IFTA Film & Drama Awards Ceremony Winners 2018

Caitriona Balfe

The IFTA Film & Drama Awards took place last night (14th Feb 2018) at the Round Room of the Mansion House.


Gabriel Byrne received the Irish Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins.  Ros Hubbard, legendary casting director, received the Spotlight Casting Director Award.  Jacob McCarthy (The Drummer and the Keeper) won the Irish Film Board’s Rising Star Award.


The show will be broadcast on RTÉ One on Saturday 17th February at 10.45pm.


The full list of winners is below.


Winners of the IFTA Film & Drama Awards 2018



Michael Inside



Aisling Walsh, Maudie



Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri



John Connors, Cardboard Gangsters



Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird



Barry Keoghan, The Killing of a Sacred Deer



Victoria Smurfit, The Lears



The Farthest



Jacob McCarthy, The Drummer and the Keeper



Ros Hubbard






Late Afternoon



Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri



Ethan Hawke, Maudie



Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri



Game of Thrones



Dearbhla Walsh, Fargo



Conor McPherson, Paula



Cillian Murphy, Peaky Blinders



Caitriona Balfe, Outlander



Liam Cunningham, Game of Thrones



Charlie Murphy, Peaky Blinders



Seamus McGarvey, The Greatest Showman



Consolata Boyle, Victoria and Abdul



Una Ni DhonghaIle, Three Girls



Clare Lambe & Sevlene Roddy, Into the Badlands



Stephen  McKeon, Pilgrimage



John Hand, Maudie



Steve Fanagan,  Kieran Horgan, The Farthest



Tailored Films  & Bowsie Workshop, The Lodgers



IFTA Gala Television Awards Nominations 2016



The Irish Film & Television Academy announced the Nominees for the 2016 IFTA Gala Television Awards, which is sponsored by Gala Retail, and takes place at the Double Tree Hotel in Dublin on Friday, 7th October 2016.


The Irish Film and Television Academy is delighted to announce the shortlist of nominees in 23 strongly contested TV categories for the IFTA Gala Television Awards from entertainment, comedy, Soap and Performance to factual, current affairs and news across all of the Irish broadcasters RTÉ One, RTÉ Two, TV3, 3e, TG4, Sky, UTV and BBC Northern Ireland. The Nominations have been shortlisted by Members of the Irish Academy along with Irish and international Jury panels of industry experts.


Academy CEO, Aine Moriarty stated that: “This year’s line up shows superb talent across a wealth of vibrant programmes produced by Irish professionals who are consistently delivering high quality TV programmes and new ideas to audiences both in Ireland and internationally year on year.  The Academy is proud to showcase this great Irish-made television and acknowledge the hard work, creativity and spirit that goes into producing hundreds of hours of TV production each year.”


From entertainment to reality and from comedy to poignant and informative documentaries along with insightful news and current affairs, the nominated programmes this year show that Irish audiences have had a diverse choice of top-notch Telly to watch.


In Entertainment, Baz Ashmawy is trying new ways to kill Nancy in 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy which is shortlisted alongside the unique musical talent that is The Imelda May Show, Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge has cut its way into the shortlist and TV3’s flagship evening programme The Seven O’Clock Show has earned its nod for its eclectic mix and style of entertainment.


IFTA’s Comedy Award is now in its second year and has a very funny bunch of Irish talents in the mix who have delivered the best of comedy this year and made the nation ‘laugh out loud’ on their sofas and they include the renowned Mrs Brown’s Boys nominated alongside the hilarious Bridget and Eamon which is the Republic of Telly’s spin-off run-away success; also nominated in this category is, Apres Match Election ’82 (the Apres Match team are also nominated in Sports) and The Rubberbandits’ Guide to 1916 which see the grocery-shop bag heads give their riveting take on 1916.


Reality programmes have strong contenders keeping it real this year with Coco’s First Dates Ireland and VIP’s Operation Transformation who between them got the nation out dating, walking and eating healthy; Loosehorse’s Rugby’s Wheelchair Challenge follows four Irish rugby internationals travelling from Dublin to Limerick – in wheelchairs, and Motive Television’sToughest Place to Be which follows Irish workers re-locating to some of the toughest work environments in the world.


Programmes commemorating the 1916 centenary are well represented, with The State Commemoration, 1916 The Irish Rebellion, Centenary, Children of the Revolution, Rubberbandits, and 1916 Challenge all nominated across various award categories.


In the Soap & Continuing Drama Award category RTE’s Fair City, which recently celebrated its 4000 episode is nominated alongside TG4’s Ros na Run which celebrated its 21st birthday this year bringing the Irish language soap to audiences for the past 21 years.  TV3’s new kid on the block Red Rock now in its second year, completes the trio of Irish Soap all vying for the accolade of Ireland’s Best TV Soap.  Each of the soaps havs multiple contenders across all of the craft and performance categories also.


The stand-out Female Performance in a Soap or Comedy sees Aisling O’Neill (Fair City) deliver a stellar performance as her character Carol in Fair City and also Jane McGrath as rule abiding Garda Officer Sharon Cleere in TV3’s Red Rock alongside Andrea Irvine who plays the hard working Garda Sargent Angela Tyrell; and Sharon Horgan receives a nomination for her comedic performance in Catastrophe airing on Channel 4 and Jennifer Zamparelli as the chain-smoking and mischievous 80’s mammy in RTE’s comedy hit Bridget and Eamon.


Male Performance in a Soap or Comedy sees the hilariously funny Brendan O Carroll as everyone’s favourite mammy inMrs. Brown’s Boys; Sean Mahon’s villainous performance as Garda Brian McGonigle in Red Rock alongside Patrick Ryan’sperformance as the constantly trouble-entangled Garda Paudge Brennan, who are all nominated with Karl Shiels who delivers a poignant performance as Robbie Quinn in Ireland’s longest running soap Fair City. This category also sees The Hardy Buck’s Chris Tordoff receive his first nomination for his performance as Francis ‘The Viper’ Higgins in the mockumentary small-town comedy.


Among the very competitive categories is Documentary Series which sees Coco Television deliver its landmark series, 1916 The Irish Rebellion which was narrated by Liam Neeson, examines the Rising and subsequent events that led to an independent Irish State; Tile Films’ Bas na Saoirse explores Irish patriots who were banished to Australia as punishment for their crimes; Independent Pictures’ Crumlin and RTE’s The Joy are observational documentaries with unprecedented access following the daily lives at these Irish institutions.


In the Best Single Documentary category, which is presented in association with BAI, the nominees are Joe Duffy’sChildren of the Revolution, a very moving and informative doc based on his best-selling book;  also nominated this year is David McWilliams’ Ireland’s Great Wealth Divide which graphically reveals to the nation just who owns the bulk of Ireland’s wealth; I Am Immigrant which explores what it means to be Irish, John Connor’s honest and heart-felt I Am Traveller, andThe Story of Yes, marking the first anniversary of the same sex referendum.


In a year of terror attacks, Brexit, a General Election, Apple and NAMA, Irish news and current affairs broadcasting is excelling – the News category sees the best of News coverage in the running for and Award including BBC Newsline: Brexit Special; RTE Six One News: Paris Terror Attacks; Nuacht TG4 Vóta 2016; TV3 News: Brexit along with UTV Ireland Live Brexit Special are in contention.


Current Affairs nominees include BBC NI’s Spotlight: Selling Northern Ireland; Claire Byrne Live – Leaders Debate,along with Vincent Browne’s The People’s Debate; and RTE’s Investigates Standards in Public Office.


In the Factual category, broadcaster John Creedon explores the west coast in Creedon’s Wild Atlantic Way; VIP’s Daniell and Majella’s B&B Road Trip follows Daniel O’Donnell and his wife Majella on their road trip through Ireland; Ear to the Ground, now in it’s 16th season, explores rural, countryside and environmental issues, and The Guards takes a frontline look at policing in Dublin city centre.


The nominees in the Specialist Factual category newly introduced last year specifically for arts, religion, history, natural history and science, are A Fanatic Heart: Bob Geldof on WB Yeats, Bypassed, Crainn na hEireann, and Wild Cities – Galway.


Nominated in the Animation category this year is Boulder’s Danger Mouse, Wigglywoo’s The Day Henry Met, Sixteen South’s Lily’s Driftwood Bay, and Brown Bag Films series Peter Rabbit; the Irish animation industry is going through a golden age – currently employing over 1600 people, with Irish studios producing award-winning shows that are broadcast all over the world.


In the Children’s category, RTE’s 1916 Challenge is nominated alongside Tyrone’s My Life Champion of the World for CBBC, GMarsh’s Out and About, and Magamedia’s teen drama Eipic.


It wasn’t all World Cup this year, as Ireland’s love of sports is well reflected in this year’s Sport nominees which include Looshorse’s All Day Ireland; along with Apres Match of the Day; Wildfire’s Hidden Ireland: Rugby and Concussion and Strike Films Road to Rio.


The Live Event nominees this year predominantly focus on the centenary celebrations, with RTE’s coverage of the State Commemoration of the 1916 Rising nominated alongside Centenary; Tyrone’s Laochra 1916 GAA Commemoration and Independent’s Big Week on the Farm for RTE.


TG4 celebrates 20 years in October, and Irish Language programming is well represented especially across Irish drama Abu’s An Klondike, Eipic, and Ros Na Run are all nominated alongside Gifted Empire’s Fleadh TV.


Documentaries chronicling Irish life are a theme in the Director Television category. Darragh Byrne’s My Homeless Family,Gerry Hogan’s Ireland’s Great Wealth Divide, Máire Kearney’s Life Before the Rising, and Gerry Nelson’s Wild Cities – Dublin.


The Nominees of the Writing for Soaps and Comedy shows are Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), Brendan O’Carroll (Mrs Brown’s Boys) Jason Butler, Jennifer Zamparelli and Bernard O’Shea (Bridget and Eamon) and Paul Walker (Red Rock); In Directing for Soap or Comedy – Lisa Mulcahy and Diarmuid Goggins are both nominated for their work directing Red Rock, Jason Butler is nominated for Bridget and Eamon and Louise Ní Fhiannachta for Eipic.


For Camera Television, Colm Hogan (1916 The Irish Rebellion), Paddy Jordan (Death of a Son – The Killing of Michael Dwyer), Alistair Neely (Voices ’16) and Michael O’Donovan These Walls can Talk; Editing Television – Jamie Fitzpatrick(Wild Cities – Galway), Derek Holland (A Fanatic Heart: Geldof on Yeats), Iseult Howlett (I Am Immigrant) and Una Ní Dhonghaile (Invisible Man); For Sound Television – 1916 The Irish Rebellion (John Brenna, Garret Farrell and Michelle Fingleton), Danger Mouse (Sol O’Carroll, Dominic Lawrence and Andrew Kirwan), Deoch an Dorais (John Brennan, Dean Jones and Colm O’Rourke) and Hup (Stephen McLoughlin).



A list of  all of the nominees.



Apres Match presents Election ’82

Bridget & Eamon

Mrs Brown’s Boys

The Rubberbandits’ Guide to 1916


Current Affairs

BBC NI Spotlight: Selling Northern Ireland

Claire Byrne Live – Leaders Debate

The People’s Debate

RTE Investigates Standards in Public Office


Documentary Series

1916 The Irish Rebellion

Bas Na Saoirse


The Joy


Documentary Single

Children of the Revolution

I Am Immigrant

I Am Traveller

Ireland’s Great Wealth Divide

The Story of Yes



50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy

Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge

The Imelda May Show

The Seven O’Clock Show



Creedon’s Wild Atlantic Way

Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip

Ear to the Ground

The Guards


Live Event

Big Week on the Farm


Laochra 1916 GAA Commemoration

The State Commemoration of the 1916 Rising



BBC Newsline: Brexit Special

RTE Six One News – Paris Terror Attacks

TG4 Nuacht

TV3 News Special – Brexit

UTV Ireland Live News @ 5:30 – Brexit Special



Reality & Constructed Factual

First Dates Ireland

Operation Transformation

Rugby’s Wheelchair Challenge

Toughest Place to Be


Specialist Factual

A Fanatic Heart: Bob Geldof on WB Yeats


Crainn na hEireann

Wild Cities – Galway



All Ireland Day

Apres Match of the Day

Hidden Ireland: rugby and Concussion

Road to Rio


Soap/Continuing Drama

Fair City

Red Rock

Ros na Run


Male Performance

Sean Mahon –  Red Rock

Brendan O Carroll – Mrs. Brown’s Boys

Patrick Ryan – Red Rock

Karl Shiels – Fair City

Chris Tordoff – Hardy Bucks


Female Performance

Sharon            Horgan – Catastrophe

Andrea Irvine – Red Rock

Jane McGrath – Red Rock

Aisling O’Neill – Fair City

Jennifer Zamparelli – Bridget and Eamon


Animation – Children’s & Young People’s

Danger Mouse

The Day Henry Met

Lily’s Driftwood Bay

Peter Rabbit: The Tale Of The Unexpected Discovery


Children’s & Young People’s – Live Action

1916 Challenge


My Life Champion of the World

Out and About


Irish Language

An Klondike


Fleadh TV

Ros na Run


Director Soap/Comedy

Jason Butler – Bridget and Eamon

Diarmuid Goggins – Red Rock

Lisa Mulcahy – Red Rock

Louise Ní Fhiannachta – Eipic


Writer – Soap /Comedy

Jason Butler, Jennifer Zamparelli, Bernard O’Shea – Bridget and Eamon

Sharon Horgan – Catastrophe

Brendan O’Carroll – Mrs Browns Boys

Paul Walker – Red Rock


Camera TV

Colm Hogan – 1916 The Irish Rebellion

Paddy Jordan – Death of a Son – The Killing of Michael Dwyer

Alistair Neely – Voices ’16

Michael O’Donovan – These Walls Can Talk


Director TV

Darragh Byrne – My Homeless Family

Gerry   Hoban Ireland’s Great Wealth Divide

Máire   Kearney – Life Before the Rising

Gerry   Nelson – Wild Cities Dublin


Editing TV

Jamie Fitzpatrick – Wild Cities – Galway

Derek Holland – A Fanatic Heart: Geldof on Yeats

Iseult Howlett – I Am Immigrant

Una Ní Dhonghaile – Invisible Man


Sound TV

1916 The Irish Rebellion

Danger Mouse

Deoch an Dorais





Winners Announced of IFTA Film & Drama Awards 2016


The winners of the 2016 IFTA Awards for Film and Drama were announced tonight at the The Mansion House in Dublin City Centre.

Hosted by actress and comedienne, Deirdre O’Kane, the IFTA Film & Drama Awards ceremony will be broadcast on TV3 on Sunday, April 10th at 9pm.



Best Film: Room

Best Director Film: Lenny Abrahamson for Room

Best Script Film: Emma Donoghue for Room

Irish Film Board Rising Star: Stephen Fingleton

Best Lead Actor Film: Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs

Best Lead Actress Film: Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn

Best Supporting Actor Film: Jack Reynor for Sing Street

Best Supporting Actress Film: Jane Brennan for Brooklyn

George Morrison Feature Documentary: Mom & Me

Best Animated Short: Geist

Best Short Film: Stutterer

Best Drama: An Klondike

Best Director Drama: Neasa Hardiman for Happy Valley

Best Writer Drama: Marcus Fleming for An Klondike

Best Lead Actor Drama: Dara Devaney for An Klondike

Best Lead Actress Drama: Ruth Bradley for Rebellion

Best Supporting Actor Drama: Moe Dunford for Vikings

Best Supporting Actress Drama: Sarah Greene for Penny Dreadful

Best Director of Photography: Cathal Watters for Viva

Best Costume Design: Joan Bergin for Vikings

Best Editing: Nathan Nugent for Room

Best M.A.C. Make-Up and Hair: An Klondike

Best Original Music: Stephen Rennicks for Room

Best Production Design: Tom Conroy for Legend

Best Sound: Room

Best VFX: The Frankenstein Chronicles (Screen Scene)

Best International Film: Spotlight

Best International Actor: Leonardo Di Caprio for The Revenant

Best International Actress: Brie Larson for Room



‘Love is a Sting’ nominated @ IFTAs



The Filmbase and RTÉ-funded short film, Love is a Sting, is up for an IFTA Award for Best Short Film this coming Saturday 9th of April. Vincent Gallagher’s film tells the story of a struggling children’s book writer named Harold Finch. At his lowest point, Harold gains an unexpected houseguest in the form of Anabel- an ageing, hyper-intelligent mosquito. Anabel has literally been the fly on the wall throughout history but has never managed to communicate with a human being. She will attempt to do so now even if it kills her, and will teach Harold that sometimes the smallest voice can make the biggest noise.

Love is a Sting is written by Academy Award winner Benjamin Cleary,  narrated by Irish actor Ciarán Hinds and stars Sean T. Ó’Meallaigh.

The film, which  is a mix of live action and animation, began its festival run last October and has already won numerous awards, including Best Short Film at both the Clones Film Festival and the Waterford Film Festival, along with the Audience Award at the Richard Harris International Film Festival.

In November, Love is a Sting won the Grand Prix Irish Short at the 60th Cork Film Festival, putting it on the longlist for the Academy Awards in 2017. “We are absolutely delighted with the response our film has gotten so far”, says producer Ian Hunt Duffy, “Getting nominated for an IFTA was an honour. Everyone did an incredible job on Love is a Sting so it’s great to see all of their hard work being recognised.”

Love is a Sting will have its North American Premiere on April 9th at the Cleveland International Film Festival, followed by screenings at the Newport Beach Film Festival and Belfast Film Festival later this month.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/loveisasting.




‘Song of the Sea’ Wins Best Film at IFTAs


Winners of the 12th IFTA Awards for Film and Drama were announced at a ceremony in Dublin last night.
Hosted by actress and television presenter, Caroline Morahan, the Awards Ceremony will be broadcast on TV3 on Monday, June 1st.

This year’s winner for Best Film went to Song of the Sea, which goes on release in Irish cinemas on 10th July. Also among the awards was Jim Sheridan, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Best Film: Song of the Sea
Best Director Film: Lenny Abrahamson for Frank
Best Script Film: Terry McMahon for Patrick’s Day
Irish Film Board Rising Star: Sarah Greene
Best Lead Actor Film: Moe Dunford for Patrick’s Day
Best Lead Actress Film: Deirdre O’Kane for Noble
Best Supporting Actor Film: Domhnall Gleeson for Frank
Best Supporting Actress Film: Sarah Greene
George Morrison Feature Documentary: In A House That Ceased To Be
Best Animation Short: Somewhere Down The Line
Best Short Film: Rockmount
Best Drama in association with BAI: Love/Hate 5
Best Director Drama: Ciaran Donnelly for Vikings
Best Script Drama: Stuart Carolan for Love/Hate
Best Lead Actor Drama: Aidan Gillen for Charlie
Best Lead Actress Drama: Charlie Murphy for Love/Hate
Best Supporting Actor Drama: Stephen Rea for The Honourable Woman
Best Supporting Actress Drama: Aisling Franciosi for The Fall
Best Director of Photography: James Mather for Frank
Best Costume Design: Lorna Marie Mugan for Peaky Blinders
Best Editing: Emer Reynolds for One Million Dubliners
Best Make-Up and Hair sponsored by M.A.C.: Vikings
Best Original Score: Stephen McKeon for Queen and Country
Best Production Design: John Paul Kelly for The Theory of Everything
Best Sound: Patrick’s Day
Best International Film: Boyhood
Best International Actor: Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything
Best International Actress: Julianne Moore for Still Alice


IFTA Announces Nominees for the 11th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards




The Irish Film and Television Academy have announced the shortlist of nominees in 40 strongly contested categories for the 11th annual Irish Film and Television Awards, which takes place on Saturday 5th April at the DoubleTree at Hilton Burlington Road and broadcast primetime on RTÉ ONE (reaching 1.24 Million viewers last year).

Nominations are announced in categories across film and television, celebrating the highest standard of Irish talent over the past twelve months. All IFTA’s categories have been shortlisted by Members of the Irish Film & Television Academy alongside a select Jury panel of industry experts from around the world.  IFTA received 311 titles submitted for consideration in the 2013 Awards.

Academy CEO, Aine Moriarty stated that:    “This year’s Nominations showcase to the world what Ireland’s small but excellent film and television community has to offer.  Their hard work over the last 12 months has delivered world-class standards with some of the most diverse and engaging Irish films, dramas and documentaries along with great entertainment and factual programmes. We look forward to acknowledging and celebrating the great work of the home industry on the Ceremony night ahead”.

The feature films nominated for Best Film are the visual horror feast of Byzantium; the blackly comic priestly dilemma of Calvary; the intimate and happy-go-lucky Run & Jump;  thehaunting, poetic and uplifting drama The Sea; and comedy hurdles of the Irish groom-to-be in The Stag;  Four of the five best films also get nominations for Best Script; John Banville for The Sea;  Ailbhe Keogan Run & Jump; John Michael McDonagh for Calvary and the duo of John Butler & Peter McDonald for The Stag.

Ruiri Robinson is nominated for Director Film for his debut Sci-fi feature film The Last Days on Mars alongside John Butler, Neil Jordan and John Michael McDonagh.

In the Actor in a Leading Role Film category, Brendan Gleeson is nominated for Calvary alongside Domhnall Gleeson’s performance in the Richard Curtis film About Time; as is Ciarán Hinds shortlisted for his skillful turn in The Sea and The Stag’s leading-man performance by Andrew Scott.

Antonia Campbell-Hughes is in good company within Actress in a Leading Role Film with her 3096 Days performance alongside Saoirse Ronan’s turn in Byzantium; Both are joined by new acting talents Jane McGrath who performs in the Irish boy-racer film Black Ice and Kelly Thornton for her achievement in the lively family saga of Life’s a Breeze.

Nominee Actors in Supporting Roles in Film are Colin Farrell for Saving Mr Banks, Michael Fassbender for Twelve year’s  a Slave;  Edward MacLiam for Run & Jump and Peter McDonald who is nominated for The Stag.

Sinead Cusack is nominated for Supporting Actress in Film for The Sea alonside Fionnula Flannigan for Life’s a Breeze; Amy Huberman for The Stag and Orla O’Rourke for her performance in Calvary.

Television Drama being produced across Ireland north and south, continues to enthral both Irish and International audiences with compelling scripts, great direction and performances all round.  Northern Irish based police investigations drama The Fall is nominated alongside the epic fantasy Game of Thrones and the new historical action drama Vikings which is shot in Co Wicklow.  Dublin based Dramas also feature strongly with the period-set crime investigation series Quirke being nominated as well as the gritty urban drama Love/Hate.

Actor Lead role in Television sees Gabriel Byrne being nominated for his performance in Quirke, Jamie Dornan shortlisted for the Fall, Chris O’Dowd for Moone Boy, and Tom Vaughan Lawlor for Love/Hate.


Deirdre O’Kane has been shortlisted for her role as Mrs Moone in Moone Boy.  Eva Birthistle’s performance in Amber has ensured her nomination alongside Love/Hate’s Mary Murray andCharlie Murphy.


Allen Leech is shortlisted for his role as Tom in Downton Abbey in the supporting Actor Television category along with Liam Cunningham and Aidan Gillen for Game of Thrones as isPeter Coonan for his performance in Love/Hate this series.   Victoria Smurfit is nominated for Dracula alongside Michelle Fairley for Game of Thrones; Elaine Cassidy for the Paradise and Coilfhionn Dunne of Love/Hate.


The TV Entertainment category this year shortlists very popular audience programmes that are entertaining and engaging the nation; Irish Pictorial Weekly and Mrs Brown Boys are nominated alongside Moone Boy and The Late late Show’s episode which featured Majella O’Donnell’s brave charity act.

A great mix and diverse programmes have come through in the single TV Documentary category with Danny Boy: The Ballad that Bewitched the World receiving its nomination alongside the Belvedere College The Scholarship – Class of 2018; Also nominated is The Disappeared which tells the story of those killed and secretely burried in Northern Ireland and shortlisted too is Donal Walsh – My Story documentary about the brave young Kerryman.

In Current Affairs/ News, Tonight with Vincent Browne’s programme on the IBRC debate is nominated alongside RTE’s Breach of Trust programme exposing the créche industry in Ireland as is their Inside Irish Nationwide programme with Richard Curran and BBC Northern Ireland’s Spotlight: Housing – Whatever It Takes about corruption within the Housing Executive in NI.

The Irish Film & Television Awards Ceremony will showcase the best of Ireland’s creative talent both in front and behind the scenes, and will acknowledge Irish excellence and achievements. The ceremony will welcome a host of film stars, TV personalities, directors, producers and distinguished guests to celebrate the undisputed talent that exists within the film and television industries in Ireland.

The full list of IFTA nominees is below.

11th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards



Byzantium (Alan Moloney, Stephen Woolley, Parallel Films, Number 9 Films)

Calvary (James Flynn, Chris Clark, Flora Fernandez Marengo, Octagon Films, Reprisal Films)

Run & Jump (Tamara Angie, David Collins, Martina Niland, Samson Films)

The Sea (David Collins, Samson Films)

The Stag (Robert Walpole, Rebecca O’Flanagan, Treasure Entertainment)


Director Film

John ButlerThe Stag (Treasure Entertainment)

Neil Jordan, Byzantium (Parallel Films and Number 9 Films)

John Michael McDonagh, Calvary (Octagon Films and Reprisal Films)

Ruairi RobinsonThe Last Days on Mars (Qwerty Films and Fantastic Films)


Script Film

John BanvilleThe Sea (Samson Films)

Ailbhe KeoganRun & Jump (Samson Films)

John Michael McDonaghCalvary (Octagon Films and Reprisal Films)

John Butler and Peter McDonaldThe Stag (Treasure Entertainment)


Actor in a Lead Role Film

Brendan GleesonCalvary (Octagon Films and Reprisal Films)

Domhnall Gleeson, About Time (Universal Pictures)

Ciarán Hinds, The Sea (Samson Films)

Andrew Scott, The Stag (Treasure Entertainment)


Actress in a Leading Role Film

Antonia Campbell-Hughes3096 Days (Constantin Film)

Jane McGrath, Black Ice (Bandit Films)

Saoirse Ronan, Byzantium (Parallel Films & Number 9 Films)

Kelly Thornton, Life’s A Breeze (Fastnet Films)


Actor in a Supporting Role Film

Colin Farrell, Saving Mr.Banks (Walt Disney Studios)

Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave (Entertainment One)

Edward MacLiam, Run & Jump (Samson Films)

Peter McDonald, The Stag (Treasure Entertainment)


Actress in a Supporting Role Film

Sinead Cusack, The Sea (Samson Films)

Fionnula FlanaganLife’s A Breeze (Fastnet Films)

Amy Huberman, The Stag (Treasure Entertainment)

Orla O’Rourke, Calvary (Octagon Films and Reprisal Films)


International Film (sponsored by American Airlines)

12 Years a Slave



The Wolf of Wall Street


International Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street

Michael Douglas Behind the Candelabra

Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

Matthew McConaughey Dallas Buyers Club


International Actress

Amy Adams American Hustle

Cate Blanchett Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock Gravity

Judi Dench Philomena


Drama in association with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

The Fall (Stephen Wright, Allan Cubitt, BBC Northern Ireland, Artists Studio)

Game of Thrones (HBO)

Love/Hate (Suzanne McAuley, Steve Matthews, Octagon Films)

Quirke (Ed Guiney, John McColgan, Joan Egan, Element Pictures, Tyrone Productions, BBC Drama)

Vikings (Michael Hirst, Morgan O’Sullivan, James Flynn, History Channel)


Director TV Drama

David Caffrey, Love Hate (Octagon Films)

Ciaran Donnelly, Vikings (History Channel)

Ian Fitzgibbon, Moone Boy (Grand Pictures, Baby Cow Productions, Hot Cod Productions & Sprout Pictures for Sky 1)

Thaddeus O’Sullivan, Amber (Screenworks)


Script Drama

Stuart Carolan, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Neil Jordan, The Borgias (Octagon Films)

Nick Vincent Murphy & Chris O’Dowd, Moone Boy (Grand Pictures, Baby Cow Productions, Hot Cod Productions and Sprout Pictures for Sky 1)

Conor McPherson, Quirke (Element Pictures and Tyrone Productions)


Actor in a Leading Role Television

Gabriel Byrne, Quirke (Element Pictures and Tyrone Productions)

Jamie Dornan, The Fall (BBC Northern Ireland and Artists Studio)

Chris O’Dowd, Moone Boy (Grand Pictures, Baby Cow Productions, Hot Cod Productions & Sprout Pictures for Sky 1)

Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)


Actress in a Leading Role Television

Eva Birthistle, Amber (Screenworks)

Charlie Murphy, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Mary Murray, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Deirdre O’Kane, Moone Boy (Grand Pictures, Baby Cow Productions, Hot Cod Productions & Sprout Pictures for Sky 1)


Actor in a Supporting Role Television

Peter Coonan, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Liam Cunningham, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Aidan Gillen, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Allen Leech, Downton Abbey (Carnival Films)


Actress in a Supporting Role Television

Elaine Cassidy, The Paradise (Masterpiece and BBC Productions)

Caoilfhionn Dunne, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Michelle Fairley, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Victoria Smurfit, Dracula (NBC/SKY)





Joan Bergin, Vikings

Consolata Boyle, Philomena

Lorna Marie Mugan, Ripper Street

Leonie Prendergast, Moone Boy


Director of Photography Film/Drama

PJ DillonRipper Street

Kate McCulloughHere Was Cuba

Ruairi O’BrienThe Fall

Robbe RyanPhilomena


Editing Film/Drama

Nick Emerson, Starred Up

Una Ni Dhonghaile, Ripper Street

Nathan NugentRun & Jump

Emer ReynoldsHere Was Cuba


Makeup & Hair sponsored by M.A.C.


The Fall

Ripper Street



Production Design

Tom Conroy Vikings

Mark Geraghty, Ripper Street

Ton McCullough, The Fall

Donal Woods, Downton Abbey


Original Score

Liam Bates, Earthbound

Patrick Cassidy, Calvary

David Holmes, The Fall

Nick Seymour, The Summit


Sound Film/Drama

Game of Thrones

Here Was Cuba

Last Days on Mars

Ripper Street






An Ceoldrama

Doc McStuffins




Current Affairs

Breach of Trust (RTÉ)

Inside Irish Nationwide (Animo for RTÉ)

Spotlight Housing Whatever It Takes (BBC NI)

Vincent Browne Tonight (TV3)



Danny Boy: The Ballad that Bewitched the World

Donal Walsh – My Story

The Disappeared

The Scholarship – Class of 2018


Documentary Series

1916 Seachtar Dearmadta

Bliain in Árainn Mhór

The Estate

John Lonergan’s Circus



Irish Pictorial Weekly

The Late Late Show

Moone Boy

Mrs Browns Boys



John Sheahan: A Dubliner


Seamus Heaney – Postscript – Imeall

The Zoo



Dúshlán 1881 – Living the Eviction

The Great Irish Bake Off

Jockey Eile

Operation Transformation




Páidí Ó Sé – Rí an Pharóiste

R.O.G. The Ronan O’Gara Story

We Got Game

Irish Language

1916 Seachtar Dearmadta

An Ceoldrama


Páidí Ó Sé – Rí an Pharóiste





Director TV

Anna Rodgers, Somebody to Love

Colm Bairéad, An Ceoldráma

Tom Johnston, Áine Lawlor: Facing Cancer

Maurice Sweeney, John Sheahan: A Dubliner


Director of Photography TV

Barry Donnellan, Secrets of the Irish Landscape

Ronan Fox, John Sheahan: A Dubliner

Richard Kendrick, In Good Hands The Power of Metal

John Murray, The Secret Life of the Shannon


Editing TV

Mick Mahon, John Sheahan: A Dubliner

Mick Mahon, We Got Game

Emer Reynolds, The Secret Life of the Shannon

Ray Roantree, Looking After No. 1


Sound TV

1916 Searchtar Dearmadta

John Sheahan: A Dubliner

R.O.G. The Ronan O’Gara Story

The Secret Life of the Shannon


IFTA Exclusive Screening: ‘The O’Briens’


IFTA presented an exclusive screening of new Irish feature The O’Briens in September at Dublin’s Savoy Cinema. James Phelan was there to catch a first look at Richard Waters’ film, shot entirely in Galway on a shoestring budget and financed independently by the film’s producers.

DIR: Richard Waters • PRO:  Slaine Kelly,  Emmett Hughes, Richard Kearney, Ciara Byrne, Alison Scarff • ED: Richard Waters • DOP: David Laird  Music: Nicky Royston • CAST: Liam McMahon , Slaine Kelly. Emmett Hughes, Tommy O’Neill, Kellie Blaise, Amber Jean Rowan, Paddy C. Courtney, Lochlainn O Mearain

We’ve all become accustomed and almost immune to Irish low-budget features because of an overwhelming sameness in both approach and subject matter. Sci-fi and horror are attempted regularly, often without adequate resources and with wildly varying results. Less common is the rom-com, but still a few are made on a shoestring per year. Rarest of all perhaps is the family drama which is hardly ever tackled at all – let alone with next to no budget.

That’s the situation that actors turned producers Slaine Kelly and Emmett Hughes found themselves in when promised funding fell through at the last minute. With a crew and cast assembled on location in Galway, the easy decision would have been to pull the plug. Instead, they pulled the trigger and went ahead and shot.

The gamble has already paid dividends with the film scooping the Outstanding Filmmaking Achievement Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival in California, where the film also received a second screening due to audience demand.

What really sets The O Briens apart though is how well it looks. Usually any Irish film with a bare bones budget employs the ‘Festen’ approach – all rough handheld and heavy pixallated digital footage. This film eschews that in favour of a composed and colourful aesthetic that miraculously borders on glossy at times.

It undoubtedly helps that a ridiculously photogenic cast depict the central family. Summoned home from around the globe, this clan gathering is more like a model convention. Seriously, this must be the most attractive Irish family since the Corrs. Crucially though, the purely surface appeal of the players is backed up with some real talent. There is an especially luminous turn from Kellie Blaise that could well be a star-making role if seen by enough people. Lochlainn O Mearain is equally excellent as a sexually frustrated husband striving to save his business and his marriage in the same weekend.

The multi-tasking creative duo of Kelly and Hughes also wrote the script so naturally enough, they crafted some meaty roles for themselves. Kelly is too impossibly pretty to ever be the dowdy wife but she displays a deft range as the put upon Una. It’s a graceful delicate performance that anchors the entire film but generously allows the spotlight to shine on the rest of the ensemble.  Meanwhile, Hughes bravely takes on a character that is initially difficult to warm to but his snarky attitude continually provides big laughs as well as the emotional climax of the film.

Elsewhere, the film has fun with some tropes. The ubiquitous Paddy Courtney pops up as the local comic relief but the filmmakers work a wonderfully clever variation on his ubiquity by having him perform every role that should have gone to an extra. It’s a witty solution to a potential production problem. Likewise, director Richard Waters does an excellent job of concealing the lack of resources with clever staging and colourful compositions.

Like the family itself, the film has some issues. The script still contains the odd clunky line, albeit offset by some smashing exchanges and memorable quips. While the sound side of the film appears to have a few gremlins that have never been fully ironed out.

Overall, The O Briens is a bright and riotous ride emitting charm and humour in abundance. If ever a film is going to contribute to tourism, it’s a film like this. Without ever pushing the blarney button, it conjures a compelling and relevant image of the country while still retaining a real romanticism about living in the West of Ireland. This is a warm, vibrant and handsome drama that invites and can live with comparisons with movies like The Family Stone’ or even The Big Chill.

Having created a considerable something from close to nothing, the makers of this film deserve a chance with some real budget and some proper backing.


Cinema Review: Pilgrim Hill


DIR/WRI: Gerard Barrett  PRO: Gerard Barrett • DOP: Ian D. Murphy • ED: Gerard Barrett • CAST: Keith Byrne, Muiris Crowley, Corina Gough, Kevin McCormack

There’s a part of Ireland still untouched by the 21st Century, where the Celtic Tiger’s roar was only a distant echo. So Gerard Barrett’s feature debut Pilgrim Hill shows us. We follow the daily life of rural farmer Jimmy (Joe Mullins) as he goes about his pastoral chores – if it weren’t for the Oreos stacked on the local shop’s shelves or his unemployed young friend Tommy’s (Muiris Crowley) shiny Beamer, Pilgrim Hill could almost be set in the 1950s.

Eschewing the high drama of John B. Keane’s The Field, Barrett’s story takes a more real and reserved approach, as it slowly but steadily reveals the wearying effect the world takes of Jimmy. He cares for his cows like family, even though in his own words they are barely pets. He looks after his stroke-addled father – never seen but ever present – but wishes he didn’t have to. Even his rare trip to the pub is a miserable one; a single pint sipped alone so as not to go over the legal limit. The only real energy in Jimmy’s life comes from the rhythmic pulsing of the milking machine; the rest is silence.

The film is punctuated by a series of almost-to-camera interviews with Jimmy, whose shyly averted gaze says as much as his words. These are great insights into the character, who has never truly bloomed as a person, and they allow Mullins to really get into Jimmy’s skin, but one can’t help but wish there was a more inventive way Barrett might have opened up this character to us.

The steady pacing of the story is accompanied by tidy, withdrawn framing that keenly demonstrates the isolation of the character, marred by some unfortunate lapses of focal depth. Jimmy’s house is littered with items from the life he might have lived – a Rod Stewart mug and a pair of polka-dot purple underwear reveal a side to the man that we will never hear from his lips.

As life takes increasingly cruel tolls on Jimmy, Barrett’s film becomes a study of how much a man can take before he breaks down and cries. Does healing come with tears?

Unambitious but well executed, Barrett reveals himself a filmmaker to keep an eye on, while Mullins, a sometime theatre actor with no prior features under his belt, carries the weight of the film with a sincere, world-weary performance, taut with closeted emotion.

Pilgrim Hill is an honest portrayal of a fragment of Ireland we all too eagerly like to pretend we have left behind us.


David Neary

12A (see IFCO website for details)

Pilgrim Hill  is released on 12th April 2013

Pilgrim Hill – Official Website


Live Coverage of 10th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) from 6:30pm

Follow us here www.filmireland.net, our Facebook page and Twitter feed for our live coverage of the 10th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards from 6:30pm today Saturday February 9th at Dublin’s Convention Centre.

Gemma Creagh:

Myself and Lynn Larkin got some lovely laminate press passes for this year’s IFTAs. So while the crème de la crème of the Irish Film Industry celebrate the year’s achievements down below in the main hall of the Convention Centre, we both eat our yummy cakes upstairs in the pressroom.

When we arrived, we were ushered on to the red carpet, where we saw how fantastically all the Irish Film Industry scrubbed up.

While we were being fed and watered by the excellent staff in the next room, we unwittingly missed the first award, which went to the fantastic Love/Hate… quell surprise. Lynn is out in the main hall now hobnobbing and live tweeting and I’m blogging away, sitting back on the big screen.

Susan collecting the Award for Love/Hate

The Supporting Actor TV award went to the wonderfully creepy villain Andrew Scott for his role in Sherlock (Hartswood Films) With Peter Coonan, Love/Hate (Octagon Films), Allen Leech, Downton Abbey (Carnival Films), Chris O’Dowd, Moone Boy (Grand Pictures, Baby Cow Productions, Hot Cod Productions and Sprout Pictures for Sky 1).

The Special Irish language nominees were fantastic with Lón sa Spéir – Men at Lunch (Sean & Eamonn Ó’Cualáin, Sónta), beating Bernard Dunne’s Bród Club (Production Team, Independent Pictures), Congo 1961 (Akajava Films) and Rásaí na Gaillimhe (Great Western Films).

Cracking jokes left right and centre, Chicago star John C. Reilly presented the Rising Star award. With a great list of nominees, Lisa Barros D’sa & Glenn Leyburn (directors, Good Vibrations), Ciaran Foy (director, Citadel), Jack Reynor (actor, What Richard Did) but it was Gerard Barrett (writer-director-editor-producer, Pilgrim Hill) who walked home with the award with a  gorgeously humble speech.

Our Rising Star with his award

The Best Entertainment Award was introduced cheekily by the unruly Tommy Tiernan, and given to Moone Boy (Grand Pictures, Baby Cow Productions, Hot Cod Productions and Sprout Pictures for Sky 1). Next year is your year guys to Mrs Brown’s Boys (RTE / BBC / BOC Pictures), The Savage Eye (Blinder Films) and The Voice of Ireland (Screentime ShinAwiL).


The Cast of Moone Boy

The Voice of Ireland’s Kian Egan gave the award for Best Short. The competition was quite high with former IFTA winner Cathy Brady, picking up her second for Mourning, winning over The Girl with the Mechanical Maiden (Andrew Legge), the hilarious Fear of Flying (Conor Finnegan, Lovely Productions) and the beautiful Rhinos (Shimmy Marcus).


Cathy Brady collecting her second IFTA to date

After being serenaded by John Lukeman, Miriam O’Callaghan took us though the nominees for Best Sports Programme, Olympics (RTÉ), Paralympics (Setanta Ireland) and Jump Boys (Touchline Media), but finally shegave the award to When Ali Came to Ireland (True Films) which was collected by OUR VERY OWN FANTASTIC EDITOR ROSS WHITAKER and the lovely Aideen O’Sullivan.

Certainly our favourite Award of the Evening.
Ross and Aideen!

Competition was tough for the Best Animation Award, with After You (Damien O’Connor, Cell Division), Fear of Flying (Conor Finnegan, Lovely Productions) and Peter Rabbit’s Christmas Tale (Brown Bag Films / Silvergate) in the running but it was eventually given to Macropolis (Flickerpix Animations).

The Best Supporting actor category was presented by Amanda Byram to the brilliant Domhnall Gleeson for his role in Anna Karenina (Universal Pictures). The other nominees were Ciaran Hinds, The Woman in Black (Momentum Pictures), Michael McElhatton, Death of a Superhero (Bavaria Pictures, Grand Pictures), David Wilmot, Shadow Dancer (Element Pictures). Phew a break; time to grab a cuppa.

That was short. And we’re back with another Love/Hate win and very well deserved; Charlie Murphy picks up the Award for Best Actress on TV, with the other nominees; Orla Brady, Sinbad (Possible Pictures), Carrie Crowley, Rasai na Gaillimhe (Great Western Films), and Amy Huberman, Threesome (Big Talk Productions).


Charlie Murphy wins for her role as Siobhan in Love/Hate

Sponsored by the BAI, this year’s Best Drama award, and the third win of the evening, is given by a fantastic Corrie duo to Love/Hate (Suzanne McAuley, Steve Matthews, Octagon Films). That’s some achieveminet considering the other titles in there were The Borgias (Neil Jordan, James Flynn, Octagon Films), Game of Thrones (HBO), Love/Hate (Suzanne McAuley, Steve Matthews, Octagon Films) and Titanic: Blood and Steel (Paul Myler, Roberto Minni, Ciaran Donnelly, Epos Films).

Jimmy Nesbitt announced the prestigious Best Film Script Award, with, Kevin Lehane, Grabbers (Forward Films, High Treason Productions, Samson Films), Martin McDonagh, Seven Psychopaths (MomentumPictures), Kieron J Walsh, and Steve Brookes, based on the stage play Jump by Lisa McGee, Jump (Hotshot Films) losing out to the talented Malcolm Campbell for What Richard Did (Element Pictures).

The amazing Saoirse Ronan gave the Best Film Actor award to Jack Reynor, What Richard Did (Element Pictures). The other very graceful nominees were Richard Dormer, Good Vibrations (Canderblinks Films), Colin Farrell, Seven Psychopaths (MomentumPictures), Martin McCann, Jump (Hotshot Films). This was followed by a very touching tribute to the talent we lost from the industry in recent times, there were certainly a few teary eyes in the audience.

Irish actor Jack Reynor wins for Best Actor


Next up were the section for craft awards which started with Stuart Carolan, winning yet another award for Love/Hate (Octagon Films), winning over Colin Heber-Percy & Lyall Watson, Saving the Titanic (Tile Films), Neil Jordan, The Borgias (Octagon Films), Chris O’Dowd & Nick Vincent Murphy, Moone Boy (Grand Pictures, Baby Cow Productions, Hot Cod Productions and Sprout Pictures for Sky 1). With Love/Hate being congratulated for their pending forth series.

Bríd Brennan was unable to collect her Best Supporting Award for Shadow Dancer (Element Pictures) but was assured it would be posted out. I’m sure the other nominees Bronagh Gallagher, Grabbers (Forward Films, High Treason Productions, Samson Films), Charlene McKenna, Jump (Hotshot Films) and Gabrielle Reidy, What Richard Did (Element Pictures) would make sure she gets it.

Yet another win, David Caffrey picked up Best TV Director for the insanely successful Love/Hate (Octagon Films), and punctuated it with a heart-warming speech. Too bad for the other nominees, Ciaran Donnelly, Titanic: Blood and Steel (Epos Films), Declan Lowney, Moone Boy (Grand Pictures, Baby Cow Productions, Hot Cod Productions and Sprout Pictures for Sky 1) and Aisling Walsh, Loving Miss Hatto (Left Bank Pictures).

Best Factual was up next with Dead Money (ProMedia Productions), Room to Improve (Coco Television) and The Zoo (Moondance Productions) all coming in second to The Radharc Squad (Tyrone Productions).

The kids are certainly all right with Roy (JAM Media) picking up Best Youth Programme, over The Octonauts (Brown Bag), OMG! Jedward (Tyrone Productions) and Ó Tholg go Tolg (Red Pepper Productions).

Maurice Sweeney collected his Best TV Director for his WB Yeats – No Country for Old Men (Hot Shot Films). Other nominees included, Alison Millar, The Shame of the Catholic Church (BBC Northern Ireland), Damien O’Donnell, The Savage Eye (Blinder Films) and Lynda McQuaid, Masterchef (Screentime ShinAwil).

Poor Maurice with WB Yeats – No Country for Old Men in the next Documentary Award, long with A Time to Die? (Yellow Asylum Films) and MND: The Inside Track (Independent Pictures) as Congo 1961 (Akajava Films) picked up the Award.

The Sound Film/Drama Award was won by the lovely Citadel crew Garret Farrell, Hugh Fox, Steve Fanagan who were very thankful to the director Ciaran Foy. Competition was tough and they were up against Game of Thrones – Ronan Hill, Mervyn Moore; Titanic Blood & Steel – Dan Birch, Jon Stevenson, Garret Farrell and What Richard Did, Paddy Hanlon, Steve Fanagan, Niall Brady.

Seamus McGarvey, won Best DOP for Anna Karenina (Universal Pictures), with PJ Dillon, Game of Thrones (HBO), Tim Fleming, Citadel (Blinder Films) and David Grennan, What Richard Did (Element Pictures) as the other nominees.

Best Editing for Film/Drama nominees were Dermot Diskin, Love/Hate (Octagon Films), Mick Mahon, Saving the Titanic (Tile Films) and Helen Chapman, Ripper Street (Element Pictures, Tiger Aspect Productions) with Nathan Nugent picking up the award for What Richard Did (Element Pictures).


Best Original Score went to Niall Byrne for Loving Miss Hatto (Left Bank Pictures). The other nominees included, Ray Harman, Love/Hate (Octagon Films), Steve Lynch, Saving the Titanic (Tile Films) and Stephen Rennicks, What Richard Did (Element Pictures).


The Production Design Award nominees were Tom Conroy, Titanic: Blood & Steel (Epos Films), Stephen Daly, Love/Hate (Octagon Films) and Ray Ball, Saving the Titanic – (Tile Films) with Mark Geraghty, Ripper Street (Element Pictures, Tiger Aspect Productions) winning the award.

Sponsored by MAC of course, the Makeup & Hair Award goes to Sharon Doyle and Eileen Buggy for their work on Ripper Street (Element Pictures, Tiger Aspect Productions), with Lynn Johnston, Eileen Buggy – Shadow Dancer (Element Pictures), Tom McInerney, Dee Corcoran – Titanic Blood & Steel (Epos Films) and Morna Ferguson, Dee Corcoran – Loving Miss Hatto (Left Bank Pictures) as the other nominees.


The Best TV DOP was Michael O’Donovan for Gaeil Nua Eabhrac (Real Films), with the other nominees Ronan Fox & Mick O’Rourke, WB Yeats No Country for Old Men (Hot Shot Films), Kieran Slyne, My Civil War (RTÉ) and Feargal O’Hanlon, Lorg na gCos (Colm Bairéad Ltd/Midas Productions)


Mick Mahon, Gaeil Nua Eabhrac (Real Films), Zaini Darragh, The West’s Awake (Iris Productions), and Mick Mahon, Chaplin the Waterville Picture (Keeshla Communications Ltd) were the nominees with Brenda Morrissey, Inside the Department (Wildfire Films) wining the Editing TV Award.


Good Vibrations’s Maggie Donnelly (Canderblinks Films) won Best Costume with Loving Miss Hatto, Alison Byrne (Left Bank Pictures), King of the Travellers, Joan O’Cleary (Vico Films) and Ripper Street, Lorna Marie Mugan (Element Pictures, Tiger Aspect Productions) coming in second!


Am An GhátairMark Henry, Conall de Cléir, John Brennan (Magamedia) won Best TV Sound, with the BRILLIANT Scéal na Gaeilge – Paul Rowland, Niall O’Sullivan (ROSG); WB Yeats No Country for Old Men – Killian Fitzgerald, Fiachra O’Hanlon (Hotshot Films); and The West’s Awake – David O’Regan, Killian Fitzgerald, Zaini Darragh (Iris Productions) among the nominees.


With a very emotional acceptance speech, Love/Hate’s Nidge(Octagon Films), Tom Vaughan Lawlor won Best TV Actor and picked up the shows billionth award for this evening hard luck to the other great nominees Gabriel Byrne, Secret State (Company Pictures), Colm Meaney, Hell on Wheels (Endemol)and Robert Sheehan, Love/Hate (Octagon Films).

Nidge (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) takes home an IFTA for Best TV Actor


The winning Current Affairs Show was Spotlight: Sean Quinn’s Missing Millions (BBCNI), the other nominees were Midweek: Rural Ireland Fights Back (TV3), Prime Time – Profiting from Prostitution (RTE) and Vincent Browne Tonight (TV3).


Cheeky Dáithí Ó Sé presented the Documentary Series Award to Bullyproof (Firebrand Productions), with 24 Hours to Kill (TV3), The New Irish After the Bust (Animo Television) and Ray D’Arcy: How to Beat Depression (Animo Television) among the other nominees.


The hilarious and in-character Hardy Bucks announced the nominees for Best Reality Show. These were Masterchef (Screentime ShinAwil), ICA Bootcamp (Independent Pictures) and Come Dine with Me (ITV Studios for TV3) with Jockey Eile (Abú Media) winning over all!


Ruth Bradley picked up her Award for Grabbers  (Forward Films, High Treason Productions, Samson Films) – although not literally as she wasn’t there. The other nominees were Anne Marie Duff, Sanctuary  (Venom Films, Wajda Studio), Roisin Murphy, What Richard Did (Element Pictures) and Seana Kerslake, Dollhouse (The Factory).

Lenny Abrahamson was given Best Film Director What Richard Did (Element Pictures). There was stiff competition with Pat Collins, Silence (South Wind Blows and Harvest Films), Ian Fitzgibbon, Death of a Superhero (Bavaria Pictures, Grand Pictures) and Martin McDonagh, Seven Psychopaths (MomentumPictures) also up for the award.



And the Nominees for Best Irish Film are…



Death of a Superhero (Michael Garland, Astrid Kahmke, Bavaria Pictures, Grand Pictures)


Good Vibrations (Chris Martin, Andrew Eaton, Canderblinks Films)


Grabbers (David Collins, Martina Niland, Forward Films, High Treason Productions, Samson Films)


What Richard Did (Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Element Pictures).


Shadow Dancer (Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Element Pictures)






It’s no surprise that the winner is What Richard Did. What a movie.


Congratulations to everybody who was and wasn’t nominated; to the veterans and the newcomers; we hope you enjoyed the evening and please feel free to invite us to any after party!


Lynn & Gemma

Film Ireland’s Gemma Creagh and Lynn Larkin


IFTA Announce Guest Presenters & Special Musical Performance


A superb line-up of Irish and international creative talent from the worlds of film and television will come together this weekend in Dublin, Ireland for the 10th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards, to celebrate the achievements of the home industry.


The Irish Film & Television Awards, hosted by Simon Delaney for his third successive year, will honour the finest work from Ireland’s top actors, directors, writers and film makers, with Nominees for this year’s ceremony including  Colm Meaney (Hell on Wheels), Chris O’Dowd (Moone Boy), Amy Huberman (Threesome), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did), Martin McCann (Jump), Robert Sheehan (Love/Hate), Colin Farrell (Seven Psychopaths), Oscar winning writer/director Neil Jordan, Ray D’Arcy (How To Beat Depression), Domhnall Gleeson (Anna Karenina), Anne-Marie Duff (Sanctuary), David Wilmot (Shadow Dancer), Gabriel Byrne (Secret State), Michael McElhattan (Death of a Superhero), Brendan O’Carroll (Mrs. Browns Boys), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Love/Hate), Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Susan Loughnane (Love/Hate), Richard Dormer (Good Vibrations), Carrie Crowley (Rasaí na Gaillimhe), Seána Kerslake (Dollhouse), Gabrielle Reidy (What Richard Did),  Charlie Murphy (Love/Hate), Cathy Belton (Roy), Peter Coonan (Love/Hate) among others.


Confirmed to Present Awards on the night are American actor John C Reilly (Wreck-It Ralph, Carnage, Talladega Nights) is on hand to present the Irish Film Board Rising Star Award; Oscar nominated Saoirse Ronan (currently filming Hotel Budapest in Germany) travels home to present the Best Film Actor category;, Oscar nominated filmmaker Jim Sheridan, previous IFTA hosts Victoria Smurfit (who travels from LA to attend) and James Nesbitt (taking time from the busy Gold set) will be there to present Awards; Irish Academy Lifetime Member Fionnula Flanagan, Caroline Morahan and Jason Barry (Titanic) also travel home from LA.  Amanda Byram, Sky broadcaster Eamonn Holmes, Coronation Street actors Michelle Keegan and Chris Fountain, and The Fall actor Jamie Dornan travel from UK to present Awards.

Also on the red carpet and presenting Awards are Tommy Tiernan, The Hardy Bucks, Miriam O’Callaghan, Kian Egan, Bressie and Kathryn Thomas, IFTA Lifetime member Niall Tóibín, Keith McErlean, Pat Kenny, Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh, Karen Koster, Jennifer Maguire, Sinead Desmond, Daithi O Sé, Mairead Ní Chuaig and Tristan Rosenstock, and Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan TD.


Other confirmed attendees at the 10th Awards ceremony are Scoot McNairy (Frank, Monsters), François Civil (Frank), Whitney Able (Monsters), Stanley Townsend and Aisling Franciosi (Quirke), Gay Byrne, Sean McGinley, Donal MacIntyre, Elaine Crowley, Ruth McCabe, Rosanna Davison, Colette Fitzpatrick, Sile Seoige, Peter McDonald, Lorraine Keane, Denise McCormack, Dylan McGrath and Nick Munier, David Rawle (Moone Boy), Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney, Claire Byrne, Jean Byrne, Lucy Kennedy, Emma O’Driscoll, Maura Derrane, Marty Morrissey, Bryan Murray, Aoibheann McCaul, Aoibhin Garrihy, Keelin Shanley, Award-winning Irish costume designer Consolata Boyle, Stephen Byrne, Tony Tormey and Nuala Carey.


The Irish Academy will also host prominent talent behind the screen at IFTA 2013 including directors Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did, currently filming Frank), Damien O’Donnell (The Savage Eye), Kieron J Walsh (Jump), Ian Fitzgibbon (Death of a Superhero), Pat Collins (Silence), David Caffrey (Love/Hate), Ciaran Donnelly (Titanic, Titanic: Blood and Steel), Declan Lowney (Moone Boy, Fr Ted), scriptwriters Stuart Carolan (Love/Hate), Malcolm Campbell (What Richard Did) and Kevin Lehane (Grabbers).


Spectacular Music will also play a major part in marking the milestone 10th year of the annual IFTA Awards Ceremony.  The Academy has invited IFTA Award winning Composer and Golden Globe Nominee Brian Byrne to conduct the RTÉ Concert Orchestra throughout the Ceremony with a specially arranged Musical Extravaganza which includes a key performance by one of Ireland’s most spectacular voices Jack Lukeman, who will deliver a powerful rendition of one of Cinema’s longest standing and most iconic music themes to be revealed on the night.   The Academy will pay tribute to colleagues who have passed through a poignant visual Memoriam piece being screened alongside a special performance by internationally renowned Violin Soloist Aoife Ní Bhriain who will play a specially composed Lament by Brian Byrne complimented by the Orchestra.


2013 Rising Star Award nominees announced

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board and the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) have announced the Rising Star Award nominees for 2013, the winner of which will be announced at the Irish Film and Television Awards ceremony on 9th February 2013.

Selected by a special jury and sponsored by the Irish Film Board, the Rising Star Award is a unique IFTA Award in that it aims to highlight exceptional new and breakthrough talent working in all areas of the Irish film industry.

The 2013 nominees are:

Gerard Barrett (writer-director-editor-producer, Pilgrim Hill)

Lisa Barros D’sa & Glenn Leybourn (directors, Good Vibrations) 

Ciaran Foy (director, Citadel)

Jack Reynor (actor, What Richard Did)

Previous Rising Star Award recipients include the 2012 winner writer/director John Michael McDonagh, for his work on The Guard;  Domhnall Gleeson in 2011, who has awarded for his work on When Harvey Met Bob and Sensation. Tomm Moore writer/director of the Oscar nominated feature animation The Secret of Kells was named IFTA Rising Star in 2010. Shame and Hunger actor Michael Fassbender received the Rising Star Award in 2009, whilst actress Saoirse Ronan was named the winner of the first Irish Film Board Rising Star IFTA in 2008 for her breakthrough performance in Atonement.


Commenting on the nominations James Hickey, Chief Executive Bord Scannán na hÉireann / Irish Film Board said:

“The growth of the Irish film industry is dependent on new talent coming through every year. Developing and creating opportunities for Irish talent both in front of and behind the camera is one of the primary functions of the Irish Film Board and the IFTA Rising Star award is an important opportunity to highlight up and coming Irish actors, directors and writers who have accomplished great work this year. I would like to congratulate all the nominees and we look forward to working with them in the future.”

Áine Moriarty, Chief Executive of the Irish Film and Television Academy said:

“This important Award puts the spotlight on great Irish talent making a significant mark in the film industry at large. These four exciting Irish stars have shown themselves to be world class talents in their respective fields and I have no doubt that they will be counted among the wealth of leading Irish talents over the coming years. IFTA is proud to put the international spotlight on Ireland’s Rising Stars and acknowledges the Irish Film Board’s on-going support of new Irish industry talent.”

About the 2013 Rising Star Award Nominees




Gerard Barrett (writer-director-editor-prod-producer,  Pilgrim Hill)

A 24 year-old writer/director from Kerry. Pilgrim Hill is his feature film debut and was shot on €4,500 over seven days in Kerry. It premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh 2012, where Gerard won the Best New Irish Talent Award. Its North American premiere was at Telluride Film Festival where Gerard was selected as the next Great Expectation.


Speaking about his IFTA Rising Star Award nomination Gerard said:


“It’s a huge honour to be nominated for the Rising Star Award and to be among these nominees that I hugely admire. I want to dedicate the nomination to the cast, crew and everyone that helped bring Pilgrim Hill to the screen. Thank you.”




Lisa Barros D’sa & Glenn Leybourn (directors, Good Vibrations) 


Lisa Barros D’Sa – Having worked in film development for years, Lisa directed her first feature Cherrybomb with husband Glenn Leyburn in 2009. In 2011, the duo directed Good Vibrations, the story of Belfast DJ Terri Hooley and his legendary Good Vibrations record shop. It won the Best Irish Film Award at the Galway Film Fleadh.

Glenn Leyburn – Glenn is known for his collaborations with music producer David Holmes. Glenn, David and Lisa Barros D’Sa founded the production company Canderblinks Film and Music. Canderblinks’ first production, The 18th Electricity Plan, premiered at the LA Shorts Film Festival, winning awards at The Cork International Film Festival and Galway Film Fleadh.


Speaking about his IFTA Rising Star Award nomination Lisa & Glenn said:


“Lisa and I would like to thank IFTA and the Irish Film Board for our nomination in the Rising Star category. We’re incredibly honoured and thank both for their continued support. We’d also like to thank the wonderful cast, crew and creative team involved in Good Vibrations for the passion they put into our film, and when I say ‘our’ I mean the film that belongs to all the Good Vibes family. We loved making it and look forward to showing it to cinema audiences in Ireland and the UK on March 29th.”




Ciaran Foy (director, Citadel)

A graduate from the National Film School of Film IADT, Ciaran broke through with award-winning short The Faeries of Blackheath Woods in 2006, His first feature, Citadel, based on an autobiographical incident from his past has already gone on to similar acclaim, winning a BAFTA Scotland Award and picking up the Audience Prize at the SXSW Festival.


Speaking about his IFTA Rising Star Award nomination Ciaran said:


“I’m very pleased to be considered and nominated in the category of Rising Star.  No man is an island and I owe a debt of thanks to my many collaborators who helped me get here, both in front of and behind the camera” 





Jack Reynor (actor, What Richard Did)

Since leaving secondary school Reynor has featured in Kirsten Sheridan’s improvised drama ‘Dollhouse’ as well as Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘What Richard Did’. Having signed to US talent agency WME in September, Reynor’s first appearance in a US movie will be opposite Vince Vaughan in ‘The Delivery Man’.


Speaking about his IFTA Rising Star Award nomination Jack said:


‘I am really delighted and feel very lucky to have been nominated for any award at all’



The 10th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards will take place at Dublin’s Convention Centre on Saturday, 9th February 2013. The ceremony will broadcast on RTÉ One at 9.30pm.

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IFTA Announces Nominees for the 10th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards

The Irish Film and Television Academy today announced the shortlist of nominees in 40 strongly contested categories for the 10th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards, which takes place on Saturday 9th February 2013.

Nominations are announced in categories across film and television, celebrating the highest standard of Irish talent over the past twelve months. All IFTA’s categories have been shortlisted by Members of the Irish Film & Television Academy alongside a select Jury panel of industry experts from around the world.

Reflecting the Irish film and television industry’s continuing development of its creative, original and entertaining output year-on-year, IFTA received 315 titles submitted for consideration in the 2013 Awards.

Academy CEO, Aine Moriarty stated that:

The past 12 months has shown this industry to be resilient and hard-working, producing some of the most diverse, engaging and talked-about Irish dramas, documentaries, feature films; entertainment and factual programmes, and there’s no shortage of new and upcoming Irish creative talent, ready to make their mark on the world stage.   It’s a time to acknowledge and be proud of their achievements, and the 10th Ceremony will be a great showcase of this work and a chance to reflect on just how far our home industry has come in the last 10 years”. 

The feature films nominated for Best Film are family drama Death of a Superhero;  70’s Belfast punk scene Good Vibrations; comedy horror Grabbers; political drama Shadow Dancer and suspense drama What Richard Did.  Up for Best Script is Martin McDonagh for Seven Psychopaths (also up for Best Director); along with Malcolm Campbell for What Richard Did; Kevin Lehane and Kieron J Walsh who receive Best Script nominations for Grabbers and Jump respectively.

Alongside Martin McDonagh, director Lenny Abrahamson is nominated for Director category for What Richard Did;  Ian Fitzgibbon is nominated for Death of a Superhero and Pat Collins for directing Silence .

In the feature film acting categories, Colin Farrell is nominated for Seven Psychopaths, alongside Martin McCann, Ruth Bradley and Anne Marie Duff, for Jump, Grabbers and Sanctuary respectivelyNewcomer Seana Kerslake receives her first nomination for Dollhouse, and is joined by Jack Reynor and Roisin Murphy for their roles in What Richard Did.

Nominee Actors in Supporting Roles in Film are Domhnall Gleeson for Anna Karenina, Ciaran Hinds for The Woman in Black, Michael McElhatton for Death of a Superhero and David Wilmot who is nominated for Shadow Dancer along with Bríd Brennan (Supporting Actress), who is joined by other actresses in that category, Bronagh Gallagher for Grabbers, Charlene McKenna for Jump and Gabrielle Reidy for What Richard Did.

Television Drama in Ireland continues to captivate audiences both at home and abroad with its compelling viewing. RTÉ’s Crime drama Love/Hate has received a total of 11 nominations for the third series (beating it’s own record of 10 nominations in 2012) across a range of categories including Best Television Drama, Stuart Carolan for Script, David Caffrey for Director, along with Tom Vaughan Lawlor and Robert Sheehan for Lead Actor, and Charlie Murphy and Susan Loughnane for Lead Actress and Supporting Actress.

Neil Jordan is nominated for script for period drama The Borgias, which also receives a nomination for Best Drama.    Period drama features strongly this year with Titanic: Blood and Steel receiving five nominations including Best Drama and Best Director for Ciaran Donnelly Epic Game of Thrones which was filmed in Northern Ireland receives three nominations including Best Drama. Director Declan Lowney and writers Chris O’Dowd and Nick Vincent Murphy are nominated for Moone Boy which has five nominations – including Best Entertainment and for Chris O’Dowd and Deirdre O’Kane in their Supporting Acting roles.  Also nominated for their performances are Gabriel Byrne and Ruth Negga for Secret State. Colm Meaney is nominated for his turn in HBO’s Hell on Wheels Actresses nominated for their work in a leading role are Orla Brady for Sinbad, Carrie Crowley for Rasaí na Gaillimhe, Amy Huberman for Threesome, and Love/Hate’s Charlie Murphy.  Cathy Belton receives a Supporting Actress nomination for her performance in nominated Children’s drama Roy.

In Entertainment Programme, last year’s winner Mrs Brown’s Boys is nominated alongside Chris O’Dowd’s Moone Boy, The Voice of Ireland and The Savage Eye.

A Time To Die? is nominated in the category for Best Documentary along with Congo 1961, WB Yeats No Country for Old Men and medical documentary MND The Inside Track.  Documentary Series Ray D’Arcy How To Beat Depression and 24 Hours to Kill are both nominated for TV3, alongside RTÉ’s Bullyproof and The New Irish After the Bust.

In Current Affairs/ News, BBC NI Sean Quinn’s Missing Millions is nominated alongside TV3’s Midweek Rural Ireland Fights Back and Vincent Browne Tonight, and RTÉ’s Prime Time’s Profiteering from Prostitution.

In the popular Children’s/Youth category OMG! Jedward’s Dream Factory, fronted by Ireland’s renowned Grimes twins, has been nominated alongside animated series Octonauts, travel series Tholg go Tolg and the unique Roy.

Marking the tenth year of IFTA, this year’s Awards Ceremony will showcase the best of Ireland’s creative talent both in front and behind the scenes, and will acknowledge the achievements of Ireland’s creative industry. The ceremony will welcome a host of film stars, TV personalities, directors, producers and distinguished guests to celebrate the undisputed talent that exists within the film and television industries in Ireland and around the globe and acknowledge achievements across 2012 whilst also reflecting on the past ten years.

The full list of IFTA nominees is below.







Death of a Superhero (Michael Garland, Astrid Kahmke, Bavaria Pictures, Grand Pictures)

Good Vibrations (Chris Martin, Andrew Eaton, Canderblinks Films)

Grabbers (David Collins, Martina Niland, Forward Films, High Treason Productions, Samson Films)

Shadow Dancer (Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Element Pictures)

What Richard Did (Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Element Pictures)



Lenny Abrahamson, What Richard Did (Element Pictures)

Pat Collins, Silence (South Wind Blows and Harvest Films)

Ian Fitzgibbon, Death of a Superhero (Bavaria Pictures, Grand Pictures)

Martin McDonagh, Seven Psychopaths (Blueprint Pictures)



Malcolm Campbell, What Richard Did (Element Pictures)

Kevin Lehane, Grabbers (Forward Films, High Treason Productions, Samson Films)

Martin McDonagh, Seven Psychopaths (Blueprint Pictures)

Kieron J Walsh, Jump (Hotshot Films)



Richard Dormer, Good Vibrations (Canderblinks Films)

Colin Farrell, Seven Psychopaths (Blueprint Pictures)

Martin McCann, Jump (Hotshot Films)

Jack Reynor, What Richard Did (Element Pictures)



Ruth Bradley, Grabbers  (Forward Films, High Treason Productions, Samson Films)

Anne Marie Duff, Sanctuary  (Venom Films)

Roisin Murphy, What Richard Did (Element Pictures)

Seana Kerslake, Dollhouse (The Factory)



Domhnall Gleeson, Anna Karenina (Universal Pictures)

Ciaran Hinds, The Woman in Black (Hammer Film Productions)

Michael McElhatton, Death of a Superhero (Bavaria Pictures, Grand Pictures)

David Wilmot, Shadow Dancer (Element Pictures)



Brid Brennan, Shadow Dancer (Element Pictures)

Bronagh Gallagher, Grabbers (Forward Films, High Treason Productions, Samson Films)

Charlene McKenna, Jump (Hotshot Films)

Gabrielle Reidy, What Richard Did (Element Pictures)



Bernard Dunne’s Bród Club

Congo 1961

Lón sa Spéir – Men at Lunch

Rasaí na Gaillimhe



Barbaric Genius

John Ford: Dreaming the Quiet Man

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

Skin in the Game



The Girl with the Mechanical Maiden

Fear of Flying





After You

Fear of Flying


Peter Rabbit’s Christmas Tale




DRAMA sponsored by BAI

The Borgias (Neil Jordan, Jordan Flynn, Octagon Films)

Game of Thrones (HBO)

Love/Hate (Suzanne McAuley, Steve Matthews, Octagon Films)

Titanic: Blood and Steel (Paul Myler, Roberto Minni, Ciaran Donnelly, Epos Films)



David Caffrey, Love Hate (Octagon Films)

Ciaran Donnelly, Titanic: Blood and Steel (Epos Films)

Declan Lowney, Moone Boy (Grand Pictures, Baby Cow Productions, Hot Cod Productions and Sprout Pictures for Sky 1)

Aisling Walsh, Loving Miss Hatto (Left Bank Pictures)



Stuart Carolan, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Colin Heber-Percy & Lyall Watson, Saving the Titanic (Tile Films)

Neil Jordan, The Borgias (Octagon Films)

Chris O’Dowd & Nick Vincent Murphy, Moone Boy (Grand Pictures, Baby Cow Productions, Hot Cod Productions and Sprout Pictures for Sky 1)


Actor TV

Gabriel Byrne, Secret State – Company Pictures

Colm Meaney, Hell on Wheels (Endemol)

Robert Sheehan, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)


Actress TV

Orla Brady, Sinbad (Possible Pictures)

Carrie Crowley, Rasai na Gaillimhe (Great Western Films)

Amy Huberman, Threesome (Big Talk Productions)

Charlie Murphy, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)


Supporting Actor TV

Peter Coonan, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Allen Leech, Downton Abbey (Carnival Films)

Chris O’Dowd, Moone Boy (Grand Pictures, Baby Cow Productions, Hot Cod Productions and Sprout Pictures for Sky 1)

Andrew Scott, Sherlock (Hartswood Films)


Supporting Actress TV

Cathy Belton, Roy (Jam Media)

Susan Loughnane, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Ruth Negga, Secret State (Channel 4)

Deirdre O’Kane, Moone Boy (Grand Pictures, Baby Cow Productions, Hot Cod Productions and Sprout Pictures for Sky 1)






Good Vibrations – Maggie Donnelly (Canderblinks Films)

Loving Miss Hatto – Alison Byrne (Left Bank Pictures)

King of the Travellers -Joan O’Cleary (Vico Films)

Ripper Street – Lorna Marie Mugan (Element Pictures, Tiger Aspect Productions)



Seamus McGarvey, Anna Karenina (Universal Pictures)

PJ Dillon, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Tim Fleming, Citadel (Blinder Films)

David Grennan, What Richard Did (Element Pictures)


Editing Film/Drama

Nathan Nugent, What Richard Did (Element Pictures)

Dermot Diskin, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Mick Mahon, Saving the Titanic (Tile Films)

Helen Chapman, Ripper Street (Element Pictures, Tiger Aspect Productions)



Makeup & Hair sponsored by MAC

Morna Ferguson, Dee Corcoran – Loving Miss Hatto (Left Bank Pictures)

Sharon Doyle, Eileen Buggy – Ripper Street (Element Pictures, Tiger Aspect Productions)

Lynn Johnston, Eileen Buggy – Shadow Dancer (Element Pictures)

Tom McInearney, Dee Corcoran – Titanic Blood & Steel (Epos Films)


Production Design

Mark Geraghty, Ripper Street (Element Pictures, Tiger Aspect Productions)

Tom Conroy, Titanic: Blood & Steel (Epos Films)

Stephen Daly, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Ray Ball, Saving the Titanic – (Tile Films)


Original Score

Niall Byrne – Loving Miss Hatto (Left Bank Pictures)

Ray Harman – Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Steve Lynch – Saving the Titanic (Tile Films)

Stephen Rennicks – What Richard Did (Element Pictures)


Sound Film/Drama

Citadel – Garret Farrell, Hugh Fox, Steve Fanagan

Game of Thrones – Ronan Hill, Mervyn Moore

Titanic Blood & Steel – Dan Birch, Jon Stevenson, Garret Farrell

What Richard Did – Paddy Hanlon, Steve Fanagan, Niall Brady






Octonauts (Brown Bag)

OMG! Jedward (Tyrone Productions)

Roy (JAM Media)

Tholg go Tolg (V Stream)


Current Affairs

Midweek Rural Ireland Fights Back (TV3)

Prime Time – Profiteering from Prostitution (RTE)

Spotlight Sean Quinn’s Missing Millions (BBCNI)

Vincent Browne Tonight (TV3)



A Time to Die? (Yellow Asylum Films)

Congo 1961 (Akajava Films)

MND: The Inside Track (Independent Pictures)

WB Yeats – No Country for Old Men (Hot Shot Films)


Documentary Series

24 Hours to Kill (TV3)

Bullyproof (Firebrand Productions)

The New Irish After the Bust (Real Films)

Ray D’Arcy :How to Beat Depression (Animo Television)



Moone Boy (Grand Pictures, Baby Cow Productions, Hot Cod Productions and Sprout Pictures for Sky 1)

Mrs Brown’s Boys (RTE / BBC / BOC Pictures)

The Savage Eye (Blinder Films)

The Voice of Ireland (Screentime ShinAwiL)



Dead Money (ProMedia Productions)

The Radharc Squad (Tyrone Productions)

Room to Improve (Coco Television)

The Zoo (Moondance Productions)



Masterchef (Screentime ShinAwil)

Jockey Eile (Abú Media)

ICA Bootcamp (Independent Pictures)

Come Dine with Me (ITV Studios for TV3)



Olympics (RTÉ)

Paralympics (Setanta Ireland)

Jump Boys (Touchline Media)

When Ali Came to Ireland (True Films)





Alison Millar, The Shame of the Catholic Church (BBC Northern Ireland)

Damien O’Donnell, The Savage Eye (Blinder Films)

Maurice Sweeney, WB Yeats No Country for Old Men (Hot Shot Films)

Lynda McQuaid, Masterchef (Screentime ShinAwil)



Michael O’Donovan, Gaeil Nua Eabhra (Real Films)

Ronan Fox & Mick O’Rourke, WB Yeats No Country for Old Men (Hot Shot Films)

Kieran Slyne, My Civil War (RTÉ)

Feargal O’Hanlon, Lorg na gCos (Colm Bairéad Ltd/Midas Productions)



Editing TV

Mick Mahon, Gaeil Nua Eabhra (Real Films)

Mick Mahon, Chaplin the Waterville Picture (Keeshla Communications Ltd)

Brenda Morrissey, Inside the Department (Wildfire Films)

Zaini Darragh, The West’s Awake (Iris Productions)


Sound TV

Am An Ghatar – Mark Henry, Conall de Cléir, John Brennan (Magamedia)

Sceal na Gaeilge – Paul Rowland, Niall O’Sullivan (ROSG)

WB Yeats No Country for Old Men – Killian Fitzgerald, Fiachra O’Hanlon (Hotshot Films)

The West’s Awake – Killian Fitzgerald, Zaini Darragh (Iris Productions)



The 10th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards will take place in Dublin on Saturday 9th of February 2013, broadcasting on RTÉ One at 9.30pm.

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Filming has wrapped on ‘A House of Cards’

A House of Cards
Filming has wrapped on the independent short film A House of Cards. Principal photography took place over three days from 16-18 of April while some pickup shots were captured on Tuesday 1st May to wrap the project.

Written by actors Mark McCabe and Eddie Jackson A House of Cards gives insight in to a difficult family reunion dinner coming to terms with their mother’s illness. The film boasts an impressive cast and was directed by Jordan Ballantine, produced by Alice O’ Toole for Floor Unit Productions, Kenneth Adams was the DoP while the short will be scored by composer Edd Charmant.

The cast includes IFTA-winner Brendan Conroy (Kings), The Clinic star Rachel Pilkington (Bloom), Amy Kirwan (Eamon), Niamh Shaw (Dorothy Mills), Steve Hartland (The Importance Of Being Whatever), Mark McCabe (Sin é) and Eddie Jackson (Promised Land).

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Brendan Conroy as Uncle Colm
Steve Hartland and Rachel Pilkington

Dublin to Host International Celebration of John Ford

The inaugural John Ford Ireland Film Symposium takes place 7 – 10 June with a four day focus on film and filmmaking, inspired and informed by the timeless work of legendary Irish-American director John Ford.

Ford directed 137 films, worked on circa 80 other projects, documentaries & short films, and still holds the record for winning the most Oscars for his work as Director.  Ford, whose parents were born in the west of Ireland, was the first recipient of the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and received the American Presidential Medal of Freedom for his important war documentaries during his World War II American Navy service.

His work continues to be much loved by audiences around the world, with favourites including the big screen classics such as The Searchers, The Grapes of Wrath, Fort Apache, Rio Grande, She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, Stagecoach, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and How Green Was My Valley.

Ford kept strong connections with Ireland, where he made a number of films, the most important of which was The Quiet Man, consideredhis most personal film.

60 years on from that iconic Irish film, the inaugural John Ford Ireland Film Symposium will feature a diverse programme of events designed to entertain, inform and educate Symposium delegates and movie fans gathering in Dublin for this unique film event.

Highlights of the 1st John Ford Ireland Film Symposium include:

  • Opening night Gala Screening of Ford’s silent epic The Iron Horse at the National Concert Hall with music accompaniment from the RTE Concert Orchestra.
  • A Public interview and Masterclass with Oscar nominated director Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show) who knew Ford and made the remarkable documentary Directed by John Ford, which includes rare interviews with Ford, Henry Fonda, James Stewart and Clint Eastwood.
  • Keynote address and Ford Lecture by world-renowned biographer and film historian Joseph McBride (biographer for Ford, Spielberg and Orson Welles amongst others).
  • The 60th Anniversary screening of The Quiet Man, with special guests Dan Ford (grandson of John Ford), Hollywood royalty Maureen O’Hara and Oscar nominated producer Redmond Morris (son of The Quiet Man producer Lord Killanin)
  • Over a dozen Public Screenings; including a FREE outdoor screening of The Searchers, the 1956 classic John Wayne western; rare screenings of Ford classics The Grapes of Wrath, Fort Apache, The Informer and the recently discovered feature film Upstream (screening for the first time in Ireland)
  • Ford Panel Discussions each day with leading international film experts including Charles Barr (University of East Anglia), Gaylyn Studlar (Washington University), Kevin Rockett (Trinity), Luke Gibbons (NUI Maynooth) and Waylon White Deer (Choctaw Nation), amongst others.
  • Ford Industry Hub with Oscar nominated directors Jim Sheridan (Into the West) and John Boorman (Deliverance), BAFTA nominated Brian Kirk (Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones) and Emmy nominated Thaddeus O’Sullivan (Into the Storm), IFTA winning screenwriter Pat McCabe (The Butcher Boy), Colin Bateman (Divorcing Jack) and Paul Fraser (Once Upon a Time in the Midlands).
  • Masterclass with Oscar winning editor Joel Cox (Unforgiven,MysticRiver).
  • 20th Anniversary screening of Clint Eastwood’s Oscar winning revisionist Western Unforgiven, facilitated by Empire Magazine’s Kim Newman reflecting on Eastwood’s work as the recipient of the inaugural John Ford Award.
  • Music for the Screen event with Golden Globe nominated composer and musician Kyle Eastwood (Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby and Gran Torino).
  • The Abbey Players & John Ford – an exploration of Ford’s relationship with the actors of the Abbey Theatre.
  • The John Ford Exhibition displaying rarely seen Ford papers and correspondence.
  • Plus much, much more….

Speaking about the John Ford Ireland Film Symposium programme, IFTA Chief Executive Áine Moriarty said:
“Ford’s films have always connected with and continue to resonate with ordinary people around the world. He was a great storyteller but moreover he was a master-filmmaker who has influenced so many of cinema’s great filmmakers today.  The Academy is proud that this annual Ford Film Symposium will now be held in Ireland each year, where film fans, ford enthusiasts and filmmakers can gather to examine and learn from Ford’s work and legacy.”

Speaking on the establishment of John Ford Ireland, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan TD said:
“What a perfect setting to study this legendary filmmaker’s work in the land of his beloved ancestors at the John Ford Ireland Film Symposium… I anticipate a tremendous excitement within Ireland’s film industry with the establishment of this initiative – and I look forward to welcoming film communities and the extensive Irish diaspora across the globe who have been inspired by the incredible work of John Ford.”

For the full Symposium lineup and information about Season passes, visit the John Ford Ireland website www.johnfordireland.org


Real Time Updates on IFTA Awards RTÉ Broadcast

The IFTA awards were broadcast from 9:40pm on Saturday, 11th February on RTÉ 1. Film Ireland’s Gordon Gaffney and Michelle Cunningham were on hand with all the news, interviews with winners, exclusive photos and backstage gossip.

00:04 Full list of winners:

BEST FILM – The Guard – Chris Clark, Flora Fernandez Marengo, Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe (Reprisal Films / Element Pictures)

DIRECTOR FILM John Michael McDonagh – The Guard (Reprisal Films / Element Pictures )

SCRIPT FILM John Michael McDonagh – The Guard (Reprisal Films / Element Pictures )

ACTOR – FILM Michael Fassbender – Shame (Momentum Pictures)

ACTRESS – FILM Saoirse Ronan –Hanna (Universal Films)

SUPPORTING ACTOR – FILM Chris O’Dowd – Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS – FILM Fionnula Flanagan – The Guard (Reprisal Films / Element Pictures )

GEORGE MORRISON FEATURE DOCUMENTARY AWARD Bernadette; Notes on a Political Journey- Lelia Doolan, (Digital Quilts)

SPECIAL IRISH LANGUAGE AWARD Corp + Anam – Paddy Hayes (Magamedia)

ANIMATION The Boy in the Bubble – Kealan O’ Rourke (Igloo Films)

PHILIPS SHORT FILM AWARD Foxes- Lorcan Finnegan (Lovely Productions)


INTERNATIONAL FILM Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)

INTERNATIONAL ACTOR Ryan Gosling – Drive (Eclipse Pictures)

INTERNATIONAL ACTRESS Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs (Parallel Film Productions)


DIRECTOR TELEVISION DRAMA David Caffrey – Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

WRITER TELEVISION DRAMA Stuart Carolan – Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

ACTOR – TELEVISION Aidan Gillen – Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

ACTRESS – TELEVISION Ruth Negga – Shirley (Prospect Cymru Wales)

SUPPORTING ACTOR – TELEVISION Tom Vaughan-Lawlor – Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS – TELEVISION Denise McCormack – Love/Hate (Octagon Films)


COSTUME DESIGN (FILM / TV DRAMA) Consolata Boyle – The Iron Lady (Eclipse Pictures

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY (FILM / TV DRAMA) Seamus McGarvey – We Need To Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye)

EDITING (FILM / TV DRAMA) Isobel Stephenson – Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

M.A.C MAKE-UP & HAIR (FILM / TV DRAMA) Lorraine Glynn / Lynn Johnston – Albert Nobbs (Parallel Film Productions)

ORIGINAL SCORE (FILM / TV DRAMA) Brian Byrne – Albert Nobbs (Parallel Film Productions)

PRODUCTION DESIGN (FILM / TV DRAMA) Anna Rackard – Stella Days (Newgrange Pictures)

SOUND (FILM / TV DRAMA) Albert Nobbs – Brendan Deasy, Niall Brady, Michelle Cunniffe, Steve Fanagan (Parallel Film Productions)


DIRECTOR TELEVISION Gary Keane – The Writing in the Sky (Real Films)

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY TELEVISION Peter Robertson – Waterways (Tile Films)

EDITING TELEVISION Ray Roantree – The Ashes of 9/11 (RTÉ)

SOUND TELEVISION The Writing in the Sky – Killian Fitzgerald/Aza Hand (Real Films)



The Importance of Being Whatever – Martina Niland & David Collins (Accomplice TV)

CURRENT AFFAIRS / NEWS Prime Time Investigates: The Home Care Scandal – Adrian Lydon (RTÉ)

DOCUMENTARY SERIES Waterways – Stephen Rooke (Tile Films)

DOCUMENTARY The Blood of the Travellers – Liam McGrath (Scratch Films)

ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME Mrs Brown’s Boys – Brendan O’Carroll & Justin Healy (BBC / RTÉ)

FACTUAL PROGRAMME The Only Viking In The Village – Anne Heffernan & Bernadine Carraher (Mind the Gap)

REALITY PROGRAMME ICA Bootcamp (Independent Pictures)

SPORTS Eamonn Coghlan – Man on a Mission – (Motive Television)


23:44 So that’s the IFTAs over for another year, what was your highlight?  What didn’t you like?  Feel free to comment below.

23:42 Element Pictures’ The Guard picks up Best Film. No surprise there.

23:40 John Michael McDonagh wins again, this time Best Director Film for, of course, The Guard.

23:37 A stunning Olivia Tracey presents Best Actor Film IFTA to Michael Fassbender for Shame. Dedicates his award to his sister Catherine. He told us afterwards that he has spent the last 5 months listening to his own voice thinking I’m such a boring guy and I talk a lot of shit.

23:24 A genuinely surprised Fionnula Flanagan picks up the IFTA for Best Supporting Actress Film. She told us afterwards she had been thrown out of the Abbey School, soon after she was walking down the street and met the director of The Abbey Theatre, he told her to try out forA n Tríal in the Damer Hall on St Stephen’s Green. She got the part and it was her big break.  Also she felt she was in good company as Peter O’Toole was also thrown out of  the Abbey School.

23:11 It’s the RTÉ Guide Television Moment of the Year award voted for by the public presented by the lovely Laura Whitmore.

It’s the Shams goal to qualify for the Europa League.  I’m a Sligo Rovers fan, they are called Shams we are called Rovers.

23:09 Special Irish Language Award goes to Corp agus Anam.

23:08 Also Ryan Tubridy is not very fond of twitter, saying that there are a small number of very loud people on it.

23:06 Barry Murphy with some better jokes and timing presents the Best Reality Programme award. ICA Bootcamp wins it.

22:58 Ryan Tubridy to present Best Enteratinment Programme.  Gordon is crossing his fingers for Hardy Bucks.

No, Mrs Brown’s Boys storms to the win Best Entertainment Programme.  Speaking to us afterwards Brendan O’Carroll said he was bored until he won.

22:55 Armand Assante to present Best Actress in a Lead Role Film. Saoirse Ronan wins, her Dad Paul picks up the award after a short amusing delay. He had to answer the call of nature he told the audience which unfortunately didn’t make the broadcast.

22:50 Also well done to Lorcan Finnegan the director of Foxes, that won the Philips Short Film Award.

22:48 Brian@waxiebanjo tweets for us to spare a thought for all the film & tv professionals who are out of work/didn’t work in 2011.  Indeed Brian, well said.

22:45 Passionate speech from President Michael D Higgins as he introduces Fionnula Flanagan to receive her Lifetime Achievement Award.

Speaking to us afterwards she said very moved by the President’s speech and generous words from her peers.  Those she liked working with over her long career include Brendan Gleeson, Helen Mirren, Nicole Kidman and Jim Carrey.  Also she is in Dublin working on Lance Daly’s new film Life’s a Breeze.


22:28 Dana Delany presenting the award for Best Actor in Supporting Role Film.  Nice use of word ‘Filim’ too.

Good man Chris!  Chris O’Dowd is Best Actor in a Supporting Role Film.  Speaking afterwards Chris said ‘I haven’t won anything since UCD best kisser of 1998’. He also told us he tried to convince Kristin Wiig to have the premieres in Ireland instead of London and that he had done loads of things that he would happily never talk about but Bridesmaids is something to be proud of.

22:20 Best Current Affairs and News, Fair City’s Aoibheann McCaul and Aoibhin Garrihy to present.

And the winner is Prime Time Investigates: The Home Care Scandal wins Best Current Affairs and News.

22:17 Brendan O’Carroll to present Best Documentary Series. Do you find him funny?

Waterways wins.  Producer Stephen Rooke’s Saving the Titanic features in the Spring 2012 Issue of Film Ireland out now.

22:09 Colin Morgan up to present the award  for Actress in a Lead Role Television.

It’s Ruth Negga for Shirley. All shy and gorgeous. Speaking afterwards she said wished she was funny and eloquent but she was not she was nervous. She heard rumours that Shirley Bassey really liked Shirley. Good for her!  Also she doesn’t want any more singing roles as she can’t sing.

22:07 Not many people laughing at that Russell Brand ‘joke’ there.

22:05 Director of Rise of the Planet of the Apes Rupert Wyatt to present the Irish Film Board Rising Star Award, no stranger to these shores as he shot The Escapist here a few years back.

22:01 Our host for the evening Simon Delaney getting stuck into the crowd, in a good natured non-Ricky Gervais way.  What did you think?

21:35 So the show is over, stay tuned here for updates once we leave CCD.

18:43.  Ok that’s us done for now.  The ceremony is kicking off but don’t worry there won’t be any spoilers from us, we will have full reports and more photos from 9:40pm.

18:42 Leigh Arnold excited at having a big night out at 7 months pregnant.

18:40 Michael Fassbender and Chris O’Dowd..just after a big man hug.

18:31 Bridesmaids’ Chris O’Dowd with fiancé Dawn Porter.


18:29 Brian O’Driscoll & Amy Huberman …very stylish.

18:28 Roz Purcell with the Irish Masterchefs Nick Munier, left, and Dylan McGrath, right.

18:11 Brendan Gleeson delighted with the success of The Guard.

18:08 Ahh! It’s Michael Fassbender…we got up close.

18:03 Roz Purcell showing us her purse!

18:00 The Hardy Bucks are here!

17:57 It’s a super smiley Bill Cullen! ‘It doesn’t matter what you wear it’s what you say’, a direct quote.

17:56 CSI’s AJ Buckley talks about his Irish roots.

17:47 Kathryn Thomas, looking very stylish. But who is yer man in the background?

17:46 Lady of the hour Fionnula Flanagan is ‘honoured’ by the lifetime achievement award she’ll be receiving later.

17:36 Dana Delaney looking glamorous in Prada, she told us in not so many words that she turned down the role of Carrie in SATC. That’s Sex and the City to the lads.

17:31 Miriam O’Callaghan in a Marion Murphy Cooney dress, looking as elegant as always.

17:21 Dublin actor Brian O’Byrne , best known for his role as Fr. Horvak in Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby.

17:18 Brendan O’Carroll on the red carpet, he said he is a member of Mensa.  Is he joking or not?

16:04 Early birds gathering to catch a glimpse at the stars that will be arriving from 4:30pm.




Fionnula Flanagan to receive Lifetime Achievement Award 9th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards, 2012


The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) is delighted to announce that Fionnula Flanagan will be honoured with the IFTA Lifetime Achievement Award at the 9th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards, in Dublin on Saturday 11th of February 2012.

Speaking about Fionnula Flanagan and her Lifetime Achievement Award, IFTA Chief Executive Áine Moriarty said: ‘IFTA is proud to pay tribute to one of Ireland’s finest actresses, celebrating her work spanning almost 50 years and showcasing her great skill and craft in illuminating every character she has portrayed, captivating audiences around the world. Fionnula is a wonderful representative internationally, of Ireland’s film and television industry and continues to support home productions along with her international work; she has the greatest respect from her peers here at home.’

Speaking about receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, Fionnula Flanagan said: ‘I am bowled over to be chosen by the Irish Academy to receive this wonderful Award. It is a great honor to be invited to join the ranks of the gifted former recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award and, having checked, I am encouraged to find that their work lives continue, some even flourishing, so that if I learn my lines and hit my marks and don’t bump into the furniture, my own career might just continue on also. All the more enriched by this beautiful recognition from my IFTA colleagues to whom I say a big thank you!’


Simon Delaney to Host the 9th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards

Simon Dellany, host of the 8th Annual Irish Television Awards

The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) has announced that Irish actor Simon Delaney will return to host the 9th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards. This is Simon’s second successive year hosting the IFTA Awards Ceremony, which will broadcast from Dublin’s landmark Convention Centre (CCD) on Saturday 11th of February at 9.30pm GMT.

Commenting on hosting the IFTAs in 2012, Simon Delaney said:

‘I am so proud to be hosting the IFTAs again this year. There’s a lot to be proud of in the Irish film and television industry and what’s being achieved, and I think that’s what makes the IFTA night so special. We are all working to promote our business internationally and the IFTAs are our international calling card, we can stand behind this event and say, ‘look at this room, look who we have here, this is our creative industry – this is Ireland!

“People are already asking me what have you got up your sleeve for this year? We raised the bar last year with such a different show so expectations are now even higher for the IFTAs in February – so, no pressure! All I can tell you is that IFTA 2012 will be something very special!”

Áine Moriarty, Chief Executive of the Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) welcomed Simon back to the Awards team by saying:

‘Simon was a terrific host last year as he is so well-loved by his peers and the public alike. He’s great to work with, such a professional and good fun too – so we’re delighted to ask him back. He’s had a busy year working on projects both in Ireland and the US and he’s always a proud supporter of the work produced by his fellow Irish actors and filmmakers. No doubt Simon will lead the way on the night with his impeccable charm, wit and mischievous, entertaining sparkle – we’re looking forward to it.’

The nominees for the Irish Film & Television Awards will be announced on Tuesday 10th of January 2012 with the Awards ceremony taking place on Saturday, 11th of February at Dublin’s CCD – broadcasting on RTÉ One at 9.30pm.


John Ford Ireland Project Announced & Clint Eastwood accepts the Inaugural John Ford Award

Áine Moriarty IFTA Chief Executive, Michael Collins Irish Ambassador to the US, Clint Eastwood and Dan Ford

The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA), in association with the John Ford Estate and the Irish Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, is delighted to announce the establishment of ‘JOHN FORD IRELAND’ – the annual Symposium celebrating the work and legacy of John Ford. American filmmaker CLINT EASTWOOD (J. Edgar, Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby) has received the inaugural JOHN FORD AWARD.

The Irish Film & Television Academy will through JOHN FORD IRELAND, lay the foundations for honouring, examining and learning from the work and legacy of legendary filmmaker John Ford, who is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers of his generation. An annual gathering in Dublin will celebrate Ford’s ongoing influence on contemporary Cinema. The Academy is working closely with leading Ford authorities, enthusiasts, experts and Academics throughout the world to bring the legacy of Ford back home to Ireland (see details on the Symposium below).

Ford, an Irish-American whose parents were raised in the West coast of Ireland – was a Pioneer of Cinema and created some of the most enduring films in cinematic history, combining exceptional creativity and innovative storytelling genius in a body of work (136 films) which spanned almost 60 years.

Ford’s films are recognized amongst the best films ever made such as The Grapes of Wrath, How Green was my Valley, Stagecoach and The Searchers (the greatest American Western of all time says the American Film Institute). Ireland and Irish themes featured heavily in numerous FORD films and he took great pride in employing Irish talent including Ireland’s Abbey players (Sara Allgood, Barry Fitzgerald etc) who went to Hollywood to work with Ford.


Each year the JOHN FORD IRELAND committee, which consists of leading international experts on John Ford, will select one contemporary filmmaker to be presented with the JOHN FORD Award; a filmmaker who has similar incredible skill and vision as FORD. A Filmmaker who has learned from the mastery of JOHN FORD and who best represents Ford’s legacy and ideals to the world – an individuality, a uniqueness of vision, an artistic talent that is admired and enjoyed by audiences throughout the world.

Clint Eastwood receives the inaugural JOHN FORD AWARD

ÁINE MORIARTY, Chief Executive of the Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) and MICHAEL COLLINS, Irish Ambassador to the US, unveiled the plans for the JOHN FORD IRELAND project and presented the inaugural JOHN FORD AWARD to Clint Eastwood at a reception held in Burbank, California which was attended by members of the Ford family including DAN FORD, author and grandson of John Ford.

Presenting the Award to Mr. Eastwood, Ambassador Michael Collins said:

‘I am honoured to meet with Clint Eastwood and to present him with the inaugural John Ford Award. John Ford was one of the world’s greatest filmmakers and a man who also took great pride in his Irish heritage. The selection of Clint Eastwood as the recipient of this inaugural John Ford Award draws a direct line between two of Hollywood’s greatest and most inspirational and creative figures. I salute the Irish Film and Television Academy for this initiative and wish them well with their plans to host the first John Ford Ireland annual Symposium in Ireland next year.’

IFTA Chief Executive Áine Moriarty said:

‘Clint Eastwood is one of the world’s greatest living filmmakers, a unique visionary who is leaving his legacy to the world, just as John Ford has done in his lifetime. His films have great integrity and connect with people from ‘all walks of life’ around the world. Themes of migration, identity, redemption and faith in the human spirit – these are his themes, as they were Ford’s. The Irish Film and Television Academy along with the John Ford Estate is proud to present the very first John Ford Award to Mr. Clint Eastwood.’

Receiving the JOHN FORD Award, Clint Eastwood said:

‘Thank You. This is a great privilege for me because any kind of association with John Ford is most Directors’ dream as he was certainly a pioneer of American filmmaking and I grew up on his films. His Westerns had a great influence on me, as I think they had on everybody. When I worked with Sergio Leone years ago in Italy, his favourite Director was John Ford and he spoke very openly about that influence. I want to thank everybody who is here from the Irish Academy, the John Ford family and thank you to John Ford Ireland.’

Speaking at the presentation, Dan Ford, grandson of John Ford commented:

‘I would like to thank the Irish Film & Television Academy on behalf of my grandfather and the entire Ford family for this initiative. I know he would be extremely proud of the Academy and where the Irish film industry is today, for many years he was an active participant in trying to establish an Irish film industry. If he was alive today he would not only be happy to receive this Award but be very pleased with the amount of film activity that currently goes on in Ireland.’

JOHN FORD IRELAND – Symposium (Dublin, JUNE 2012)

Plans are now underway for the first JOHN FORD IRELAND SYMPOSIUM, an event which aims to honor, examine and learn from Ford’s great work; his many approaches, themes and influences and his ongoing influence on Cinema today. Scheduled to take place in Dublin in June 2012, attracting both public and industry participation from around the world, the Symposium’s diverse programme of events will include a series of screenings, exhibitions, discussions, masterclasses, lectures and public interviews designed to educate, inform and inspire participants by providing insight into the experiences of specially invited guests speakers/experts – a MUST for movie enthusiasts around the world, especially fans of John Ford.

In addition, in the Symposium’s second year, a Film School and Scholarship programme will be established for new filmmaking talent to visit Ireland and attend the JOHN FORD FILM SCHOOL. The annual international participation will enhance Ireland’s local industry’s links with world filmmakers. A Ford exhibition of photographs, documents & memorabilia will also be showcased to the public at a free FORD exhibition.


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 (www.facebook.com/iftaonline) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/ifta) shortly.

For further information about the Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) visit www.ifta.ie

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


IFTA welcomes Disney/Pixar's John Lasseter to Dublin for a special In Conversation With Event

(Cars 2)

The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA), with thanks to Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Ireland, is delighted to announce two-time Academy Award®-winning writer/director/producer John Lasseter will be the subject of IFTA’s next In Conversation With… event on Monday 25th of July. Commenting on the In Conversation With… John Lasseter event, IFTA CEO Áine Moriarty said:

It is with great pleasure that we welcome John Lasseter to Ireland for this very special IFTA creative learning event. The animation sector is one of the strongest within the Irish industry with home-produced feature film and television productions achieving great success and reaching record audiences in Ireland around the globe. To see John Lasseter, one of the world’s leading pioneers of animated storytelling, share his vast knowledge and experience will be a huge thrill for Members of IFTA and his many Irish fans.”

Also featured at this Animation in Focus will be a special screening of John Lasseter’s latest animated film Cars 2 (below), which he directed and wrote – a follow up to his 2006 Golden Globe winning feature Cars.

Denise Ream, producer of Cars 2 and associate producer of Disney/Pixar’s Oscar winning feature animation Up, will also take part in the Q&A. The IFTA In Conversation With…John Lasseter will be chaired by film critic and journalist Paul Byrne.


John Lasseter is a two-time Academy Award®-winning director and creatively oversees all films and associated projects from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. Lasseter made his feature directorial debut in 1995 with Toy Story, the first-ever feature-length computer-animated film and, since then, has gone on to direct A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2 and Cars.

His executive-producing credits include Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL•E, Bolt and last year’s critically acclaimed Up, the first animated film ever to open the Cannes Film Festival and the recipient of two Academy Awards® for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score. Lasseter also served as executive producer for Disney’s Oscar®-nominated films The Princess and the Frog and Tangled as well as Pixar’s most recent Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, Toy Story 3, which is based on a story written by Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich.

Lasseter wrote, directed and animated Pixar’s first short films, including Luxo Jr., Red’s Dream, Tin Toy and Knick Knack. Luxo Jr. was the first three-dimensional computer-animated film ever to be nominated for an Academy Award® when it was nominated for Best Animated Short Film in 1986; Tin Toy was the first three-dimensional computer-animated film ever to win an Academy Award® when it was named Best Animated Short Film in 1988. Lasseter has executive-produced all of the studio’s subsequent shorts, including Boundin’, One Man Band, Lifted, Presto, Partly Cloudy, Day & Night and the Academy Award®-winning Geri’s Game (1997) and For the Birds (2000).

Under Lasseter’s supervision, Pixar’s animated feature and short films have earned a multitude of critical accolades and film-industry honors. Lasseter himself received a Special Achievement Oscar® in 1995 for his inspired leadership of the Toy Story team. He and the rest of the screenwriting team of Toy Story also earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay, the first time an animated feature had ever been recognized in that category.

In 2009, Lasseter was honored at the 66th Venice International Film Festival with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. The following year, he became the first producer of animated films to receive the Producers Guild of America’s David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures. Lasseter’s other recognitions include the 2004 Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery award from the Art Directors Guild, an honorary degree from the American Film Institute, and the 2008 Winsor McCay Award from ASIFA-Hollywood for career achievement and contribution to the art of animation.

Prior to the formation of Pixar in 1986, Lasseter was a member of the Computer Division of Lucasfilm Ltd., where he designed and animated The Adventures of Andre and Wally B, the first-ever piece of character-based three-dimensional computer animation, and the computer-generated Stained Glass Knight character in the 1985 Steven Spielberg-produced film Young Sherlock Holmes.

Lasseter was part of the inaugural class of the Character Animation program at California Institute of the Arts and received his B.F.A. in film in 1979. Lasseter is the only two-time winner of the Student Academy Award for Animation, for his CalArts student films Lady and the Lamp (1979) and Nitemare (1980). His very first award came at the age of 5, when he won $15 from the Model Grocery Market in Whittier, Calif., for a crayon drawing of the Headless Horseman.


The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is the stimulation of original and creative production work, and the encouragement of excellence through recognition, education and leadership in film and television. 

IFTA runs a year-round programme of learning events and activities including; Masterclasses, previews screenings, Q&As, Tributes, In Conversation With…, panel and chapter focused events throughout the year, along with the annual industry Awards Ceremony.

Previous guests at IFTA In Conversation With… events include screenwriters Graham Linehan, Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais; actors Peter O’Toole, David Kelly and Ciarán Hinds; producer Redmond Morris and director Dearbhla Walsh.

For further information about IFTA visit www.ifta.ie


Disney Pixar Cars 2 is directed by John Lasseter and is the follow-up to his 2006 Golden Globe®-winning movie Cars. Star race car Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new places in Cars 2 when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.

Torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret spy mission, Mater’s action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world. Adding to the fast-paced fun is a colourful new all-car cast that includes secret agents, menacing villains and international racing competitors.
Disney Pixar Cars 2 is out in Irish cinemas on July 22, 2011, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theatres.


A word about composer Lance Hogan


The IFTA nominated musician/composer Lance Hogan has been a member of Kila for over fifteen years, and has worked with a host of musicians including Dead Can Dance, U2, Sinead O’Connor, Republic of Loose, Baaba Maal, Horslips, Zakir Hussain, Liam O’Maonlai, and The Dubliners.

Having studied film in Dun Laoghaire College of Art, it was a natural step for Lance to move into music composition for film and documentaries. More recently he scored the soundtrack for an animated short by Jimmy Murakami (The Snowman), The Sandpiper and worked as music producer with film Director Neil Jordan on his last film, Ondine.

Lance and Kíla collaborated with composer Bruno Coulais on the Academy Award-nominated animation feature, The Secret of Kells.

In 2010 Lance was offered two projects by film company, Ripple World Pictures; he was asked to score the music for two feature films: Lapland Odyssey and Istanbul both of which will receive their Irish premieres in JDIFF this month.

Lapland Odyssey is a comedy adventure set in Lapland. An Irish/Finnish/Swedish co-production, it was the most watched film in Finland in 2010 and received six Finnish film award nominations. Lance has been nominated for an IFTA award for the best original soundtrack.

During his world travels with Kila and Dead Can Dance, Lance met and played with musicians from very different ethnic backgrounds– and it was this experience and knowledge that he brought to both projects:

‘The films offered me a great opportunity to use my experience as a composer, musician and music producer. For Lapland Odyssey I wanted the score to be familiar to a Finnish audience as well as appeal to an international one-I used the hammered dulcimer, whistles and a Russian violin player to achieve that sound. I have access to artists from every musical genre and was able to create a unique sound for both films.’

Istanbul, the story of a middle aged woman abandoned by her husband moves from Hungary, through Romania and into Turkey, is a Dutch/Turkish/Irish Hungarian co-production.Working closely with the Hungarian director Ferenc Torok, Lance could draw on his wealth of musical experience and knowledge to create a score that would reflect the journey across Europe.

Working from his studio in The Factory in Dublin–a hub of film makers including Kirsten Sheridan, Lance Daly and John Carney, Lance is putting the finishing  touches to the debut album for young Irish band, ‘Bipolar Empire’, which he mixed and co produced. Their first single ‘Tempomanic’ has been used by RTE 2fm‘s national advertising campaign for Radio/ TV/Cinema, and the album is due out in April.

Lance is also working with Irish film director, Kirsten Sheridan on her next feature, Doll’s House and was the music producer on The Brilliant Irish Flute book/CD for Warner Brothers, due to be launched later this month.


Morgan O’Sullivan to receive IFTA Outstanding Contribution to Industry Award

Mary Hanafin T.D. Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport  unveiled details of the 2011 Outstanding Contribution to Industry Award at the IFTA press launch held in Dublin’s Mansion House today. The Minister mingled with members of the Irish Film and Television Academy and congratulated a number of IFTA 2011 nominees who were in attendance before going on to announce that producer Morgan O’Sullivan is to be the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Contribution to Industry Award. She praised his achievements saying he ‘continues to make an outstanding contribution to Irish film’, adding that ‘Ireland owes a great deal of gratitude to Morgan O’Sullivan’. His production credits include Angela’s Ashes, Veronica Guerin and King Arthur.

Minister Hanafin giving launch speech

Mary Hanafin T.D. Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport

Minister Hanafin commented on the importance of the audio/visual industry in Ireland, acknowledging the creative forces at work in this ‘imaginative sector’, which is ‘the face of Ireland abroad’ and produces ‘advertising that money couldn’t buy’, citing the positive example in the Wall Street Journal of a half-page photograph from the Morgan O’Sullivan produced Camelot.

Minister Hanafin with nominees

Minister Hanafin with nominees

Among those attending the launch were IFTA-nominee  Saoirse Ronan accompanied by her father Paul. Saoirse is nominated in the category Actress in a Supporting Role – Film for her role in The Way Back.

Saoirse and Paul Ronan

Paul and Saoirse Ronan

Kevin Moriarty, who guest edited the July/August, 2008 issue of Film Ireland, was in attendance alongside former Irish Film censor Sheamus Smith.

Former Guest Editor Kevin Moriarty and Sheamus Smith

Former Guest Editor Kevin Moriarty and Sheamus Smith

Also in attendance were Maya Derrington, director of Pyjama Girls alongside Sinead Ni Bhroin, assistant producer. Pyjama Girls was nominated for The George Morrison Feature Documentary Award.

Maya Derrington and Sinead Ni Bhroin.

Maya Derrington and Sinead Ni Bhroin

Commenting about his Outstanding Contribution to Industry IFTA Award Morgan O’Sullivan said, ‘I would like to dedicate this award to all of the people who have supported me down through the years but particularly the Irish Film and Television community.’

Dublin’s Convention Centre is the new venue for the Irish Film & Television Awards ceremony in 2011. This new building, located on Spencer Dock, Dublin will play host to IFTA’s nominees, winners, actors, TV personalities, directors, producers and guests as they walk the red carpet – celebrating the talent that exists within the film and television industries in Ireland and around the globe.

The 8th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards take place in Dublin on Saturday, 12th February and will broadcast Live on RTÉ One at 9.30pm.

The Irish Film & Television Awards are supported by RTÉ and the Irish Film Board.

For further information visit www.ifta.ie

Photos by Tristan Hutchinson


Minister Mary Hanafin to Launch IFTA

On Wednesday 19th January in the Mansion House, Dublin, Mary Hanafin T.D, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport will officially launch the Irish Film & Television Academy 2011 roll-out as well as announce the IFTA Awards Honorary Award recipient and also convey her congratulations to IFTA 2011 Nominees.

Those in attendance will include:


Maya Derrington

Nominated Producer, Pyjama Girls

PJ Dillon

Nominated Director/Writer/DOP, Rewind, The Runway

Sarah Flood

Nominated Actress, Fair City

Edwina Forkin

Nominated Producer, Swansong: Story of Occi Byrne

Katie Holly

Nominated Producer, Sensation

Macdara Kelleher

Nominated Producer, The Runway

Julie LeBrocquay

Nominated Producer, Burma Soldier

Rachel Lysaght

Nominated Producer, The Pipe

Catherine Magee

Nominated Producer, When Harvey Met Bob

Suzanne McAuley

Nominated Producer, Love/Hate, RAW

Eamon Morrissey

Nominated Actor, Fair City

Marcella Plunkett

Nominated Actress, Swansong: Story of Occi Byrne

Ian Power

Nominated Director, The Runway

Saoirse Ronan

Nominated Actress, The Way Back


Ronan Flynn

Octagon Films

Brian Furey


Barbara Galvin

Screen Producers Ireland

David Kavanagh

Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild

Muirne Laffan

RTÉ Guide

Tommy McCabe


Kevin Moriarty

Ardmore Studios

Michael O Meallaigh


Sheamus Smith

Former Irish Film Censor


IFTA 2011 – Call for Entries Now Open

8th IFTA

The Irish Film & Television Academy is delighted to announce that the Call for Entries for the 8th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards is now open. Submissions are invited for categories in film, television, shorts and animation and the deadline for receipt of entries is Friday, 19th November at 5.30pm.

The 8th Annual Awards ceremony will be held in Dublin’s Convention Centre on Saturday, 12th February 2011.

The Irish Film & Television Awards are open to talented craftspeople working within the film and television industries in Ireland, as well as those working in the international arena. The winners of the 8th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards will be decided by an official Irish Film and Television Academy vote.

To submit projects for consideration and view the IFTA Submissions Rules and Guidelines documents visit the IFTA website.

Keep up to date with IFTA notices by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Footage from previous IFTA ceremonies can be viewed on IFTA’s You Tube Channel.

The IFTA 2011 Awards Categories are:

Director Film
Script Film
Actor in a Lead Role in a Feature Film
Actress in a Lead Role in a Feature Film
Actor in a Supporting Role in a Feature Film
Actress in a Supporting Role in a Feature Film
Feature Documentary

International Film
International Actress
International Actor

Single Drama / Drama Serial
Drama Series / Soap
Director Television
Script Television
Actor in a Lead Role in Television
Actress in a Lead Role in Television
Actor in a Supporting Role in Television
Actress in a Supporting Role in Television

Costume Design
Director Of Photography
Make Up & Hair
Original Score
Production Design

Children’s / Youth Programme
Current Affairs
Documentary Series
Entertainment Programme
News Programme
Factual Programme

Special Irish Language Award
Short Film
Rising Star


Issue 134 – Master of Comedy


How does comedy writer extraordinaire Graham Linehan do it? An IFTA ‘In Conversation With…’ interview gave Ross Whitaker the low-down.

It’s probably fair to say that despite the mightiness of our craic and the seemingly bottomless pit of successful Irish comedians pulling faces on channels at home and abroad, we probably couldn’t really consider ourselves to be masters of television comedy.

This nagging feeling isn’t helped by the close proximity to us of a country that has produced some of the finest panel, sketch and situation comedy in the history of television. In recent times, what have we produced to rival the likes of Fawlty Towers, The Fast Show, Have I Got News For You, Only Fools and Horses or The Office? We haven’t even come close.

There have been good moments, no doubt. Back in the day, Don’t Feed the Gondolas had its moments and I, for one, was highly impressed by the recent RTÉ sketch show Your Bad Self and was sorry to hear that it won’t be returning. Still, the success stories have been few and far between.


There’s one shining light, of course: a superb sit-com about priests, created by Irish writers and starring Irish actors that proved to be massively successful. Father Ted was no less than a phenomenon. And despite our poor TV comedy record, pretty much the only thing not Irish about Ted was that it was commissioned and broadcast by Channel 4.

By now, everyone in Ireland knows that the brilliant duo of Arthur Mathews and Graham Linehan somehow fused their substantial talents to create a work of true genius. Father Ted is up there with the best of them, a complete classic that will no doubt be repeated on the small screen time and time again for many years to come without ever getting tired.

Since then, Linehan has gone on to create the outstanding comedy series Black Books with Dylan Moran and, more recently, The IT Crowd. It would be fair to say, he’s cracked it, so it was with great interest that I attended the recent IFTA event, ‘In Conversation With…’ Graham Linehan.

Linehan was in Ireland for the making of a definitive Father Ted documentary to be directed by Adrian McCarthy of Wildfire Films, one he hopes will dispel a lot of myths that have grown up about Ted.

The biggest, he says, is that Father Ted was first offered to and refused by RTÉ. Linehan and Mathews had already been working in London and developing relationships with broadcasters for a while when they came up with the idea of Ted, so pitching it in the UK seemed like the sensible thing to do.

‘We didn’t do it with RTÉ because we were in England and we had a career there, so it would have been strange to go back to Ireland and start from the bottom in RTÉ, a company that never really made a successful studio sitcom. Because there was no infrastructure in Ireland for those kind of studio sitcoms, it would have been crazy to give it to them. RTÉ did many great things but studio sitcoms was not one of them.’

The full article is printed in Film Ireland magazine, Issue 134.


Irish Film & Television Academy Membership Deadline


The deadline for receipt of Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) Membership Applications and Membership Renewals for 2010/2011 is Friday, 8th October 2010.

The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) has over 1,000 active Members and is comprised of leading experts and creative talent across 14 Chapters of discipline; Acting, Directing, Producing, Writing, Costume Design, Composing, Cinematography, Production Design, Animation, Makeup & Hair, Editing, Sound, Film and Television.

IFTA Members are invited to vote in the annual Irish Film & Television Awards and have access to a year-round programme of events, including preview screenings of Irish and international titles, masterclasses, Q&A’s, ‘In Conversation With..’, the annual IFTA Forum and IFTA Tribute events, along with panel and networking events.

September events at IFTA included a preview screening of Nigel Cole’s ‘Made in Dagenham’ and a preview of Paul Fraser’s feature film ‘My Brothers’ – which was attended by the director and writer who participated in a Q&A with IFTA Members.

In recent months, IFTA hosted the ‘In Conversation With…’ series with guests including screenwriter Graham Linehan; director Dearbhla Walsh; ‘Toy Story 3’ director Lee Unkrich and Darla K Anderson and industry veteran Lelia Doolan taking part. Industry training Masterclasses were led by actor John Lynch, the award winning team at Ardmore Sound and M.A.C pro-makeup artists. This month, the Academy paid tribute to veteran broadcaster Cathal O’Shannon with ‘A Life in Television’ event.

IFTA’s calendar into the winter months includes exclusive preview screenings plus Q&As of ‘Come on Eileen’ and ‘Pelican Blood’, with the Actors’ Forum and Broadcasting as Gaeilge seminar also in the works.

In addition, there are a wide range of special offers and discounts available from IFTA’s industry affiliates with your IFTA Membership card. These include discounts on training and equipment hire, reduced rates for trade magazine subscriptions, restaurant, beauty and leisure deals and concession rates on major Irish film festivals around the world.

The IFTA Academy is a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to promote, encourage and reward excellence in film and television.

Current IFTA Members looking to renew their membership and industry professionals looking for more information as to eligibility, criteria, affiliate packages, and IFTA Chapters should visit the IFTA website by clicking here www.ifta.ie or contact the office directly membership@ifta.ie or call +353 1 6624120.


IFTA Membership

IFTA Membership

The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) is currently accepting applications for membership. Industry professionals, across film and television, wishing to join should call the membership office on +353 1 6200812 or apply online here: www.ifta.ie/academy

On Friday, 4th September, IFTA is delighted to present its inaugural annual IFTA Forum, this year focusing on Music for the Moving Image. The IFTA Forum is designed to promote creative discussion, debate and learning within a selected industry sector with screenings, panel discussions and workshops. Among the special guests attending the IFTA Music Forum 2009 is Oscar® winning composer Dario Marianelli (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice, Shrooms, I Went Down).


6th Annual IFTA Nominees Announced

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


Veteran Actor David Kelly at the IFI

The Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) is to hold an intimate evening ‘In Conversation’ with veteran Irish actor David Kelly at the IFI on Sunday, 17 August.

Academy members and attending special guests will have the opportunity to be part of a conversation with one of Ireland’s most popular and respected actors of the stage and screen.

In 2005, David Kelly was the recipient of the IFTA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to him by co-star and friend Colm Meaney, with director Tim Burton, Irish actors Colin Farrell and Milo O’Shea and co-star Johnny Depp among those paying tribute to the 79-year-old actor.

With a career that spans over six decades, David Kelly’s feature film credits include Stardust, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Waking Ned and Into the West, while his television appearances include roles in Strumpet City, Fawlty Towers, Robin’s Nest and Glenroe. David’s latest work has been on Spanish thriller The Kovak Box alongside Oscar-winning® actor Timothy Hutton.