‘Bye Bye Now’ Chosen to represent Ireland at EU Festival in China


Award-winning short documentary BYE BYE NOW has been chosen to represent Ireland at the EU Film Festival in China in November.


One film has been chosen from each EU member state to screen at the festival, which will take place in four cities – Beijing, Tianjin, Chengdu and Shenzhen – throughout next month.


The film by Aideen O’Sullivan and Ross Whitaker for True Films has been a festival favourite over the last few years winning awards at the prestigious AFI/Discovery Channel Silverdocs Festival and at major festivals in Nashville, Dallas, Cork and elsewhere.


BYE BYE NOW is an amusing, poignant documentary about the fate of the Irish phone booth, which has gone from the centre of society to the verge of extinction. It is a bittersweet tribute to the phone box, an important historical document and a barometer of how much Ireland has changed culturally with the times.


As of today, the film is now available to watch on YouTube:



The film was supported by Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann under the Reality Bites scheme for funding short documentary films.


‘We’ve been very lucky that BYE BYE NOW has screened all over the world and somehow successfully communicated a particular type of Irish nostalgia. We weren’t sure anyone outside of Ireland would get it but the reaction has been fantastic. Hopefully the people in China will like it too,’ said Whitaker.


For more about the film, visit:



Competition: Season Pass to John Ford Ireland Film Symposium


Thanks to the wonderful people at IFTA, we have a Season Pass to the John Ford Ireland Film Symposium, which runs from the 7th to the 10th June in Dublin.

To win this great prize, simply email filmireland@gmail.com listing your favourite John Ford film in the subject line (please include a contact number) 

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, 5th June at 13.00.

The Season Pass gives priority admission for one person to 18 events during the Symposium and costs €80/€65 concession. Membership Discount is available to IFTA and BAFTA members (€65).

The Season Pass includes these highlights:

Ford Film Hub – Directors
Ford Film Hub – Writers
An Audience with Peter Bogdanovich
In Conversation with Stephen Frears
Music for the Screen with Kyle Eastwood and Christopher Caliendo
Premieres of Upstream & Se Merry Doyle’s John Ford: Dreaming the Quiet Man documentary
The Quiet Man 60th Anniversary screening (presented in partnership with IFI)
Unforgiven 20th Anniversary screening
All John Ford Ireland Classic Screenings
The Searchers Outdoor Screening.

Concession rates are available to Student and Senior Citizens
Discount Membership rates are available to IFTA and BAFTA Members

A Season Pass does not guarantee admission – tickets for individual events must be selected once the Pass is purchased and are subject to availability.

Season Pass: €80 (€65 Discount/Concession Rate)

The Season Pass does NOT include the Gala Opening night at the NCH, the Abbey Theatre
or the Kyle Eastwood performance. You can purchase tickets for these by following the individual links on the website.
The Editing Masterclass is open to industry only.