Magazine article Screen International

Clint Eastwood Gets Inaugural John Ford Award; Symposium Plans Announced

Magazine article Screen International

Clint Eastwood Gets Inaugural John Ford Award; Symposium Plans Announced

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The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) is working with the John Ford Estate and the Irish Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, to establish a new annual symposium devoted to the work and legacy of John Ford.

Clint Eastwood has today received the symposium's inaugural John Ford Award, which will be selected each year by a committee to recognise one contemporary filmmaker "who has similar incredible skill and vision as Ford. A filmmaker who has learned from the mastery of John Ford and who best represents Ford's legacy and ideals to the world - an individuality, a uniqueness of vision, an artistic talent that is admired and enjoyed by audiences throughout the world."The symposium, titled John Ford Ireland, will be an annual event in Dublin starting in June 2012. More details of the symposium will be announced in the new year. The great American director's parents were raised in the west coast of Ireland and his work involved many Irish themes over his 60-year career. …

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