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Irish Film and Television Award

Irish Film & Television Awards
10th Irish Film & Television Awards
Award and Logo of the Irish Film & Television Awards
Awarded for Excellence in film and television
Country Ireland
First awarded 2003
Official website

The Irish Film & Television Awards (IFTAs) were first awarded in 2003. Annually honouring and celebrating Ireland's notably talented film and television community, the ceremony is considered to be Ireland's most prestigious Awards event, and can be viewed as the Irish equivalent to the American Oscars.

Irish Film & Television Academy

In 2006 the Irish Film and Television Academy was established. Its Membership is compirised of over 1,000 professionals in the fields of Irish and international television and film. The Irish Academy's stated aim is "the stimulation of original and creative production work, and the encouragement of excellence through recognition, education and leadership in film and television." [1]

The proposed ways to enforce this ideology are:

  • Encouraging high standards of art and technique in persons engaged in production work and to celebrate excellence through the annual Awards Ceremony.
  • Raising the profile of Irish talent & production, by actively promoting Irish excellence within the Academy and ensuring that achievements are recognised and respected throughout the world.
  • Establishing an academic programme of activities to nurture and encourage emerging Irish talent.
  • Safeguarding the integrity of the Irish Academy's annual Film and Television Awards.

Part of IFTA’s mission is to encourage excellence in Irish Film and Television by providing a platform for inspiration, creative development & collaboration within the industry. The Academy hosts a year-round calendar of learning & industry events for Members, including:

  • Educational Lectures, debates, master-classes, public interviews, Q&A's and workshops, along with networking evenings and social events.
  • Exclusive first-look screenings and previews.
  • The John Ford Ireland Film Symposium.
  • The Annual IFTA Tribute Event.
  • Industry Creative Forums.
  • The Annual Irish Film & Television Awards ceremony.

IFTA has established an official archive/catalogue of photography, publications, formal records of Nominees & Winners to ensure an accurate and comprehensive history of the Academy in the future.


The Irish Film & Television Academy established its London branch in August 2011. Through the IFTA London events programme Members have access to unique networking opportunities; Irish talent is showcased to the UK industry and Members are invited to engage with and meet London based film/TV professionals. This initiative aims to help build new relationships and networks between the creative industries in Ireland and the UK. The London Branch is also open to Irish creative talent who frequently travel to work in the UK.

  • The Academy has also extended its Membership to international members and invite a core group of international jury Members to bring the work of Irish talent to the attention of prominent industry representatives across the world.

The Irish Film and Television Awards

The 1st Annual Irish Film & Television Awards (IFTA) took place in Dublin during November 2003 and currently celebrating ten years marked by the 10th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards attracting an audience of 1.24million viewers in 2013 with a uniquely Irish showcase acknowledging the talent and creativity within the industry.

The Awards, presented by the Irish Film & Television Academy, are a platform to honour and celebrate outstanding Irish creativity, talent and achievement; to encourage a high standard of arts and technique in work produced.

The Awards are open to all Irish people working in the film and television industries in Ireland and internationally.

Previous ceremonies

The following is a listing of all Irish Film Television Awards ceremonies since 2003.

The event is broadcast Live on RTE 1.
Ceremony Date Best Film winner Host(s) Venue
1st Irish Film & Television Awards 1 November 2003 Intermission James Nesbitt Burlington Hotel
2nd Irish Film & Television Awards 30 October 2004 Omagh James Nesbitt Burlington Hotel
3rd Irish Film & Television Awards 5 November 2005 Pavee Lackeen James Nesbitt Royal Dublin Society
4th Irish Film & Television Awards 10 February 2007 The Wind That Shakes the Barley Ryan Tubridy Royal Dublin Society
5th Irish Film & Television Awards 17 February 2008 Garage Ryan Tubridy Gaiety Theatre
6th Irish Film & Television Awards 14 February 2009 Hunger Ryan Tubridy Burlington Hotel
7th Irish Film & Television Awards 20 February 2010 The Eclipse Victoria Smurfit Burlington Hotel
8th Irish Film & Television Awards 12 February 2011 As If I Am Not There Simon Delaney Convention Centre
9th Irish Film & Television Awards 11 February 2012 The Guard Simon Delaney Convention Centre
10th Irish Film & Television Awards 9 February 2013 What Richard Did Simon Delaney Convention Centre

2013 Winners

Award Winner TV Show/Film
Best Drama N/A Love/Hate
Best Director N/A Love/Hate
Best Writer for TV N/A Love/Hate
Best TV Actor Tom Vaughan Lawlor Love/Hate
Best Support TV Actor Andrew Scott Sherlock
Best TV Actress Charlie Murphy Love/Hate
Best Support TV Actress Susan Loughnane Love/Hate
Best Actor (Film) Jack Reynor What Richard Did
Best Supporting Actor (Film) Domhnall Gleeson Anna Karenina
Best Actress (Film) Ruth Bradley Grabbers
Best Supporting Actress (Film) Brid Brennan Shadow Dancer
The Irish Film Board Rising Star Award Gerard Barret Pilgrim Hill
Best Film What Richard Did What Richard Did
Best Film Director Lenny Abrahamson What Richard Did
Best Script Malcolm Campbell What Richard Did
Best Editing Lenny Abrahamson What Richard Did
Best International Film Ben Affleck Argo
Best International Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Lincoln
Best International Actress Marion Cotillard Rust & Bone
Best Best Director of Photography in Film Seamus McGarvey Anna Karenina
Best Costume Maggie Donnelly Good Vibrations
Best Sound Film/Drama Garret Farrell, Hugh Fox and Steve Fanagan Citadel
Best Make Up Sharon Doyle Ripper Street
Best Production Design Mark Geraghty Ripper Street
Best TV Editing Brenda Morrissey Inside the Department
Best Director of Photography in Television Michael O' Donovan Gaeil Nua Eabhrac
Best Sound (TV) Mark Henry, Conall de Cleir, John Brennan Am an Ghathair
Best Original Score Niall Byrne Loving Miss Hatto
The George Morrison Feature Documentary Award Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
Best TV Documentary Congo 1961 Congo 1961
Best Current Affairs The Radharc Squad and Spotlight: Sean Quinn's Missing Millions' The Radharc Squad and Spotlight: Sean Quinn's Missing Millions
Best Sports Programme When Ali Came to Ireland When Ali Came to Ireland
Best Entertainment Chris O'Dowd Moone Boy
Special Irish Language Lón sa Spéir Lón sa Spéir
Best Reality Jockey Eile Jockey Eile
Best Children's/Youth Roy Roy
Best Short Film Morning Morning
Best Animation Macropolis Macropolis

Other Academy Events

Aside from the annual awards ceremony, the academy host a number of regular events for its members including:

In Conversation With

Event Date Venue
Stuart Murphy 4 December 2011 Westbury Hotel, Dublin 2
John Lasseter 25 July 2011 Cineworld Cinemas, Dublin 2
Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais. 22 March 2011 Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin 2
Graham Linehan 26 August 2010 The Conrad Hotel, Dublin 2
Dearbhla Walsh 21 July 2010 The Conrad Hotel, Dublin 2
Lelia Doolan 10 July 2010 Cinemobile @ Galway Film Fleadh
Redmond Morris 11 July 2009 Cinemobile @ Galway Film Fleadh
Ciarán Hinds 4 October 2008 Queen's Film Theatre Belfast
David Kelly 17 August 2008 Irish Film Institute, Dublin
Peter O’Toole 13 July 2008 Town Hall Galway

IFTA Tributes

Event Date Venue
Niall Tóibín – A Life On Screen 3 Novemberer 2011 Irish Film Institute
Cathal O'Shannon – A Life In Television 22 September 2010 The Conrad Hotel, Dublin 2


Event Date Venue
Directing Masterclass with John Moore 25 August 2011 Odessa, Dublin
Screenwriting Masterclass with Gill Dennis 5–10 July 2011 Galway Film Fleadh
MAC Pro Trends with Lesley Keane and Neil Young. 8 September 2010 The Morgan Hotel, Dublin
Sound Production Masterclas with Sarah Gaines and Patrick Drummond 8 July 2010 Ardmore Sound, Ardmore Studios, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Acting Master Class, with John Lynch 24 April 2010 Belfast's QFT

Festivals and Forums

Event Date Venue
John Ford Ireland Film Symposium 7–10 June 2012 Various, Dublin
Music for the Moving Image 4 September 2009 Light House Cinema, Smithfield


External links

  • Official site
  • Irish Film & Television Network
  • John Ford Ireland website

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