Irish Film Institute -American Friends of the IFI

American Friends of the IFI

Past, Present & Future

“Films transport us to another place in a way that even the most beautiful, evocative words never can. If we lose our films, we lost that other place forever.”
– Saoirse Ronan

Saving film for generations to come….

As the home of film in Ireland, Irish Film Institute (IFI) is an inspiring creative influence, promoting a wider understanding of film culture and its critical importance through exhibition, preservation and education.

IFI preserves Ireland’s rich and unique moving image heritage for current and future generations. We are the custodians of the National Film & Moving Image Collection – comprising an ever-growing collection of over 45,000 film reels and broadcast tapes from 1897 to the present day.

This chronicles the social, political and cultural development of modern Ireland through newsreels, documentaries, features, animation and more. IFI believes in access to film for everyone and the free IFI Player ensures that our film collections are shared with as many people as possible around the world.

The work of the IFI Irish Film Archive is vital in preserving and safeguarding Ireland’s unique moving image heritage, and it is often a battle against time to save critical and vulnerable footage from being lost forever due to deterioration. We are seeking your kind support to help us in our ambition to conserve our past to inform our present and future.

How to give:

For more information or to make a donation, please contact Jay Perry, Head of Fundraising & Development, at or 353 1 6129478 – thank you!

Your support makes a vital difference in safeguarding our heritage for future generations.


A philanthropic gesture to show your support and belief in the importance of film and the work of the IFI. You will receive membership of the IFI entitling you to many benefits.

$250 – IFI ALLY

Join us for a VIP tour of the Archive when you are next in Dublin. You will receive a Friends membership entitling you more benefits and behind the scenes events.


You are thanked on the IFI entrance wall along with the benefits above. You will receive personal VIP service for you and your guests when you visit us including your choice of free cinema tickets.


A name of your choosing is added to a seat in our newly refurbished cinemas as well as the benefits outlined above. You will receive invites to all key gala IFI events in Ireland as well as the benefits above.


Enjoy a VIP package at the IFI for you and six guests when you are next in Dublin including the tour of the Archive and meeting the leads of our teams. You will also receive invites to all exclusive IFI events in the US as well as the benefits above.


Your name is added to our walkway hall of fame along with the benefits previously outlined.

$15,000 – IFI GUARDIAN

Along with all the other benefits, your support will be acknowledged through the titling of a digitised collection added to the IFI Player. We will liaise with you on this process and the content that will be secured through your help.

Many thanks for your consideration of our ask. We appreciate your interest in our work and the value you place in ensuring that our past and present are saved for the future.

The IFI is supported
by The Arts Council

Arts Council of Ireland