IFTN reports that the 2010 Irish Film Board/IFTA Rising Star award nominees have been announced.
The nominees are:
- Writer/director of Eamon, Margaret Corkery
- Writer/director of The Secret of Kells, Tomm Moore
- Writer/director of Savage, Brendan Muldowney
- Savage's lead actor, Darren Healy
- Misfits star Robert Sheehan
- Director of His & Hers, Ken Wardrop.
Aine Moriarty, Chief Executive of the Irish Film and Television Academy said of the Rising Star Award: "This important Award puts the spotlight on great Irish talent making a significant mark in the film industry at large. These six exciting Irish stars have shown themselves to be world class talents in their respective fields and I have no doubt that they will be counted among the wealth of leading Irish talents over the coming years. IFTA is proud to put the international spotlight on Ireland’s Rising Stars and acknowledges the Irish Film Board’s ongoing support of new Irish industry talent."
Simon Perry, Chief Executive of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board said: "It's been an interesting time for Irish film with an abundance of talent both in front of and behind the camera emerging. The Rising Star Award recognises and champions new creative talent which is a key objective of the Irish Film Board. This year's nominees have all demonstrated exceptional talent in their field and we are delighted to see their achievements recognized with the award."
The winner will be announced at the 7th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards will take place at Dublin’s Burlington Hotel on Saturday, 20 February 2010.