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IFTA Announces Winners of the 11th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards
06 Apr 2014 :
The winners of this year’s Irish Film and Television Awards were revealed tonight at the Awards Ceremony.
Co-Hosted by Simon Delaney and Laura Whitmore, the biggest winners on the night were the films Calvary, Byzantium and Philomena which all picked up three awards each. Calvary took the highest accolade, Best Film, along with Best Actor for Brendan Gleeson and Best Script for its writer-director John Michael McDonagh. Touching true story Philomena won the award for Best International Film and Actress (for Judi Dench) along with Costume Design for Consolata Boyle. Philomena Lee, whose true life story inspired the film was in attendance at the Ceremony. Vampire horror Byzantium's awards included the prestigious Best Director for Neil Jordan, Best Actress for Saoirse Ronan and Makeup & Hair.

Michael Fassbender was also a winner, taking the award for Best Film Supporting Actor for his Oscar-nominated role in 12 Years A Slave. Actress Sinead Cusack took home the Best Supporting Actress accolade for her performance in the adaptation of John Banville's The Sea.

The big Television Drama winner on the night was Northern Irish crime series The Fall, which won the award for Best Drama, Best Actor for Jamie Dornan's role as serial killer Paul Spector and David Holmes for music. It was a double celebration for actor Dornan, as he also collected the Irish Film Board Rising Star Award.

Crime Drama Love/Hate took home two IFTA's on the night including Best Supporting Actor for Peter Coonan and Stuart Carolan who won for Best TV Script. Sky series Moone Boy was also a big winner, winning Best Entertainment Programme and Best Director Drama/Comedy for Ian Fitzgibbon. Eva Birthistle won the IFTA for Best Actress TV for her role as the grieved mother in missing child-drama Amber. Actress Support TV went to Michelle Fairley for her tragic finale season on HBO's Game of Thrones.

President Michael D. Higgins received his Honorary IFTA Award for his Outstanding Contribution to the film & television industry. The President has shown unwavering support in the film and television sector, helping to transform the industry over the last thirty years through a range of initiatives from tax incentives to training and the re-establishment of the Irish Film Board, ultimately encouraging investment and creating thousands of jobs. The Award was presented by Colin Farrell and Amy Huberman.

Cinematographer PJ Dillon won the Director of Photography Film/TV Drama award for the Victorian-era period drama Ripper Street, while Emer Reynolds won the Editing Film/TV Drama award for the feature documentary Here Was Cuba, whih she also co-directed. Ronan Hill won the IFTA for Sound Film/Drama for his work on the internationally successful series Game of Thrones.

Anna Rodgers won the TV Director IFTA for her sensitive portrayal of relationships and disability in Somebody to Love, while Ray Roantree won the Editing Television for the political documentary Looking After No.1. The Sound TV Award went to John Sheahan: A Dubliner.

In the factual categories, The George Morrison Feature Documentary Award was presented to The Summit; TV Documentary was won by The Disappeared; Best Factual Programme went to Seamus Heaney – Postscript and Breach of Trust received the IFTA for Current Affairs.

The IFTA for Best Sport was awarded to Paidi O Sé – Ri an Pharóiste and other popular winners on the night included self-improvement series Operation Transformation (Reality), 1916: Seachtar Dearmadta (Irish Language), The Octonauts (Children's/Youth), The Last Days of Peter Bergmann (Short Film) and Tilly and Friends (Animation).

The Winners in full:


Calvary (James Flynn, Chris Clark, Flora Fernandez Marengo, Octagon Films, Reprisal Films)

Director Film

Neil Jordan, Byzantium (Parallel Films and Number 9 Films)

Script Film
John Michael McDonagh, Calvary (Octagon Films and Reprisal Films)

Irish Film Board Rising Star
Jamie Dornan

Actor in a Lead Role Film
Brendan Gleeson, Calvary (Octagon Films and Reprisal Films)

Actress in a Leading Role Film
Saoirse Ronan, Byzantium (Parallel Films & Number 9 Films)

Actor in a Supporting Role Film
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave (Entertainment One)

Actress in a Supporting Role Film
Sinead Cusack, The Sea (Samson Films)

George Morrison Feature Documentary
The Summit

International Film (sponsored by American Airlines)

International Actor
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

International Actress
Judi Dench Philomena

Drama in association with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland
The Fall (Stephen Wright, Allan Cubitt, BBC Northern Ireland, Artists Studio)

Director TV Drama
Ian Fitzgibbon, Moone Boy (Grand Pictures, Baby Cow Productions, Hot Cod Productions & Sprout Pictures for Sky 1)

Script Drama
Stuart Carolan, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Actor in a Leading Role Television
Jamie Dornan, The Fall (BBC Northern Ireland and Artists Studio)

Actress in a Leading Role Television
Eva Birthistle, Amber (Screenworks)

Actor in a Supporting Role Television
Peter Coonan, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Actress in a Supporting Role Television
Michelle Fairley, Game of Thrones (HBO)


Consolata Boyle, Philomena

Director of Photography Film/Drama
PJ Dillon, Ripper Street

Editing Film/Drama
Emer Reynolds, Here Was Cuba

Makeup & Hair sponsored by M.A.C.

Production Design
Tom Conroy Vikings

Original Score
David Holmes, The Fall

Sound Film/Drama
Game of Thrones



Current Affairs
Breach of Trust (RTÉ)

The Disappeared

Documentary Series
John Lonergan’s Circus

Moone Boy

Seamus Heaney – Postscript – Imeall

Operation Transformation

Páidí Ó Sé - Rí an Pharóiste

Irish Language
1916 Seachtar Dearmadta


Director TV
Anna Rodgers, Somebody to Love

Director of Photography TV
Ronan Fox, John Sheahan: A Dubliner

Editing TV
Ray Roantree, Looking After No. 1

Sound TV
John Sheahan: A Dubliner

Short Film
The Last Days of Peter Bergmann

Tilly and Friends

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