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Irish Film Festivals Worldwide

US Irish Film Festivals

The US Irish Film Festivals provide a very important function for the Irish film industry.  Not only do American and Irish American audiences get to engage with Irish films, filmmaking talent and culture but the festivals also offer a network of cultural ambassadors with important local and press contacts.  In an ever increasingly difficult distribution environment these festivals offer unparalleled support for Irish films and potential opportunities when forming part of your US distribution plan.

All of the festival programmers are very open to discussing with you how best they could serve the needs of your film in the US.



In 2005 Solas Nua (an organisation dedicated to contemporary Irish arts) produced its first annual Irish Film Festival.  It has since gone on to become the largest Irish film festival in the US and shows more Irish language films than any other American Irish film festival.  Capital Irish Film Festival Facebook Page


When:  March

Founded in 1999, the festival offers filmmakers awards in four categories:  Best Film, Best Documentary, Best Short Fiction/Animation and Director's Choice.  The Annual Excellence Award honours filmmakers whose work brings the very best of Ireland and the Irish to audiences around the world. Boston Irish Film Festival Facebook Page


When:  March

Founded in 2000, the festival screens classic and comtemporary features, documentaries, shorts and animation and is a showcase for Irish film production that embraces innovation, independence and creativity that is rooted in Ireland's rich cultural heritage.  The festival takes place in the Beverly Arts Centre.  Chicago Irish Film Festival Facebook Page


When:  September

The festival is about celebrating the Irish passion for story telling. Coupled with the treasures of the movie-making past, LAIFF also presents modern cinematic works as diverse as they are unique thus creating a type of cinematic baromiter for the cultural climate of Ireland. 


When: October

IFNY aims to help Irish films and filmmakers find a market in the United States by fostering partnerships between Irish and US-based film institutes. It connects producers and directors and holds many film screenings and Q&As with filmmakers throughout the year. IFNY hosted its inaugural annual Irish Film Festival at NYU’s Cantor Film Center in September 2011. Irish Film New York Facebook Page


When:  September

Founded in 2003, the San Francisco Irish Film Festival presents the very best in contemporary Irish cinema, celebrating features, documentaries, Irish language films and short films.


When:  March

The festival was formed to showcase contemporary Irish films with a focus on independently produced work and those that have yet to receive international distribution.  The festival aims to inspire audiences with thought provoking and powerful stories that are universal yet told from an Irish viewpoint by Irish filmmakers.  Irish Reels Film Festival Facebook Page

Toronto Irish Film Festival

When:  March 

The Toronto Irish Film Festival (TIRFF) was founded in April 2009 and celebrates the very best of Irish cinema and promotes the work of Irish filmmakers to the greater Toronto Irish community and the Toronto film festival public. With sold-out screenings in 2010, 2011 & 2012, TIRFF has quickly assumed the role of primary promoter of Irish film within Canada.  Reaching a potential audience of 250k Torontonians of Irish descent, as well as millions of movie lovers, TIRFF provides a unique cultural destination for Toronto and Ontario based ex-patriots, from the very old and the very new, to connect with the culture of home through the magic of cinema.

Irish Film Festival London

When: November

The Irish Film Festival London was born in 2011, presenting the latest and greatest Irish film and animation to a London audience. Through premiere screenings, director Q&A's, related workshops, exhibitions and performances, the festival aims to bring together industry professionals, film fans and fans of Irish arts and culture alike. Focusing on Irish productions, scripts and casts, the festival strives to build a significant platform for Irish film in London, and to ensure that we continue to promote the best of Irish creative talent here in the UK.

Twitter:  @irishfilmlondon
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/IrishFilmFestivalLondon


Moscow Irish Film Festival

When:  March

Founded in 2008 the Irish Film Festival in Moscow is a key event during Irish Week, a week-long series of Irish cultural events over St. Patrick's Week in March.   The Irish Film Festival celebrates Irish cinema with a packed schedule of screenings of features, documentaries and short films. 

IrishFilmFesta Roma

When:  December

IRISHFILMFESTA was created in 2007, and it is aimed at promoting Irish cinema in Italy.  The festival, held at the Casa del Cinema di Roma, presents new films and old unedited classics and the programme includes presentations and meetings with Irish guests (directors, actors, screenwriters and producers) as well as debates and special events.

Brisbane Irish Festival

When:  March

The Irish Festival in Brisbane was founded in 2012 and includes an Irish Film Night as part of an overall programme that celebrates Irish culture, dance, sport, food and music.


The Craic Music & Film Festival, New York

When:  March

The Craic Festival presents cinema and music that has a celtic connection to the New York City and tri-state region.  The Film Fleadh presents Irish film while the Craic music series focuses on emerging acts with celtic roots.

The Irish Film Festival of India


The Irish Film Festival of India started in 2012 and takes place in New Delhi and Mumbai.  The programme consists of an eclectic mix of retrospective and contemporary Irish titles showcasing the best of Irish cinema to Indian audiences. 

Shebeen Flick - Irish Film Festival Berlin

When: March

Since 2012 Shebeen Flick has become an integral part of the St. Patrick’s celebrations in the German capital. Since then, every March Shebeen Flick gives Berliners the chance to see a curated programme with Irish films that have not yet been distributed locally alongside some favourite Irish classics.

Annual Irish American Movie Hooley

When: Late September/Early October 

Annual Irish American Movie Hooley takes place in Chicago in late September/early October and features Chicago premieres of Irish and Irish American films that epitomise the romantic Irish sense of identity, with a search for contemporary keepers of the flame of Irish pride, bravado, and legendary storytelling.  https://www.facebook.com/irishamericanmoviehooley/


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