The Boston Irish Film Festival have announce their Call for Entries for the 16th Annual Film Festival, which will take place at the Somerville Theatre, Davis Square, from Thursday, March 10th – Sunday, March 13th, 2016. Entries are accepted through withoutabox.com.
There is an early bird deadline of October 15th, 2015 while the regular submission deadline is November 15th, 2015. Full details can be found here.
The IFF awards, inaugurated in 2003, honor those filmmakers whose work constitutes celebrating the very best of Ireland and the Irish on screen – past, present and future. Submissions will be considered in the following categories:
Best Breakthrough Feature
Global Vision Documentary
Most Inspiring Short/Animation* *This year’s winning short will headline our “Sixteen in Sixteen” short film program.
Winners in each category will receive a flight and accommodation to attend the event. The Awards will be presented during the festival following a special screening of the winning films. Filmmakers will also have the opportunity to set up meetings with US distributors, while at the festival.
One Ocean: No Limits, a no-budget Irish 52-minute documentary has been selected for the Boston Irish Film Festival, following on from its recent screening at the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival.
Produced and directed by Sarah McCann, One Ocean: No Limits follows a young Irish novice rower through the highs and lows of rowingunassisted as part of a crew of six across the vast Atlantic Ocean from Morocco to Barbados.
It allows the audience to become part of a record-breaking crew of six men, (2 English, 2 Irish, 1 Icelandic, 1 Maltese), on board the ocean rowing boat the Sara G – a crew who only met a few days before setting out on this momentous task.
Ocean Rowing itself is an extreme sport and from an endurance viewpoint, this feat of crossing the Atlantic by oar is similar to running over 100 marathons, back to back.
At present, the number of those who have successfully crossed an ocean is similar to the number of people who have been in space, pointing to the uniqueness not only of those who are involved in such an extreme sport, but also of the crew of this documentary film who not only successfully crossed the Atlantic Ocean, but broke two world records while doing so – records that still stand to this day.
‘One Ocean: No Limits’ is a documentary film about an extreme sports triumph – however,at its core, it is a human interest film that charts the experiences of a group of strangers forced into an extraordinary situation in an enclosed space crossing an ocean.
It is a story of human triumph against the odds. It offers access to sights that very few of us will ever get to experience and shows how determination and the desire to achieve can take one person from a dream to a reality.
Songs for Amy has been officially selected for the Boston Irish Film Festival and will screen on Saturday 22nd March at 8pm, Somerville Theatre, Davis Square, Boston. Tickets are available now from http://www.irishfilmfestival.com/songs-amy
“This is a fantastic opportunity and great recognition for Songs for Amy”, according to Fiona Graham, writer/producer of Songs for Amy. “The film will be theatrically released in the USA, specifically New York and LA so the to be able to show case the film at the prestigious Boston Irish Film Festival just prior to its release is really great news.”
Sonny and Skye have partnered with Traverse Media, based in LA, to release Songs for Amy in Ireland and the USA both cinematically and on digital platforms. In order to raise much needed funds to promote the film, they have created an Indiegogo campaign www.igg.me/at/songsforamy to help make the release a success. Fiona Graham explained, “Independent films like Songs for Amy have to look outside of traditional models to fund distribution as they do not have access to budgets for promotion of the film like studio films or films who are backed by large scale corporations. The campaign seeks to involve the public where the campaign sells perks associated with the film such as limited edition cast and crew t-shirts, downloads of the film and soundtrack, premier tickets and opportunities to meet the cast. Every cent will help the film’s launch and ultimately its ability to reach audiences.”
Songs for Amy will premiere at The Screen in Dublin on May 1st and then screen in both Galway and Dublin in IMC cinemas. If the film has a successful launch in these cities it will be rolled out to other IMC cinemas throughout the country.
The Oscar-qualifying short film, A Day For The Fire, written and directed by Maurice O’Callaghan (Broken Harvest) featuring Jonathan Ryan and Jon Kenny, will be screened as an official selection of The Boston Irish Film Festival 20-23 March.
In A Day For The Fire, a man returns to his native village after a twenty year exile. He meets another man in a rural pub who reveals during a brief conversation that his son has taken his own life. The casual admission of this tragedy shocks the viewer into the realization that even in such an idyllic landscape the pressures of modern life can take their toll.”
Irish short film Henry & Sunny screens at the Boston Irish Film Festival on Saturday, March 26 in the Sommerville Theatre. The screening, part of the New Irish Shorts Program, takes place at 12pm. Voted one of the 20 Coolest Film Festivals by MovieMaker magazine, the Boston Irish Film Festival runs from 24-27 March.
Written & directed by Fergal Rock and produced by Orla Russell-Conway, Henry & Sunny has screened at numerous festivals across Europe and America. The film received nominations in the Best Director (Fergal Rock) and Best Actress (Dorothy Cotter) categories at the Feel Good Film Festival in Hollywood last summer while Director of Photography Orla Russell-Conway was awarded the prize for Best Cinematography at the Underground Cinema Awards last September.
Starring Paulo Braganca and Dorothy Cotter, Henry & Sunny is a melancholic love story about an unemployed clown and a famous soap opera actress.
Paradiso, a Derry documentary, was directed by Alessandro Negrini and produced by Margo Harkin (Besom Productions). Commissioned by BBC, the film is now Official Selection at the Boston Irish Film Festival in the United States on 26th March 2011.
Shot in Derry, the film follows Roy Arbuckle, a man who decides it’s time to challenge one of the monstrosities left by the war– fear. He wants to reunite his former showband, The Signetts, and his formers musicians who are now in their seventies, organising a major dance night. He hopes to get Protestants and Catholics dancing together again in The Fountain, a dying Protestant district.
Paradiso was successful at the Award Ceremony of ‘We The Peoples Film Festival’ in London at the National Film Theatre, winning its 9th awards and has previously won Best Documentary in Rome, India, Hungary and Bangladesh and Audience Awards in Germany and Chichester, England as well as being widely screened in Festivals inMexico, South Africa, Italy and Romania.