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IFTA to host Martin Scorsese for Masterclass in Dublin and Present John Ford Award
18 Feb 2017 :
Legendary filmmaker to receive John Ford Award, and participate in industry masterclass in Dublin next weekend.

The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) has today announced that Martin Scorsese, the legendary filmmaker, will come to Dublin next weekend to hold the IFTA Masterclass with Irish Academy Members.

Scorsese will also to receive the prestigious John Ford Award from Ireland and the Irish Academy in tribute to the inspirational and world-renowned Irish American Filmmaker John Ford. 

Ford has been a major influence on Scorsese’s work. The Award ceremony presentation will take place on Saturday 25th February in Dublin. 

Martin Scorsese:
“To me and to so many directors, John Ford is a towering figure and continues to be a profound inspiration. His films deftly convey his unique and acute sense of humanity; his deep understanding of people. When I first started watching his films, Ford’s force behind the camera was palpable.  He was a visionary in the truest form and his films are enriched with artistic energy. I see his films often, studying them and each time I learn something new.

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

Áine Moriarty, IFTA Chief Executive:
“It is a great honour for the Irish Academy to present this John Ford Award to Martin Scorsese, truly one of the world’s greatest filmmakers.  We thank Martin for his support of the Academy and our work, and for taking the time to share his great knowledge and expertise with our Irish filmmakers here in Dublin–we look forward to a brilliant, inspiring and passionate Masterclass and Discussion with Scorsese at the helm.”

IFTA will announce further details of the Award presentation ceremony and special guests next week.

The Irish Film and Television Academy has also coordinated with the University Philosophical Society of Trinity College where Mr, Scorsese will speak with the Phil Society Members and he will be presented with their Gold medal patron of the Society. 

View this Event on the Official IFTA Website

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