The Young Offenders and A Date for Mad Mary are major winners at Irish Film Festival, Boston

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The Young Offenders and A Date for Mad Mary are major winners at Irish Film Festival, Boston

The award winners for the Irish Film Festival, Boston have been announced alongside a stellar line-up of Irish films which will screen in the festival, taking place in Somerville, Massachusetts from 23–26 March.

Peter Foott’s hilarious Cork-set comedy, The Young Offenders and Darren Thornton’s beautiful character portrait, A Date for Mad Mary lead the award winners, winning Best Breakthrough Feature Film and Director’s Choice Feature, respectively.  

The awards, which were set up in 2003 honour those filmmakers whose work represents the very best of Ireland and the Irish on screen. This year’s other recipients include Michael Fanning’s Rocky Ros Muc, which won the Global Vision Documentary accolade, Ian Hunt Duffy’s Gridlock which was awarded Most Inspiring Short and Natasha Waugh’s Terminal which won the Director’s Choice Short.

2017’s edition of the Irish Film Festival, Boston will also play host to over thirty Irish films including Colm Quinn’s Mattress Men; Risteard Ó Domhnaill’s Atlantic; Brendan J Byrne and Trevor Birney’s Bobby Sands: 66 Days and Danny Hiller’s Out of Innocence. The festival will also present two short film programmes.

The Irish Film Festival, Boston was established in 1999 and since then has screened over five hundred Irish films, with the festival playing host to some of the greatest names in Irish cinema including Jim Sheridan, Gabriel Byrne, Fionnula Flanagan, Ruth McCabe and John Boorman to name but a few. For more information on 2017’s edition and for a full line-up of Irish films in the programme, click here