A homegrown TV series which was rejected by the Irish Film Board has been shortlisted for an Emmy Award.

'Beat Girl' was originally made in 2012 as a low budget feature film and later re-edited as a TV series of online webisodes called 'The Beat Girl Diaries.' It was adapted from a novel of the same name by Irish writer Jasmina Kallay.

The series stars Louise Dylan as Heather, a classical pianist living in London who starts DJing following the death of her mother.

It was shot over four weeks in Dublin and three days in London. It features original music from several unsigned Irish bands and DJs, according to the Irish Independent.

Director Mairtin de Barra and producers Triona Campbell and Nuno Bernardo plan to travel to New York for the awards ceremony in February.

Campbell, of Dublin-based production company BeActive, said the film was made “on a wing and a prayer.”

“It was a little feature that we made it on a very low budget,” she said.

“It was turned down by the (Irish) film board and other people. We thought it has heart and soul and went with it and the reaction has been amazing.

“It’s the only Irish production in there (the shortlist). To get international recognition is brilliant.”

The series has been nominated for the Second Annual International Emmy Kids Awards which will take place next  February 10 in New York City.