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Martin Scorsese will receive Award from President Michael D Higgins at special IFTA event in Dublin
24 Feb 2017 :
Michael D Higgins will present Martin Scorsese with the Academy’s prestigious John Ford Award at a very special Reception event in Dublin on Saturday, immediately after the world renowned filmmaker delivers a key Masterclass with IFTA Academy Members and filmmakers.

The highly anticipated Masterclass with Scorsese on Saturday, will be moderated by Northern Irish director Brian Kirk (Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, My Boy Jack, Penny Dreadful etc) who is a Ford and Scorsese admirer and member of the Directors chapter of IFTA.

The lucky filmmakers in attendance will get a first-hand insight into the work, technique, influences and career of the renowned filmmaker – with film clips specially selected by Scorsese himself. 

Scorsese will also share insights into his own key influences especially that of John Ford the Irish-American whose parents were born in Spiddal and the Aran Islands, and his body of work, 140 films in all, went on to become the most influential filmmaker in world Cinema worldwide.

Martin Scorsese: 
“To be honoured by the Irish Film & Television Academy and to receive an award created in celebration of John Ford’s artistry and prestige, has great personal significance for me.”

Áine Moriarty, IFTA Cheif Executive:
“The response from our industry has been extraordinary this week, which genuinely reflects the enormous respect Irish filmmakers have for Martin – he truly is an inspiration; we thank Martin for his support for the Academy and our work, and for taking the time to share his great knowledge and expertise with our Irish filmmakers here in Dublin.”

The Masterclass is run in association with the Screen Training Ireland.  The Irish Film and Television Academy is also working with the University Philosophical Society of Trinity College where Mr Scorsese will speak with the Phil Society Members and he will be presented with the Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage of the Society. 



Martin Scorsese is an American director, producer, screenwriter, and film historian, whose career spans more than 50 years. Born in 1942, Scorsese is known for his gritty, meticulous filmmaking style and is widely regarded as one of the most significant and influential filmmakers in cinematic history. Scorsese's body of work addresses such themes as Sicilian-American identity, Roman Catholic concepts of guilt and redemption, faith, machismo, modern crime, and gang conflict. Many of his films are also known for their depiction of violence and liberal use of profanity.

In 1990, he founded The Film Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to film preservation, and in 2007 he founded the World Cinema Foundation. He is a recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award for his contributions to the cinema, and has won an Academy Award, a Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival Best Director Award, Silver Lion, Grammy Award, Emmys, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and DGA Awards.

He has directed landmark films such as the crime film Mean Streets (1973), the vigilante-thriller Taxi Driver (1976), the biographical sports drama Raging Bull (1980), the black comedy The King of Comedy (1983), the religious epic drama The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), the crime film Goodfellas (1990), the psychological thriller Cape Fear (1991) and the crime film Casino (1995), some of which he collaborated on with actor and close friend Robert De Niro. Scorsese has also been noted for his successful collaborations with actor Leonardo DiCaprio, having directed him in five films, beginning with Gangs of New York (2002) and most recently The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). Their third film together, The Departed, won Scorsese the Academy Award for Best Director in addition to the film winning the award for Best Picture. Their collaborations have resulted in numerous Academy Award nominations for both as well as them winning several other prestigious awards.

Scorsese's other notable films include the concert film The Last Waltz (1978), the black comedy After Hours (1985), the biographical drama The Aviator (2004), the psychological thriller Shutter Island (2010), the historical adventure drama Hugo (2011) and the religious epic Silence (2016). His work in television includes the pilot episode of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire and Vinyl, the latter of which he also co-created. With eight Best Director nominations, he is the most nominated living director and is tied with Billy Wilder for the second most nominations overall.


The John Ford Ireland Film Symposium takes place in June 2017 – details will be announced shortly. The John Ford Ireland Film Symposium takes place every two years in Dublin with the next Symposium planned for later this year in 2017.  This is a unique gathering of leading contemporary world filmmakers coming to Dublin to engage in vibrant discussion and fresh understanding of  Ford’s mastering of the artform, with special Screenings of films by leading world filmmakers, Discussions, Masterclasses, Lectures, workshops, Music and Song.   Directors, writers, producers, cinematographers, editors, film fans and film historians discussing the craft discuss all things film.  Previous guests and panelists include Clint Eastwood, Peter Bogdanovich, Bertrand Tavernier, Dan Ford, Patrick Wayne, Marissa Wayne, Stephen Frears, Neil Jordan, Jim Sheridan, John Boorman, Kyle Eastwood, John Crowley, Joel Cox, Sean Bobbitt and Whit Stillman.  Filmmakers throughout the world continue to refer to legendary Irish-American director John Ford, one of the world’s most respected and influential filmmakers – and the cornerstone Patron of IFTA - the Irish Film & Television Academy.   

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