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.
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
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.
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
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
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