Volta Award

The Volta Award is the festival’s most prestigious 
award which is given to individuals who have made
a significant contribution to the world of film.

The Volta Award was introduced in 2007 to celebrate the careers of individuals who have made a significant contribution to the world of film. Previous recipients of the award include Al Pacino, Daniel Day Lewis, Kristin Scott Thomas, Martin Sheen, Paolo Sorrentino, Julie Andrews and Thierry Frémaux.

The Volta Awards are named after Ireland's first dedicated cinema, the Volta Picture Theatre on Mary Street in Dublin, which opened on 20 December 1909 by an enterprising young novelist named James Joyce. 

Volta Award recipients to date

Dame Angela Lansbury
2016

Dame Angela Lansbury

(Actor)

Claudia Cardinale
2016

Claudia Cardinale

(Actor)

Andrew Stanton
2016

Andrew Stanton

(Director / Animator)

Sir Kenneth Branagh
2015

Sir Kenneth Branagh

(Actor/Director)

Dame Julie Andrews
2015

Dame Julie Andrews

(Actor)

Laurent Cantet
2015

Laurent Cantet

(Director)

Stanley Tucci
2014

Stanley Tucci

(Actor)

Peter Morgan
2014

Peter Morgan

(Screenwriter)

Terry Gilliam
2014

Terry Gilliam

(Actor/Writer/Director)

Richard Dreyfuss
2014

Richard Dreyfuss

(Actor)

Danny DeVito
2013

Danny DeVito

(Actor/Director)

Joss Whedon
2013

Joss Whedon

(Writer/Director)

Tim Roth
2013

Tim Roth

(Actor)

Costa-Gavras
2013

Costa-Gavras

(Director)

Ennio Morricone
2013

Ennio Morricone

(Composer)

Al Pacino
2012

Al Pacino

(Actor)

Stellan Skarsgard
2012

Stellan Skarsgard

(Actor)

Marin Karmitz
2012

Marin Karmitz

(Producer)

Martin Sheen
2011

Martin Sheen

(Actor)

Kevin Brownlow
2011

Kevin Brownlow

(Film Historian)

Francois Ozon
2011

Francois Ozon

(Director)

Kristin Scott Thomas
2010

Kristin Scott Thomas

(Actress)

Ciaran Hinds
2010

Ciaran Hinds

(Actor)

Patricia Clarkson
2010

Patricia Clarkson

(Actress)

Thierry Fremaux
2009

Thierry Fremaux

(Artistic Director, Cannes Film Festival)

Paolo Sorrentino
2009

Paolo Sorrentino

(Director)

George Morrison
2009

George Morrison

(Documentary Maker)

Daniel Day-Lewis
2008

Daniel Day-Lewis

(Actor)

Brendan Gleeson
2008

Brendan Gleeson

(Actor)

Leo Ward
2008

Leo Ward

(Exhibitor)

Gabriel Byrne
2007

Gabriel Byrne

(Actor)

Jeremy Thomas
2007

Jeremy Thomas

(Producer)

Consolata Boyle
2007

Consolata Boyle

(Costume Designer)

Brendan Mc Caul
2007

Brendan Mc Caul

(Distributor)

Michael Dwyer
2007

Michael Dwyer

(Film Critic)

The Volta award is specially commissioned by Sligo-based artist Bettina Seitz.
Find out more about the artist here.