Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) Launches New IFTA LONDON Initiative

(James Hickey, Irish Film Board CEO, Aine Moriarty, IFTA CEO, Jim Sheridan and Ken Loach)

The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) have announced the establishment of its IFTA LONDON initiative, a dynamic new creative network designed to foster productive relations between the Irish and UK film and television industries.  

The new IFTA LONDON programme of the Irish Academy officially got underway with the inaugural IFTA LONDON Reception which was held last night, Wednesday 31st of August, at BAFTA’s Headquarters in London’s Piccadilly.

Speaking at the IFTA LONDON Reception, IFTA Chief Executive Áine Moriarty said “There is a great spirit of partnership, business and cultural links, between Ireland and the UK that makes us so much more than just neighbours – and this is especially true when it comes to the links that exist between the creative industries and communities. The IFTA LONDON initiative aims to help build a new network for the film & television communities and I am delighted to welcome our guests, from both the Irish and UK industries, here tonight.

IFTA LONDON aims to provide a platform to help build new opportunities for creative collaboration and strong working relations between the Irish and UK film and TV industries.  At a time when the cultural and creative industries have never been more valuable, IFTA LONDON will become a unique network for artistic talent to engage with key industry people in the UK and Ireland along with UK-based Academy Members.

The IFTA LONDON Reception is organised in association with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, whose Chief Executive James Hickey also spoke at the event. He commented: “We are delighted to work in partnership with IFTA on this inaugural event.   It is a great opportunity for Irish talent to come together with key industry people from Ireland and the UK to network and develop strong working relationships.”

Guests attending tonight’s IFTA LONDON Reception included Oscar nominated director Jim Sheridan; BAFTA winning filmmaker Ken Loach; Emmy winning Irish director Dearbhla Walsh; Irish actors Elaine Cassidy, Allen Leech, Robert Sheehan, Ruth Bradley, Eileen Walsh and Ciarán Hinds; Emmy winning Irish Production Designer John Paul Kelly and BAFTA nominated Screenwriter Michael Hirst, alongside a host of leading Irish and UK producers, financiers and industry representatives.

As part of the IFTA LONDON initiative, the Irish Academy also unveiled details of its planned roll-out of events in London, accompanying its year-round calendar of industry events which the Academy co-ordinates for its Members in Ireland, designed to showcase the best of Irish creative talent working in film and television to the industry in the UK.

These events include an exclusive season of IFTA Premiere Screenings of films from new Irish filmmakers; a series of IFTA Spotlights on outstanding Irish creative talent behind the camera which includes work from Oscar nominated Irish Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey (Atonement) and Oscar nominated Irish Costume Designer Consolata Boyle (The Queen); a Jim Sheridan Season which will include a Masterclass and retrospective of the Oscar nominated director’s work; and an Exploration of Irish Co-production – full details of which will be announced on the Academy’s Facebook ( and Twitter ( shortly.

For further information about the Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) visit

IFTA LONDON is supported by the Irish Film Board, Enterprise Ireland, FUJI FILM and Philips.


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