Irish Film & Television Academy
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|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.
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.
Irish Film & Television Awards
The first Irish Film & Television Awards Ceremony took place in Dublin in 2003. Following the significant growth of the Irish film and television industry in recent years, the Academy in 2015 split the Awards into two distinct separate Ceremonies. The IFTA Film & Drama Awards and the IFTA Television Awards taking place in April and October respectively. Each Ceremony celebrates and honours the very best of Irish creative talent working in their respective fields across Film & Drama production and Television Programming. Through the two ceremonies the Academy showcases to the world what Ireland’s small but outstanding film and television community has to offer. Winners are presented with a unique cast bronze IFTA statuette.
The Irish Film & Television Academy established a London network in August 2011. Through IFTA London Members have access to unique networking opportunities outside 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 work of one of the worlds greatest filmmakers, Irish American John Ford. 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. 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.
The following is a listing of all Irish Film Television Awards Ceremonies since 2003.
|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 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.
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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". TheJournal.ie.
- "Glenn Close Wins Best International Actress Honour from Irish Film Academy". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "Plenty to celebrate at annual Ifta shindig". The Irish Times. February 9, 2009. Retrieved September 27, 2009.
- "Hunger tops IFTA Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. February 15, 2009.