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IFI International celebrates 10 years, Galway Film Fleadh Panel and more…

As IFI International celebrates 10 years, we bring you the latest news from our Irish film programming services department, including our panel at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh, and new programmes and festivals to keep an out for!

IFI International celebrates 10th Anniversary

With support from the newly founded Culture Ireland, IFI International was launched as Reel Ireland in 2005, building on a long history of IFI collaboration with international exhibitors. That year we worked with 9 partners in 8 countries. Today as we celebrate our 10th anniversary we facilitate over 100 events annually in 50 countries world-wide.

Returning to the Galway Film Fleadh, we look forward to hosting our annual panel on Friday, July 10th (3.30pm) to discuss distribution of Irish film through international cultural channels and to create a space where festival programmers, filmmakers, and funders can meet. Chaired by Sunniva O’Flynn (IFI Head of Irish Film Programming), speakers include Frank Berry (Director, Ballymun Lullaby, I Used to Live Here), Kelly O’Connor (Director, Irish Film London), Soracha Pelan Ó Treasaigh (IFI International Co-ordinator) and Christine Sisk (Director, Culture Ireland). The panel discussion will take place at the Radisson Hotel. More information here.

Galway Panel Photo edit

Irish Film Programming:
Two new programmes, primarily drawn from the IFI Irish Film Archive collections, are available to exhibitors this year. The Yeats 2015 film programme includes a range of films celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of W.B. Yeats.

Prog 1 Saddlemeyer footage Yeats 2

In celebration of the Irish Year of Design 2015, the IFI will curate programmes focusing on Irish craft and Irish design from Sybil Connolly to Waterford Glass and beyond. For more information on both of these programmes, contact Soracha Pelan Ó Treasaigh.

Irish experimental film programme, Absences and (Im)possibilities, in partnership with Lux, continues to tour and is available to exhibitors.

Remember to keep an eye on the IFI Irish FIlm Directory for updates, and a there are a host of new Irish films screening at the Galway Film Fleadh.

Summer highlights:
In celebration of Bloomsday, Ballymun Lullaby screened in Ottawa, Canada, The Dead in The Slovenian Cinematheque in Ljubliana, Slovenia and Pat Murphy’s Nora in Hungary.


European Film Festivals organised by the international Irish Embassy network present Irish film to new audiences in non-European territories. Recent events include Run and Jump in Uganda, Once in Vietnam, Parked in Argentina, and Calvary in Singapore.

The Odessa International Film Festival host a tribute to Jim Sheridan as he personally presents a retrospective of his work, screening In America, In the Name of the Father, My Left Foot and The Field, July 10th – 18th.

Jim Sheridan 2

Upcoming dates:
Baton Rouge Irish Film Festival
July 31st – August 3rd
San Francisco Irish Film Festival
September 17th – 19th
Irish Reels Film Festival, Seattle
September 25th – 27th
New York Irish Film Festival
October 2nd – 4th
London Irish Film Festival
November 18th – 22nd
Capital Irish Film Festival – now open for submissions
March 3rd – 6th 2016

IFI International is our Irish film programming service for international exhibitors, supported by Culture Ireland. Please check our website for more information, the IFII Irish Film Directory, and calendar regularly for updates on international screenings. For more information please contact Soracha Pelan Ó Treasaigh at or +353 1 679 5744.

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