President Higgins to honour Martin Scorsese

The President is to present the director with the John Ford Award

President Michael D Higgins will present Academy Award-winning Martin Scorsese with the Irish Film and Television Academy's (IFTA) prestigious John Ford Award.

The director is due to deliver a highly anticipated a masterclass on Saturday, and will be moderated by Northern Irish director Brian Kirk of Game of Thrones fame. 

Filmmakers in attendance will get a first-hand insight into the work, technique, influences and career of the renowned filmmaker – with film clips specially selected by Scorsese himself. 

Scorsese will also share insights into his own key influences especially that of John Ford the Irish-American whose parents were born in Spiddal and the Aran Islands, and his body of work, 140 films in all, went on to become the most influential filmmaker in world Cinema worldwide.

Speaking about the Award, Martin Scorsese said: “To be honoured by the Irish Film & Television Academy and to receive an award created in celebration of John Ford’s artistry and prestige, has great personal significance for me.”

IFTA Chief Executive Áine Moriarty said: “The response from our industry has been extraordinary this week, which genuinely reflects the enormous respect Irish filmmakers have for Martin – he truly is an inspiration; we thank Martin for his support for the Academy and our work, and for taking the time to share his great knowledge and expertise with our Irish filmmakers here in Dublin.”

Mr Scorsese will also speak with the Phil Society Members and he will be presented with the Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage of the Society.