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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 team at the Irish Film Institute, like many other cultural organisations, is currently contemplating the devastating effects of COVID-19 for our patrons, funders and supporters. We hope that you and your loved ones are all keeping well and safe during these very strange times.
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. The Irish Film Institute is Ireland’s national cultural institution for film. It provides audiences throughout Ireland and abroad 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.
While we are all taking a collective breath, we have been sharing more of the work that takes place behind the scenes to our community through our digital channels including our subscriber newsletters, social media (find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), and globally available, always-free access for everyone to the IFI Player. We hope that you have been enjoying the featured material from our archive, trivia, the new IFI Podcasts and recorded Q&As which highlight the wealth of resources we have on offer in relation to all our activities.
Behind the scenes, the breadth of the impact of COVID-19 for the IFI remains to be seen and we are working to be as ready as possible for the next steps. As a charity, all our revenues go back into the organisation including all our planned activities for our educational programmes and the work of our archive in ensuring the preservation of our heritage for generations to come, as well as the payback of loans on ongoing capitals work and the projected income to support all of our not-for-profit activities.
As you are probably aware, the loss of revenue has deep implications for us and the people that we provide services to – the extent of which we cannot fully gauge yet. IFI gratefully receives 25% of its funding from the Arts Council and the rest of our income is generated through our in-house streams and fundraising.
If you would like to help us, we would be most appreciative of your support and you can see the various options below including details on tax relief and US donations.
We hope to have our home up and running to welcome you all back with our full team of 83 staff as soon as possible. We will keep in contact with all of our supporters throughout this time.
If you have any questions at all, please contact Jessica Hilliard, our Head of Development & Fundraising, firstname.lastname@example.org who will be very happy to help you.
In the meantime, we wish you and yours the very best of health and care at this time.
Everyone at the IFI
Donations of over €250 from individual Irish tax payers qualify for tax relief and will mean an additional 31% of that donation in support to IFI. Contact Jessica Hilliard to discuss this in more detail – email@example.com Irish companies can also avail of tax relief on their donations.
American donors can support the IFI in two ways and still avail of their tax benefits.
You can choose to join us as an American Friend of the IFI here.
Alternatively, you can make a donation online via the American Friends of the Arts in Ireland via their website here. Please choose ‘Film Preservation & Education’ to ensure that your donation is directed to the IFI.
We value every donation, and we are committed to the highest levels of transparency in how we spend state and private contributions. The IFI has adopted the Statement of Guiding Principles on Fundraising, available here.
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The IFI is supported by The Arts Council