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Wealth of Northern Ireland projects and talent up for IFTAs

The Irish Film and Television Academy has announced the shortlist of nominees in 40 strongly contested categories for the 10th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards, which take place in Dublin on Saturday 9th February.

Projects and talent from the north and those supported by Northern Ireland Screen have a strong showing in the list of nominations.

Good Vibrations, the story of Belfast music legend Terri Hooley, from Belfast’s husband and wife directing team of Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros d’Sa is up for Best Film. Richard Dormer (Five Minutes of Heaven, Game of Thrones) received a nod for Best Actor for his portrayal of Terri Hooley. Maggie Donnelly has also been nominated for Costume on Good Vibrations.

Comedy horror feature film, Grabbers, which filmed on location in Belfast and Donegal, has received four nominations including Best Film. Derry woman Bronagh Gallagher (Pulp Fiction) has been nominated for Supporting Actress for her role. Ruth Bradley received a nod for Actress and Kevin Lehane for Script.

Jump, a modern urban fairytale set on New Year’s Eve in Derry and shows the trials and tribulations of three unrelated groups of characters, has received three nominations. Belfast actor Martin McCann (Killing Bono, Whole Lotta Sole) is up for Best Actor, his co-star Charlene McKenna received a nod for Supporting Actress and Kieron J Walsh for Script.

Filmed on location in Northern Ireland and in the Paint Hall Film Studio, Belfast, and Linen Mill Film Studios, Banbridge, HBO series Game of Thrones has been nominated for Best TV Drama. Northern Ireland men and 2012 Emmy winners Ronan Hill and Mervyn Moore have been nominated in the Sound category. PJ Dillon received a nod in the Director of Photography category for his work on Game of Thrones, he will battle it out with Armagh man Seamus McGarvey who is also shortlisted in that category for his work on Anna Karenina.

Good Vibrations, Grabbers, Jump and Game of Thrones all received funding from Northern Ireland Screen supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Belfast’s Ciarán Hinds (The Shore, Game of Thrones) has been nominated for Supporting Actor for his role in The Woman in Black. Belfast woman Bríd Brennan has been nominated for Supporting Actress for her role in Shadow Dancer.

Flickerpix’s Macropolis, a stop-motion film which was animated on the streets of Belfast over a five week period, has been nominated for Best Animation. Cathy Brady's short film, Morning is up for Best Short Film.

Below the Radar’s Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God has been nominated for the George Morrison Feature Documentary Award. The documentary shot all over Ireland, the US and part of Italy, revisits the abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, with first-hand accounts from victims.

Hot Shot Films’ WB Yeats - No Country For Old Men received four nominations; Best Documentary, Director of Photography (TV), Sound (TV) and Director (TV). The hour-long documentary explores the unknown history of one of Ireland’s most renowned literary geniuses, WB Yeats.

Belfast based Alison Millar also received a nomination in the Director (TV) category for BBC NI’s The Shame of the Catholic Church. BBC NI has been nominated in the Current Affairs category for Spotlight Sean Quinn’s Missing Millions.

Richard Williams, CEO, Northern Ireland Screen says: “We are delighted at the strong showing of both talent and product from Northern Ireland in the list of nominations for this year’s IFTAs. The ceremony is a wonderful showcase, and helps us promote the wealth of creative talent in Northern Ireland to a wider audience. It is great to see productions from such a wide variety of categories nominated; film, TV drama, documentary, animation and current affairs. Northern Ireland also has a strong showing in the craft/technical categories with nods for costume, sound, cinematography and directing. We send sincere congratulations to all the nominees.”

For the full list of IFTA 2013 nominations please click here.
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