The Irish Film and Television Academy awards ceremony will take place online on October 18th with Martin Scorsese lined up to present the best film award.
Actress and comedian Deirdre O’Kane returns to host the awards and other guest presenters include Liam Neeson, Daisy Ridley, Ruth Negga, Pierce Brosnan and Caitriona Balfe.
Normal People lead actors Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones will reunite to present a showcase of this year’s Irish nominees. The president of Ireland will give a special presentation to the nominees on the night.
Films in the running for major categories include the Irish-language Famine drama Arracht, Paddy Breathnach’s homelessness drama Rosie, written by Roddy Doyle, supernatural comedy Extra Ordinary and supernatural thriller The Hole in the Ground.
TV dramas in contention this year include crime series Blood and Dublin Murders.
The awards will be held for the first time in two years and celebrate two years of creative work. Last year’s awards were deferred pending delivery of IFTA’s five-year strategic plan, taking the Academy through to 2024. The awards will be broadcast on national TV channel Virgin Media One.
“It’s been a difficult year, but it’s so important to acknowledge these achievements and to showcase Ireland’s vibrant filmmaking community and the brilliant work they are delivering to audiences around the world,” said IFTA chief executive Áine Moriarty.