Arkle wins at the IFTA’S!!!

On Thursday last, the Arkle documentary I cut won the IFTA for Best Sports at what was a lovely evening in the Burlington (It will always be the Burlo to me). It was such a good day that its taken me this long to write about it!
I was absolutely thrilled for Arkle director Luke McManus and Stephen and Denis from Touchline Media who produced the film.

Stephen, Luke and Denis with their little friend
Stephen, Luke and Denis with their little friend

Despite coming from a place a few years ago where Luke, by his own admission, knew damn all about horses, he has now directed several superb horse related documentaries. A few years back he was IFTA nominated for Jump Boys which showed the harsh realities of being a top level jump jockey and then last year he made a 4 part series on the Galway races. In between these two was Arkle: The Legend Lives On which was made for TG4 and Channel 4 and as you might imagine told the story of Irelands legendary wonder-horse Arkle.

The documentary has achieved a Bill Nicholson like double, winning the Celtic Media Award and now the IFTA and all done with a certain panache! For me personally, this marked the third year in a row that I’ve cut the winner in the Best Sport’s Documentary IFTA category. I’m not entirely sure how that happened but I’m obviously thrilled with it.

The IFTA’s themselves were a great laugh and it was great to catch up with so many friends and I was delighted on the night that my buddies Mark Henry, Mick Mahon, Colm Bairéad, Cleona Ni Chrualaoi, James Ryan, Tracy O’Hanlon, Gemma O’Shaughnessy all got their hands on an IFTA.


It was also pretty cool that I got to go to the show with my brother, even if he and his boys did end up on the receiving end of a paddling from Arkle.

Ifta Nominations for Arkle and GAA USA

I was delighted this morning to see that 2 shows I edited were among the Nominees for the IFTA Television awards to be held in Dublin in 3 weeks time. Unfortunately both Arkle: The Legend Lives On and GAA USA are up against each other in the sports category. To further complicate the matter my brother and my office mates the Second Captains also received a nomination in the same category. So its safe to say I have some divided loyalties. One way or another as long as the Conor McGregor documentary doesn’t win I’ll be happy!

Arkle: The Legend Lives On was a Touchline Media production for Channel 4 and TG4. The film was a look back at the legendary race horse Arkle. The documentary was wonderfully directed by Luke McManus and produced by Denis Kirwin and Stephen Cullinane. I had a terrific time editing the doc with Luke over 4 frantic weeks last year in Highwire. The film already won the Best Sports Award at the Celtic Media Festival earlier this year and I’m sure you could get could good odds on Luke taking home another trophy in a few weeks. Personally I also really enjoyed writing about it here and calling the post ‘Blogging a Dead Horse’ which was a punning highlight of this blogs output.

GAA USA was produced by Sonta Films for TG4 and aired earlier this year. The series looks at the oft forgotten history of Gaelic Games in the United States and is presented by All-Ireland winning captain Dara Ó Cinnéide. The series was directed by Seán Ó Cualáín and produced by his brother Eamonn, Raemonn Mac Donnacha shot it and Darragh Dukes did the music. I spent the best part of last winter working on the series and I’m incredibly proud of it. This series marked my fourth time working with Seán (we are currently on number five) and its proved to be a really fruitful collaboration. An Godfather:Bryan Rooney, Rás Tailteann:Rothaí an tSaoil and Mar A Cheile Muid are all very diverse films that I’m thrilled to have played a part in. These films added with Seán’s previous work I think position him as one of the premier chroniclers of both rural Irish life and the Irish immigrant experience and he’ll kill me for saying it but I think he may well be this generations Bob Quinn.

Like I said complicating the matter is that the boys in Second Captains have been nominated for Second Captains Live. The live sports show is quite frankly outrageous in its ability to not only set new standards in sports broadcasting but maintain them too. I think this clip of them interviewing Ciaran McDonald exemplifies pretty well the work they do.

The show also features a weekly opportunity for my brother Ciaran to demean himself and his journalism degree by dressing up in humiliating costumes. Whats not to love about that?

I share an office with the boys and I can safely say that they along with Aideen, Karen, Rebecca, Pat and Collie are the hardest working motherfuckers in the business and if they do end up taking home the gong it’ll be richly deserved. They also, as I’m frequently and embarrassingly reminded, play a mean game of table tennis.

I was also thrilled to see my buddies Mark Henry, Colm Bairéad, Cleona Ni Chrualaoi, Katie Holly, Mick Mahon and David Power get richly deserved nominations in other categories. Best of luck to them and to all the other nominations. Overall the standard of work last year was incredible, heres the full list of nominees


The Last Days of Peter Bergmann is one of the things I’m most proud of from all the different things I’ve had the pleasure of cutting. The Film has had a tremendous life on the festival circuit, getting selected for Sundance, Winning awards at IFI Stranger than Fiction, Nashville, Melbourne, Camden and elsewhere, Qualifying for the Oscars twice and of course prompting a lot of debate. The film’s director Ciaran Cassidy has had a wonderful year of jetting around the world presenting the film.

Now, tonight, Irish audiences will finally get a chance to see the film as it is showing on RTE1 at 11:20.


Watch it, Record it, just don’t miss it.

The Last days of Peter Bergmann tells the story of a man calling himself Peter Bergmann who arrived in Sligo Town in the summer of 2009. Over his final three days, he went to great lengths to make sure that no one would ever know who he was or where he came from.

The Film has twice qualified for Oscar eligibility and on winning the prestigious Melbourne IFF award, the jury had this to say about it.

“Ciaran Cassidy taps the voyeur in all of us with his masterful appropriation of hours of compelling CCTV footage that track a tantalising incomplete picture of The Last Days of Peter Bergmann. Coupled with a series of compelling interviews, Cassidy manages to invert the mystery genre from whodunnit to why. Meticulously researched, this is a riveting ride that leaves the audience rooted to their seats as they act out the role of both spy and detective.”

Check out these credentials


IFTA, Best Short Film 2014

Melbourne International Film Festival, Best Short Doc 2014

Nashville Film Festival, Documentary short Winner.

IFI Stranger Than Fiction Audience Award Winner 2013

Camden Film Festival, Short Doc Award, 2014

Milwaukee Film Festival, Special Jury Award, 2014


Grand Prix Irish, Cork Film Festival 2013

Sundance Film Fest, Grand Jury Prize, 2014

Sheffield International Doc Fest, Best Short Doc 2014

For a fuller list of where the film has been selected click here


Director: Ciaran Cassidy
Producer:Morgan Bushe
Director of Photography: Kate McCullough
Editor: John Murphy
Sound: Guillaume Beauron
Music: Jack Quilligan, David Cantan
Researcher: Colum McKeown
Prod Manager: Aoife McGonigal

Wins at the IFTA’s

Last saturday the IFTA’s were held in Dublin City Centre in the Burlo, which is the name everyone stubbornly sticks to calling the DoubleTree at Hilton Hotel. I was grateful to Colm and Cleona who directed and produced An Ceoldrama for giving tickets to myself and the misses so that we could attend. I was very fortunate to be in a, lets face it probably once in a lifetime scenario whereby everything I cut that was released last year was nominated for an IFTA. There was 3 nominations for ‘An Ceoldrama’, 2 for ‘Páidí Ó Sé: Rí an Pharoiste’, 1 for ‘Bliain in Arainn Mhor’ and a best short nomination for ‘The Last Days of Peter Bergmann’. The standard of competition in each of the categories was incredibly high so I was just delighted that all the shows were in contention. In the end it turned out to be quite the night.

First up ‘The Last Days of Peter Bergmann’ won best short. Not for the first time director Ciaran Cassidy bet off some serious competition to come away with the gong. Ciaran was absolutely delighted and I’m pretty sure it won’t be the last award he’ll be picking up this year

The Best Sports category has in recent years become one of the most competitive award categories at the IFTA’s. Increased funding from BAI, the lead given from Setanta and the proliferation of Sports websites like Balls, the score and have meant that sports programming now attract huge audiences and media coverage. This year people seemed to think ROG: The Ronan O’Gara story was a shoe-in for the award but I had a funny feeling we could sneak this one. Thats how it turned out when ‘Páidí Ó Sé: Rí an Pharoiste’ trumped it and got the nod. Director Louise Ni Fhiannacta gave a variation on the famous speech by Ventry’s most illustrious son when picking up the trophy. At the rate Louise is picking up awards these days she’s going to need a second mantlepiece.

Unfortunately none of the other nominations ended up bearing fruit but we all still had a great night. I was delighted too for my friend and colleague Dathai Keane who picked up an award for his series ‘1916:Seachtar Dearmata” and indeed for Anna Rodgers who won 2 awards that were both richly deserved.

When Ali Came to Ireland Tonight @10 RTE1

When Ali Came To Ireland
When Ali Came To Ireland

The IFTA winning documentary “When Ali Came to Ireland” is repeated tonight on RTE 1 at ten bells. It was made by Ross Whitaker and Aideen O’Sullivan of True Films and edited by my good self.
The film centres on the 1972 fight, in Croke Park, between Ali and the American challenger Al “Blue” Lewis, an ex-convict who miraculously won parole from a life-sentence for murder in his native Detroit. They were brought together in Dublin by an ex-circus strongman from Kerry, a colourful bar-owner who billed himself as “The World’s Strongest Publican”.

The documentary also features contributions from, among others, Cathal O’Shannon, in his last recorded TV interview. And, from his home in Detroit, Al ‘Blue’ Lewis, Rock Brynner – the son of actor Yul Brynner – who was a confidante of Ali and who was part of his entourage in Ireland, the former Kilkenny hurler, Eddie Keher, who famously taught Ali how to use a hurley and sliothar as part of the pre-publicity for the fight, journalist and broadcaster Dave Hannigan, author of ‘The Big Fight’, and the respected American sports journalist, the late George Kimball.

The documentary was first broadcast on New Years Day 2013 at 6:30 and met with great positive feedback online and with audiences generally. In mid december last year the IFI held a preview screening as part of their Ireland on Screen strand which runs every sunday. The film attracted the biggest ever audience to the IFI for that slot and the screening was a great success and everyone at it really enjoyed the film. From a personal point of view, it was great to see and hear an audiences reaction to something you cut, its a treat you rarely get with tv documentary. Usually the show airs and while you might see some reaction on social media, its not quite the same as experiencing that reaction in the flesh. After the screening there was a lively Q&A with Ross and some of the contributors with people in the panel and in the audience sharing their recollections of Ali in Ireland. It was a great experience that I won’t forget in a long time.

The documentary also screened at the Chicago Irish Film Festival in March where Ali’s daughter turned up and said she really enjoyed the film, which was pretty incredible. It has since screened in London at the Focal Awards and at other venues around the world. ANd of course in February last year the film won Best Sports Award at the IFTA’s, here is Ross and Aideen going up to pick up the gong.

Mobs Cheanada picks up two IFTA nominations

Time to get those glad rags on!

The IFTA nominations were announced today and it was a good day for people west of the Shannon and I think its fair to say its one of the best line-up of nominations in a number of years. Among the nominees is Mobs Cheanada a series I edited which has been nominated in two categories, the Special Irish Language award and the award for Best Documentary Series. The show was directed by Dathai Keane and the nominations mean that Dathai has been nominated for the last five years in a row and that every series he has ever directed has been recognized by the academy. Thats quite an achievement but one that is richly deserved. I had a lot of fun editing this as Dathai is an old friend and the gang at ABU are all good mates of mine, so it was a pleasurable way to spend a couple of months. You can see clips from the series here.

Best of luck to all the nominees but special mention must also go to my buddy Mark Henry who was nominated for his audio post production work on Love/Hate. Hopefully we will have something to celebrate on Feb 11th.

Here is the Press Release

The Irish Film and Television Academy is delighted to announce the shortlist of nominees in 40 strongly contested categories for the 9th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards, which takes place on Saturday 11th February 2012 at the Convention Centre Dublin (CCD).

Nominations are announced in categories across film and television, celebrating the highest standard of Irish talent over the past twelve months. All IFTA’s categories have been shortlisted by Members of the Irish Film & Television Academy’s fourteen chapters alongside a select Jury panel of industry experts from around the world.

Reflecting the Irish film and television industry’s continuing development of its creative, original and entertaining output year-on-year, IFTA received 337 titles submitted for consideration in the 2012 Awards.
Academy CEO, Aine Moriarty stated that:

“The Irish Film & Television Awards is Ireland’s showcase to the world of what our small but outstanding film and television community has to offer: excellent and challenging feature films and dramas; entertaining television and engaging factual content. The Irish industry consistently delivers world-class standards of work that is watched by a global audience. Ireland’s economic struggles have been well documented, but against this pressure it’s heartening to see how Ireland’s hard-working creative community continues to punch above its weight and really deliver.”

The features nominated for Best Film at IFTA 2012 are; the period drama Albert Nobbs; Irish psychological thriller Charlie Casanova; black comedy The Guard, and rural drama Stella Days. Screenwriters for all four of the Best Film contenders – John Banville & Glenn Close, John Michael McDonagh, Terry McMahon and Antoine O’Flaherta – have been nominated for Script Film whilst McDonagh and McMahon join fellow debut director Rebecca Daly (The Other Side of Sleep) and IFTA winner Thaddeus O’Sullivan (Stella Days) in the category for Director Film.

In the feature film acting categories, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy star Ciaran Hinds receives an IFTA nomination alongside The Guard actor Brendan Gleeson. Michael Fassbender has been nominated for his performance in Steve McQueen’s drama Shame and Martin Sheen, an Irish citizen, has also been nominated for his role as Irish priest Fr. Daniel Barry in the Irish production Stella Days. Sheen’s Stella Days co-star Marcella Plunkett has also been nominated with Antonia Campbell Hughes (The Other Side of Sleep) shortlisted for the first time in the Lead Actress category following her Rising Star nomination in 2011. Newcomer Aoife Duffin is also nominated for her performance in Behold the Lamb. IFTA winning actress Saoirse Ronan has been IFTA nominated for her lead turn in Hanna. Albert Nobbs star Glenn Close and The Guard actor Don Cheadle have both been shortlisted in the International categories for their performances in these Irish features.

The shortlist for Supporting performances sees Brendan Gleeson receive his second IFTA nomination this year for his role in Albert Nobbs, alongside his The Guard co-star Liam Cunningham, The Debt actor Ciarán Hinds and Bridesmaids star Chris O’Dowd. Maria Doyle Kennedy (Albert Nobbs), Brenda Fricker (Albert Nobbs), Fionnula Flanagan (The Guard) and Amy Huberman (Stella Days) are shortlisted in the Supporting Actress Film category.

In the Television Drama categories, RTÉ crime drama Love/Hate leads the overall shortlist with nominations in 10 categories including Best Drama, Director Television Drama for David Caffrey, Writer Television Drama for Stuart Carolan (who received the IFTA in 2011 for his work on the first series) and acting nominations for cast Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Denise McCormack and Aidan Gillen. Aidan Gillen receives a second IFTA nomination this year for his performance on the HBO epic Game of Thrones, filmed on location in Northern Ireland, which has also received nominations for Best Drama, Director Television Drama for Brian Kirk and Actress in a Lead Role Television for Coleraine star Michelle Fairley.

TG4’s Irish language series Corp + Anam has received four IFTA nominations including Best Drama, Writer Television Drama for Daire Mac Con Iomaire, Lead Actor Diarmuid de Faoite and Actress Maria Doyle Kennedy; with Showtime epic The Borgias also shortlisted in Drama, with the series’ creator, director and writer Neil Jordan receiving two further nominations.

In television acting, Brendan Coyle earns his first IFTA nomination for his performance as Mr. Bates in the BBC drama Downton Abbey, whilst more Irish talents working on international television projects feature strongly across the shortlist. Ruth Negga has been nominated for her Lead performance in the BBC biopic Shirley, in addition to a nomination in the Supporting Actress TV category for her performance in the modern sci-fi series Misfits. Ruth’s Misfits co-star Robert Sheehan is also nominated for his work on the second instalment of the E4 series. Chris O’Dowd, Bronagh Gallagher and Eva Birthistle are nominated for their television acting performances, whilst Television Drama Director Daniel O’Hara and Drama Writer Ronan Bennett are nominated for their work on Being Human and Hidden respectively.

Ireland’s MasterChef debuts strongly at the IFTAs with nominations in three categories, including Entertainment Programme, and the Irish Academy’s newly introduced Television Craft categories. Comedy series Hardy Bucks, Mrs Brown’s Boys and The Savage Eye are shortlisted with MasterChef for Entertainment. TV3’s Head Chef and The Apprentice join RTÉ’s Celebrity Bainisteoir and ICA Bootcamp in becoming the very first nominees for the IFTA Reality Programme category.

In the popular Children’s/Youth category OMG! Jedward’s Dream Factory, fronted by Ireland’s renowned Grimes twins, has been nominated alongside a modern take on Oscar Wilde’s classic The Importance of Being Whatever, the original animated series Punky and the Emmy nominated The Amazing World of Gumball.

Other shortlisted titles include Ireland’s Secret Millionaire; wartime documentary The Belfast Blitz; a look at Rory McIlroy’s Major Breakthrough and The Frontline’s Presidential Debate.

The full list of IFTA nominees is below.

The 9th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards will take place at Dublin’s CCD on Saturday 11th of February 2012, broadcasting on RTÉ One at 9.30pm. IFTA 2012 will be hosted by Irish actor Simon Delaney.

For further information and all the latest IFTA updates visit:




Albert Nobbs- Alan Moloney, Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn and Glen Close (Parallel Film & TV Productions)
Charlie Casanova- Terry McMahon (Source Productions)
Stella Days- Jackie Larkin& Leslie McKimm (Newgrange Pictures)
The Guard- Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Chris Larke, Flore Fernandez Marengo(Element Pictures)


Rebecca Daly – The Other Side of Sleep (Fastnet Films)
John Michael McDonagh – The Guard (Element Pictures)
Terry McMahon – Charlie Casanova (Source Productions)
Thaddeus O’Sullivan – Stella Days (Newgrange Pictures)


John Banville & Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs (Parallel Film & Television Productions)
John Michael McDonagh – The Guard (Element Pictures)
Terry McMahon – Charlie Casanova (Source Productions)
Antoine O’Flaherta – Stella Days (Newgrange Pictures)


Michael Fassbender – Shame (Momentum Pictures)
Brendan Gleeson – The Guard (Element pictures)
Ciarán Hinds – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Focus Features)
Martin Sheen – Stella Days (Newgrange Pictures)


Aoife Duffin – Behold The Lamb (Dumbworld Productions)
Antonia Campbell Hughes – The Other Side of Sleep (Fastnet Films)
Marcella Plunkett – Stella Days (Newgrange Pictures)
Saoirse Ronan -Hanna (Focus Features)


Liam Cunningham – The Guard (Element Pictures)
Brendan Gleeson – Albert Nobbs (Parallel Film & Television Productions)
Ciarán Hinds – The Debt (Universal Pictures)
Chris O’Dowd – Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)


Maria Doyle Kennedy – Albert Nobbs (Parallel Film & Television Productions)
Fionnula Flanagan – The Guard (Element Pictures)
Brenda Fricker – Albert Nobbs (Parallel Film & Television Productions)
Amy Huberman – Stella Days (Newgrange Pictures)


Bernadette; Notes on a Political Journey- Lelia Doolan, (Digital Quilts)
Knuckle- Ian Palmer, (RISE Films)
Men of Arlington- Enda Hughes, (Hotshot Films)
Off The Beaten Track- Dieter Auner, (Ikandi Productions)


Corp + Anam – Paddy Hayes (Magamedia)
Mobs Cheanada – Dathai Cathal Watters (Abú Media)
Ray McAnally – M’Athair – Brian Reddin (Dearg Films)
Seacht – Colin O’Donnell (Stirling Film & Television)


23 Degrees 5 Minutes – Darragh O’Connell (Brown Bag Films)
The Boy in the Bubble – Kealan O’ Rourke (Igloo Films)
The Last Train – Alex Sherwood (Giant Creative)
Origin – James Stacey (Souljacker)


The Boy In The Bubble- Kealan O’ Rourke (Igloo Films)
Cluck- Michael Lavelle (Tilted Productions)
Downpour- Claire Dix (Zucca Films)
Foxes- Lorcan Finnegan (Lovely Productions)
The Shore- Terry George (All Ashore)



Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)
Drive (Eclipse Pictures)
Senna (Universal Pictures)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Focus Features)


Don Cheadle – The Guard (Element Pictures)
Leonardo DiCaprio – J Edgar (Warner Bros Pictures)
Ryan Gosling – Drive (Eclipse Pictures)
Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Focus Features)


Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need To Talk About Kevin
Kirsten Wiig, Bridesmaids



Corp + Anam – Paddy Hayes (Magamedia)
Game of Thrones – Mark Huffam (Generator Entertainment)
Love/Hate – Suzanne McAuley/Steve Mattews (Octagon Films)
The Borgias – James Flynn (Octagon Films)


David Caffrey – Love/Hate (Octagon Films)
Neil Jordan – The Borgias (Octagon Films)
Brian Kirk – Game of Thrones (Generator Entertainment)
Daniel O’Hara – Being Human (Company Pictures)


Neil Jordan – The Borgias (Octagon Films)
Stuart Carolan – Love/Hate (Octagon Films)
Ronan Bennett – Hidden (Origin Pictures)
Daire Mac Con Iomaire – Corp + Anam (Magamedia)


Diarmuid de Faoite – Corp + Anam (Magamedia)
Aidan Gillen – Love/Hate (Octagon Films)
Chris O’Dowd – The Crimson and the White Petal (Origin Pictures)
David Pearse – Trivia (Grand Pictures)


Maria Doyle Kennedy – Corp + Anam (Magamedia)
Michele Fairley – Game of Thrones (Generator Entertainment)
Ruth Negga – Shirley (Prospect Cymru Wales)
Aisling O’Sullivan – Raw (Ecosse Films / Octagon Films)


Brendan Coyle – Downton Abbey (Carnival Productions)
Aidan Gillen – Game of Thrones (Generator Entertainment)
Robert Sheehan – Misfits (Clerkenwell Films)
Tom Vaughan Lawlor – Love/Hate (Octagon Films)


Eva Birthistle – Strike Back (Left Bank Pictures)
Bronagh Gallagher – The Field of Blood (BBC Scotland)
Denise McCormack – Love/Hate (Octagon Films)
Ruth Negga – Misfits (Clerkenwell Films)



Joan Bergin – Camelot (World 2000 Entertainment)
Consolata Boyle – The Iron Lady (Eclipse Pictures)
Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh – Neverland (Parallel Film & Television Productions)
Lorna Marie Mugan – Treasure Island (Parallel Film & Television Productions)


Seamus Deasy – Neverland (Parallel Film & Television Productions)
Suzie Lavelle – The Other Side of Sleep (Fastnet Films)
Seamus McGarvey – We Need To Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye)
Robbie Ryan – Wuthering Heights (Ecosse Films)


Dermot Diskin – Stella Days (Newgrange Pictures)
Tony Kearns – Charlie Casanova (Source Productions)
Úna Ní Dhonghaíle – Dr Who (BBC Film)
Isobel Stephenson – Love/Hate (Octagon Films)


Lorraine Glynn / Lynn Johnson – Albert Nobbs (Parallel Film & Television Productions)
Dee Corcoran / Tom Mc Inerney – Camelot (World 2000 Entertainment)
Ailbhe Lemass / Lorraine Glynn – Neverland (Parallel Film & Television Productions)
Joni Galvin / Eileen Buggy – Stella Days (Newgrange Pictures)


Brian Byrne – Albert Nobbs (Parallel Film & Television Productions)
Darragh O’Toole – Ballymun Lullaby (Pulp Productions)
Stephen McKeon – Legends of Valhalla: Thor (Tidal Films)
Ray Harman – Love/Hate (Octagon Films)


Tom Conroy – Camelot (World 2000 Entertainment)
Stephen Daly – Love/Hate (Octagon Films)
John Paul Kelly – The Guard (Element Pictures)
Anna Rackard – Stella Days (Newgrange Pictures)


Albert Nobbs – Brendan Deasy, Niall Brady, Michelle Cunniffe, Steve Fanagan (Parallel Film & Television Productions)
Game of Thrones – Ronan Hill & Sound Post Production Team (Generator Entertainment)
Love/Hate – Brendan Deasy, Mark Henry, Fiadhnait McCann (Octagon Films)
The Guard – Robert Flanagan, Michelle Cuniffe, Niall Brady (Element Pictures)



Liz Gill – A Story With Me In It (Animo)
Gary Keane – The Writing in the Sky (Real Films)
Lynda McQuaid – MasterChef Ireland (Screentime Shinawil)
Kieron J Walsh – The Savage Eye (Blinder Films)


Richard Kendrick – Two for the Road (Yellow Asylum Films)
Michael O’Donovan – The Writing in the Sky (Real Films)
Peter Robertson – Waterways (Tile Films)
Kieron Skyne – Departure Day (RTÉ)


Ailbhe Gaffney – MasterChef Ireland (Screentime Shinawil)
Mick Mahon – The Writing in the Sky (Real Films)
Emer Reynolds – Broken Tail (Crossing the Line Films)
Ray Roantree – The Ashes of 9/11 (RTÉ)


Horslips – Rotha Mór an tSaoil – Sam Horgan (Gaijin Productions)
MasterChef Ireland – Trevor Cunningham (Screentime Shinawil)
Punky – Emma Butt (Monster Animation and Design)
The Writing in the Sky – Killian Fitzgerald (Real Films)



OMG! Jedward’s Dream Factory – Noleen Golding (Tyrone Productions)
Punky – Gerard O’Rourke (Monster Animation & Design)
The Amazing World of Gumball – Anne Tweedy & Peter Lewis (Boulder Media Limited)
The Importance of Being Whatever – Martina Niland & David Collins (Accomplice TV)


Prime Time Investigates: The Home Care Scandal – Adrian Lydon (RTÉ)
Prime Time Investigates: Carry On Regardless – Bill Malone (RTÉ)
The Frontline: The Presidential Debate – Michael Hughes (RTÉ)
State Visit to Ireland of Queen Elizabeth II – John O’Regan (RTÉ)


The Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne – Roger Childs (RTÉ)
Mobs Cheanada – Dathai Keane, (Abu Media)
The Tenements – Jane Kelly (Big Mountain Productions)
Waterways – Stephen Rooke (Tile Films)


Father Ted; Small, Far Away – The World of Father Ted – Faye Hill (Hat Trick Productions Ltd)
The Blood of the Travellers – Liam McGrath (Scratch Films)
Ray McAnally – Brian Reddin (Dearg Films)
The Irish of 9/11 – Maurice Sweeney (Motive Television)


Hardy Bucks – Mike Cockayne
MasterChef Ireland – Larry Bass (Screentime ShinAwiL)
Mrs Brown’s Boys – Brendan O’Carroll & Justin Healy (BBC)
The Savage Eye – (Sideline Productions)


Secret Millionaire – Ronan O Muirthile (Animo Television)
Story of Ireland – Mike Connolly (BBC NI)
The Belfast Blitz – Andrea McCartney (Hardy Pictures)
The Only Viking In The Village – Anne Heffernan & Bernadine Carraher (Mind the Gap)


Celebrity Bainisteoir – Fiona Looney (Kite Entertainment)
Head Chef – Billy McGrath (Sideline Productions)
ICA Bootcamp (Independent Pictures)
The Apprentice – Larry Bass (Screentime ShinAwiL)


Eamon Coughlan – Man on a Mission – (Motive Television)
Frank O’Farrell – The Shadow of Busby – Sean Doyle (Zoogon)
Pilgrims – The Irish at Cheltenham – Maurice Sweeney (Motive Television)
Rory’s Major Breakthrough – Stephen Watson (BBCNI Sport)