Thursday, January 31, 2013

IFTA Rising Star Award 2013 – nominees

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board and the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) are delighted to announce the Rising Star Award nominees for 2013, the winner of which will be announced at the Irish Film and Television Awards ceremony on 9th February 2013.

Selected by a special jury and sponsored by the Irish Film Board, the Rising Star Award is a unique IFTA Award in that it aims to highlight exceptional new and breakthrough talent working in all areas of the Irish film industry.

The 2013 nominees 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)

Previous Rising Star Award recipients include the 2012 winner writer/director John Michael McDonagh, for his work on The Guard;  Domhnall Gleeson in 2011, who has awarded for his work on When Harvey Met Bob and SensationTomm Moore writer/director of the Oscar nominated feature animation The Secret of Kells was named IFTA Rising Star in 2010. Shame and Hunger actor Michael Fassbender received the Rising Star Award in 2009, whilst actress Saoirse Ronan was named the winner of the first Irish Film Board Rising Star IFTA in 2008 for her breakthrough performance in Atonement.

Commenting on the nominations James Hickey, Chief Executive Bord Scannán na hÉireann / 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.”

About the 2013 Rising Star Award Nominees


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.

Speaking about his IFTA Rising Star Award nomination Gerard said:

"It's a huge honour to be nominated for the Rising Star Award and to be among these nominees that I hugely admire. I want to dedicate the nomination to the cast, crew and everyone that helped bring Pilgrim Hill to the screen. Thank you.”


Lisa Barros D'sa & Glenn Leybourn (directors, Good Vibrations)

Lisa Barros D'Sa - Having worked in film development for years, Lisa directed her first feature Cherrybomb with husband Glenn Leyburn in 2009. In 2011, the duo directed Good Vibrations, the story of Belfast DJ Terri Hooley and his legendary Good Vibrations record shop. It won the Best Irish Film Award at the Galway Film Fleadh.

Glenn Leyburn - Glenn is known for his collaborations with music producer David Holmes. Glenn, David and Lisa Barros D'Sa founded the production company Canderblinks Film and Music. Canderblinks' first production, The 18th Electricity Plan, premiered at the LA Shorts Film Festival, winning awards at The Cork International Film Festival and Galway Film Fleadh.

Speaking about his IFTA Rising Star Award nomination Lisa & Glenn said:

“Lisa and I would like to thank IFTA and the Irish Film Board for our nomination in the Rising Star category. We're incredibly honoured and thank both for their continued support. We'd also like to thank the wonderful cast, crew and creative team involved in Good Vibrations for the passion they put into our film, and when I say 'our' I mean the film that belongs to all the Good Vibes family. We loved making it and look forward to showing it to cinema audiences in Ireland and the UK on March 29th.”


Ciaran Foy (director, Citadel)

A graduate from the National Film School of Film IADT, Ciaran broke through with award-winning short The Faeries of Blackheath Woods in 2006, His first feature, Citadel, based on an autobiographical incident from his past has already gone on to similar acclaim, winning a BAFTA Scotland Award and picking up the Audience Prize at the SXSW Festival.

Speaking about his IFTA Rising Star Award nomination Ciaran said:

"I'm very pleased to be considered and nominated in the category of Rising Star.  No man is an island and I owe a debt of thanks to my many collaborators who helped me get here, both in front of and behind the camera"


Jack Reynor (actor, What Richard Did)

Since leaving secondary school Reynor has featured in Kirsten Sheridan's improvised drama 'Dollhouse' as well as Lenny Abrahamson's 'What Richard Did'. Having signed to US talent agency WME in September, Reynor's first appearance in a US movie will be opposite Vince Vaughan in 'The Delivery Man'.

Speaking about his IFTA Rising Star Award nomination Jack said:

‘I am really delighted and feel very lucky to have been nominated for any award at all’


The 10th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards will take place at Dublin’s Convention Centre on Saturday, 9th February 2013. The ceremony will broadcast on RTÉ One at 9.30pm.

Nominations for the 2013 Irish Film & Television Awards

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