The home of film in Ireland.
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“Film is history, with every foot of film that is lost we lose a link to our culture, to the world around us, and to ourselves.” Martin Scorsese
The Irish Film Institute (IFI) is Ireland’s national cultural institution for film. It provides audiences throughout Ireland with access to the finest independent, Irish and international cinema; it preserves and promotes Ireland’s moving image heritage through the IFI Irish Film Archive; and it provides opportunities for audiences of all ages and backgrounds to learn about and critically engage with film. The IFI comprises three core activities: to Exhibit, Preserve, and Educate, and operates in Dublin, nationally and internationally.
As the home of film in Ireland, we seek to be an inspiring, creative influence and promote a wider understanding of film culture and its critical importance.
IFI annually screens over 5,000 films in our home in Temple Bar, welcoming over 200,000 people through our doors. Through IFI National, we curate programmes in 23 counties at regional venues in Ireland, and through IFI International we screen overseas in over 50 venues in 80 countries to audiences of over 47,000 people. Over 20,000 students across the country engage with our activities through our schools programmes. We are currently running a three-year-long pilot for after-school film clubs, presenting work to young people around the country. This is all alongside our regular screenings, discussions, workshops, education programmes and archive activities.
We look after the nation’s unique and precious moving image heritage by preserving and protecting Irish film at the IFI Irish Film Archive. There we collect, preserve and where possible, digitise Irish moving image heritage from 1897 to the present day. We encourage audiences young and old to explore their love of film through a wide range of special events and education activities.
We’ve also been expanding into the digital sphere with the free, globally available IFI Player, launched in 2016. This showcases the work of the IFI Irish Film Archive online, or via our app on your phone or on your smart TV. There are over 174,000 unique users of the free IFI Player globally and it has been accessed over one million times by viewers. It provides an insight into the rich history of moving image film that tells the story of our nation.
Please help us continue to achieve incredible things. We have ambitious plans to digitise the entire archive in order to safeguard and share this extraordinary treasure trove charting Ireland’s history, for audiences now and in the future. We want to nurture the talents of young people through a nationwide network of clubs and screenings, and improve their media literacy in an era of fake news. We are dedicated to showcasing Irish cinema, providing a richly diverse programme of international, Irish and independent films, unrivalled anywhere else in Ireland.
Our ambition is limitless, but our resources are not! Your support is vital to our continued success in developing all of this unique work. Whilst we gratefully receive approximately 25% public funding from the Arts Council, we need to raise the balance of our income through other activities e.g. box office income is approximately 34%, development and fundraising activities bring in 27%, and the remaining 14% is through our café, shop, and venue hires
As a charity, we rely on the generosity and support of individuals, funders, trusts and foundations, corporate partners and sponsors to support our work.
There are number of ways you can become help, whilst also enjoying greater access to the most hotly anticipated films, invitations to special events, complimentary tickets and a range of enticing benefits.
You’ll find more information on all of these options here on our website. We’d love to hear from you too in person. You can contact us on (01) 6795744, ask for Jessica, John or Núria or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IFI is supported by The Arts Council