Irish film up for Sundance award

Updated: 26 January 2013 16:38

An Irish film is up for a top prize in tonight's Sundance Film Festival Awards.

An Irish film is up for a top prize in tonight's Sundance Film Festival Awards.

The Summit is a documentary by Nick Ryan, and tells the tragic story of Irish climber Ger McDonnell, who was killed attempting to climb K2 with a number of others.

The distribution rights for the film have been bought by AMC, the US TV network behind shows such as The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad and Mad Men.

Speaking from Sundance - which is held annually in the US state of Utah - director Nick Ryan was obviously upbeat the film's Best Documentary nomination.

"Getting here is the win," he said. "The reaction has been phenomenal and we've been getting some very good reviews.

"It's wonderful to be nominated in such illustrious company. We'll have to wait and see . . . I'm not holding out for anything."