Renowned Irish documentary-maker and archivist George Morrison will receive the festival lifetime achievement award,the VOLTA, during the 2009 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, which runs from the 12th - 22nd February. Morrison directed the first ever Irish language feature Mise Eire, in 1959, which was painstakingly restored from footage found all across Europe. Festival Director Grainne Humphreys had this to say about the accolade and Morrison: "On the 50th anniversary of his seminal film Mise Éire we are delighted to present George Morrison with the festival lifetime achievement award, the VOLTA. We are paying special tribute to film archives this year and, as such, George is the perfect person to receive the accolade." Other winners include Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Day Lewis, and Gabriel Byrne.
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