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A darkly comic relationship drama based on a short story by Icelandic writer Gyrðir Elíasson, The Flight to Memmingen tells of the rise and tragic demise of standup comedian Dave Murphy. He just wants some peace to write his famine... Read More
A slapstick comedy about an unhappy young girl whose life is turned upside-down when she finds a mysterious runaway with psychic powers in her back garden.
A forest creature’s quiet life is turned upside down when her new neighbour attempts to win her affection.
Set in the heart of Dublin’s ever-changing Ringsend, this experimental film explores the special bonds between grandparents and grandchildren, grief and ageing.
The inside scoop on the murky world of the ice cream business.
93-year-old organist George takes us though his love of music and his move from Belgium to Ireland almost 60 years ago.
Colombian beekeeper Ramón Galvis Rodríguez reflects on the future of our planet as a direct result of the gradual extinction of bees.
A look at the Cork Cancer Care Centre and their mission to deliver ‘blankets of hope’ to cancer patients around Ireland.
John, the successful star of a family sitcom, has a heated conversation with his taxi driver on his way home from work.
As his life changes outside his control, a young man struggles to keep his car on the road.
A writer waits for inspiration. It finally comes courtesy of a dispossessed woman who he invites into his home.
A lady of a certain age is always unlucky in love.
A genre-blending short film which sets dance, music and an ethereal aesthetic against a backdrop of friendship, love, lust, and betrayal.
Scenes from an Instagram marriage.
Feeling trapped at her sister’s wedding, Fiona must face the past to escape the ruins of a life she once dreamed of.
A compelling horror hat explores the fragility of mental health during pregnancy.
Angela and her two kids find themselves on the verge of homelessness. An increasingly desperate situation leads Angela to commit an uncharacteristic act placing the family’s future in jeopardy.
Kelly comes back to her childhood house after many years abroad to help her sister tidy for the estate agent.
A family drama between three estranged siblings who are forced to reconnect when a tragedy occurs in their family.
Nick, a drug-addled bad boy, arrives uninvited to his best friend’s birthday party, where he discovers why all have abandoned him.
Two school friends entertain the curiosity of their lives on the eve of a grand departure.
George is mourning a death that did not come to pass, and Lucianne’s bemused sympathy makes some sense of this;
Nathan begrudgingly visits his infirm childhood friend Edgar, but their lives have diverged beyond any personal history.
After caring for her elderly father for years, Lisa is unable to deal with his passing and begins to see him everywhere.
Sarah is a nine-year old girl whose faith is tested after many failed attempts to evoke a sign from the Virgin Mary.
It’s not easy being a teenager. Especially when you have a chestnut for a head.
A lone teenage girl roams the streets of Dublin urgently trying to buy alcohol in this intense family drama.
Peggy gets a visit from the Grim Reaper.
A dying mother, wracked with guilt from historical tragedy, is brought reconciliation with her estranged daughter.
An elderly woman struggles after a violent break-in that has robber her of her husband and her peace of mind.
Rosie Curran has spent her life trying to adhere to the often harsh societal rules of 1940s Ireland. However, in the face of an impossible and unthinkable situation, Rosie must gather every scrap of strength and defiance within her to... Read More
Through a series of enchanting encounters, Fern discovers how to see the world from a different perspective.
A deadpan sci-fi, interweaving moments of familiar routine with esoteric messages from deep space.
A mysterious quest goes horribly wrong. Dealing with the inevitable decay that envelopes the world in which we live, you cannot barter with forces beyond your control.
Who do we see when we look at people? By putting people in a box do we restrict our own true potential?
A bog worker in the Irish midlands struggles to come to terms with the end of his era.
The story of a child who was burnt as a witch.
A girl who works in a late-night supermarket has a strange obsession. After a visit from a late-night customer she becomes paranoid.
A son, banished from his village for refusing to worship a false idol, bears witness to the brewing conflict beyond that may likely destroy civilisation itself.
In a perfect Celtic society, a young girl finds herself face-to-face with a dark family secret.
A father and daughter struggle to cope with the death of a central family member. They choose to express their grief in opposite ways.
Violent Max Punchface gets trapped in an alien land with only some friend sheep for company/punch practice.
A girl wakes up to discover that a creature from her nightmares has materialised into reality. Will she decide to run, or will she face this demon head on?
A puppet grows tormented at the hands of her manipulator.
20,000 words and four years of hard work deleted, in one clumsy click. How would you react?
A fox must deal with a very noisy duck before he can get his precious sleep.
A lonely young boy builds a unique bond with an unsuspecting creature and learns that sometimes it’s better to let go and move on.
In an encounter between innocence and assumed evil we witness the daily struggles of an imprisoned 21-year-old.
As the refugee crisis quietly continues, four Irish clowns travel to Greece to perform for children living and waiting in temporary shelters.
Peter Pringle and Sunny Jacobs both served years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. After being exonerated, what are the chances they both met and fell in love?
Things I didn’t say but wish I did.
If you think climate change is a joke, you are the joke.
Exploring residue, trauma and memory through the eyes of two best friends and their shared identities. Billy and Willy guide us through their world of jazz.
In a small corner of the UK, a battle is being waged. A battle for love. A battle to be EQUAL.
Brid O’Griofa, a native of Inisheer, reflects on life in pre-modern times.
Ireland, 1851. A farm hand at the end of the Great Famine encounters a ghostly female figure leading him to a new hope.
Bainne is a coproduction between Sky Arts and Screen Ireland.
Awards: Best First Short Drama, Galway Film... Read More
A bereaved man, grieving and drunk, idly asks for a way out. Unfortunately, in doing so, he irritates someone that could give him just that.
A cautionary tale. If a strange bloke appears at your window in the middle of the night and asks you out on a date, just say no.
In Victorian London an overworked writer, Abe, is inspired by his day job in the theatre to create a bloody brilliant novel.
Awards: Golden Knight, Malta International Film Festival 2019 Best Animated Sequence, Galway Film Fleadh 2019
At the precipice of womanhood and plagued with foreboding dreams, Maria must confront the mistrust of her family as a strange epidemic sweeps the nation.
Over the course of her 21st birthday Ava explores the grief felt by the loss of her twin sister and attempts to overcome it.
A weary slasher villain puts in the hours necessary to pull off perfect kills until he encounters victims that don’t behave as they should.
Mark and Sophie plan to rob a post office but as things go awry, they each discover what they are really made of.
Father James must decide what kind of a father God wants him to be.
A girl with a dark past finds herself alone and on the run. Sometimes moving forward is harder than it seems.
Summer, 1991, 17-year-old Kat escapes from her family for a night of freedom and fun with the local teenagers but struggles to stave off a pressing responsibility.
Cormac is consumed by historical demons, living with the aftermath of a childhood accident. Could he have done something to prevent the tragic event?
Awards: Best Actor in a Male Role, Peter Coonan, Richard Harris International Film Festival 2019
Over the course of a fraught evening Cynthia navigates her once familiar circle of fiends and comes to realise that some bridges can’t be mended.
Awards: Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama, Galway Film Fleadh 2019
An everyday scenario: two people sitting together, in an ordinary place completing their unremarkable, mundane tasks. But sometimes life is not so ordinary.
A couple drive to the city to collect their teenage daughter from hospital. On the return journey everyone seems happy to avoid discussing her reason for being there.
Awards: Rising Star Award, Irish Screen America 2019 Best Short Film, Disappear... Read More
Bernie fights stigma, shame, and her own demons while trying to hold her family together in the wake of her son’s drug-related death.
Aoife searches for her birth mother and unveils a past that entangles two other women in town.
Wishbone is an awkward, honest look at strained female friendships. Three young women break bread – and possibly each other – over a later supper at the Fleadh.
When 17-year-old Bridget escapes from a psychiatric hospital, she rings home from a rural phone box…but her parents are waiting for the call.
John and Stephanie wake to the sound of someone outside. This stranger wants Stephanie dead. Why? We come to learn that Stephanie may be harbouring a monstrous secret.
In a post-apocalyptic Irish midlands, an overconfident American jet pilot tries to rescue a beautiful young woman from her domineering mammy, but around here, getting involved with family can be deadly.
Len and Ruby are celebrating their ruby wedding anniversary. Len has a history of odd and outlandish gifts. Ruby hopes that this year will be different.
Set in 1978, Pat tells the story of a music lover from rural Ireland who keeps in touch with her son in New York through the only phone box in the village.
A young mother and her son flee an abusive husband in the middle of the night only to find themselves trapped in their car in a field with a homicidal bull.
Fintan, a young gambling addict, fights his inner demons in, for him, the very bizarre surroundings of St. Marie’s Hope House, a general addiction rehab centre.
When two people meet in a part, they have more in common than they thnk.
In 2017, Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty, formerly known as The KLF, returned after 23 years of silence – but they were no longer a pop group. They were now undertakers, planning to build a monument, The People’s Pyramid, out... Read More
In 1992, Bill Drummond’s enormously successful pop group The KLF ceased activities. Since 2014, he’s been on a world tour visiting Kolkata, North Carolina and elsewhere. In each place he carries out his self-imposed ‘work’ – building beds, baking cakes,... Read More
There was once an invisible optician, living in a strange and lonely world. Her story starts with a broken lens and the woman who taught her to see things differently.
Cara must make a choice – abandon her sisters and pursue her dreams, or sacrifice herself so that one day they too might stand a chance.
A lonely driver takes drastic action to protect a customer from heartbreak. A single-take film about loneliness, intentions and infidelity.
A man struggles to free himself from a mind packed full of indecipherable thoughts. He spends a night searching for judgement. A judgement he feels he deserves.
Brendan’s mother Eilis reveals a dark secret on her deathbed, one to which Brendan must find the answer – what happened to her lost child?
A woman’s eyes are opened to her coercive, controlling partner when an old friend is allowed to come to dinner.
Date night disaster as Mark’s perfect evening with Jane leaves a lot of questions unanswered.
A cantankerous musician endeavours to break a magical curse by passing on a sense of joy to others; something which doesn’t come naturally to him.
A woman hunted, accused of witchcraft, who finds love in an unlikely ally. Can she escape with her life? Can she ever truly be free?
A young couple find themselves growing apart in their new rural life until a masked figure appears and things come to a head.
Set over the course of one night, a taxi driver returns to work after the death of his daughter, only to encounter the young boy who might be responsible.
A young man throws himself off a lighthouse to end it all, but it’s only the beginning.
A woman attending a weight loss class loses more than she wanted to.
For Dan, ALEX is more than a virtual assistant; he’s his soulmate. Love, jealousy and control all play a part in this dark comedy that was written, produced and edited in 48 Hours as part of the Little Cinema, Galway... Read More
On the day of a regional Irish dancing Feis, an Irish couple struggle to cope with their child’s gender identity.
In the otherwise tranquil Dublin neighbourhood of Stoneybatter, one local issue has divided neighbours: the pigeons.
An iconic statue of Big Tom McBride, created by artist Mark Richards, was commissioned by Monaghan County Council, for the market square in Castleblayney. From the initial commission to the unveiling, an emotional journey is taken in art and in... Read More
A veteran troupe of wrestlers assemble a ring on a seaside promenade. A summer festival prepares for their exhibition of physical drama.
Farmer Michael is a Galway-based, divisive character getting millions of views online. But his creator, Stevo Timothy, has a past with far more twists and turns than anyone would expect.
The story of Danny Rock, a 22 year-old unemployed young man from a small tourism-dependent town in the West of Ireland, who raps. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Tupac Shakur and NWA, he uploads self directed, edited and written... Read More
A short documentary detailing Ireland’s reputation, culture, and future from the perspective of seven young inhabitants of the country. Stylised as a light-hearted reflection piece, Our Land provides the spectator with an understanding of how the interviewees’ regard Ireland as... Read More
6 March // Cine Gael Montreal Spring Season // The Man Who Wanted to Fly // J.A. DeSève Cinema, Concordia University // Montreal, Canada 6-8 March // LadyFest Riga // GAZE on Tour 2018: Breast Friends, Thirst, Cat Calls, Wren... Read More
A Song for Ireland is one of eight documentaries made in Northern Ireland by Irish-American filmmaker Arthur MacCaig. It traces a history of Ireland through music and explores how the nation’s musical heritage has been influenced by its long and... Read More
Adrian (Cilléin McEvoy) is a talented pianist with a promising career ahead of him. Playing music is the only thing he lives for until his world falls apart when he is diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease. Afraid of the... Read More
7-15 February // EU Film Festival Ghana // The Silver Branch // Kumasi [7-8 Feb], Accra [9-15 Feb], Ghana // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland, Abuja, Nigeria 9 February // Niall Tobín tribute at the Irish... Read More
Sara (Charlie Murphy) has married into the feuding Mannion family and is embroiled in a complex web of erotic dysfunction. Though husband Daddy Mannion (Pat Shortt), 20 years her senior, is a big cheese in a small town, she is... Read More
The GAZE on Tour 2019 Irish LGBT shorts programme reaffirms the quality of LGBT film and filmmaking talent within Ireland, as well as the standard of work being produced internationally by Irish creators. The sheer scope in the exploration in... Read More
In darkest rural Ireland, ex-boxer Douglas ’Arm’ Armstrong has become the feared enforcer for the drug-dealing Devers family, whilst also trying to be a good father to his autistic five-year-old son, Jack. Torn between these two families, Arm’s loyalties are... Read More
A homeless man searching for his lost dog forges an unexpected bond with a young boy.
15 January // Georgia Public Broadcasting presents a special screening of Black 47 with special guest James Frecheville // Atlanta, GA, USA // Presented in association with the Consulate General of Ireland, Atlanta 21 January // One World Film... Read More
Solitary marine biology student Siobhán endures a week on a ragged fishing trawler, where she’s miserably at odds with the close-knit crew. But out in the deep Atlantic, an unfathomable life form ensnares the boat. When members of the crew... Read More
Six years after his unexpected death in 2013, Seamus Heaney’s wife Marie and their three children talk intimately about their family life and read the poems he wrote for them. His surviving brothers remember their childhood and the shared experiences... Read More
Lost Lives is an ambitious cinematic film inspired by the book of the same name. Written over seven years by five journalists, it is a book recording the circumstances of every single death in the Northern Irish Troubles: 3,700 entries document... Read More
4 December // REEL TIME: Poetry, Performance and Internal Politics: On Black Mountain + the Poets’ Theatre by Jonathan Creasy, UCD // By Accident with introduction and post-screening conversation with Fanny Howe, daughter of Mary Manning // Harvard // Cambridge,... Read More
After a one-night-stand with a younger man on her 44th birthday, party-loving single mother Pamela (played effortlessly by Bronagh Gallagher) discovers that she is pregnant. Meanwhile her disapproving, strait-laced daughter Allegra (Lola Petticrew), who sees herself as the adult of... Read More
Largely unknown outside Northern Ireland, the deaths of eleven innocent people at the hands of the British Army in a Catholic estate in Belfast is one of the most significant events in the Troubles.
In one small Belfast housing... Read More
Documentary about Irishman Sean Garland, known as the man in with the hat, a former Workers’ Party president and Official IRA Chief of Staff, and about what he has seen not only in Ireland, but in places as far away... Read More
Unquiet Graves: The Story of the Glenanne Gang details how members of the RUC and UDR (a British Army regiment) were centrally involved in the murder of over 120 innocent civilians during the recent conflict in Ireland. It reveals how... Read More
For six years, a virus has devastated Europe, transforming people into zombie-like monsters. All is lost until a cure is found. The cure, which has a 75% success rate, restores the infected to full physical health, although the cured remember... Read More
Prolific Irish director Alan Gilsenan has throughout his career frequently addressed issues of social interest. Following the success last year of documentary Meetings With Ivor and the release earlier this year of fiction feature Unless, The Meeting blends the two... Read More
Damo and Ivor embark on the mother of all adventures across Ireland to track down their long lost brother John Joe.
Inspired by Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure of €440 million off the coast of Cork in 2007, The Young Offenders follows two Cork inner-city teenagers, Conor and Jock, as they embark on a 160km road trip on stolen bikes in the... Read More
Jarman’s angriest film, a striking collage of Super 8mm, home video footage, and new material, is a distressing, nightmarish vision of a country which had, under Thatcher’s rule in the 1980s, as the director saw it, become a homophobic, repressive... Read More
Varanasi on the Ganges is famous for its Muslim silk weavers whose lives are closely interwoven with that of their Hindu neighbours. For over a thousand years the skills of their trade have passed from one generation to the next.... Read More
2 November // Irish Screen America // Float Like a Butterfly + Q&A with director Carmel Winters // Ahrya Fine Arts by Laemmle // Los Angeles, USA
6-10 November // Noordelijk Film Festival // The Dig // Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Celebrating the legacy of a prodigiously talented Irish singer-songwriter, Heyday charts Mic Christopher’s musical journey from Grafton Street busker to The Mary Janes and rock stardom to the near-fatal accident that radically changed his world view and ignited a drive... Read More
Every four years, an elite group of sailors endeavour to sail single-handed, non-stop in a circumnavigation of the planet, through the most unpredictable and perilous conditions imaginable. They are the competitors in the Vendee Globe Race – one of the... Read More
This engaging compendium follows five young students as they embark on their transformative cross-border Erasmus journeys leaving the comfort of their homes (in France, Germany, Poland, Bulgaria and Ethiopia), overcoming their fears and adapting to new cultures (in Lithuania, Finland,... Read More
Following in the tradition of Flann O’Brien, Kevin McAleer, and Father Ted, Extra Ordinary views rural Irish life through a surreal comic lens. Lonely driving instructor Rose Dooley (Maeve Higgins), believing herself responsible for the death of her paranormal investigator... Read More
Frustrated by the music scene’s increasing omission of guitar music in festival line-ups and the exclusion of punk rock from national radio playlists, once-popular band The Blizzards take matters into their own hands, blowing their whole budget on a music... Read More
In the near future – or perhaps an alternate version of the present – those without a soulmate are dispatched to a grand hotel in the countryside where they have 40 days to rectify the situation by engaging in a... Read More
2-6 October // Irish Festival of Oulu // The Camino Voyage, Lomax in Éireann, Making the Grade, Black 47, Patrick’s Day// Cultural Centre Valve // Oulu, Finland
4-6 October // Bangkok Irish Film Festival // Brooklyn, Black 47, Making the... Read More
Trying to escape a broken past, Sarah (Seána Kerslake) is rebuilding her life on the outskirts of an isolated rural town with her young son, Chris (James Quinn Markey). Following the discovery of a mysterious sinkhole in the vast forest... Read More
Two priests are sent to a 1960s Magdalen laundry to investigate a statue of the Virgin Mary weeping blood in a found footage film whose setting adds a level of genuine horror to proceedings.
Cinema archivist David Williams (Rupert Evans) lives with his wife, Alice (Hannah Hoekstra), and their five-year-old son, Billy (Calum Heath). All seems well until David begins to suspect that Alice is cheating on him. His anxiety is compounded by a... Read More
When a ruthless gang of outlaws terrorises a sleepy frontier town, the local undertaker, Patrick, faces a profound moral dilemma. He plays a dangerous game, providing for his family as he profits in the wake of the violence sweeping the... Read More
Charting the path of TransGreystones, a group created to support the trans community in Wicklow, the film delineates their emotional journey to create their first art exhibition. Heartening in its depiction of subjugating vulnerability and isolation, the film explores the... Read More
A heartfelt documentary that explores the definitions, connections and commonalities of what it means to be lesbian. Through interviews and group discussions with all facets of the Irish LGBTQI+ community, the film delves into the lives of rural and urban... Read More
This portrait immerses us in the heart of the Gaza Strip among an eloquent and resilient cast of characters under siege. Blockaded by Israel and Egypt, they are witness to regular confrontations between Israel security forces and Hamas, and are... Read More
7 September // Czech Film Archive // Come on Over ciné-concert with musical accompaniment by pianist Elaine Loebenstein // Ponrepo Cinema // Prague, Czech Republic // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland, Prague
9 September // Hungarian National... Read More
Raped at 14 by a Catholic Priest, human rights activist Colm O’Gorman challenges Pope Francis to tell the truth about the cover up of abuse during his divisive visit to Ireland in August 2018.
Awards: Best Irish Documentary Short, Docs... Read More
This docu-drama follows Hugh Lane’s hard-fought venture to establish a public modern art gallery in Dublin in the early years of the 20th century – a time of political agitation and the forging of a new Irish cultural identity.
In Los Angeles, the perfect world of gay TV weatherman Sean (Matt Bomer) is shaken with the end of a significant relationship and a very public on-air meltdown.
Forced to take time off, he fills his empty days and his... Read More
Fraternal twin sisters Emma (Jordanne Jones) and Chantal (Leah McNamara) are worlds apart. Emma is self-conscious, and unsure of which path to take in life; she dreams of starting a band (they have a pie-chart) with her best friend Gary... Read More
In 1915, James Joyce and Nora Barnacle travelled with their young children Giorgio and Lucia to Switzerland to escape the turmoil of World War I. Lucia later trained as a dancer and performed throughout Europe. Her career ended when, in... Read More
2 August // Embassy of Ireland screening during Pride Festival // Queen of Ireland // Hanover House // The Hague, The Netherlands // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland, The Hague
22-25 August // aGLIFF [All Genders, Lifestyles... Read More
A macho Traveller becomes increasingly concerned that his young son is soft. Directed by James Doherty, Breathe is a short film exploring the life of Patrick (John Connors, Cardboard Gangsters) as he struggles to accept his son (Lee O’Donoghue).
A delightful emigrant comedy about a young Irish girl who comes to America disguised as a boy in order to claim a fortune left to her late brother. Marion Davies shines as Patricia O’Day masquerading impishly as a boy and... Read More
The 375 residents of Newtok, Alaska watch their homes disappear into rolling seas as winter storms steal their coastline and melting permafrost erodes the edges of their town. Tom Burke’s (The Liberties) elegiac study follows the community as they struggle to maintain their... Read More
24 June-31 August // EU Film Festival // Black 47 // Instituto Cervantes, New Delhi [2 July] // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland, New Delhi
5 July // Navigatio Asociación de Santander // The Camino Voyage // Centro... Read More
This debut feature from the Tohill Brothers will no doubt prove to be one of the year’s strongest Irish releases, a downbeat but canny mix of thriller and western tropes.
Callahan (Moe Dunford) has just finished his prison sentence for... Read More
5 June // Sofia Pride Film Festival // GAZE on Tour short films: Breast Friends, Thirst, Cat Calls, Wren Boys, Johnny, The Red Tree // Sofia, Bulgaria // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland, Sofia, and GAZE LGBT Film... Read More
Offering a unique representation of the Irish-Canadian experience, Paud Mulrooney’s Super 8 films and self-developed photographs of life on Cat Lake and Ogoki Post Reserves with his young family (including his daughter the film-maker) are a rare window into the... Read More
The Overcoat is a warm and unique Christmas story about an office worker that saves all his money to buy a new coat in time for Christmas, only to have fate take a ghostly hand.
Notes by Screen Ireland
This profile of 80-year-old feminist activist Máirín de Búrca takes us from her childhood in Chicago, to her membership of Sinn Féin, to her role as a founder of the Irish Women’s Liberation Movement.
She was an instigator of the... Read More
1-12 May// Irish Film Festival Australia // Float Like a Butterfly, The Camino Voyage, Unquiet Graves, The Drummer and the Keeper, Dublin Oldschool, The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid, Metal Heart, Between Land and Sea, No Party for Billy Burns.... Read More
The Red Tree is a “powerful and poetic” short film that tells the little known history of Italian gay men being arrested and exiled to a remote island during Mussolini’s Fascist regime.
Available as part of a curated series of... Read More
Johnny is a young Traveller who has to come to terms with his sexuality, and wants to help his deeply traditional community to do the same.
Available as part of a curated series of shorts GAZE on Tour 2018.
On the day after Christmas, a Catholic priest from Cork drives his nephew to prison.
Drew leaves another disappointing gay hook up and wonders why he feels so alone.His internal monologue delves deep into the mind of a lonely gay man – his desires, his insecurities and his wavering belief he’ll find love.
Available... Read More
The tale of an adolescent girl with a secret, on the cusp of becoming a young woman. In the wake of a violent and vicious homophobic attack, she is faced with the greatest challenge of her young life.
Available as... Read More
A dark comedy about the sensationalised media representation of trans people, and the burdens of local planning regulations.
Available as part of a curated series of shorts GAZE on Tour 2017.
The GAZE on Tour 2018 Irish LGBT shorts programme reaffirms the quality of LGBT film and filmmaking talent within Ireland, as well as the standard of work being produced internationally by Irish creators. The sheer scope in the exploration in... Read More
15-year-old garden centre worker Kyle battles shadowy agents so he can save his dying older brother with a special plant.
Two boys travel to the big city on a self-appointed mission from God.
A child’s unusual behaviour during the school nativity rehearsals results in the principal calling a meeting with the boy’s mother.
A man and his child live a nomadic existence. After he murders a woman, their relationship begins to break apart.
An imaginative girl tries o create a spaceship after he loss of her Mother, while her grieving father descends into alcoholism.
A man who searches for missing women is frustrated by the lack of official response.
Raymond Ovens has been living on his own in a house full of dust and memories.
The valiant individuals, who provided front line and core services for HIV-AIDS patients in the late ’80s.
3 April // Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith // Keepers of the Flame + Q&A with director Nuala O’Connor // London, UK
4-21 April // Days of European Film // Black 47 // Světozor [8th] and Lucerna [10th], Prague // Panorama... Read More
Reflecting on the Sallins Mail Train Robbery case and a miscarriage of justice.
A veteran of the British Army struggles with post- traumatic stress disorder.
A portrait of artist and musician Kevin Nolan, diagnosed at 19 with schizoaffective disorder.
Amy has an amazing zest and love for life, despite going through struggles.
A Cuban woman’s motives for visiting the beauty salon everyday.
A man wakes up with a strange tune in his head. But what is it? And how did it get there?
A woman’s attempts to control her new life are being challenged by a person from her past.
After the sudden death of her adventure-loving spouse, Julia decides it’s time for a fresh start.
Sean races against the clock to his mother’s deathbed while dealing with inter-family politics over the phone.
An act of devotion gives a struggling young woman the strength to love.
A young mother is forced to find the balance between her maternal duties and her own desires.
Languishing in rural Ireland, Clare receives an opportunity to leave and kick-start her life. Will she take it?
A man wakes from a coma speaking a fully formed but unrecognisable language baffling linguistic experts from around the globe.
Awards: Best Short Film, IFTA, 2018 The Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama, Galway Film Fleadh, 2017 National... Read More
Dancing with the queer bones of British knight, Irish rebel and international humanitarian, Roger Casement.
The power of the female spirit to transcend and transform the human body.
A Sisyphean fisherman is tied to the worms he fishes with.
An unknown crisis darkens the heart of a mysterious wreck.
A couple’s burgeoning love becomes twisted by a malevolent entity.
Casper’s childlike beliefs clash with his older brother’s bleak reality.
Five friends go on a mountain bike ride in a isolated wood. But someone does not want them to be there.
Driving down a dark country road, Niall picks up a strange man who’s cradling a mysterious cardboard box.
A horror about a father’s shame after he and his son glimpse something frightening on a lonely, dark road.
Lana must face her demon and the trap into which she has been placed since childhood.
He loses his mind caring for an old man… An Irish retelling of Edgar Allen Poe’s classic Gothic tale.
Two thieves on the lam witness a phenomenon that may prove to be their salvation… or their doom.
Chief surgeon Dr.Amy McCarthy has a near perfect life until her past comes back to haunt her.
An isolated conspiracy theorist learns how to re-enter the outside world with the help of a mysterious accomplice.
An estranged grandmother and grandson are forced to live together for a brief period of time.
As the best man, Ed, doesn’t realise that his speech will be the most important that he will ever make.
In a small Irish town where secrets are rare, a local man goes to church to confess his.
MJ turns social media addiction to deadly revenge.
A journey through the unconscious mind of a man yearning for connection.
When a man discovers a boy following him on his daily trek, he wrestles with his sanity as he shakes away his haunting companion.
When words fail them both, music is all they have to bring them together.
Fisher returns to his community to make amends with his daughter but is it too little, too late?
Two ex-paramilitaries attempt to heal old wounds, but the secrets of the past won’t let the present lie.
A Roma boy attempts to find his footing in a city that does not fully accept him.
A deeply personal assessment of the highs, lows and personal risks of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement Referendum.
Two adolescent boys become aware of their budding sexuality. Based on a poem by Peter LaBerge.
A corporation markets a drug that can alter your sexuality, targeting wealthy straight customers and vulnerable gay people.
Mr Ripple chronicles the man behind Ireland’s oldest-serving ice cream van, and looks at this dying tradition.
A pioneering initiative within the Mental Health Service provides a space for hope and recovery for the local community.
Exploring the strange limbo state we experience in the aftermath of a breakup, Lint follows one person’s bizarre attempt at regaining some sense of normality.
A young driven female relay runner begins to question her sexuality when a new member joins the team.
Two crustaceans find love on a Belfast beach.
A string of confessions unveil a tale of religious guilt, sin and redemption in this short experimental drama set against the dramatic and rugged Northern Irish coastline.
In this dark comedy, a young man explores his attitude towards life and death when his suicide plans are interrupted.
A pitch-black comedy on the social contract of human endeavour between men and women in the paradox of modern life.
Sarah, a young writer, returns home to Ireland to face the challenges of what she ran away from.She attempts to see with mature eyes and to form a steady relationship amongst family drama surrounding her. When faced with a man... Read More
Two strangers meet on a park bench. But is one of them harbouring a dark secret?
6SKIN is a sound and image fantasia utilising vibrant dance, immersive soundscape and vivid animation.
Five Letters to the Stranger who will Dissect My Brain describes the soul-searching journey of first-year medical student Viv, whose first encounter with a cadaver in the anatomy room sends her a quest into the nature of what it means... Read More
Through the interspecies gaze we observe the of the most ancient and highly honoured dog breeds, the Saluki. Guiding us in love, preparing us in death and transforming us in life.
Atoosa Pour Hosseini’s work with super-8 conjures a mysterious territory that exists between memory, subjective perception and the objective materiality of the filmed image.
An experimental non-narrative film looking at time from a specific place, Glenbride in Co. Wicklow.
‘In the beginning, the earth was without form, and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep…’
There’s no replacement for a mother’s love.
After discovering that they were both married to the same man at the same time, two women try to cultivate a relationship between their children.
A new mother finds that having a baby causes her post-natal anxiety and intrusive thoughts.
When Caoimhe’s sister shows up in London to have an abortion, she is faced with a decision: whether or not to help her estranged sibling.
A woman’s inner child knows why she hurts herself and other’s around her. Is she ready to listen?
An actor is struggling badly with her latest role.
On this day, Maeve has set a deadline.
An introverted mother’s worst fears are amplified when she is stalked by the feral children living in the woods surrounding her home.
The Cocaine Famine is an Irish black comedy about cocaine and the futility of nationalism.
It’s the final disco of the Gaeltacht, and one thirsty fifteen-year-old is determined to get the shift against all odds.
Despite a grá for our native language, many Irish people fear speaking it. Comedian Aine Gallagher explores why.
A young boy begins to suspect his new neighbour is a world famous pianist who has been missing for over 20 years.
Daniel, a trumpet player whose best audience is his cows, must leave his rural surroundings to search for the uncle who inspired him, and the dream which eludes him.
A jogger and a young man try to save a car crash victim’s life.
“I didn’t get into photography to cover war. I didn’t go to Iraq or Afghanistan. I didn’t go to other wars in distant lands because I’m not interested in war. But here I am.”
Stuck outside looking in, Phil is forced to face the world he’s been ignoring. Now he must take a leap of faith or be trapped forever.
Once a year, estranged brothers Michael and Peter make a reluctant pilgrimage to the old fairground where their friend Sam went missing three decades ago. This time, Michael has a secret to confess.
Several years have passed since the suicide of his long-term girlfriend, and David is now in a new relationship. But a chance encounter with the dead woman’s sister raises complex questions about his complicity in her death.
A lost soul stumbles drunkenly through Dublin city. In a park, death finds him and shows him many things.
Tar éis Éirí Amach na Cásca, iompraíonn Tom a dheartháir gortaithe trí bhunchnoic Chill Mhantáin chun cabhair a fháil. Ach mar gheall ar chluiche páistí a bhaineann le haithne contráilte, ní thiteann rudaí amach mar ba chóir.
It is the... Read More
A child’s journey to reunite her parents leads Sophie to the realisation that ‘family’ comes in many guises.
Since ancient times the seventh son has been said o possess great magic. They are healers, in tune with nature, animals, and all living things.
1982, Cork. Roy is 11, small and sure he’s going to get on his club’s starting team. Even if no one else is.
A snapshot into the lives of a family of dancers in the West of Ireland. While preparing dinner, the mother brings to light their competitive edge.
Sraicfhéachaint ar shaol teaghlaigh damhsóirí in larthar na hÉireann. Nochtaíonn an mháthair an cumas... Read More
This sumptuous documentary pays homage to the life and ideas of Peter Rice, widely regarded as one of the most distinguished engineers of the late twentieth century. Without his innovations and collaborations with the leading architects of his time, some... Read More
Fintan’s already fragile relationship with his youngest daughter is put to the test with the arrival of some unexpected news.
Deadly tells the story of Boney, a working stiff who doesn’t care about his dead-end job. That is until, he has a run-in with a spirited old lady named Bridie…
It’s a hot summer and a young inner-city boy, Donal, is trying his hand at cutting lawns for pocket money. When he meets Gerry, his luck changes.
Two best-friends set out on a quest in pursuit of their first crush.
Somewhere Down the Line follows a man’s life, loves and losses, shown through the exchanges he has with the passengers in his car.
Violet is the cautionary tale of a young girl who despises her reflection. Tired of the abuse, her reflection decides she’s not going to take it any more…
The squeaky hinge gets the oil. But when the squeak escapes the oil, it’s sure to get you!
Jane is a neglected 12 year old working in the family shooting range. She’s always been good with guns, and one evening at the local carnival she gets a chance to prove it – forever altering the course of her... Read More
Up in the clouds, a nervous, young raindrop is terrified about his first fall to earth as an imminent storm rapidly approaches.
An autistic boy’s world is thrown into chaos as he searches for his mother.
A reflection on the intangible experience of grief, January Hymn sees Clara return home for the first anniversary of her father’s death.
A woman is excited about the approaching birth of her first child.
A shipwrecked fisherman takes shelter in an abandoned house on a remote island, but soon realises he is not alone.
Scaoiltear fear as an bpríosún le castáil ar a iníon fásta. Ach cuireann trioblóid agus náire sa bhaile baol ar saoirse an fir.
A man gets out of prison to see his adult daughter. Shame, rejection and trouble with his... Read More
A journey through the memories and hopes of people who have been displaced in life, exploring how they find their link home.
One Halloween night a smouldering suitcase was pulled off a bonfire in Dublin, saving a true story of love, loss and hope.
A young priest is sent to a remote island off the Irish coast to help protect an estranged fishing community from dark supernatural forces, but nothing is as it seems.
A man follows the orders of a dog to wear a coat with impossible pockets.
A sensitive but slightly oddball student enters the life of her unsuspecting teacher and wreaks havoc.
When a young boy asks Santa Claus for the ultimate gift, he sets out to prepare the entire neighbourhood for the big day. But the boy’s plans are turned upside down when he meets the one lady who doesn’t want... Read More
A black comedy in stop motion about the world’s second oldest man who learns that ambition can be a killer.
During the last year of The Great Famine in Ireland, a farmhand working for the local landlord has hardened his heart against his countrymen to ensure his own survival. But when he encounters a ghostly female figure stealing milk from... Read More
A charismatic television psychic is forced out of retirement by his two manipulative sons and taken on the road. The last obstacle to gaining a large cult following is a sceptical TV host determined to bring them down.
Exploring the life’s work of eight-year-old Glass Bender Paddy Dignam, this film follows the man who used the streets as his gallery, illuminating Ireland with one iconic piece of work at a time.
A group of friends are given lifelike baby dolls to care for over twenty four hours, but how will they rise to the challenges of teenage motherhood?
Retired butcher Joe Williams runs a boxing club in Rathkeale, Co. Limerick. He trains boxers from both settled and traveller communities. In a dying town where most of the buildings are empty, the boxing club is one of the few... Read More
Dr Andrew Rynne was the first doctor to perform vasectomies in Ireland, estimating that he has performed over 35,000. Persevering in the face of opposition from the Church and State in Ireland during the 1970s and 1980s, Dr Rynne continued... Read More
A grieving farmer becomes convinced — that his sheep are falling prey to a dangerous predator.
In an attempt to find and capture the creature he risks sacrificing his already strained marriage.
Jack is excited about heading out to sea on a fishing trip. But things take a sudden dark turn when his dad stops the boat and tellsJack that they have hit a monster.
What Jack sees in the water will... Read More
A father takes his daughters on an impromptu day out to the seaside with unsettling consequences.
Nora and Devon live in a bubble of electronic music, dance and intense young love in a tiny flat in Dublin city until they set out to confront someone from Nora’s childhood. Once there, Nora comes to the realisation of... Read More
A young man and his elderly father are terrorised by a mysterious black dog in Connemara in 1910.
Set in Ireland in the 1960s, The Wiremen is the fantastic tale about six-year-old Rosie as she hunts through the dark for a fairy only to encounter the mystical and terrifying Wiremen.
Awards: Best Irish short film, China Ireland International Film Festival,... Read More
One Sunday, Theo, who finds his family’s weekly church attendance to be an absolute bore-fest makes a brave decision that puts him at odds with the Son of God. Will Theo confess or will he hold fast, and risk dire... Read More
Arriving at a new home in Paris, Eve begins to explore the city, wandering through crowds devouring the freedom, with Max drifting around her — a companion, a burden, a mystery. Eve faces and tests herself, tests their bond and... Read More
When he manages to destroy the town’s beloved Virgin Mary statue, Charlie O’Connor does the only thing he can do; he frames his older brother.
A woman walks into a party dressed as Frida Kahlo, only to find that her version of unique has mass appeal.
A community of bedraggled misfits gather to mourn one of their own the only way they know how — an eccentric folk music funeral.
Where is Eva Hipsey? is an experimental animated film that blends documentary, fiction and poetry. Driven by curiosity and a desire to listen deeply, Eva explores and attempts to capture the world around her, stepping further and further away from... Read More
Danny ‘Danger’ Kelly is a retired journeyman boxer who accepts a last-minute fight. But there’s one problem – it’s his weekend to look after his teenage daughter, Leah. He thinks he has nothing to lose, while Leah just thinks he’s... Read More
A Back To The Future-obsessed traveller boy strives to finish building his own DeLorean replica before his family are evicted from their halting site.
A Holocaust survivor working in a New York funeral home makes a distressing discovery.
Delving into the peculiar, solitary psyche of West Cork open-water swimmer Stephen Redmond (the first person ever to complete the world-famous Ocean’s Seven Challenge), The Swimmer looks at the beauty and poetry of Stephen’s passion and touches the lives of... Read More
A son must overcome his own conflicted feelings and honour his father’s intentions to keep his mother alive, despite her expressed wish to the contrary.
Smithy & Dickie celebrates old love letters, while questioning how the current digital age is potentially obliterating any record of our most precious moments.
Ground down by endless nights awake, an insomniac takes a nighttime walk, where she finds comfort in a fellow sleepless stranger.
The world is poisoned. A sacrificial population is tasked with carving out a clean passage with neon lights between pockets of surviving civilisation. One ‘runner’ dares to race for her life against all the odds.
Discarded in death as they were in life, Mother & Baby bears witness to children of the ‘fallen’ women of Ireland.
A desperate castaway navigates shark-infested waters to reach a nearby island paradise, and pits his wits against an escalating run of extraordinary bad luck.
An elderly woman drifts back through her memories. She exists between two states, the past and the present.
Nominated for Academy Awards 2019.
In 1984, a tiny anonymous Tipperary village was thrust in to the world’s spotlight when US President Ronald Reagan arrived to visit his ancestral home. It was said that Ballyporeen would never be the same again…
Deposits concerns the connection of all the ‘Disappeared’, who are the remains of those murdered by the Provisional Irish Republican Army, and those killed centuries earlier by the British Redcoats. In common they are buried without trace, but are connected by... Read More
Faced with the prospect of yet another Christmas without her emigrated family, Alma, a lonely Irish grandmother, is at an all time low. This would-be tragedy quickly turns into a comedy as the universe conspires to bring her closer to... Read More
A man cruises around late at night looking for something. He pulls in to ask two young girls for directions – only to flash them to get a cheap thrill. Unfortunately, he has picked the wrong girls. They are also... Read More
An intimate portrait of Portuguese street artist Artur Bordalo as he aims to highlight the extent of our wastefulness and the impact this has on our environment through his ‘Trash Animals’ sculptures.
A baby whale separated from his family encounters a caged bird – the sole survivor of a shipwreck.
On a remote beach in the west of Ireland, Anne begins her journey to become the Bellwether – the sheep that can lead the flock.
A solitary man sets out to conquer an isolated island.
A random encounter between two young adults who have Down Syndrome and a group of youths has unexpected consequences which change the day for everyone.
1-3 March // Toronto Irish Film Festival // Under the Clock, Dublin Oldschool, Anseo i Lár an Ghleanna [In the Shadow of the Glen], The Camino Voyage, The Dig // TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3 // Toronto, Canada
2 March //... Read More
I, Dolours is the story of one of the first female leaders in the IRA. A member of a crack IRA unit which she claims was run by Gerry Adams, Dolours Price participated in the Old Bailey car bomb attack... Read More
1-9 February // Clermont Ferrand Film Festival // Yu Ming is Ainm Dom // Clermont Ferrand, France
8 February // Cinegael Montreal // Float Like a Butterfly // J.A. DeSève Cinema, Concordia University // Montreal, Canada
13 February // Irish Cultural Centre... Read More
We Ourselves is a formally unconventional film dealing with the lives of a group of seven friends over a period of more than two decades. In consecutive monologues, the film tells the story of Irish characters who worked together in... Read More
In rural Ireland in the 1960s, Frances (Hazel Doupe) is a young Traveller who has coped with tragedy from an early age. When her father Michael (Dara Devaney) is imprisoned, Frances learns to fend for herself and her brother, developing... Read More
A feature length docu-drama centered on an infamous event in Irish history, the brutal slaying in 1882 of a family of five in the remote village of Mám Trasna in the west of Ireland.
A swift and severe response from... Read More
Mick O’Dea RHA is one of Ireland’s most renowned living painters. His diverse range of work includes a ten-year study of the War of Independence, culled from found and researched images. As he prepares a monumental exhibition “The Foggy Dew”... Read More
This documentary (from the makers of Older than Ireland) celebrates the century-long tradition, firmly embedded in the hearts and minds of Dubliners, of meeting under Clery’s clock. This once-popular meeting place provides a starting point for a fascinating journey through... Read More
This feature-length documentary tells the story of generations dealing with the consequences of war and civil war in Ireland. It brings to light the diverse experiences of some of the 85,000 ordinary Irish men and women who made pension and... Read More
A powerful new documentary about the men who unwittingly became war photographers on the streets of their own Northern Irish towns. They did not leave home in search of war and adventure: the violence erupted around them. They expected a... Read More
Featuring the highly successful Starboard Home album and showcase gigs at the National Concert Hall, Dublin this documentary celebrates the formative bond between Dublin’s port, city and river through music, song and spoken word.
The film illustrates the songs, airs... Read More
A lyrical portrait of a brilliant yet tormented artist, Slán leis an gCeol (Farewell to Music) explores the complexities of a talented and philosophical man. Tony MacMahon, one of Ireland’s most remarkable traditional musicians, was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s and... Read More
Two rivals vie for the affections of Queen Anne in Yorgos Lanthimos’s deliciously caustic black comedy. Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz), the Duchess of Marlborough, has long been the trusted companion of the insecure, jealous and physically ailing monarch (Olivia... Read More
Given the number of films which have taken their inspiration from Ireland’s troubled history, the lack of those that depict the events of the Great Famine is all the more noticeable, and so credit is due to director Lance Daly... Read More
11 January // Cinegael Montreal – Spring season launch // Black 47 // J.A. DeSève Cinema, Concordia University // Montreal, Canada
24 January // Irish Cultural Centre // I, Dolours + Q&A with director Maurice Sweeney // Irish Cultural Centre,... Read More
Eighty-something Cavan bachelor Bobby Coote left school at 13 and says his reading and writing isn’t great. He spends his days fixing clocks and making violins from old furniture. But he’s never lost sight of a lifelong dream to take... Read More
In 1951 American musicologist Alan Lomax travelled to Ireland and, guided by piper Séamus Ennis, began recording and collecting traditional Irish songs and music. Released as the album Ireland, and credited with the folk and traditional music revivals of the... Read More
4th December // Embassy of Ireland lecture and cinema cycle dedicated to the work of Irish director Thaddeus O’ Sullivan // Citizen Lane // Lisbon, Portugal // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland Lisbon, Portugal
7th to 9th... Read More
Secluded deep in the forests of Central Europe, a strictly devout Christian community is suffering a crisis of faith following a series of unsettling incidents and a devastating loss. When a young man stumbles onto their compound bearing scars of... Read More
Katie Taylor has won six European and five world amateur championships and was a Gold Medal winner at the London 2012 Olympic Games. After a disastrous campaign at the Rio 2016 Olympics, she turned professional and attempted to rebuild a... Read More
An eccentric north Kildare cattle farmer campaigns for his rights against the planning decisions of the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) in Feargal Ward’s beautifully nuanced documentary.
The film charts Reid’s halting progress in his long battle with the IDA which... Read More
Roddy Doyle’s first original screenplay since When Brendan Met Trudy (2000) puts a human face to Dublin’s homeless issue and the increasing numbers of families affected.
Rosie (Sarah Greene), partner John Paul (Moe Dunford), and their four young children have... Read More
2nd to 3rd November // Copenhagen Irish Festival // Natural Grace, The Yellow Bittern // Copenhagen, Denmark // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland, Copenhagen
5th, 7th and 11th November // Irish Film Festival, Nova Southeastern University //... Read More
1994’s Eurovision, hosted by Ireland, featured interval act Riverdance, which would become an overnight sensation and an iconic worldwide cultural phenomenon, spawning an unprecedented interest in Irish dancing around the world. One such place was Finland, a country far more... Read More
Following the death of her husband, a lonely woman (Monica Dolan) nurses a dry, almost dead, potted fern back to life. As the plant thrives, an unlikely relationship develops as the fern becomes her constant companion, that is until a... Read More
One of cinema’s most prolific and impactful documentary directors, Alex Gibney, is best known for tackling big stories of international significance: Enron, Scientology, clerical sex abuse, and Al Qaeda. Here, he narrows his focus to explore the 1994 Loughinisland Massacre... Read More
Diving headlong into the volatile intersections of contemporary Moscow and the intimate lives of five people, Moscow Never Sleepsis multi-narrative drama about the hidden bonds that connects us all. An entrepreneur whose business empire comes under siege by powerful bureaucrats,... Read More
James Allen (Laurence O’Fuarain) is a successful, controlling, thirty-something banker living alone and working in Dublin city at the tail-end of the recession. When a family tragedy occurs at the hands of his employer he decides to take action which... Read More
3rd to 7th October // The Irish Festival of Oulu // Inside I’m Racing, Kíla: Pota Óir, Anseo i Lár an Ghleanna [In the Shadow of the Glen], Revolutions, In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America, Song of... Read More
The complexities of a father/son relationship are explored in this documentary from Irish director Donal Foreman.
Foreman, a passionate cinephile and keen filmmaker since childhood, grapples with the legacy of his estranged father, the late documentarian, Arthur MacCaig, whose decades-long... Read More
Inspired by true stories, seven interconnecting stories are set in and around the lost and found office of a train station in Ireland.
14th to 23rd September // Irish Culture Foundation / Fundacja Kultury Irlandzkiej // In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America, After 16 short films: The Party, My Life for Ireland, Goodbye Darling, A Father’s Letter, Granite and Chalk,... Read More
24 August // PolskaEire Festival // Sing Street // Ruda Śląska, Poland
The history of Ireland has been deeply affected by emigration, with almost 10 million people emigrating from the island of Ireland between 1800 and 2015. Charting the journeys of five Irish emigrants across four continents as they pursue a common... Read More
On the 16th of December 2016 a group of housing activists and trade unionists commandeered Apollo House, an empty Nama-controlled office block on Dublin’s Poolbeg Street and opened a shelter for homeless people. Joined by well-known public figures, including film... Read More
Spanning a decade that culminated in the 34th amendment to the Irish constitution, Linda Cullen and Vanessa Gildea’s IFTA-nominated documentary feature follows the founders and members of the Marriage Equality in Ireland organisation as they campaigned for the extension of... Read More
5th July // London Irish Centre Film Club // The Rocky Road to Dublin + The Making of The Rocky Road to Dublin // London, UK // Supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain
Emmet Kirwan’s play was a hit on the Irish stage, drawing from the author’s own experiences as he played Jason, an aspiring DJ whose life revolves around ‘the session’, but who is stopped in his tracks by a chance encounter... Read More
Two couples appear content in their middle-class Dublin lives: rewarding jobs, good work/life balance, happy kids and entertaining friends. Cracks begin to appear when Jim (Cillian Murphy) and Danielle (Eva Birthistle) discover that Yvonne (Catherine Walker) and Chris (Andrew Scott)... Read More
To celebrate one hundred years of women’s suffrage, artist Noel Murphy embarked on a six-month journey to paint the 53 sitting women members of the Houses of the Oireachtas in one single portrait, unveiled in the Oireachtas on International Women’s... Read More
This atmospheric, hallucinatory drama about youth at risk in small-town Ireland represents an auspicious feature debut for Northern Irish director Aoife McArdle, who brings to the cinema screen the dynamic visual sense she honed through working on celebrated music videos.
The Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon animation studio (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea) returns with another Oscar-nominated triumph; directed by Nora Twomey – co-director of Kells – The Breadwinner is a beautifully realised ode to resilience under oppression and... Read More
Reta Winters (Catherine Keener) has many reasons to be happy: her three teenage daughters, her twenty‐year relationship with her husband, and her work as a successful translator and novelist. But suddenly, all the quiet satisfactions of her life disappear when... Read More
Dafhyd Flynn plays Michael McCrea, an impressionable 18-year-old living with his grandfather Francis (Lalor Roddy) in a Dublin housing estate. His life is derailed when he is caught holding a bag of drugs for a friend’s older brother and sentenced... Read More
Over 30,000 students prepare for piano exams each year in Ireland. In this delightfully quirky and uplifting documentary, we are invited into the world of the piano lesson. The film examines the special bond between piano teachers and their pupils,... Read More
Experimental filmmaker Dean Kavanagh’s latest work is a genre-defying exploration of the cinematic apparatus. The film concerns a character (played with corporeal intensity by Cillian Roche) who happens upon a group undergoing bestial metamorphosis. Narrative is not at the forefront... Read More
Phantom Islands is an experimental film that exists at the boundaries of documentary and fiction. Directed by Rouzbeh Rashidi, with the visual intensity that has marked him as one of Ireland’s most radical and unique filmmakers, it follows a couple... Read More
Director Niall McCann’s observational drama centres on well-known Irish musician Adrian Crowley. While being interviewed by a film crew for his latest album, an interruption causes Adrian to ponder – what would a film about his life be like? Could... Read More
Following the success of Fortune’s Wheel (about Bill Stephens, the Fairview lion tamer), director Joe Lee focuses now on another Dublin neighbourhood, Inchicore, to tell the extraordinary story of life as lived over 200 years in Richmond Barracks, Keogh Square and St... Read More
A young autistic boy fascinated with motorsport unexpectedly finds a chance to put his passion to the test.
Director Aleksander Szeser captures the essence of Formula racing in this short film shot at Dublin’s Mondello Park, while Ethan Dodd embodies an... Read More
A crew of explorers takes to the beloved, sacred Camino de Santiago – not by land but by sea – in this evocative, immersive documentary by director Dónal Ó Ceilleachair (Aisling Gheal, Ó Chúil Aodha go hÓileán Í). The adventurers,... Read More
3rd June // Eve Film Festival // Revolutions // Ottawa, Canada
3rd June // European Film Festival // Kissing Candice // Sibiu, Romania // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland, Bucharest
7th June // Equality Week Warsaw // Queen of Ireland... Read More
2nd May // Festival Eurocine // The Drummer and the Keeper // Medellín, Colombia
3rd May // Festival Eurocine // The Drummer and the Keeper // Calí, Colombia
7th to 13th May // European Film Festival // Kissing Candice [12th May] // Bucharest, Romania... Read More
3rd April // Centre Culturel Irlandais // Maze // Paris, France
4th April // Irish Film Festival London presents a UK tour of In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America and Q&A with director Maurice Fitzpatrick // Leeds, UK
5th... Read More
1st – 4th March // Chicago Irish Film Festival // In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America, A Little Bit of Tear, I’m Talking to You, Markey’s Bad Week, Writing Home, Thespish, The Breadwinner, Zoo, Keep it Reel, Puc... Read More
3rd – 11th February // Cine O’Clock: Cinéma britannique & irlandais // A Date for Mad Mary, Patrick’s Day // Lyons, France
6th February // Centre Culturel Irlandais // It’s Not Yet Dark, The Sound of People // Paris, France
23rd – 24th February // The... Read More
Kíla: Pota Óir is a portrait of one of Ireland’s most respected cult bands who merge folk and world music traditions into a euphoric live experience. Now in their 30th year, Kíla, formed by a bunch of musical youths in... Read More
5th – 14th January // Fenians, Fremantle and Freedom Festival // Maze, In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America, Sing Street, Song of the Sea // Fremantle, Australia
26th January // Irish Language, A Day of Irish Literature, Film and Song //... Read More
Alan Gilsenan’s feature documentary tells the incredible story of Eliza Lynch, the Cork-born woman who became lover to Francisco Solano López, later the president of Paraguay. Maria Doyle Kennedy captures the spirit of Eliza in her later years, while Paraguayan... Read More
A searing portrait of one of Ireland’s most renowned traditional musicians, concertina player Noel Hill, as he recovers from a serious assault that left him a battered shadow of his former self. Noel Hill’s dream of a new life with... Read More
Featuring 30 men and women, all born before 1916, Older than Ireland is something of a landmark documentary that explores what it means to have lived 100 years, and more, in Ireland. Director Alex Fegan, who recently took the measure... Read More
Panti Bliss – AKA Rory O’Neill – is many things: Ireland’s premiere drag queen, successful businesswoman and, most recently, an accidental activist and campaigner on the world stage championing LGBT rights. Described by long-time co-conspirator Niall Sweeney as a “glamorous... Read More
This piercing new film by Carol Morley offers us the true story of an ill-fated modern-day Eleanor Rigby. In 2006, council officials forcibly entered a north London flat with an eviction notice, only to recoil at the decomposing body of Joyce Carol Vincent, a woman... Read More
Playwright Ed Smith (Matthew O’Brien) has fallen far from the heights of his early success on the Dublin stage. When he receives word of a family bereavement he travels home to Mayo to attend the funeral and reconnect with family... Read More
Screening in tribute to filmmaker Simon Fitzmaurice, this is an inspirational portrait of a filmmaker who recently lost his battle against Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
When he was diagnosed with MND in 2008, Simon was told he had four years... Read More
A programme of seven of the short films commissioned by the Arts Council and TG4, in association with the Galway Film Centre, for Splanc! 2016. This is a special edition of the Irish-language documentary scheme in which film artists provide their creative responses... Read More
Part documentary, part reverie,
I Am Belfast is Mark Cousins’ film exploration of the city he calls home.
Incorporating contemporary dream-like sequences, archival film and a haunting score by David Holmes, the film portrays the city in an ethereal light not... Read More
This compendium of short films invites us into the quirkily observed world of director Ken Wardrop and producer Andrew Freedman. Their early work as classmates at the National Film School at IADT in Dun Laoghaire reveals the roots of the... Read More
Born and Reared explores contemporary Northern Ireland through the lives of four men living in the aftermath of violent conflict. In Northern Ireland today communities struggle to come to terms with the horrors and sacrifices of the past. Four men, of... Read More
In 1961 George Best, a shy well-mannered Belfast teenager, was recruited by Manchester United to become what Pelé would call “the greatest player in the world”. A devilishly charismatic figure, Best achieved celebrity status early. His football was transcendent (playing... Read More
The Road to God Knows Where was a breakthrough, iconoclastic film for Alan Gilsenan and remains a memorable zeitgeist movie of Ireland in a transformational decade. The 1980s was a period of social regression, emigration and political crisis. Capturing the... Read More
Acclaimed filmmaker Pat Collins (Silence) presents the life story of legendary sean nós singer Joe Heaney (Seosamh Ó hÉanaí). The film celebrates the genius of the musician while painting an unflinching portrait of a deeply enigmatic and complex man. Born in Connemara in... Read More
The Welfare of Tomás Ó Hallissy is a new film work by Irish-born, Turner Prize-winning artist Duncan Campbell. Filmed in and around the Kerry village of Dún Chaoin the film integrates newly-scripted dramatised material with footage from The Village (1968),... Read More
The GAZE on Tour 2017 Irish LGBT shorts programme explores the past, present and future of the Irish LGBT experience, and portrays the spectrum of storytelling produced on our island.
Tuesday Night Director: Michael Healy A dark comedy about the... Read More
In this keenly anticipated second feature documentary, Ken Wardrop explores a series of mother/
son relationships to reveal the universality of their experience. Zooming in on the state of Oklahoma, recently voted the manliest state in the USA, Wardrop finds his... Read More
In this provocative political thriller which deals with the complexities of post-Troubles Northern Ireland, diplomat Henry Stanfield (Roger Allam) has been appointed by the PM to lead the recently established Truth Commission. His attention is brought to focus on three... Read More
In their documentary debut Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor take as their point of departure the compelling 18th Century figure Ambrose O’Higgins (father of Bernardo O’Higgins, the first leader of independent Chile) and attempt to retrace his remarkable journey from... Read More
In 1879, fifteen people in the village of Knock, Co. Mayo witnessed an apparition of the Virgin Mary.
The village was declared a Marian Shrine and today welcomes over one million pilgrims annually. Aoife Kelleher (One Million Dubliners) builds a... Read More
In the spring of 1981 Bobby Sands, a Republican prisoner in Belfast’s H-Block, began a sixty-six day hunger strike which drew the attention of the world to his campaign for recognition as a political prisoner. This focus on the Northern... Read More
Free-spirited Meg thinks she has everything she wants, a great job and an exciting social life. But things are suddenly turned upside-down when she finds herself needing the one thing that she least expected – a baby. With the clock... Read More
In 1975 Irish immigrant Denis Mulcahy of the NYPD bomb squad began a scheme offering children from Northern Ireland respite from the Troubles. Project Children ultimately brought more than 20,000 Catholic and Protestant children to suburban USA for summer-long visits... Read More
For a fleeting moment in the early 1980s Tommy Byrne was the world’s greatest Formula 1 driver, a man who looked set to rival Senna and Schumacher with his fearless style and his record-breaking speeds. Coming from humble Dundalk roots... Read More
Takasera, a village in Western Nepal, is settled on a hill above an ancient lakebed, composed of hundreds of tightly interwoven houses, giving an appearance of a giant buzzing bee-hive. Surrounded by mountains, and connected only by a dead-end dirt... Read More
Ivor Browne has been a central figure in Irish mental health for many decades. Some people wish he wasn’t. Yet many people owe their lives to him. Browne somehow managed to be part of the establishment while still being one... Read More
This observational feature – at times intimate, at times epic – embeds itself in a community of surfers in Lahinch, Co. Clare, following their on-and off-season lives over the course of a sea-buffeted year. The surfers have dedicated their lives... Read More
After an eclectic range of films in recent years, Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In America) returns to Irish themes and material with this adaptation of Sebastian Barry’s acclaimed novel. The elderly Rose (the inimitable Vanessa Redgrave) is the last... Read More
Hidden just outside the town of Kells in County Meath is an enchanting, worn and weathered country house now home to Headfort, Ireland’s only boarding school for primary school children.
At its heart is a bemused elderly couple, John and... Read More
Revolution in Colour reclaims the story of the Irish struggle for independence during the first quarter of the 20th century from the remote world of black and white to the vibrant world of living colour. A meticulous job of colourisation brings a... Read More
Returning to boarding school after the holidays, Ned (Fionn O’Shea), a bullied but resilient outsider, is dismayed to find he has been assigned a new roommate, Conor (Nicholas Galitzine), a rugby-playing Adonis. When Conor is drafted into the gang of... Read More
Blood Fruit takes us back to the height of the apartheid regime in South Africa in 1984 when Mary Manning, a 21-year-old Dunnes Stores checkout girl, refused to sell Outspan grapefruits under direction from her union in support of the anti-apartheid... Read More
Amanda Coogan: Long Now is an exploration of Coogan’s durational performance art practice. The film follows Coogan during a grueling six week live durational exhibition; I’ll sing you a song from around the town.
Hosted in Dublin’s RHA Gallery, the exhibition became... Read More
Ruth (Caoilfhionn Dunne) is a woman filled with rage, guilt and self-loathing, unable to forgive herself for a drunken indiscretion with a colleague which resulted in the loss of her husband and her unborn child. As her moodswings and angry... Read More
Director Lorcan Finnegan’s debut feature sees land surveyor Eric (Alan McKenna) working in a remote woodland area.
Having begun his task alone, the location has unsettled Eric, a situation not alleviated by the arrival of assistant and mistress Olivia (Niamh... Read More
‘Smolt (n.) Young salmon migrating to sea for first time.’
While trying to offload secondhand cigarettes, two 12-year-olds, Darren and Leon, become embroiled in a saga involving counterfeit football jerseys. Conceived in the style of a bootleg VHS, award-winning filmmaker... Read More
Revolutions introduces the exciting, sometimes brutal, world of women’s roller derby, a non-traditional sport that is gaining popularity but still operates well outside the sporting mainstream. Director Laura McGann followed a number of women over four years as they commit... Read More
John Connors plays Jay Connolly, a part-time DJ and low-level drug dealer living in Darndale, an area rife with gangland violence, drugs and social problems. When his welfare payments are cut off, he decides it’s time to start dealing more... Read More
Larry, a young man with Down syndrome, is in love with Sophie, who has severe epilepsy, and is keen to express his love for her. With the help of their care-worker, they plan a romantic afternoon in a Galway hotel... Read More
Still working at the age of 95, Pritzker Prize-winning Irish-American architect Kevin Roche is an enigma. He is at the very top of his profession but has little interest in fame or fortune. Roche’s architectural philosophy is that “the responsibility... Read More
Inspired by the true story of the escape by 38 IRA prisoners from the notorious Maze Prison in 1983 (which left one prison officer dead and others seriously injured), Maze is a post-hunger strike narrative which eschews jailbreak high-jinx in favour of... Read More
Three miles off the coast of Florida a five-year-old Cuban boy Elián González is rescued from a sinking boat. 11 other passengers, including the boy’s mother, have drowned.
The film plots how the custody battle between the boy’s Cuban father and... Read More
An intimate portrait of three people caught up in the chaotic and often violent developments shaping modern-day Cambodia.
Shot by BAFTA-nominated Irish director Chris Kelly over six years, the film charts the gradual politicisation of two young mothers and one Buddhist monk,... Read More
Bergen-Belsen survivor Tomi Reichental has embarked on a lifelong quest to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive so that its horrors will never be repeated. Now Tomi symbolically celebrates his 80th birthday in a Dublin mosque and embarks on... Read More
Emer Reynolds’s enthralling documentary details NASA’s ambitious Voyager program which, in 1977, launched two probes whose original mission was to study the outermost planets of the Solar System, but went on to become the first human-created object to enter interstellar... Read More
The Lithuanian town of Visaginas is just forty years old but already it faces an uncertain future.
Created to service a nuclear power plant which showcased the wonders of Soviet technology to the West, the city floundered with its closure following the disintegration of the USSR. The inhabitants,... Read More
Caring for horses gives purpose and joy to Lorna, a 17-year-old living in the Dublin suburb of Ballymun.
A fiercely capable and determined young woman, she has her heart set on becoming a farrier, traditionally a male preserve. Her unemployed father, who shares her love of horses,... Read More
Cistercian monk Brother Geraldus (Stanley Weber) arrives on the shores of early-13th century Ireland with the aim of obtaining a religious relic of great significance from a remote community of fellow monks.
His ultimate goal is to present the object... Read More
Though crippled with debilitating arthritis, Maudie (Sally Hawkins) is forced to forge her own path when her brother sells their home. A twist of fate leads her to a job as cleaning lady for taciturn fisherman Ethan Hawke), living in... Read More
Exploring the decades-long campaign by Nobel Prize winner John Hume to secure peace in Northern Ireland, Maurice Fitzpatrick reveals how Hume, inspired by Martin Luther King and rising from the riot-torn streets of Northern Ireland, enlisted an army of heavy-weight... Read More
Irishwoman Mary Elmes (1908-2002) is a remarkable unsung heroine who saved hundreds of children from the horrors of the Spanish Civil War and from the concentration camps of World War II.
In a film narrated by Winona Ryder, Andrew Gallimore pieces together the jigsaw of her... Read More
Drummer Gabriel (Dermot Murphy), recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder, is forced to curb his erratic behaviour when his therapist changes his medication and insists he join a special football team.
When he meets goalkeeper Christopher (Jacob McCarthy), a 17-year-old with... Read More
Seán Mannion, a talented boxer from the quiet Gaeltacht village of Ros Muc, Co Galway, left Ireland for Boston in the 1970s and rose to the heights of New York’s Madison Square Gardens where, in October 1984, he fought for the WBA light middleweight crown.
This... Read More
Successful author Daniel Doran enjoys a luxurious but vacuous London lifestyle funded by a string of international bestsellers of dubious merit.
When his estranged father falls ill, he reluctantly returns home to the Irish village of Darlingford where he faces... Read More
3rd – 4th November // IrishFest Atlanta // Atlanta, USA
4th November // How Green is the Emerald Isle? // University of St Thomas in Minnesota, Center for Irish Studies // Atlantic // Minnesota, USA
8th – 9th November // Bram... Read More
5th – 9th October // Irish Film Week, Oulu // The Summit, Mairead Farrell : Unfinished Conversation, My Name Is Emily, Brooklyn, The Sea // Oulu, Finland
6th – 8th October // Irish Film Festival, Bangkok // Once, Ryan’s Daughter,... Read More
13th, 14th, 17th, 21st September // Semana de Irlanda de Zaragoza // Eden, His and Hers, Newsreel Programme, 1916: The Irish Rebellion // Zaragoza, Spain
21st – 23rd September // Irish Film Festival, San Francisco // A Date for Mad... Read More
17th – 20th August // Irish Focus at the Festival Hviezdne noci Bytča // The Dead Man of ARAN, Young Cassidy, The Quiet Man, Poitín, Irish Destiny, My Left Foot, Sing Street, The Secret of Kells, Adam and Paul, A Date for... Read More
9th – 30th June // A Celebration of James Joyce // Ulysses, Bloom // Vilnius, Lithuania
16th June // Centre Culturel Irlandais // Bloom // Paris, France
22nd June // Irish Film London ‘Irish Film Makers Meet Up’ // London, UK
22nd –... Read More
Recently re-released in a superb new print, Henri-Georges Cluzot’s Le Corbeau has been one of the great unseen classics of French cinema. Now considered a masterpiece from a director with one of the bleakest visions of human nature in the... Read More
Interested in learning more about courses in film? To respond to the many requests we get each term about opportunities for studying film at third level, we are holding a Careers Day for students. Representatives from the major colleges will... Read More
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