Jim Sheridan at Irish Film New York 2014



Irish Film New York (IFNY) will host a talk with Oscar-nominated writer & director, Jim Sheridan, (My Left Foot, In America) on Saturday October 4th, 2014 and screenings of three of his award-winning films – My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father, and In America.

The IFNY screening series is back this year with its fourth annual slate of top-notch contemporary Irish films. The festival takes place 2 – 5 October 2014 at NYU’s Cantor Film Centr.e

Click here for the Festival Programme:


Irish Film New York 2013


Irish Film New York ( 3-6 October, 2013, NYU Cantor Center)


Irish Film New York (IFNY), an organization that screens the best of contemporary Irish cinema, announces the line-up for its third annual screening series at New York University’s Cantor Center. The six recent fiction and non-fiction features that comprise the IFNY Festival include two US premieres and three New York premieres. The films will screen October 4-6, 2013, at Cantor and will be preceded on October 3 by a seminar on financing Irish and US independent films.


“We have something for everybody this year, from the beautiful feature Silence by Pat Collins to Steph Green’s poignant debut Run & Jump, to the hilariously funny Hardy Bucks Movie,” said Niall McKay, executive director of IFNY. “For many years US filmmakers have been traveling to Ireland to make their films and now Irish filmmakers are looking to come to what they see as Ireland’s second capital—New York—to tell the many stories of the Irish in America. For the first time, IFNY will host a panel advising business people on how they might invest in this new breed of Irish, American, and Irish-American stories.”


Silence (2012) is a fiction/documentary hybrid, from Ireland’s most prolific and accomplished documentary director Pat Collins. The film follows Eoghan, a sound recordist, as he travels throughout Ireland, where he is attempting to record the sound of silence. . Silence was recently selected by the British Film Institute as its Film of the Week (August 9, 2013) and was one of the revelations at the 2013 London Film Festival. The film has been acclaimed by the BFI’s head, Geoff Andrew, as a “quietly extraordinary movie … as alert to the human passions on view as it is to its own status as a cinematic artefact”.


Director Steph Green, Oscar-nominated for her short New Boy (2007), makes her feature debut with this year’s opening night title, Run & Jump (2013). The film follows the emotional collision course wrought on a family when a husband suffers a rare form of stroke and an American doctor comes to stay with the family to study the illness.


Shot in 13 days “on the most micro of micro budgets”, say the filmmakers, Made in Belfast (2013) tells the compelling story of Jack Kelly, a writer returning to a home town he no longer recognizes. This feature—the debut of director Paul Kennedy—follows Kelly as he tries to mend fences with those whose secrets and lives he shamelessly exploited and exposed in his successful debut novel.


The closing night film is Ireland’s most successful low-budget independent feature—the cult comedy, The Hardy Bucks Movie (2013), a bawdy romp through Poland in the summer of 2012 during the European soccer championships there. Mike Cockayne’s film was spawned from the web series that became a television hit on national broadcaster RTÉ, where the Bucks—Eddie, Buzz, and Frenchtoast—get themselves into one hilarious scrape after another, while remaining one step ahead of their hometown nemesis, The Viper.


One of the highlights this year is When Ali Came to Ireland (2013), a documentary by Ross Whitaker on a little-known chapter in Muhammad Ali’s career, when he fought Al “Blue” Lewis in an open-air title bout in early 1970s Dublin. The event was promoted and financed by Butty Sugrue, a circus strongman from Co. Kerry, whose own story is as colorful as Ali’s.


King of the Travellers (2013) is another drama, set among Ireland’s indigenous traveler—or gypsy—community. Written and directed by Mark O’Connor, the film deals with the fallout from a family feud and attempts at reconciliation.


All films will be screened at New York University’s Cantor Center, 36 East 8th Street, from October 4-6, 2013, with several of the directors (Pat Collins, Steph Green, and Ross Whitaker) present to participate in post-screening Q&A sessions.


Irish Film Finance Panel
As the Irish film industry grows, an increasing number of Irish and Irish-American independent films are making their way to screens around the world. Within the next 24 months, at least four Irish directors are scheduled to shoot their films in the US: Peter Foott, Marian Quinn, Naomi Sheridan, and Pat Collins. IFNY’s inaugural film financing panel covers investing in Irish films shooting in the US. This panel, co-presented with the International Irish Business Network (IIBN), will discuss how to become a shareholder in an independent film, and a part of the next generation of Irish filmmaking.  Panelists include Gigi Dement, Oscar-winning producer for the short film, The God of Love; Limerick-born Eoin Egan, vice-president, Pinewood Studios, USA; Jonathan Gray of entertainment law firm Gray Krauss Stratford Des Rochers LLP, counsel on Beasts of the Southern Wild, Black Swan, and Precious; and Constance McFeeley, senior project manager, Tax Incentive Program, New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development. IFNY’s Niall McKay, an Emmy winning director and producer, will moderate the event.
Friday, October 4
5:30 pm Opening Night Reception at Glucksman Ireland House (5th Avenue at Washington Square Pk)


7:30 pm Run & Jump (102 mins), followed by Q&A with director Steph Green


Saturday, October 5
5:00 pm Made in Belfast (83 min)
7:30 pm Silence (84 min), followed by Q&A with director Pat Collins



Sunday, October 6
4:30 pm King of the Travellers (78 min)
6:00 pm   When Ali Came to Ireland (50 min), followed by Q&A with director Ross Whitaker
7:30 pm The Hardy Bucks Movie (89 min)

Irish Film New York: Preview

Irish Film New York
4-7 Oct October 2012, Cantor Film Center, NYU

Irish Film New York aims to help Irish films and filmmakers find a market in the United States by fostering partnerships between Irish and US-based film institutes. It brings the very best in contemporary Irish cinema to New York. It connects producers and directors and holds many film screenings and Q&A sessions with filmmakers throughout the year.

The annual three-day festival will showcase six critically acclaimed contemporary Irish films at NYU’s Cantor Film Center and will host a selection of public filmmaker Q&As, industry panel discussions and filmmaker receptions.

This year schedule features:

Friday 5th October, 8PM – Jump (82 Mins) [2012]

Saturday 6th October, 5.30 PM – Baby Girl (77 Mins) [2012]

Saturday 6th October, 7.30 PM – Doll House (95 Mins) [2012]

Sunday 7th October, 3.30 pm – Pilgrim Hill (96 Mins) [2012]

Sunday 7th October, 5.30PM – Death of a Superhero (97 Mins) [2011]

Sunday 7th October, 7.30 pm – Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey (88 Mins) [2011]

Pre Festival Event

WHAT:            “Meet the Filmmakers”

WHERE:         Apple Store, SoHo (103 Prince Street @ Greene Street)

WHEN:            October 4, 2012, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

COST:              FREE

Join IFNY in its first partnership event with Apple: a roundtable discussion with IFNY visiting directors Kirsten Sheridan (Dollhouse), Lelia Doolan (Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey), Kieron J. Walsh (Jump), and Macdara Vallely (Babygirl), moderated by Niall McKay.

IFNY Opening Reception

WHAT:            “IFNY Launch Party – All Invited !”

WHERE:         Glucksman Ireland House 1 Washington Mews, NY 

WHEN:          Fri Oct 5, 6-7:30 PM

COST:              FREE

Grab a glass and celebrate the filmmakers screening their films at IFNY.  Theopening night receptionbegins before the openingnight film.

You can download the festival programme here

Irish Film New York was created in partnership with the Irish Studies Program at NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House. It is pleased to partner with the San Francisco Irish Film Festival and the Los Angeles Irish Film Festival and it is proudly funded by The Irish Film Board and Tourism Ireland.



'Knuckle', 'Parked' and 'The Runway' to screen at Irish Film New York


Irish Film New York

A new Irish Contemporary Screening Series at NYU

The very best in contemporary Irish cinema comes to New York with a special three-day screening series running from Friday, 30th September to Sunday, 2nd October featuring filmmaker Q&As, panel discussions, and filmmaker receptions.

Films include Knuckle, a visceral look at bare knuckle boxing among the Irish Traveller community, the Galway Film Fleadh-winning feature Parked, a story of friendship, hope, and perseverance between two ‘neighbours’ living in their cars, starring Colm Meaney, and The Runway, where the citizens of County Cork come to the aid of a South American pilot who has crash landed in their town.

All three films are up for limited release in the United States in the forthcoming months. Other films screening include Marian Quinn’s 32A, Maya Derringtons’ documentary Pyjama Girls, and Tom Hall’s Sensation.

The event is co-presented by NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House and funded by Culture Ireland’s Imagine Ireland Program.

The main events include:

  • Seven screenings hosted by Glucksman Ireland House NYU at NYU’s Cantor Film Center.
  • A ‘Meet the Filmmakers’ panel discussion co-presented by Tisch School of Arts and Irish Film New York.
  • An Irish documentary showcase presentation at POV’s offices in Brooklyn.
  • Industry brunch with film producers, distributors, and agents hosted by the Irish Consul General in New York.

Tickets: $10-$12

Venue: NYU’s Cantor Film Center, 36 East 8th Street

To find out more and to view a trailer of the festival visit: www.irishfilmnyc.com