Call for Entries Now Open!
We are thrilled to announce our Call for Entries for the 18th Annual Film Festival is now open. Entries are accepted through FilmFreeway.
Regular submission deadline is November 30, 2017. Submit by October 31 to avail of our early bird rates. Discounts for IFTN members are available. Full details can be found here.
News and Upcoming Events
Co-Presentation at the Arlington International Film Festival: No Irish Need Apply
We are delighted to partner with our friends at the Arlington International Film Festival to co-present No Irish Need Apply, which will play as part of their international shorts program on Sunday, October 29, at noon.
NO IRISH NEED APPLY
2017/Ireland (7 mins)
Director: William Fitzpatrick
An experimental short using music and newspaper footage to depict the anti-Irish bigotry that existed in the 1880's and 1890's in Boston.
School Life: Co-Presentation at the Boston International Kids Film Festival
Irish Film Festival, Boston, teams up with the Boston International Kids Film Festival to present School Life. The documentary will screen as the festival's Friday night feature on November 3 at 7:00pm.
2017/Ireland (99 min)
Directors: Neasa Ní Chianáin and David Rane
Long careers are drawing to a close for John and Amanda, who teach Latin, English and guitar at a stately home-turned-school, where they are legends with a mantra: "Reading. 'Rithmetic. Rock 'n' roll!" But leaving is the hardest lesson.
A great film for parents, middle schoolers and up!
A year in the life of two passionate and inspirational teachers in the only primary-age boarding school in Ireland. Headfort School, housed in an 18th Century Hogwarts-like estate, embraces tradition and modernity, and this is John and Amanda Leyden’s life. For John, rock music is just another subject alongside Maths, Scripture and Latin, taught in a collaborative and often hilarious fashion. For Amanda the key to connecting with children is the book and she uses all means to engage the minds of her young charges with literature. For nearly half a century these two have shaped thousands of minds but now they must start making preparations for their retirement. Will their intimate and caring cultivation of future generations live on, or will it vanish like so many community-centered practices?
Friday November 3, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
*Use the code IFF2017 to avail of a special 10% discount on tickets for friends of the Irish Film Festival, Boston!
Rocky Ross Muc Gets US Release
Rocky Ros Muc, our 2017 Best Feature Documentary, will screen will be released in cinemas in America this fall.
The documentary tells the gripping story of boxer Sean Mannion and the story of the Irish in Boston. From humble beginnings, to challenging the world title crown. From the quiet Gaeltacht village of Ros Muc in County Galway, to the criminal underworld of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger and the mean streets of Boston. Rocky Ros Muc examines spirit inside the ring and troubles outside; the reality of emigration and its impact on identity.
The film will premiere in both New York and Los Angeles on Friday October 6th and in Boston on Friday October 13th. It will screen at Cinema Village, New York and at Laemmle Music Hall Theatre, Beverly Hills. In Boston, the film will screen at the Regal Fenway 13 cinema.
IFI Player – Irish Film Heritage at your Fingertips
The IFI Player is a virtual viewing room for Irish Film Archive collections, giving audiences across the globe instant access to this rich heritage. The material on the IFI Player has been selected to give audiences a taste of the breadth and depth of Ireland’s moving image collections preserved by the Archive. Home movies, newsreels, travelogues, animations, feature films, public information films and documentaries have been included as the IFI have tried to reflect all aspects of indigenous amateur and professional production.