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MARCH 2018

IFI International facilitated 80 events in 30 countries worldwide in 2017 ensuring Irish film reached a wider audience than ever on the cultural festival circuit. 2018 kicked off with a new festival, the Fenians, Fremantle and Freedom Festival in Western Australia, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the landing of the last convict ship, and now we look ahead to St. Patrick’s Day during the busiest month of the year for Irish film festivals around the globe with 30 events taking place.

Both Chicago Irish Film Festival and Capital Irish Film Festival in Washington took place from the 1st to the 4th of March with a successful programme of film which included Oscar-nominated animation The Breadwinner, and documentary feature In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America.

Belgrade Irish Festival, 9th to 11th of March, goes from strength to strength and this year boasts an eclectic programme of Serbian premieres  including Song of Granite, Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, and Moscow Never Sleeps along with a wide range of concerts, literary events and photography exhibitions.

Song of Granite

Song of Granite – opening Belgrade Irish Film Week on 13th March

Kissing Candice opens this year’s Shebeen Flick on March 15th in Berlin with director Aoife McArdle in attendance. This year the festival had a 234% increase in submissions by female filmmakers, and for the first time has achieved a 50-50% gender balance in the selected feature films. Expanding its programme in Düsseldorf this year the festival hosts German premieres of Amanda Coogan: Long Now, Without Name, and the knockout roller derby documentary Revolutions.

One of the world’s biggest celebrations of Irish culture takes place during Moscow Irish Week from the 14th to 25th of March, with special screenings of Brown Bag animated short films attended by director Damien O’Connor. Other guests appearing for Q&As include actors Barry Ward and Martin McCann (Maze), actors Nigel O’Neill and Susan Lynch (Bad Day for the Cut), cinematographer Richard Kendrick (Song of Granite), and director and producer Maurice Fitzpatrick (In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America).

Film fans in Rome will have an extra day to enjoy Irish film as the Irish Film Festa, taking place from the 21st to 25th of March, adds a Making Shorts panel alongside its short film competition. Among the features screening this year are Song of Granite, Handsome Devil and No Party for Billy Burns, documentaries Rocky Ros Muc and My Astonishing Self, and animations An Béal Bocht and The Breadwinner.

The Young Offenders – Screening at the Irish Film Festa, Rome

Other festivals in March included the fifth Belgrade Irish Film Festival, which ran from March 6th to 22nd and featured a workshop with David Caffrey, the award-winning director of Divorcing Jack and Love/Hate. The festival this year had a decidedly rock’n’roll feel with films such as Frank, Good Vibrations and Ghost Blues: The Story of Rory Gallagher screening.

Elsewhere, the Irish Film Festa, Rome runs from March 30th to April 2nd, while the St Patrick’s Film Festival London, running from March 17th to 19th, included screenings of Traders, The Young Offenders, and Song of the Sea.

Finally, this year’s Irish Festival in Hong Kong was a huge success and finished last Saturday. The festival focussed on Irish animation in collaboration with Animation Ireland, and included a programme of shorts and a workshop presented by Steve Woods and Moe Honan.

Check our calendar regularly for updates on IFI International screenings of Irish film around the globe!

IFI International is the IFI’s Irish Film Programming service for international exhibitors, and is supported by Culture Ireland. For more information, please contact
Eleanor Melinn at emelinn@irishfilm.ie or call +353 1 679 5744.

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