The Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs) were first awarded in 2003. Its sole aim is to celebrate Ireland's notably talented film and television community. The ceremony is considered to be one of Ireland's most prestigious awards event, and can be viewed as the Irish equivalent to the AmericanOscars.
The Irish Film & Television Academy
In 2006 the Irish Film and Television Academy advertised membership openings in Academy to all professionals in the fields of Irish Television and Film. Its stated aim was "the stimulation of original and creative production work, and the encouragement of excellence through recognition, education and leadership in film and television." The proposed ways to enforce this ideology were:
Encouraging high standards of art and technique in persons engaged in production work and to celebrate excellence through the annual Awards Ceremony.
Raising the profile of Irish talent & production, by actively promoting Irish excellence within the Academy and ensuring that achievements are recognised and respected throughout the world.
Establishing an academic programme of activities to nurture and encourage emerging Irish talent.
Safeguarding the integrity of the Irish Academy's annual Film and Television Awards.
Some of the Academy's programme of events include:
The Academy has a number of feature film and television screenings for both Full and Associate Members.
There are special Screenings of titles during Voting Season......