#IFTA16: The winners have been announced for the IFTA Film & Drama Awards 2016

The winners have been announced for the 2016 Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) Film and Drama Awards.

Big winners on the night were Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, which won 7 awards, Best Film, Director Film, Script Film, Editing, Music, International Actress for Brie Larson, and Sound; and TG4’s An Klondike, which won 4 awards, Best Drama, Lead Actor Drama, Hair & Make-Up, and Script Drama.

Oscar nominees Saoirse Ronan and Michael Fassbender picked up Best Actress Film and Best Actor Film respectively, while Ruth Bradley won Best Actress Drama fro Rebellion and Dara Devaney won Best Actor Drama for An Klondike.

Surprise of the night went to Ken Wardrop’s Mom and Me, which beat out the heavily-favoured The Queen of Ireland and Older Than Ireland to pick up the George Morrison Feature Documentary award.

The event was hosted by Chief Executive of the Irish Film and Television Academy, Áine Moriarty, who congratulated all winners and nominees working in the Irish film and drama industry. These include directors, writers, actors and filmmakers whose work was showcased throughout the evening. The IFTA Awards are the highlight of Ireland’s film and drama calendar and they celebrate the very best of Irish screen talent across film and television.

Oscar nominated actor Liam Neeson was in Dublin to receive the IFTA Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Award – recognition for his celebrated 30 year career in cinema. Neeson was presented the award by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, with tributes flowing in for Liam from Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg amongst others.

Distinguished actress, producer and humanitarian Roma Downey also received the Irish Diaspora Award presented to her by musician and fellow humanitarian Bob Geldof. The award is presented by the Academy in partnership with the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs within the Department of an Taoiseach. Tributes paid to Downey – best known for playing Monica in Touched By An Angel and for producing epic mini-series The Bible (watched by over 100 million people) as well as for her humanitarian work – includes US Television Presenter Regis Philbin and actor Jack Huston.

The annual Awards Ceremony took place at the Round Room of the Mansion House on Saturday 9th April 2016.  The Ceremony and Red Carpet will be broadcast primetime on TV3 on Sunday, April 10th.

ifta-2016_presidentFull list of winners:

Best Film


Actor in a Lead Role Film

Michael Fassbender Steve Jobs

Actress in a Lead Role Film

Saoirse Ronan Brooklyn

Actor in a Supporting Role Film

Jack Reynor Sing Street

Actress in a Supporting Role Film

Jane Brennan Brooklyn

Director Film

Lenny AbrahamsonRoom

Script Film

Emma Donoghue Room

George Morrison Feature Documentary

Mom and Me – Ken Wardrop

Short Film

Stutterer – Benjamin Cleary


Geist – Daniel Spencera


An Klondike

Actor in a Lead Role in Drama

Dara Devaney An Klondike

Actress in a Lead Role Drama

Ruth Bradley Rebellion

Actor in a Supporting Role in Drama

Moe Dunford Vikings

Actress in a Supporting Role in Drama

Sarah Greene Penny Dreadful

Director Drama

Neasa Hardiman Happy Valley 

Script Drama

Marcus Fleming An Klondike


Cathal Watters Viva


Nathan NugentRoom

Production Design

Tom Conroy Legend

Costume Design

Joan Bergin Vikings

Make-Up & Hair Sponsored By M.A.C

An Klondike

Original Music

Stephen Rennicks – Room




The Frankenstein Chronicles

Rising Star

Stephen Fingleton

International Film


International Actor

Leonardo Di CaprioThe Revenant

International Actress

Brie LarsonRoom