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Irish Film and Television Academy Unveils Rising Star Award Nominees

3 April 2016 2:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — The Irish Film and Television Academy has revealed its Rising Star Award nominees, who are writer-directors Rebecca Daly, Alex Fegan and Stephen Fingleton, and actor Barry Ward. The winner will be announced at the Ifta Film and Drama Awards ceremony on April 9.

The award, sponsored by the Irish Film Board, puts a spotlight on Irish professionals who have “not only honed their crafts in the formative years of their career, but who have also excelled in their respective fields.” Previous recipients include Saoirse Ronan, Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, John Michael McDonagh and Jamie Dornan.

Daly made her feature debut “The Other Side of Sleep,” written with Glenn Montgomery and starring Antonia Campbell-Hughes, in 2011. The film was selected for the Cannes Résidence du Festival and premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.

She followed that with the “powerful and morally complex” feature “Mammal,” starring Rachel Griffiths in »

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