Call For: Submissions for Capital Irish Film Festival


Solas Nua, the Washington D.C.-based Irish arts organization, is calling for submissions of films by or about the Irish for consideration for its 10th Capital Irish Film Festival (CIFF). The 2016 festival, scheduled for March 3-6, asks the question: 100 years after the Easter Rising, what does it mean to be Irish?

For information on entering a film for consideration, please go to

In March, the film festival will be a significant event in Solas Nua’s contribution to Washington D.C.’s artistic and cultural exploration of Ireland’s 100-year journey since the 1916 Easter Rising.

CIFF highlights the best of contemporary Irish film and provides opportunities for Washington D.C.-area film lovers to interact with Irish filmmakers. In 2016, CIFF will particularly showcase emerging filmmakers who are addressing the question of Irish identity. CIFF is known for presenting the most Irish language films of any U.S. festival.

Documentary director Sinead O’Brien called showing Blood Fruit at CIFF 2015 “one of the best decisions we ever made for our film.”  “The festival was brilliantly organized and the audiences’ engagement in this and all the Irish films screened was inspiring. From this one screening, Blood Fruit was invited back for a U.S. tour with four screenings in New York and D.C. — and from this tour many more invites have come in.”

“Solas Nua’s Capital Irish Film Festival in Washington DC is marvelously organized and produced by a great team,” said producer director Lelia Doolan. “When I brought Bernadette to the festival in 2013, all the arrangements worked beautifully. The welcome was warm and the audience was engaged, informed and enthusiastic.  I recommend CIFF as an excellent showcase for Irish films in the U.S.”





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