International directors Sir Alan Parker (The Commitments) and Michael Apted (Gorillas in the Mist, The World is Not Enough) welcomed to the 10th annual SDGI Awards Dinner
A gathering of Irish and international film and television directors took place on 22nd September in the Morrison Hotel to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland at their annual awards dinner. Sir Alan Parker and Michael Apted joined the SDGI as they were presented with their honorary membership their championing of Irish film and Irish arts.
Other attendees included Irish filmmakers Ciaran Donnelly, award winning Emmy director Dearbhla Walsh, Ken Wardrop, John Carney, Kirsten Sheridan, Lance Daly and Oscar-nominated Juanita Wilson.
Lord Mayor of Dublin, Gerry Breen was also in attendance as he welcomed the international directors to the city of Dublin and thanked them for their support for Irish film in general.
The Awards dinner also paid tribute to the winner of this year’s Directors Finders Series, an annual initiative of the Guild which is vital to developing and showcasing Irish filmmaking talent. The winner of this year’s prestigious award is Ian Power and his film The Runway, which screened to great acclaim at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh.
The Guild currently has 205 members and the Board is made up of high profile screen directors such as Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview with a Vampire, Butcher Boy), Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In The Name of the Father, The Field) Chairman Ciaran Donnelly (The Tudors), Lance Daly (Kisses) and Lenny Abrahamson (Garage).