The Irish Film and Television Academy has announced the shortlist of nominees for the 6th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards, which takes place on Saturday 14th February at the Burlington Hotel, Ballsbridge and will be broadcast that night on RTÉ One at 9.30 pm.
The nominees were officially unveiled at a press conference held in Dublin by IFTA CEO Áine Moriarty and actress Amy Huberman. Nominations were announced in 37 award categories across film and television. The number of submissions have increased from last year, with over 270 titles being submitted reflecting the growing expertise and continual development of the Irish film and television industry.
All of the categories have been shortlisted by Academy members and Jury panels of experts from around the world.
The five shortlisted Best Feature Film contenders for 2009 are Marian Quinn’s coming of age feature 32A; the prison-breaking The Escapist; Lance Daly’s urban drama Kisses; Enda Walsh co-scripted Northern story Hunger about Bobby Sands and Ian FitzGibbon’s dark comedy A Film with Me in It.
In the Acting categories, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson have both been nominated for Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges along with comedian Dylan Moran (A Film with Me in It) and Michael Fassbender (Hunger). Actresses in a Leading Role include Tribeca-winner Eileen Walsh (Eden), Jenn Murray (Dorothy), newcomer Kelly O’Neill (Kisses) and Oscar® nominee Saoirse Ronan (City of Ember).
Feature Documentary is a new category for 2009, reflecting the importance of this growing genre in film. The shortlist includes the musical Dambé: The Mali Project; Gabriel Byrne – Stories from Home; Irish boxing documentary Saviours; the asylum seekers story Seaview and the surfing documentary Waveriders.
For further details and a full listing of the nominees, please visit www.ifta.ie