Bord Scannán na hÉireann /the Irish Film Board (IFB) and the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) have announced the Rising Star Award nominees for 2011, the winner of which will be named at the Irish Film and Television Awards ceremony on 12th February 2011.
Selected by a special jury and sponsored by the IFB, the Rising Star Award is a unique Award which highlights exceptional new and breakthrough talent working in all areas of the Irish film industry.
The 2011 nominees are:
Antonia Campbell Hughes (Actress) Bright Star, When Harvey Met Bob
Domhnall Gleeson (Actor) True Grit, Sensation
Ian Power (Writer/Director) The Runway, The Wonderful Story of Kelvin Kind
Juanita Wilson (Writer/Director) As If I Am Not There, The Door
The 2010 Rising Star Award was won by Tomm Moore, writer/director of the Oscar nominated feature animation The Secret of Kells. Tomm has since begun working on his second feature length animation Song of the Sea. Centurion and Hunger actor Michael Fassbender received the Rising Star Award in 2009, whilst young actress Saoirse Ronan was named the winner of the first Rising Star IFTA in 2008 for her breakthrough performance in Atonement.
The 8th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards will take place at Dublin’s spectacular new Convention Centre on Saturday 12th February 2011. The ceremony will broadcast live on RTÉ One at 9.30pm.