IFTA Film and Drama Awards 2017 Nominations

#IFTA2017: The nominations have been announced for the IFTA Film & Drama Awards 2017

The nominees have been announced for the 2017 Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) Film and Drama Awards, which will be held in the Round Room of the Mansion House on Saturday, April 8th.

On the film front, Richie Smyth’s The Siege of Jadotville and Peter Foott’s The Young Offenders share the honour of most nominations, receiving 7 a piece. They are followed by Jim Sheridan’s The Secret Scripture with 6, Darren Thornton’s A Date for Mad Mary with 5, and Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship and Juanita Wilson’s Tomato Red with 4. All 6 of these will compete for Best Feature Film, while the first 4 will slug it out for Best Director.

On the drama side and continuing a trend from 2016, An Klondike leads the way, with the second season of TG4’s hit drama receiving 10 nominations. Irish co-produced drama series Vikings received 5 nominations, while Northern Irish co-production Game of Thrones received 4, and Gerard Barrett’s miniseries Smalltown picked up 3.

Nominations have been shortlisted by Irish Film and Television Academy members alongside a specialist Jury panel of industry experts from around the world.

Speaking on the nominations, Academy CEO, Aine Moriarty said:

These great Irish Nominees are a testament to the hard work and achievements by Irish creative talent within the film and television industry, delivering world-class standards of work and we look forward to showcasing and celebrating their achievements at the Awards Ceremony.

Element Pictures’ Company Director Andrew Lowe commented on the distributors 11 nominations, saying:

We are delighted at the news of the 5 nominations for A Date for Mad Mary. Following the terrific performance of the film at the Irish Box Office, we are so pleased for Darren and Colin Thornton that their work has been deservedly recognised by their peers. We are also very proud of all the other nominees on Tomato Red, Mattress Men and Without Name, and wish everyone the best of luck for the night of the 8th of April.

Best Film

IFTA 2017 Nominees - Best Feature Film

  • A Date for Mad Mary
  • Love & Friendship
  • The Secret Scripture
  • The Siege of Jadotville
  • Tomato Red
  • The Young Offenders

Actor in a Lead Role Film

  • Jamie Dornan The Siege of Jadotville
  • Michael Fassbender The Light Between Oceans
  • Colm MeaneyThe Journey
  • Alex MurphyThe Young Offenders
  • Mark O’Halloran History’s Future

Actress in a Lead Role Film

  • Caoilfhionn DunneIn View
  • Seana Kerslake A Date for Mad Mary
  • Aisling Loftus Property of The State
  • Ruth NeggaLoving
  • Catherine Walker A Dark Song

Actor in a Supporting Role Film

  • Colin Farrell Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Brendan Gleeson Trespass Against Us
  • Ciaran Hinds Bleed for This
  • Jason O’Mara The Siege of Jadotville
  • Chris Walley The Young Offenders

Actress in a Supporting Role Film

  • Charleigh Bailey A Date for Mad Mary
  • Simone Kirby Notes on Blindness
  • Susan LynchBad Day for the Cut
  • Hilary Rose The Young Offenders
  • Fiona Shaw Out of Innocence

Director Film

  • Peter FoottThe Young Offenders
  • Jim Sheridan The Secret Scripture
  • Richie SmythThe Siege of Jadotville
  • Darren Thornton A Date for Mad Mary

Script Film

  • Kevin BrodbinThe Siege of Jadotville
  • Peter Foott The Young Offenders
  • Darren Thornton & Colin Thornton – A Date for Mad Mary
  • Juanita Wilson Tomato Red

George Morrison Feature Documentary

  • Atlantic – Risteard O Domhnaill
  • Bobby Sands 66 Days Trevor Birney
  • In Loco Parentis Neasa Ní Chianáin
  • It’s Not Yet Dark – Lesley McKimm & Kathryn Kathleen Kennedy
  • Mattress Men – Dave Clarke & Ciarán Deeney

Short Film

  • Animal
  • Baring Arms
  • Gridlock
  • Heartbreak
  • Lily
  • Terminal


  • Define Intervention Sean Cunningham
  • Don’t Forget the Bread – Gary Gill
  • The Lost Letter Kealan O’ Rourke
  • Second to None Vincent Gallagher

International Film

  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • La La Land
  • Manchester By The Sea
  • Moonlight

International Actor

  • Casey Affleck Manchester By The Sea
  • Andrew Garfield Hacksaw Ridge
  • Ryan Gosling, La La Land
  • Denzel Washington Fences

International Actress

  • Amy AdamsArrival
  • Viola Davis Fences
  • Natalie Portman Jackie
  • Emma Stone, La La Land


  • An Klondike
  • The Fall 3
  • Game of Thrones
  • Smalltown
  • Striking Out
  • Vikings

Actor in a Lead Role in Drama

  • Dara Devaney An Klondike
  • Cillian Murphy Peaky Blinders
  • James Nesbitt The Secret
  • Aidan TurnerPoldark
  • Tom Vaughan-Lawlor Trial of the Century

Actress in a Lead Role IN Drama

  • Caitriona BalfeOutlander
  • Elaine Cassidy No Offence
  • Anne Marie Duff Murder: The Lost Weekend
  • Amy Huberman Striking Out
  • Ruth Negga Preacher

Actor in a Supporting Role in Drama

  • Liam CunninghamGame of Thrones
  • Ned DennehyAn Klondike
  • Moe Dunford Vikings
  • Andrew Scott The Hollow Crown
  • Robert Sheehan Fortitude

Actress in a Supporting Role in Drama

  • Ruth Bradley Humans
  • Sinead Cusack Call The Midwife
  • Dominique McElligott House of Cards
  • Charlene McKenna Ripper Street
  • Charlie Murphy Happy Valley

Director Drama

  • Anthony Byrne Ripper Street
  • Ciaran Donnelly Vikings 4
  • Neasa Hardiman Z: The Beginning of Everything
  • Dathai Keane An Klondike

Script Drama

  • Gerard Barrett Smalltown
  • Barry DevlinMy Mother and Other Strangers
  • Marcus Fleming An Klondike 2


  • Seamus McGarvey Nocturnal Animals
  • Piers McGrail Tomato Red
  • Robbie Ryan American Honey
  • Cathal Watters An Klondike 2


  • Colin Campbell – Young Offenders
  • Dermot DiskinThe Secret Scripture
  • Nick Emerson I am Not Serial Killer
  • Una Ni Dhonghaile The Crown

Production Design

  • Mark GeraghtyVikings Season 4
  • Mark Kelly An Klondike 2
  • Anna Rackard Love & Friendship
  • Derek WallaceThe Secret Scripture

Costume Design

  • Joan Bergin The Secret Scripture
  • Consolata Boyle Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Triona Lillis An Klondike 2
  • Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh Love & Friendship

Make-Up & Hair

  • An Klondike
  • Love & Friendship
  • Vikings
  • Wreaking the Rising

Original Music

  • David Holmes The Fall
  • Steve Lynch An Klondike
  • Patrick Cassidy – Smalltown
  • Brian Byrne The Secret Scripture


  • Game of Thrones
  • The Siege of Jadotville
  • Tomato Red
  • Without Name


  • Black Sails
  • Game Of Thrones
  • Ripper Street
  • The Siege of Jadotville