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We caught up with our international festival partners, along with Culture Ireland, at the Galway Film Fleadh to discuss new approaches to the global programming of Irish films, and of course to see lots of new Irish films. Highlights included features The Dig, Metal Heart, Good Favour and Black 47, and documentaries Katie, The Man Who Wanted to Fly, The Image You Missed and I, Dolours.
Katie – Ross Whitaker’s documentary was a resounding success at Galway Film Fleadh
L-R: Matt Watson (Council Member, District 11 Baton Rouge, Louisiana), Katie Pryor (Executive Director Film Baton Rouge), Patrick Mulhearn (Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives Louisiana Economic Development), Rua Meegan (Man to Man short film), Laura McDavitt Co-Chair Baton Rouge Irish Film Festival, Hugh Gormley (Man to Man short film) Photo: Scot McDavitt
We’re very proud to collaborate with the San Sebastian Film Festival on a major retrospective of the work of UK film director Muriel Box and are contributing Irish feature This Other Eden from the Irish Film Archive. The retrospective will then travel to the Filmoteca Española in Madrid and Valencia, and to the Festival Lumière in Lyon.
The British & Irish Film Season in Luxembourg, running from the 19th to 29th of September, sees several Irish films attended by their respective directors: Black 47 (Lance Daly), Good Favour, (Rebecca Daly), The Camino Voyage (Dónal Ó Céilleachair), In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America (Maurice Fitzpatrick), and Grá & Eagla (Áine Gallagher). Also screening are The Drummer and the Keeper, Inside I’m Racing, Shelter Me: Apollo House, and The Flag, alongside an equally impressive selection of British films.
Rebecca Daly’s Good Favour is screening at the Luxembourg British and Irish Season in September
Also taking place in September, from the 27th to 29th, is the San Francisco Irish Film Festival, hosting Song of Granite, The Breadwinner and Michael Inside, and a programme of new Irish short films.
Our most northerly partnership is with the Irish Festival of Oulu, taking place from 3rd to 8th October in northern Finland, with screenings of Inside I’m Racing, Kila: Pota Óir, Anseo i Lár an Ghleanna / In the Shadow of the Glen, Revolutions, In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America and Song of Granite, alongside a fine programme of Irish music and dance.
Dafhyd Flynn in Frank Berry’s acclaimed Michael Inside, screening at the San Francisco Irish Festival in October
Liam Neeson and Hugh O’Conor in the 1985 classic Lamb, screening as part of Culture Ireland’s GB18 programme at the Liverpool Irish Festival in the George Lees Building in association with Empty Spaces Cinema.
The flagship Irish Film Festival in London, which recently announced Colin Farrell as its newest patron, will take place from the 21st to 25th of November with its programme of contemporary Irish films soon to be revealed.
A full list of IFI International events can be found on our website.
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 – opening film at Belgrade Irish Film Week on 13th March
Revolutions showing at Shebeen Flick Irish Film Festival Berlin
Barry Ward as Gordon Close in Maze, showing in Moscow, Belgrade, Sarajevo, Australia. Photo © Marcin Lewandowski
Following successful ciné-concerts in Glasgow and Dundee last month, Culture Ireland’s GB18 film programme continues with a screening of Sidney Olcott’s 1923 silent film Little Old New York, with live accompaniment at London’s Barbican on the 18th of March. The ciné-concert will travel to the Irish Arts Center in New York and American Film Institute in Washington on the 17th and 18th of AprilThe line-up for the Irish Film Festival in Boston, from the 22nd to 25th of March, includes two Irish-language documentaries, the poignant result of emigration evident in Anseo i Lár an Ghleanna / In the Shadow of the Glen, and the portrait of traditional Irish musician in Noel Hill: Aisling Ghéar. Equally compelling are Alex Gibney’s No Stone Unturned and award-winning Voyager documentary The Farthest with director Emer Reynolds in attendance, and director Alex Mulligan is the guest for his screening of The Limit Of.
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