The Irish Film and Television Academy today announced the shortlist of nominees in 40 strongly contested categories for the 11th annual Irish Film and Television Awards. Projects and talent from the north and those supported by Northern Ireland Screen have a strong showing in the list of nominations.
Nominations are announced in categories across film and television, celebrating the highest standard of Irish talent over the past twelve months. All IFTA’s categories have been shortlisted by Members of the Irish Film & Television Academy alongside a select Jury panel of industry experts from around the world. IFTA received 311 titles submitted for consideration in the 2013 Awards.
Northern Ireland’s Ciarán Hinds is nominated in the Actor in a Leading Role Film category for his role in The Sea and Antonia Campbell-Hughes is up for Actress in a Leading Role Film Award for 3096 Days.
Belfast based gritty psychological thriller The Fall is up for six awards with nominations in the following categories; Drama, Actor in a Lead Role (Jamie Dornan), Director of Photography (Ruairi O’Brien). Make Up and Hair, Production Design (Tom McCullough) and Original Score (David Holmes).
HBO’s epic series Game of Thrones will battle it out against The Fall in the Drama category as well as receiving four further nominations for; Actor in a Supporting Role (Aidan Gillen and Liam Cunningham), Actress in a Supporting Role (Michelle Fairley) and Sound (Ronan Hill).
Philomena, filmed partly in Northern Ireland, is up for four awards; International Film, International Actress (Judi Dench), Costume (Consolata Boyle) and Director of Photography (Robbe Ryan).
Prison drama Starred Up, filmed on location at Crumlin Road Gaol, has received a nomination in the Editing category (Nik Emerson).
The Fall, Game of Thrones and Starred Up were made with finance from the Northern Ireland Screen Fund supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
Two Irish Language Broadcast Fund series have received nominations; Dúshlán 1881 – Living the eviction in the Reality category and Scúp in the Irish Language category.
Tyrone Productions’ Danny Boy – The Ballad that Bewitched the World received a nod in the Documentary category where it is up against BBC Northern Ireland’s The Disappeared. BBC Northern Ireland also received a nomination in the Current Affairs category for Spotlight – Housing Whatever it Takes. DoubleBand Films’ Seamus Heaney – Photoscript –Imeall has been nominated in the Factual category.
The Awards take place on Saturday 5th April at the DoubleTree at Hilton Burlington Road and broadcast primetime on RTÉ One.
The full list of IFTA nominees can be found here.