The Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) has announced the five nominees for its Rising Star Award.

The contenders including Gerard Barrett, the writer, director, editor and producer of Pilgrim Hill; co-directors of Good Vibrations Lisa Barros D’sa and Glenn Leybourn;Citadel director Ciaran Foy; and Jack Reynor, star of What Richard Did, which dominates the IFTA’s with 10 nominations.

The winner will be selected by a special jury and aims to highlight exceptional new and breakthrough talent working in all areas of the Irish film industry.

“These four exciting Irish stars have shown themselves to be world class talents in their respective fields and I have no doubt that they will be counted among the wealth of leading Irish talents over the coming years,” said Áine Moriarty, chief executive of the Irish Film and Television Academy.

Previous Rising Star Award recipients include last year’s winner John Michael McDonagh, writer/direct of The Guard; Domhnall Gleeson for his work on When Harvey Met Bob and Sensation; and Tomm Moore, the writer/director of Oscar-nominated feature animation The Secret of Kells.

The 10th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards will take place on Feb 9, broadcast on RTÉ One at 9:30pm.

Click here for a full list of nominees.