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.