Irish Film & Television Academy

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Irish Film and Television Academy
Abbreviation IFTA
Formation 2003
Type Irish Film & Television organisation
Purpose "The Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) is an all-Ireland organisation whose mission is to encourage excellence in Irish Film and Television by providing a platform for inspiration, creative development and collaboration across the entire industry."
Headquarters Dublin

The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) was founded in 2003. The Irish Academy's aim is to stimulate original and creative production work and encouraging excellence through recognition, education and leadership in film and television. The Irish Academy is a Founding Member of FAN-E (Film Academies Network of Europe.) Academy members are over 1,000 Irish professionals working in film and television industry across fourteen chapters of discipline including directing, writing, acting, producing, cinematography, craftsmanship and technical.

"Throughout the year the Academy carries out a year-round programme of Educational and Learning events (circa 30) for our Members and the public to inspire the next generation of film-makers and to encourage excellence. The largest of Academy events is the Irish Film & Television Awards which takes place annually designed to honour and recognise Irish talent and craftsmanship in film and television at home and to highlight these achievements globally." [1].

Other Academy events in the year include;

  • Educational Lectures, debates, master-classes, public interviews, Q&A's and workshops, along with Industry networking evenings
  • Exclusive first-look Screenings and Previews
  • The John Ford Ireland Film Symposium
  • The Annual IFTA Tribute
  • Industry Creative Forums
  • Lunchtime Labs
  • Industry Breakfast Series

The objectives of the Academy:

  • To Encourage high standards of art and technique in persons engaged in production work and to celebrate excellence through the annual Awards Ceremony.
  • To raise 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.
  • To Establish an academic programme of activities to nurture and encourage emerging Irish talent.

IFTA has also established an official archive/catalogue of photography, publications, formal records of Nominees & Winners from the past eleven years to ensure an accurate and comprehensive history of the Academy and its Members for future generations.

IFTA London[edit]

The Irish Film & Television Academy established a London network in August 2011. Through IFTA London Members have access to unique networking opportunities outside of Ireland. 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 forge new relationships and initiatives 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.

John Ford Ireland Film Symposium[edit]

The John Ford Ireland Film Symposium John Ford Ireland was founded by the Academy in 2011, inspired by the timeless and iconic work of one of the worlds greatest filmmakers, Irish American John Ford. A director who still holds the record for most Oscar wins, rightfully regarded as the most influential and important filmmaker of his generation. The Symposium has a focus on contemporary filmmaking, inspired and informed by the timeless work of legendary Irish-American director John Ford, one of the world’s most respected and influential filmmakers. The Symposium is a unique gathering of contemporary filmmakers, film fans and film historians films reflecting on the craft and influence of this Irish American who continues to inspire and influence people, and resonate with audiences of all ages throughout the world. This is a unique event of vibrant discussion, fresh understanding and learning from Ford’s mastering of the artform, with special Screenings, Discussions, Masterclasses, Lectures, workshops, Music and Song. The first three day Symposium took place in June 2012 and welcomed Dan Ford (grandson of Ford and Committee Member of John Ford Ireland), renowned US Director Peter Bogdanovich, Kyle Eastwood and Band, US Composer Christoper Caliendo who conducted the RTE National Orchestra in the digitally remastered and rediscovered Ford's The Iron Horse. Other guests and participants since 2012 include Patrick Wayne and Marisa Wayne, Directors Stephen Frears, Bertrand Tavernier, Jim Sheridan, Neil Jordan, Whit Stillman, Ben Wheatley, Brian Kirk, Ken Girotti,Julian Jarrold, John Crowley, Kieron J. Walsh, Cinematographer Sean Bobbitt along with US renowned film historians and authors, Joseph McBride, Scott Eyman, Glenn Frankel. Events across the three days are open to the Public, many of which are free for people to attend, to be inspired and to enjoy. Events include the Ford Industry Hub, Directors Panel, Writer Panel, Producers Panel - Actors Forum, In Conversation With, rare FORD Screenings, Masterclasses, Outdoor Screenings and family fun.

Irish Film & Television Awards[edit]

The Irish Film & Television Awards are a yearly awards ceremony that recognizes Irish talent and creativity in film and television. The first ceremony was held in November 2003 in Dublin, Ireland and was hosted by James Nesbitt. Recipients are given a cast bronze statuette and awards are given in several categories.

Previous ceremonies[edit]

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

The event is broadcast Live on RTE 1 each year.

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
11th Irish Film & Television Awards 5 April 2014 Calvary Simon Delaney, Laura Whitmore Hilton DoubleTree Hotel

Previous winners[edit]

2014 Winners[edit]

Award Winner TV Show/Film
Outstanding Contribution to Irish Film/TV Industry Michael D. Higgins N/A
Best Drama The Fall The Fall
Best Director (TV) Anna Rodgers Somebody to Love
Best Writer for TV Stuart Carolan Love/Hate
Best TV Actor Jamie Dornan The Fall
Best Support TV Actor Peter Coonan Love/Hate
Best TV Actress Eva Birthistle Amber
Best Support TV Actress Michelle Fairley Game of Thrones
Best Actor (Film) Brendan Gleeson Calvary
Best Supporting Actor (Film) Michael Fassbender 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress (Film) Saoirse Ronan Byzantium
Best Supporting Actress (Film) Sinead Cusack The Sea
The Irish Film Board Rising Star Award Jamie Dornan N/A
Best Film Calvary (film) Calvary (film)
Best Film Director Neil Jordan Byzantium
Best Script (film) John Michael McDonagh Calvary
Best Editing (Film/Drama) Emer Reynolds Here Was Cuba
Best International Film Philomena Philomena
Best International Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor 12 Years a Slave
Best International Actress Judi Dench Philomena (film)
Best Director of Photography in Film/Drama PJ Dillon Ripper Street
Best Costume Consolata Boyle Philomena (film)
Best Sound Film/Drama Game of Thrones Game of Thrones
Best Make Up Byzantium Byzantium
Best Production Design Tom Conroy Vikings
Best TV Editing Ray Roantree Looking After No. 1
Best Director of Photography in Television Ronan Fox, John Sheahan A Dubliner
Best Sound (TV) John Sheahan A Dubliner
Best Original Score David Holmes The Fall
The George Morrison Feature Documentary Award The Summit The Summit
Best TV Documentary The Disappeared The Disappeared
Best Current Affairs Breach of Trust Breach of Trust
Best Sports Programme Páidí Ó Sé - Rí an Pharóiste Páidí Ó Sé - Rí an Pharóiste
Best Entertainment Moone Boy Moone Boy
Special Irish Language 1916 Seachtar Dearmadta 1916 Seachtar Dearmadta
Best Reality Operation Transformation Operation Transformation
Best Children's/Youth Octonauts Octonauts
Best Short Film The Last Days of Peter Bergmann The Last Days of Peter Bergmann
Best Animation Tilly & Friends Tilly & Friends

2013 Winners[edit]

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[edit]

Aside from the annual Awards Ceremony, the academy carries out over 30 events annually for its members and the Public. Events such as In Conversations With, Annual TV Lecture, Industry Breakfasts, Panel Discussions with Cast & Crew, First Look Screenings and the Annual John Ford Ireland Film Symposium.

Annual Television Lecture[edit]

Event Date Venue
Rob Clark October 2014 Freemantle Media
Dee Forbes September 2012 Discovery Neworks Europe
Stuart Murphy December 2011 SKY Entertainment

In Conversation With[edit]

Event Date Venue
Steve Coogan October 2013 Merrion Hotel, Dublin 2
John Boorman September 2014 Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin 8
John Lloyd September 2014 Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin 2
Roger Michell September 2014 Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin 2
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[edit]

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 Masterclass 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[edit]

Event Date Venue
3rd John Ford Ireland Film Symposium 6-8 June 2014 Various, Dublin
2nd John Ford Ireland Film Symposium 6-9 June 2013 Various, Dublin
1st John Ford Ireland Film Symposium 7–10 June 2012 Various, Dublin
Music for the Moving Image 4 September 2009 Light House Cinema, Smithfield


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