Friday, October 28, 2011

The Glamour of Awards

The IFI reigned victorious last night as we picked up the gong for Dublin Cinema of the Year at the Dublin Living Awards. 

Ross Keane and Annmarie Gray picking up the Award

We were delighted be nominated for two awards at the Dublin Living Awards last night: Dublin Cinema of the Year and Dublin Café of the Year. So Annmarie Gray and I trekked up to the Mansion House, decked out in our finest garb, ready for a night of anticipation and excitement!

It was certainly a glamourous affair as Dublin's nominated organisations dressed up to the nines. Presidential hopeful David Norris got a standinng ovation as he arrived in, nominated (and then the winner) for Dubliner of the Year.

We unfortunately lost out to Insomnia for Dublin Café of the Year, so we were then pinning all our hopes on our second nomination. We were delighted when our names were called out as winners of the Dublin Cinema of the Year Award, and the rapturous response we got from the audience indicated that the IFI was a very popular choice. Annmarie and I made our way to the stage for the official photo, but we were spared from doing our finest Gwenyth Paltrow Oscar speech impression, as the organisers decided on a no-speech policy to keep the whole night running as smoothly as possible, thereby saving the audience from having to endure any gushing acceptance speeches. We'll just have to save that speech for the Oscars some day...

So, given that we didn't get to say it last night, many thanks to everyone who voted for us across our two nominated categories. It really does mean a lot to us and we were thrilled to be crowned Dublin Cinema of the Year. We pride ourselves at the IFI on delivering a truly unique programme of activities, giving audiences the opportunity to see films here that they simply would not otherwise see. So this award is a ringing endorsement from Dublin's cinemagoers of the work that we do.

Thanks again and here's to retaining the crown next year!

Ross Keane
Public Affairs & Marketing Director  

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