The Irish film industry is thriving, reaching new audiences and attracting an abundance of talented individuals to work on productions large and small. Established in 2008, the Discovery Award aims to celebrate and champion new and emerging talent both in front of, and behind, the camera, and many of its recipients have emerged as leading lights of Irish film.

Discovery Award Recipients

2018

TJ O’Grady Peyton (Director)

Trevor Whelan (Director)

Rua Meegan (Director)

Mia Mullarkey (Director)

2017

John Connors (Actor)

Niamh Algar (Actor)

Vincent Gallagher (Director)

2016

Barry Keoghan (Actor)

Jack O’Shea (Director/Animator)

Kathryn Kennedy (Producer)

2014

Donal Foreman (Director)

2012

Pat Collins (Director)

Brian Byrne (Film Composer)

Ian Fitzgibbon (Director)

2011

Juanita Wilson (Director)

David O’Reilly (Animator)

Aidan Gillen (Actor)

2010

Darren Healy (Actor)

Conor Horgan (Director)

Kate McCullough (Cinematographer)

2009

Cartoon Saloon (Animation Company)

Margaret Corkery (Writer/Director)

2008

Ken Wardrop (Director)

Margo Harkin (Producer)

Tim Fleming (Director of Photography)