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Northern Ireland projects and talent nominated for the IFTA Film & Drama Awards 2020

Date Posted: July 15, 2020

Congratulations to the Northern Ireland projects and talent nominated for this year’s Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) Awards. Projects made in Northern Ireland as well as homegrown talent feature heavily across the 25 categories in Film and Drama. Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros d’Sa’s Ordinary Love received 6 nominations and is up against Shelley Love’s A Bump Along the Way, amongst others, for Best Film of 2020. Andrew and Ryan Tohill’s The Dig received 4 nominations including Best Film of 2019. The full list of Northern Ireland nominees can be found below.

Over the past few months during lockdown, the Irish film and television industry has been busy viewing, deliberating and shortlisting the best work from across great Irish films, performances and achievements in what has been an unprecedented period of success for Irish creative talent working at home and abroad.

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

IFTA Chief Executive, Áine Moriarty stated: “This year’s nominations showcase to the world what Ireland’s small but excellent film and television community has to offer. Our industry is delivering world-class standards and the Irish Academy is proud to showcase and acknowledge their achievements. These past few months have been difficult for so many, and we look forward to a time when Irish productions can resume and continue to bring powerful engaging stories to the screen.”

The Academy is currently finalising plans for a bespoke virtual 2020 awards ceremony scheduled for September with full details to be announced shortly. The Academy has also confirmed that due to Covid-19 restrictions there will be no physical IFTA Awards Ceremony until April 2021, in keeping with best international practice across Awards ceremonies worldwide.

The nominees from Northern Ireland include:

Best Film 2019
The Dig

Best film 2020
A Bump Along the Way
Ordinary Love

Feature Doc

Actor in a lead role film
Moe Dunford – The Dig
Liam Neeson – Ordinary Love

Actress in a lead role film
Bronagh Gallagher – A Bump Along the Way

Actor in a supporting role film
Lorcan Cranitch – The Dig
David Wilmot – Ordinary Love
Stephen Rea – Black ’47

Actress in a supporting role film
Emily Taaffee – The Dig

Director Film
Lisa Barros d’Sa & Glenn Leyburn – Ordinary Love

Script film
Owen McCafferty – Ordinary Love

Short film
El Hor

Andrew McConnell – Gaza

Mick Mahon – Gaza

Production design

John Leslie – Never Grow Old

Make up and hair
Ordinary Love


Death & Nightingales
Dublin Murders

Actor in a lead role drama
Adrian Dunbar – Line of Duty
Richard Dormer – Fortitude

Actress in a lead role drams
Jessie Buckley – The Woman in White
Sarah Greene – Dublin Murders
Ann Skelly – Death & Nightingales

Actor in a supporting role drama
Liam Cunningham – Game of Thrones

Director drama
John Haynes – Dublin Murders

Script drama
Daragh Carville – The Bay

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

For a full list of the nominees, please click here.

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