Irish Film & Television Academy
|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."|
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." .
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.
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
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 Syposium 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. www.johnfordireland.org
Irish Film & Television Awards
The 1st Annual Irish Film & Television Awards (the IFTAs) took place in November 2003 in Dublin, Ireland. On the occasion of the 10th Irish Film & Television Awards in 2013 the Ceremony attracted an audience of 1.24million viewers with a uniquely Irish showcase acknowledging the talent and creativity within the industry. The most recent Ceremony, the 11th Irish Film & Television Awards took place on April 5th 2014 in Dublin, Ireland at the Double Tree by Hilton. On the night a unique Irish statuette, IFTA Award, is presented to winners. The iconic Irish Award was designed by Jarlath Daly and has now become an Internationally recognised symbol of Irish excellence weighing 1.972kg and made of cast bronze. The first IFTA Award Ceremony in 2003 was presented by James Nesbitt. The IFTA brand is now recognised internationally and has become a powerful marketing tool for Irish film and television to assist in gaining international recognition.
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.
The following is a listing of all Irish Film Television Awards Ceremonies since 2003.
The event is broadcast Live on RTE 1 each year.
|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 Short Film||The Last Days of Peter Bergmann||The Last Days of Peter Bergmann|
|Best Animation||Tilly & Friends||Tilly & Friends|
|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 Short Film||Morning||Morning|
Other Academy Events
Aside from the annual Awards Ceremony, the academy host a number of regular events for its members including:
In Conversation With
|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|
|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|
|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
|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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- "Calvary, Byzantium, Philomena Lead the Field at Irish Film & TV Awards". Variety.
- "Creative Talent Gathers in Dublin for the 10th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards". www.thejournal.ie.
- "Glenn Close Wins Best International Actress Honour from Irish Film Academy". Hollywood Reporter.
- "Plenty to celebrate at annual Ifta shindig". The Irish Times. 9 February 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2009.
- "Hunger tops IFTA Awards". Hollywood Reporter. February 2009.