The Irish Film and Television Academy today announced the shortlist of nominees in 40 strongly contested categories for the 10th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards, which takes place on Saturday 9th February 2013.

Nominations are announced in categories across film and television, celebrating the highest standard of Irish talent over the past twelve months. All IFTA’s categories have been shortlisted by Members of the Irish Film & Television Academy alongside a select Jury panel of industry experts from around the world.

Reflecting the Irish film and television industry’s continuing development of its creative, original and entertaining output year-on-year, IFTA received 315 titles submitted for consideration in the 2013 Awards.

Academy CEO, Aine Moriarty stated that:

The past 12 months has shown this industry to be resilient and hard-working, producing some of the most diverse, engaging and talked-about Irish dramas, documentaries, feature films; entertainment and factual programmes, and there’s no shortage of new and upcoming Irish creative talent, ready to make their mark on the world stage.   It’s a time to acknowledge and be proud of their achievements, and the 10th Ceremony will be a great showcase of this work and a chance to reflect on just how far our home industry has come in the last 10 years”. 

The feature films nominated for Best Film are family drama Death of a Superhero;  70’s Belfast punk scene Good Vibrations; comedy horror Grabbers; political drama Shadow Dancer and suspense drama What Richard Did.  Up for Best Script is Martin McDonagh for Seven Psychopaths (also up for Best Director); along with Malcolm Campbell for What Richard Did; Kevin Lehane and Kieron J Walsh who receive Best Script nominations for Grabbers and Jump respectively.

Alongside Martin McDonagh, director Lenny Abrahamson is nominated for Director category for What Richard Did;  Ian Fitzgibbon is nominated for Death of a Superhero and Pat Collins for directing Silence .

In the feature film acting categories, Colin Farrell is nominated for Seven Psychopaths, alongside Martin McCann, Ruth Bradley and Anne Marie Duff, for Jump, Grabbers and Sanctuary respectivelyNewcomer Seana Kerslake receives her first nomination for Dollhouse, and is joined by Jack Reynor and Roisin Murphy for their roles in What Richard Did.

Nominee Actors in Supporting Roles in Film are Domhnall Gleeson for Anna Karenina, Ciaran Hinds for The Woman in Black, Michael McElhatton for Death of a Superhero and David Wilmot who is nominated for Shadow Dancer along with Bríd Brennan (Supporting Actress), who is joined by other actresses in that category, Bronagh Gallagher for Grabbers, Charlene McKenna for Jump and Gabrielle Reidy for What Richard Did.

Television Drama in Ireland continues to captivate audiences both at home and abroad with its compelling viewing. RTÉ’s Crime drama Love/Hate has received a total of 11 nominations for the third series (beating it’s own record of 10 nominations in 2012) across a range of categories including Best Television Drama, Stuart Carolan for Script, David Caffrey for Director, along with Tom Vaughan Lawlor and Robert Sheehan for Lead Actor, and Charlie Murphy and Susan Loughnane for Lead Actress and Supporting Actress.

Neil Jordan is nominated for script for period drama The Borgias, which also receives a nomination for Best Drama.    Period drama features strongly this year with Titanic: Blood and Steel receiving five nominations including Best Drama and Best Director for Ciaran Donnelly Epic Game of Thrones which was filmed in Northern Ireland receives three nominations including Best Drama. Director Declan Lowney and writers Chris O’Dowd and Nick Vincent Murphy are nominated for Moone Boy which has five nominations – including Best Entertainment and for Chris O’Dowd and Deirdre O’Kane in their Supporting Acting roles.  Also nominated for their performances are Gabriel Byrne and Ruth Negga for Secret State. Colm Meaney is nominated for his turn in HBO’s Hell on Wheels Actresses nominated for their work in a leading role are Orla Brady for Sinbad, Carrie Crowley for Rasaí na Gaillimhe, Amy Huberman for Threesome, and Love/Hate’s Charlie Murphy.  Cathy Belton receives a Supporting Actress nomination for her performance in nominated Children’s drama Roy.

In Entertainment Programme, last year’s winner Mrs Brown’s Boys is nominated alongside Chris O’Dowd’s Moone Boy, The Voice of Ireland and The Savage Eye.

A Time To Die? is nominated in the category for Best Documentary along with Congo 1961, WB Yeats No Country for Old Men and medical documentary MND The Inside Track.  Documentary Series Ray D’Arcy How To Beat Depression and 24 Hours to Kill are both nominated for TV3, alongside RTÉ’s Bullyproof and The New Irish After the Bust.

In Current Affairs/ News, BBC NI Sean Quinn’s Missing Millions is nominated alongside TV3’s Midweek Rural Ireland Fights Back and Vincent Browne Tonight, and RTÉ’s Prime Time’s Profiteering from Prostitution.

In the popular Children’s/Youth category OMG! Jedward’s Dream Factory, fronted by Ireland’s renowned Grimes twins, has been nominated alongside animated series Octonauts, travel series Tholg go Tolg and the unique Roy.

Marking the tenth year of IFTA, this year’s Awards Ceremony will showcase the best of Ireland’s creative talent both in front and behind the scenes, and will acknowledge the achievements of Ireland’s creative industry. The ceremony will welcome a host of film stars, TV personalities, directors, producers and distinguished guests to celebrate the undisputed talent that exists within the film and television industries in Ireland and around the globe and acknowledge achievements across 2012 whilst also reflecting on the past ten years.

The full list of IFTA nominees is below.







Death of a Superhero (Michael Garland, Astrid Kahmke, Bavaria Pictures, Grand Pictures)

Good Vibrations (Chris Martin, Andrew Eaton, Canderblinks Films)

Grabbers (David Collins, Martina Niland, Forward Films, High Treason Productions, Samson Films)

Shadow Dancer (Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Element Pictures)

What Richard Did (Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Element Pictures)



Lenny Abrahamson, What Richard Did (Element Pictures)

Pat Collins, Silence (South Wind Blows and Harvest Films)

Ian Fitzgibbon, Death of a Superhero (Bavaria Pictures, Grand Pictures)

Martin McDonagh, Seven Psychopaths (Blueprint Pictures)



Malcolm Campbell, What Richard Did (Element Pictures)

Kevin Lehane, Grabbers (Forward Films, High Treason Productions, Samson Films)

Martin McDonagh, Seven Psychopaths (Blueprint Pictures)

Kieron J Walsh, Jump (Hotshot Films)



Richard Dormer, Good Vibrations (Canderblinks Films)

Colin Farrell, Seven Psychopaths (Blueprint Pictures)

Martin McCann, Jump (Hotshot Films)

Jack Reynor, What Richard Did (Element Pictures)



Ruth Bradley, Grabbers  (Forward Films, High Treason Productions, Samson Films)

Anne Marie Duff, Sanctuary  (Venom Films)

Roisin Murphy, What Richard Did (Element Pictures)

Seana Kerslake, Dollhouse (The Factory)



Domhnall Gleeson, Anna Karenina (Universal Pictures)

Ciaran Hinds, The Woman in Black (Hammer Film Productions)

Michael McElhatton, Death of a Superhero (Bavaria Pictures, Grand Pictures)

David Wilmot, Shadow Dancer (Element Pictures)



Brid Brennan, Shadow Dancer (Element Pictures)

Bronagh Gallagher, Grabbers (Forward Films, High Treason Productions, Samson Films)

Charlene McKenna, Jump (Hotshot Films)

Gabrielle Reidy, What Richard Did (Element Pictures)



Bernard Dunne’s Bród Club

Congo 1961

Lón sa Spéir – Men at Lunch

Rasaí na Gaillimhe



Barbaric Genius

John Ford: Dreaming the Quiet Man

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

Skin in the Game



The Girl with the Mechanical Maiden

Fear of Flying





After You

Fear of Flying


Peter Rabbit’s Christmas Tale




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The Borgias (Neil Jordan, Jordan Flynn, Octagon Films)

Game of Thrones (HBO)

Love/Hate (Suzanne McAuley, Steve Matthews, Octagon Films)

Titanic: Blood and Steel (Paul Myler, Roberto Minni, Ciaran Donnelly, Epos Films)



David Caffrey, Love Hate (Octagon Films)

Ciaran Donnelly, Titanic: Blood and Steel (Epos Films)

Declan Lowney, Moone Boy (Grand Pictures, Baby Cow Productions, Hot Cod Productions and Sprout Pictures for Sky 1)

Aisling Walsh, Loving Miss Hatto (Left Bank Pictures)



Stuart Carolan, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Colin Heber-Percy & Lyall Watson, Saving the Titanic (Tile Films)

Neil Jordan, The Borgias (Octagon Films)

Chris O’Dowd & Nick Vincent Murphy, Moone Boy (Grand Pictures, Baby Cow Productions, Hot Cod Productions and Sprout Pictures for Sky 1)


Actor TV

Gabriel Byrne, Secret State – Company Pictures

Colm Meaney, Hell on Wheels (Endemol)

Robert Sheehan, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)


Actress TV

Orla Brady, Sinbad (Possible Pictures)

Carrie Crowley, Rasai na Gaillimhe (Great Western Films)

Amy Huberman, Threesome (Big Talk Productions)

Charlie Murphy, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)


Supporting Actor TV

Peter Coonan, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Allen Leech, Downton Abbey (Carnival Films)

Chris O’Dowd, Moone Boy (Grand Pictures, Baby Cow Productions, Hot Cod Productions and Sprout Pictures for Sky 1)

Andrew Scott, Sherlock (Hartswood Films)


Supporting Actress TV

Cathy Belton, Roy (Jam Media)

Susan Loughnane, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Ruth Negga, Secret State (Channel 4)

Deirdre O’Kane, Moone Boy (Grand Pictures, Baby Cow Productions, Hot Cod Productions and Sprout Pictures for Sky 1)






Good Vibrations – Maggie Donnelly (Canderblinks Films)

Loving Miss Hatto – Alison Byrne (Left Bank Pictures)

King of the Travellers -Joan O’Cleary (Vico Films)

Ripper Street – Lorna Marie Mugan (Element Pictures, Tiger Aspect Productions)



Seamus McGarvey, Anna Karenina (Universal Pictures)

PJ Dillon, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Tim Fleming, Citadel (Blinder Films)

David Grennan, What Richard Did (Element Pictures)


Editing Film/Drama

Nathan Nugent, What Richard Did (Element Pictures)

Dermot Diskin, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Mick Mahon, Saving the Titanic (Tile Films)

Helen Chapman, Ripper Street (Element Pictures, Tiger Aspect Productions)



Makeup & Hair sponsored by MAC

Morna Ferguson, Dee Corcoran – Loving Miss Hatto (Left Bank Pictures)

Sharon Doyle, Eileen Buggy – Ripper Street (Element Pictures, Tiger Aspect Productions)

Lynn Johnston, Eileen Buggy – Shadow Dancer (Element Pictures)

Tom McInearney, Dee Corcoran – Titanic Blood & Steel (Epos Films)


Production Design

Mark Geraghty, Ripper Street (Element Pictures, Tiger Aspect Productions)

Tom Conroy, Titanic: Blood & Steel (Epos Films)

Stephen Daly, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Ray Ball, Saving the Titanic – (Tile Films)


Original Score

Niall Byrne – Loving Miss Hatto (Left Bank Pictures)

Ray Harman – Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Steve Lynch – Saving the Titanic (Tile Films)

Stephen Rennicks – What Richard Did (Element Pictures)


Sound Film/Drama

Citadel – Garret Farrell, Hugh Fox, Steve Fanagan

Game of Thrones – Ronan Hill, Mervyn Moore

Titanic Blood & Steel – Dan Birch, Jon Stevenson, Garret Farrell

What Richard Did – Paddy Hanlon, Steve Fanagan, Niall Brady






Octonauts (Brown Bag)

OMG! Jedward (Tyrone Productions)

Roy (JAM Media)

Tholg go Tolg (V Stream)


Current Affairs

Midweek Rural Ireland Fights Back (TV3)

Prime Time – Profiteering from Prostitution (RTE)

Spotlight Sean Quinn’s Missing Millions (BBCNI)

Vincent Browne Tonight (TV3)



A Time to Die? (Yellow Asylum Films)

Congo 1961 (Akajava Films)

MND: The Inside Track (Independent Pictures)

WB Yeats – No Country for Old Men (Hot Shot Films)


Documentary Series

24 Hours to Kill (TV3)

Bullyproof (Firebrand Productions)

The New Irish After the Bust (Real Films)

Ray D’Arcy :How to Beat Depression (Animo Television)



Moone Boy (Grand Pictures, Baby Cow Productions, Hot Cod Productions and Sprout Pictures for Sky 1)

Mrs Brown’s Boys (RTE / BBC / BOC Pictures)

The Savage Eye (Blinder Films)

The Voice of Ireland (Screentime ShinAwiL)



Dead Money (ProMedia Productions)

The Radharc Squad (Tyrone Productions)

Room to Improve (Coco Television)

The Zoo (Moondance Productions)



Masterchef (Screentime ShinAwil)

Jockey Eile (Abú Media)

ICA Bootcamp (Independent Pictures)

Come Dine with Me (ITV Studios for TV3)



Olympics (RTÉ)

Paralympics (Setanta Ireland)

Jump Boys (Touchline Media)

When Ali Came to Ireland (True Films)





Alison Millar, The Shame of the Catholic Church (BBC Northern Ireland)

Damien O’Donnell, The Savage Eye (Blinder Films)

Maurice Sweeney, WB Yeats No Country for Old Men (Hot Shot Films)

Lynda McQuaid, Masterchef (Screentime ShinAwil)



Michael O’Donovan, Gaeil Nua Eabhra (Real Films)

Ronan Fox & Mick O’Rourke, WB Yeats No Country for Old Men (Hot Shot Films)

Kieran Slyne, My Civil War (RTÉ)

Feargal O’Hanlon, Lorg na gCos (Colm Bairéad Ltd/Midas Productions)



Editing TV

Mick Mahon, Gaeil Nua Eabhra (Real Films)

Mick Mahon, Chaplin the Waterville Picture (Keeshla Communications Ltd)

Brenda Morrissey, Inside the Department (Wildfire Films)

Zaini Darragh, The West’s Awake (Iris Productions)


Sound TV

Am An Ghatar – Mark Henry, Conall de Cléir, John Brennan (Magamedia)

Sceal na Gaeilge – Paul Rowland, Niall O’Sullivan (ROSG)

WB Yeats No Country for Old Men – Killian Fitzgerald, Fiachra O’Hanlon (Hotshot Films)

The West’s Awake – Killian Fitzgerald, Zaini Darragh (Iris Productions)



The 10th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards will take place in Dublin on Saturday 9th of February 2013, broadcasting on RTÉ One at 9.30pm.

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