AN IRISH-made TV series turned down for state funding has been nominated for a prestigious Emmy award.
'Beat Girl' – which was rejected by Irish Film Board "with a very nice no" – has been shortlisted in the children's section.
Director Mairtin de Barra and producers Triona Campbell and Nuno Bernardo will travel to New York for the awards ceremony in February.
"It's unbelievable," said Mr de Barra (37) who lives in Loughshinny, Co Dublin.
"I got the phone call last night from the producer and I didn't believe her. My hands were trembling as I tried to ring my wife."
'Beat Girl' was originally made in 2012 as a low-budget feature film and re-cut as a TV series, online webisodes called 'The Beat Girl Diaries', and a popular Pinterest project for the US social network site.
It was adapted from the novel of the same name by Irish writer Jasmina Kallay.
The film and series star Louise Dylan as Heather, a classical pianist in London who finds herself in the world of DJing after the death of her mother.
The TV show has been aired on US subscription channel Hulu and on Israeli television.
A total of 24 nominees from 14 countries have been shortlisted in six categories in the youth awards.