Archive for February 17th, 2011

President’s Address at IFTA Awards

17th February 2011

President Mary McAleese’s speech at the Irish Film & Television Awards 2011, with an introduction by actor Pierce Brosnan.

She discusses the importance of storytelling and the creative arts to Ireland’s future.

ICCL Human Rights Film Awards

17th February 2011

ICCL Human Rights CompetitionApplications are now open for the third annual Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) Human Rights Film Awards, marking the competition as a firm fixture in the Irish film calendar.

The 2011 ICCL Human Rights Film Awards invites individual film students, filmmakers, and/ or those with a strong interest in human rights to submit an original short film focusing on a particular human rights issue in or related to Ireland.

The aim of the Human Rights Film Awards is to provide film students, filmmakers and those working in human rights with an opportunity to contribute to human rights discourse in Ireland, grappling with issues which affect some of the most vulnerable members of Irish society through the medium of film.

The Awards jury boasts such names as actress Victoria Smurfit and filmmaker Kirsten Sheridan. Ken Wardrop has also been announced as the newest addition to the Jury.

Over the past two years, the competition has produced shortlisted films of outstanding quality which cast light on a range of human rights issues in new and creative ways. The 2011 competition aims to continue this trend, while also widening its reach to younger people in second-level education, incorporating a new “Human Rights in Under a Minute Challenge” and Human Rights Film Awards Schools Project.

Applications are now open, and the deadline for entries is Friday 15 April 2011.

Full details of how to apply, prizes, and shortlisted films from past competitions, are available on the competition website. For more information, please contact Walter or Karen at