Published 11/03/2014 | 08:18
Actors Michael Fassbender and Brenda Fricker
They're hailed as Ireland's answer to the Oscars, but anyone wanting to rub shoulders with A-listers including Jamie Dornan and Saoirse Ronan at the Irish Film and TV Awards (IFTAs) had better have a celebrity-sized bank balance.
Tickets for this year's event cost €302 for non-members. Even members of the academy have to fork out ¿242 to attend.
All the nominees are invited to the April 5 event in the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Burlington Road, but they can bring only one guest. That means attendees have to buy any additional tickets.
"It's a lot of money to spend once everything is taken into account," said a source.
"These nights are really good for networking, so a lot of the people in the film and TV industry are really keen to attend.
"But the high cost of the night makes it really prohibitive, especially at a time when the whole industry is really cash-strapped."
Winner of the Best Actor Award Jack Reynor brought his new girlfriend, model Madeline Mulqueen.
TV presenter Lucy Kennedy wore one of the most eye-catching dresses of the evening.
Daithi O'Se attended with his new wife Rita, who wore an eye-catching purple gown. (VIP/VIP)
Aine Moriarty, the CEO of IFTA and her husband Seamus Griffin arrive on the red carpet.
Glamorous actress, Fionnuala Flanagan, arriving on the red carpet, presented the award for Best Director to Lenny Abrahamson.
Sherlock actor Andrew Scott was also in attendance at the 10th annual IFTAs at the Convention Centre in Dublin.
TG4 presenter Mairead Nu Chuig chose a flattering oyster coloured silk dress on the night.
Niall Tobin arriving on the red capret, later presented the award for the George Morrison Feature Documentary to Alex Gibney's Mea Maxima Culpa.
Miriam O'Callaghan looked stunning in a teal-coloured printed dress.
Blathnaid N Choifigh showed off some leg in her little black dress with side split.
Presenter and publisher Norah Casey was glamorous in a dramatic black number.
Maura Derrane channelled old-school Hollywood glamour with her floor-sweeping fishtail gown.
Broadcaster Claire Byrne kept it elegant and chic in a black dress.
Domhnall Gleeson picked up the award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Anna Karenina.
Actress Aoibhin Garrihy kept it elegant in a long black dress with side pony tail.
Kathryn Thomas also opted for an LBD but with an embellished, Oriental style neckline.
Caroline Morahan chose a figure-hugging black dress with a statement necklace on the night.
Hollywood star John C Reillly presented the Rising Star Award to Gerard Barrett.
Love/Hate star Robert Sheenhan bucked the suit trend and opted instead for a pink coloured shirt with dickey bow.
Voice of Ireland coach Bressie was dashing in his suit.
Victoria Smurfit brought a splash of colour to the night in her Grecian-style wine-coloured dress and also showed off some serious leg bombing .
TV presenter Lorraine Keane stood out in a sea of black dresses in her flowing white gown, with gold detail on the bodice.
Actress Saoirse Ronan, who presented Jack Reynor with his Best Actor Award, was fresh and youthful in a black dress with mesh panels and white brogues.
Amanda Byram dazzled in a sparkling black dress with plunge neckline and white belt.
Actor James Nesbitt presented the award for Best Film Script to Malcolm Campbell for What Richard Did.
Director Jim Sheridan was among the many famous faces at the event.
Chris O'Dowd and David Rawle, the two stars of Moone Boy, which picked up Best Entertainment programme, joke around on the red carpet.
Colm Meaney mingled with other guests at the Convention Centre, Dublin.
Amy Huberman proved to be a most glamorous mum-to-be at last night's event.
Fans of RTE Jean Byrne's fashion-forward style were not disappointed by her choice of dress last night.
Sile Seoige arrives on the red carpet.
The two Masterchef stars, Dylan McGrath and Nick Munier, looked dapper in their suits.
Weather presenter Nuala Carey was lovely in a flattering pink dress.
Newly weds Dawn Porter and Chris O'Dowd looked loved-up as they arrived on the red carpet.
TV3's Lisa Cannon was regal in her royal blue dress with peplum detail. (None/None)
Love/Hate Nidge, aka Tom Vaughan Lawlor, attendeed with his wife Claire Cox. (VIP/VIP)
Karen Koster also went for a black LBD. (VIP/VIP)
Love/Hate's Fran aka Peter Coonan celebrated the show's five wins. (VIP/VIP)
Sinad Kennedy matched her sequin blue top to her hair. (VIP/VIP)
Coronation Street Michelle Keegan pulle out all the glamour stops. (VIP/VIP)
Kian Egan was dashing in his suit. (VIP/VIP)
Presenter Jennifer Maguire was a lovely lady in red lace. (VIP/VIP)
Musician Jack L's glamorous guest was Nicky St George Smith. (VIP/VIP)
Love/Hate's Susan Loughnane mingled with other guests. (VIP/VIP)
Love/Hate's Charlie Murphy kept warm in an elegant stole. (VIP/VIP)
Journalist Donal MacIntyre attended with his wife Ameera De La Rosa. (VIP/VIP)
Love /Hate star Aoibhinn McGinnity chose a white dress with a daring plunging back. (VIP/VIP)
Reality TV star Dawn Leadon Bolger wore one of the most eye-catching dresses on the night. (VIP/VIP)
Amanda Byram shows off the back detail of her dress and her great tan. (VIP/VIP)
Rosanna Davison kept it pared back in an elegant black dress with plunging neckline. (VIP/VIP)
Lorraine Keane cosies up on the red carpet with husband Peter Devlin. (VIP/VIP)
TV3's Elaine Crowley was feeling blue. (VIP/VIP)
Actress Kerry Condon chose a slinky red number. (VIP/VIP)
Brendan O'Carroll and the cast of Mrs Brown's Boys pose on the red carpet. (VIP/VIP)
The cost of the night has come in for criticism before.
Accepting his award for his film on the Corrib gas project, Risteard O'Domhnail joked: "Thank you, IFTA, though at €300 a ticket there'll probably be one for everyone in the audience."
In a statement to the Herald, an IFTA spokesperson said only 25pc of the tickets are made available for purchase each year.
Guests, presenters and their partners make up 75pc of the attendees at the glitzy ceremony.