Upcoming Irish Film Festivals Abroad


Upcoming Irish Film Festivals Abroad

Posted: 8th March 2017

Over the coming weeks, a number of oversees Irish film festivals will be taking place; celebrating Irish cinema on the international stage and showcasing Irish filmmaking to new audiences. Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) is proud to support the following upcoming Irish film festivals abroad, surrounding international St. Patrick's Day celebrations.

Shebeen Flick 2017: March 16 – 19
Taking place in Berlin Shebeen Flick has become an integral part of the St. Patrick’s celebrations in the German capital. Every March Shebeen Flick gives Berliners the chance to see a programme with Irish films that have not yet been distributed locally alongside some favourite Irish classics. This year’s festival will screen the German premiere of Darren Thornton's A Date For Mad Mary, Benjamin Cleary’s Oscar-winning short, Stutterer as well as holding the Berlin premiere of Conor Horgan’s The Queen of Ireland and Colm Quinn’s Mattress Men. Kirsten Sheridan’s Disco Pigs will also screen at Shebeen Flick in a seventeenth anniversary screening for the film.

Moscow Irish Film Festival: 11 – 22 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.  The Irish Film Festival celebrates Irish cinema with a packed schedule of screenings including the Russian premiere of Tom Moore’s Song of the Sea and Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall. Also among the line-up is Aoife Kelleher’s recent hit, One Million Dubliners.

St. Patrick’s Film Festival London: 17 March – 19 March
Organised by Irish Film Festival London, St. Patrick’s Film Festival London will present a weekend of Irish cinema in the London Film School, Prince Charles Cinema and Regent Street Cinema. Rachael Moriarty and Peter Murphy’s Traders, Tom Moore’s Song of the Sea and Peter Foott’s The Young Offenders will all screen at the festival, alongside a programme of award-winning Irish short films. 

Irish Film Festival, Boston: 23 – 26 March
Founded in 1999, the Irish Film Festival, Boston 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. Major Irish titles in this year’s festival include Darren Thornton’s A Date for Mad Mary and Peter Foott’s The Young Offenders alongside Risteard Ó Domhnaill’s documentary, Atlantic.

Irish Film Festa, Rome: 30 March – 1 April
Held at the Casa del Cinema di Roma, Irish Film Festa Rome 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. The 2017 line-up will be announced shortly.

Irish Film Festival Australia: 30 March – 2 April
Taking place in the Chauvel Cinema in Paddington, Sydney, the Irish Film Festival Australia presents a programme of contemporary film that reflects the complexity, vitality and diversity of Irish communities in Ireland, in Australia and across the globe. Now in its third year, the festival will announce its 2017 programme shortly.