'It's been a good year for Irish film' - Host of famous faces flock to annual IFTAs
A host of famous faces graced the IFTAs carpet on Saturday night as the first of the two-part awards ceremony took place.
Film and Drama nominees were set to open the champagne at the glamorous event this evening, as the TV nominees wait for the big night later in the year.
Cork-born actress Sarah Greene told Independent.ie on the red carpet that she was "dying to see all her mates".
"The industry is so small, it's great to see everyone you know. It's like our Christmas party," she joked.
Director Anthony Byrne echoed Greene's words and praised the awards ceremony for showing off the nation's talent.
"It's such a small industry, it's a good way to showcase the Irish talent," he said.
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Amy Huberman was set to present an award and said she was hoping it would be early in the evening so she could relax later.
Miriam O'Callaghan, Panti Bliss and Bob Geldof were also spotted on the red carpet.
Actor Andrew Scott said the Irish had the perfect balance of awards ceremonies.
"It's been a good year for Irish film so there are a lot of people congratulating each other," he said.
"We're good at congratulating each other, but not going too far.
"We can have a good time. It's great we're being recognised both commercially and artistically," he added.
Liam Neeson received the IFTA Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Award in recognition for his 30-year career in cinema.