NFTS bags IFTA gold

An NFTS student film Morning has won Best Short Film at the Irish Film and Television Awards.

The film Co-Written by Sarah Woolner with Director/ Co-Writer Cathy Brady is a moving depiction of a grief-stricken mother who has tragically lost her daughter. The cause of her death is slowly and emotively revealed through a conversation with a tabloid newspaper paparazzi who has been sent to pick up a photograph of the child.

Hosted by Irish actor Simon Delaney and broadcast primetime on Irish television on RTÉ One, the Annual Irish Film & Television Awards are the highlight of Ireland’s entertainment and cultural calendar celebrating the very best of Irish screen talent across film and television.

Sarah and Cathy (pictured at the IFTAs) both graduated in March 2012 and have signed to leading talent agency United Agents.

NFTS Director Nik Powell said: “This is a brilliant and well deserved result for a highly talented team. Cathy and Sarah are now working on new feature length material and we are sure they have successful careers ahead of them.”

Commenting on the night, Chief Executive of IFTA, Áine Moriarty congratulated all winners and Nominees on what is the tenth anniversary of the Awards, saying “This is a wonderful night of celebration for the Irish film and television industry which continues to punch above its weight in terms of production values, creativity and entertainment. Tonight we honour the outstanding achievements of Irish directors, writers, actors, television and film makers, which has been showcased here this evening. Many congratulations to all of this year’s winners and nominees.”


We also saw awards success at the BAFTAS with NFTS graduate Lynne Ramsey winning best Short Film for Swimmer. Congratulations also to Roger Deakins who reaped the ASC Cinematography Award for Skyfall.

Roger was also among the NFTS alumni nominated for Oscars this year. The others are Dario Marianelli (Composing for Film and Television, 1997) who received his third career nomination for his Original Score to the film Anna Karenina and Stuart Wilson (Sound, 1994) who receives a nomination for his sound mixing on Skyfall. And 2012 graduates Timothy Reckart (Writer/Director) and Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly (Producer) were also nominated for their stop-frame animated film Head Over Heels.

At the Golden Globes in January, 17 NFTS graduates were involved in 3 award-winning films:

Les Miserables (Winner Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical, Best Actor, Comedy or Musical and Best Supporting Actress) has 4 Graduate credits.

Skyfall (Winner Best Song) has 11 Graduate credits. • Game Change (Winner Best Miniseries, Best Actress in a Miniseries, Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries) has 1 Graduate credit.

Downton Abbey (Winner Best Supporting Actress - Miniseries) has 1 graduate credit (3rd series)