BAFTA Headquarters in London plays host to the opening of the Irish Film and Television Academy’s (IFTA) UK initiative, IFTA London.
IMAGES: Pics from this event can be viewed in the IFTN Gallery
A wealth of Irish and British talent attended this inaugural event, including Jim Sheridan, Ken Loach, Dearbhla Walsh, actors Ciaran Hinds, Eileen Walsh, Natalie Dormer and Robert Sheehan and a broad mix of Irish and UK industry professionals.
Extensive UK presence included representatives from, amongst others, the BFI Film Fund, Film Four, Channel 4, BBC, London Film Festival, London Film School, Bankside, talent agencies Troika, Curtis Brown, Lisa Richards UK, and Casarotto Marsh, plus production companies Ecosse, Salt, Guerrilla Films, Sprout Productions, Impossible Pictures, Sixteen Films (Ken Loach and producer Rebecca O’Brien), High Point, The Works, Forward Films, Qwerty Films, and Crossday Productions (Pippa Cross).
Attending from Ireland were; IFTA representatives Aine Moriarty (CEO), Deirdre Hopkins, Tanya Warren and Roisin Cronin; along with Irish Film Board representatives James Hickey (CEO), Teresa McGrane, Emma Scott and Alan Maher. Kevin Moriarty of Ardmore Studios attended. Some of the Irish producers included Redmond Morris (‘The Reader’), MacDara Kelleher (Fastnet Films), Rebecca O’Flanagan (Treasure/Rubicon), Jo Gilbert (Spinster Films) and Tommy Collins (‘Kings’), directors Jim Sheridan ('Dream House', 'My Left Foot'), Dearbhla Walsh (‘The Silence’, ‘Little Dorrit’) actors Ciaran Hinds and Robert Sheehan (both coming from West End theatre rehearsals) and actress Kelly Campbell (‘One Hundred Mornings’).
London based Irish/IFTA members attending included writers Stuart Carolan (‘Love/Hate’), John Butler (‘Your Bad Self’) and Daragh Carville ('Middletown'), directors Anthony Byrne (‘How About You’, ‘Wild Decembers’), Karl Golden (‘Weekender’, ‘Pelican Blood’), Billy O'Brien ('Isolation') Graham Cantwell (‘The Callback Queen’, ‘Anton’), animator Eoghan Kidney, DP's Robbie Ryan ('Wuthering Heights') and Susie Lavelle ('One Hundred Mornings'), casting directors Ros and John Hubbard, and Jenny Duffy; actors Eileen Walsh, Elaine Cassidy, Nora Jane Noone, Allen Leech, Ruth Bradley, Natalie Dormer and Jayne Wisener; also attending were Ciaran Byrne (the Culture Secretary of the Irish Embassy in London), Tom Leggett of Element Pictures London and investigative television reporter Donal MacIntyre, among others.
At the event, organised in assocation with the Irish Film Board, the Irish Academy revealed the details of upcoming IFTA London events, including first look Screenings, IFTA Spotlight on Irish talent behind the camera including work from Oscar nominated talent Seamus McGarvey (Cinematographer, Atonement), Consolata Boyle (Costume Designer, The Queen) and a Jim Sheridan season to feature a Masterclass and retrospective of the director’s work.
IFTA London has been launched to foster productive relations between Irish and UK film and television industries. Speaking at the event, Chief Executive of the Academy Aine Moriarty said ”There is a great spirit of partnership, business and cultural links between Ireland and the UK that makes us so much more than just neighbours – and this is especially true when it comes to the links that exist between the creative industries and communities. The IFTA London initiative aims to help build a new network for the film and television communities.”
The Irish Film Board's CEO, James Hickey, spoke at the event, congratulating IFTA on the significant work it has done over recent years to highlight and showcase Irish talent and said that the Film Board "regards IFTA as a vital part of the infrastructure we have in Ireland for film, TV and culture”. He acknowledged that the Board is very supportive of this very timely initiative by the Academy and is delighted to work in partnership with IFTA on this event, which is a great opportunity for Irish and UK talent and industry to come together to network and develop strong working relationships. He said there have been great co-productions between Ireland and the UK in the past, that were big box office successes and that the Film Board want to see more of these and this initiative from IFTA can help achieve that.
The Irish Film Board, Enterprise Ireland, Fujifilm, and Philips supported the event.
See the IFTN Gallery for photographs from the event.
For more information on IFTA visit www.ifta.ie.