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The past few months have seen IFI International collaborations with many diverse cultural events around the globe.

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

Our friends from the Baton Rouge Irish Film Festival brought their famed Louisiana hospitality to Dublin when they visited IFI during August and presented the O’Kalem Audience Award for Best Irish Short Film to the filmmakers of Man to Man.

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

A new partnership in Vancouver saw sold-out screenings of The Drummer and the Keeper in June, and Michael Inside in September at Vancity Theatre. This is building up to the inaugural Vancouver Irish Film Festival which will take place in early December.

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

The Embassy of Ireland in Bangkok hosts their annual Irish Film Festival with screenings of My Left Foot, In the Name of Peace, John Hume in America, Song of the Sea and Once, from the 21st to 23rd of 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

Following a successful ciné-concert screening of Tír na nÓg at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth in June, Culture Ireland’s GB18 programme continues throughout the autumn with the launch of a new programme of experimental work curated by Alice Butler and co-presented by IFI and LUX  at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle on 25th October, featuring work from artists Laura Fitzgerald, Ronan McCrea, Doireann O’Malley, Sharon Whooley and a live performance by Saoirse Wall. The Liverpool Irish Festival will host a screening of archival film Lamb in association with Empty Spaces Cinema on 21st October. Seminal documentary The Irishmen – An Impression of Exile will be presented by Dr Lance Pettit at HOME, Manchester on the 27th of November. On the 25th of November at the Barbican London,  the IFI, the London Irish Film Festival and The UK Jewish Film Festival  co-present  the silent comedy The Cohens and Kellys (1922) accompanied by a live Irish/Klezmer score performed by Dermot Dunne, Nick Roth, Cora Lunny and Adrian Mantu. And meanwhile the London Irish Centre’s Autumn Film Club programme has just got underway.

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.

IFI International continues to collaborate with Irish embassies around the world to bring first class Irish films to new audiences. This includes screenings of Sanctuary at the Minds Festival in Singapore, in association with the embassy in Singapore; An Island will represent Ireland at the Animated Spirits festival in association with the embassy in Tokyo; and the embassy in Uganda is finalising plans for the EU Film Festival which will take place in Rwanda in October.

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.



MARCH 2018

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

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

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

Song of Granite

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

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

Revolutions showing at Shebeen Flick Irish Film Festival Berlin

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

Barry Ward as Gordon Close in Maze, showing in Moscow, Belgrade, Sarajevo, Australia. Photo © Marcin Lewandowski

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

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.

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

IFI International is the IFI’s Irish Film Programming service for international exhibitors, and is supported by Culture Ireland. For more information, please contact
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