IFTA announce Irish Film Board Rising Star Nominations 2013
One actor and three directors make up the shortlist for the 2013 Rising Star Award.
The Hot Press Newsdesk, 30 Jan 2013
The Irish Film Board and the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) have just announced the Rising Star Award nominees for 2013.
Making the shortlist this year are:
Gerard Barrett (writer-director-editor-producer, Pilgrim Hill)
Lisa Barros D'sa & Glenn Leybourn (directors, Good Vibrations)
Ciaran Foy (director, Citadel)
Jack Reynor (actor, What Richard Did)
The winner will be announced at the 10th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards which will take place at Dublin’s Convention Centre on Saturday, February 9. The ceremony will broadcast on RTÉ One at 9.30pm.
The Rising Star Award aims to highlight exceptional new and breakthrough talent working in all areas of the Irish film industry, with John Michael McDonagh, Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Fassbender and Saoirse Ronan all previous recipients of the award.
Commenting on the nominations James Hickey, Chief Executive Irish Film Board said:
“The growth of the Irish film industry is dependent on new talent coming through every year. Developing and creating opportunities for Irish talent both in front of and behind the camera is one of the primary functions of the Irish Film Board and the IFTA Rising Star award is an important opportunity to highlight up and coming Irish actors, directors and writers who have accomplished great work this year. I would like to congratulate all the nominees and we look forward to working with them in the future.”
Áine Moriarty, Chief Executive of the Irish Film and Television Academy said:
“This important Award puts the spotlight on great Irish talent making a significant mark in the film industry at large. These four exciting Irish stars have shown themselves to be world class talents in their respective fields and I have no doubt that they will be counted among the wealth of leading Irish talents over the coming years. IFTA is proud to put the international spotlight on Ireland’s Rising Stars and acknowledges the Irish Film Board’s on-going support of new Irish industry talent.”
If you're not entirely familiar with all the nominees, IFTA have provided the following information/background, along with the stars reactions to being nominated.
Gerard Barrett (writer-director-editor-prod-producer, Pilgrim Hill)
A 24 year-old writer/director from Kerry. Pilgrim Hill is his feature film debut and was shot on €4,500 over seven days in Kerry. It premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh 2012, where Gerard won the Best New Irish Talent Award. Its North American premiere was at Telluride Film Festival where Gerard was selected as the next Great Expectation.