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WRAP Fund supported God’s Creatures, Smother, & North Sea Connection are nominated for Irish Film & Television Awards 2023.

Awards season is upon us again, both at home and abroad, and the nominee list for the 20th Irish Film & Television Academy Awards is looking stellar!

The WRAP Fund is proud to support eleven nominees this year across the Irish film and Television award categories, including Feature Film God’s Creatures, and TV Series Smother and North Sea Connection. Featuring locations from counties Donegal, Clare, and Galway, the striking settings of all three pieces showcases the unique backdrop that is the west coast of Ireland – the same coast that shows up so stunningly in the Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees of Inisherin which has garnered 11 nominations.

God’s Creatures, a psychological drama, is based on a screenplay written by Shane Crowley with producer Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly and directed by Saela Davis & Anna Rose Holmer, and stars Paul Mescal.

Smother, the hit Irish thriller drama series – which has sold in over 100 territories world wide – has just completed its final season. It was written by Kate O’Riordan and was directed by Dathaí Keane for Treasure Entertainment.

North Sea Connection, a Swedish-Irish six-part Irish crime thriller written by Mark Greig and directed by Hannah Quinn, first aired on RTÉ in September 2022, and recently debuted on BBC Four in the UK.


The 11 WRAP Fund supported nominations to keep an eye out for on IFTA night are:

God’s Creatures – Best Film

God’s Creatures – Best Script Film

Paul Mescal – Best Supporting Actor Film (God’s Creatures)

Aisling Franciosi – Best Supporting Actress Film (God’s Creatures)

Emily Watson – Best International Actress (God’s Creatures)

Smother – Best Drama

Daithí Keane – Best Director Drama (Smother)

Kate O’Riordan – Best Script Drama (Smother)

Dervla Kirwan – Best Actress Drama (Smother)

Jason O’Mara – Best Actor Drama (Smother)

Kerr Logan – Best Actor Drama (North Sea Connection)


2023 is certainly Paul Mescal’s year, as he collects a BAFTA and is nominated for an Oscars gong for his poignant performance in Aftersun. Mescal has been in the business officially since 2017, having risen to international heights following his performance in Sally Rooney’s Normal People in 2020. He is, though, quite happy to credit his secondary school’s production of The Phantom of The Opera as a moment that sparked his love of acting. God’s Creatures opened the Dublin International Film Awards, and its Irish cinema release date is set for March 31, 2023 and will be distributed by Volta Pictures Distribution. See the full list of IFTA nominees.

The WRAP (Western Regional Audio-visual Producers) Fund is operated and administered by Ardán and continues to attract production activity across the WRAP region with a positive impact on local economies. Ardán and the WDC (Western Development Commission) have created a new funding strand within the WRAP Fund to support the scaling of production companies in the WRAP regions.

For more information on the WRAP Fund contact


The WRAP Fund is an initiative of the Western Development Commission and Ardán in association with the local authorities of Clare, Donegal, Galway City, Galway County, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Údarás na Gaeltachta.


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