Don’t miss a single documentary, feature, short or animated frame in this year’s program…from up and coming Irish filmmakers to an Academy Award nominee all the films in this year’s program are engaging, creative and inspiring …there is absolutely something for everyone…
The CIFF is delighted to have a true representation of the filmmaking process at this year’s festival. Directors, producers, actors and the subject of a documentary, will all be on hand to put into perspective the many layers involved between the conception of a film and its first screening and we’re sure a few tales from their adventures “ on location”. Please welcome: actors Brain Gleeson and Gemma-Leah Devereux How To Be Happy, directors Declan McKeown Go On My Son and Alex Fegan The Irish Pub, producers Richard Bolger How To Be Happy and Kevin McCann Volkswagen Joe and one of the most amazing people we have ever chatted with John Godfrey Morris from Get The Picture? We look forward to an opportunity to meet our guests, interact through informal post screening discussions and to celebrate their work.
We were overwhelmed by the sheer number of short submissions this year and are confident that the selected shorts in this year’s festival truly demonstrate that Irish short filmmaking is at a world class level. In honor of the extensive programming of short film that has been a cornerstone of the festival since its inception the festival presents three awards: the Festival Award, the Audience Award and the Consulate of Ireland Award. Don’t forget to pick up a ballot and vote … its Chicago after all.
We could never fully express our gratitude to our sponsors, but THANK YOU! Your support of the festival allows us to reach for the stars and put them on the screen. Thank you to Tullamore Dew, The University of Chicago Office of Alumni Relations, Brooklyn Brewery, 3 Sheeps Beer and Under the Milky Way and to our many individual supporters that have helped in so many ways for 15 years….. Go raibh maith agat
Looking to see more Irish films after the festival? Discover a slice of new Irish cinema through a special selection brought to you on iTunes by UNDER THE MILKY WAY to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2014. Starting March 10th, the following four films will be presented in a dedicated St. Patrick’s section of the iTunes store.
GOOD VIBRATIONS: Enjoy the musical spirit of this BAFTA nominated biopic and dive into the worn-torn 1970″s Belfast. “Richard Dormer’s performance is a transcendent, anarchic, amazing joy. If you love music, movies or being alive, you’ll love Good Vibrations” Bono (U2)
BLACK ICE: Set in the world of clandestine road racing in rural Donegal, this action film follows Jimmy Devlin, played by Love/Hate’s Killian Scott, who dreams of breaking into the legitimate rally driving scene. “A well -shot, thought provoking drama featuring excellent performances.” RTE Guide
THE HARDY BUCKS MOVIE: A bunch of lovable slackers leave the confines of small-town Irish life and head across Europe in support of the Irish football team. Things take an unexpected turn after an unscheduled stop-off in Amsterdam. “The Irish Hangover…laugh-out-loud funny.” The Irish Daily Mail
KING OF THE TRAVELERS: John Paul Moorehouse is on a destructive quest to uncover the truth about his father’s killer. His desire for revenge is swayed when he falls for Winnie Power, the daughter of the man he suspects killed his father. “Genuinely engrossing action…A Gaelic Godfather.” Variety
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