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Aisling Franciosi Named as Ireland's EFP European Shooting Star 2019
11 Dec 2018 : Nathan Griffin
Aisling Franciosi has been named among the ten best up-and-coming actors from Europe by the European Film Promotion (EFP) and will be honoured at the Berlin International Film Festival 2019.

Now in its 22nd year, the European Shooting Stars programme will present ten of the best up-and-coming acting talents from Europe who are deemed ready to step out onto the international film scene by a jury of industry experts. The event taking place between 8th - 11th February 2019 during the 69th Berlin International Film Festival will introduce five actresses and five actors to the film industry, public and international press.

In addition to the public exposure, the programme provides a special platform for the Stars to meet casting directors, producers and filmmakers in one-on-one meetings, offering a unique opportunity to create the personal contacts and networks needed to embark upon an international career. The busy weekend culminates in an awards ceremony at the Berlinale Palast on Monday 11th February, where each actor will be honoured with the European Shooting Stars Award. EFP's prolific talent platform is financially supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme of the European Union and the respective EFP member organisations.

Irish actress Aisling Franciosi, whose credits include TV series ‘Games of Thrones’ and ‘Legends’, is said to have stunned the jury with her "great acting range and superb instincts" in ‘The Nightingale’.

Speaking about the achievement, Aisling Franciosi said:

“I am so thrilled and consider it a great honour to be chosen as a Shooting Star — particularly by such a jury. Actors I really admire have been selected as a Shooting Star in the past, so it feels a little surreal! I owe so much to the people I have been lucky enough to work with from the beginning, but particularly to Jennifer Kent who took a chance on me and trusted me with The Nightingale. It’s a role and a project I will never forget. It’s a film I will always be proud of.” 

Franciosi first appeared on screen in the BBC series, ‘The Fall’ for which she received the Irish Film and Television Award (IFTA) as Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 2015. She was cast in Ken Loach’s ‘Jimmy’s Hall’, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2014, and most recently, she played the lead in ‘The Nightingale’ by Jennifer Kent, which won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice International Film Festival 2018. Franciosi was also honoured as one of Screen Daily’s prestigious ”Stars of Tomorrow” in 2015.

European Shooting Stars is the oldest and most prestigious initiative to promote European talent for the international film market. Since its first edition in 1998, a total of 303 European Shooting Stars have been presented at this influential international film festival, proving for many an important stepping stone in their careers, including Alicia Vikander, Matthias Schoenaerts, Domhnall Gleeson, Alexander Fehling, Ruth Negga, Pilou Asbæk, Carla Juri and Baltasar Kormákur to name a few.

The members of the 2019 jury are: US casting director Avy Kaufman, film critic Tara Karajica from Serbia, Macedonian director Teona Strugar Mitevska, producer Macdara Kelleher from Ireland and Icelandic Shooting Star from 1999, Ingvar Sigurdsson.




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