Calm with Horses' Irish stars Niamh Algar and Barry Keoghan and Cartoon Saloon's Wolfwalkers are among the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) nominees.

Algar and Keoghan are nominated in the Best Supporting Actress and Actor categories, respectively for their performances in the Co Galway and Clare-filmed crime-thriller.

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Wolfwalkers, from Kilkenny's Cartoon Saloon and Luxembourg's Melusine Productions, is shortlisted for Best Animated Film.

Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) and RTÉ all participated in its production.

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Wolfwalkers' Tomm Moore, who co-directed the animated adventure with fellow Kilkenny filmmaker Ross Stewart, told RTÉ Entertainment: "I am surprised and delighted. I always feel it's amazing that we get nominated.

"We're coming out of nowhere; we're in the middle of Ireland, we made a movie for €10 million and we're up against these huge $100 million movies from Pixar, who have a massive legacy behind them."

"I just feel lucky to be in the final three," he added. "As Father Ted said, 'Second-best priest isn't bad'." 

Calm with Horses is also shortlisted for Outstanding British Film and Best Casting.

Adapted from a story in Irish author Colin Barrett's Young Skins collection, Calm with Horses included Dublin company Element Pictures among its producers.

It was developed and co-financed by Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland in association with the UK's Film4. The Western Region Audiovisual Producers' Fund was also involved in the making of the acclaimed film.

Niamh Algar, Cosmo Jarvis and Barry Keoghan in Calm with Horses

Speaking to RTÉ Entertainment, Calm with Horses' director Nick Rowland paid tribute to stars Algar and Keoghan for their performances in his feature debut.

"I'm just so delighted for Niamh and Barry because it's such a strong group of films and it's been a tough year for everyone in the industry," he said.  

"Our film came out three or four days before we went into lockdown and there were points where I worried that we'd never find an audience, so to be here now receiving these four nominations is incredible and hopefully it means more people will see the film."

Rowland also praised their co-star Cosmo Jarvis, who missed out on a nomination. "He's such a big part of this film and these nominations as well," he added.

The nominees were announced by Irish star Aisling Bea and Enola Holmes' Susan Wokoma on Tuesday afternoon in London. Over 7,000 BAFTA members voted for this year's nominees.

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Nomadland and Rocks lead the nominations with seven nods each.

The winners will be announced on Sunday, 11 April.

Click here for the full list of nominees.