Winning Human Rights Films Announced

Irish Council for Civil Liberties announce film school competition shortlist

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) this week announced its Human Rights Film School Competition Shortlist.

Jury members filmmakers Jim Sheridan and Kirsten Sheridan and Irish Film Board Chair James Morris announced the shortlist of six films at a photocall at the ICCL’s Smithfield headquarters yesterday. The films represent the cream of entries to the inaugural ICCL competition.

Speaking at the ICCL’s headquarters, filmmaker Kirsten Sheridan said: “Film is a very powerful tool for making human rights issues visible, engaging and widely heard. This shortlist, which covers a range of topics and genres demonstrates this in an outstanding way. I and my fellow jury members look forward to deliberating on this excellent shortlist and to announcing the winning film at Light House Cinema in Dublin on 11 June. Each film, however, is already a winner for having made it this far in a very tough competition.”

ICCL Director Mr. Mark Kelly added: “Human rights are universal and indivisible, but all too often remain invisible. Filmmakers are particularly well-placed to effectively cast a spotlight on human rights issues, rendering them visible and meaningful to a wider audience. The ICCL is delighted to offer this creative space for filmmakers to apply their talents to raising awareness of the failure to respect the rights of vulnerable and disadvantaged people. We look forward to showcasing the shortlist at Light House Cinema in Dublin on 11 June.”

The shortlist is now available to view online on the competition website at and through