut from Irish writer/director Ciarán Foy picked up an Audience Award at the renowned SXSW international film and music festival in Austin, Texas. This award follows on from the critical acclaim the film has received since its world premiere as part of the Midnighters section of the festival.

Commenting on the win, Ciaran Foy said “Between the great reviews and the epic audience reaction to Citadel, I’m genuinely stunned and humbled. It’ll take a while for it all to sink in, but I’m so thankful to SXSW and I can’t think of a way that the festival could have gone any better!”. Producers Katie Holly and Brian Coffey added “All at Bl!nder Films and Sigma Films are delighted with the news – to win an audience award, particularly at SXSW where audiences are sophisticated and can be hard-to please, is immensely satisfying and we hope their approval is indicative of the future success of the film around the world.”

Blurring the boundary between real-life experiences and a darker fictional world, CITADEL is an unsettling, original and powerful story – an agoraphobic father teams up with a renegade priest to save his daughter from the clutches of a gang of twisted feral children.