Chicago Film & Festival News

It’s Sweet Sixteen for the Chicago Irish Film Festival! Help us celebrate with the best in Irish cinema February 28th – March 7, 2015 by submitting your film today. Is your film romantic, intense, horrifying, quirky, inventive, informative or something in between? Check out the guidelines and submission form.


Opening August 8th in Chicago

The amazing new film, CALVARY, directed by John Michael McDonagh  and starring Brendan Gleeson is opening across the country this month. Beautifully acted, fantastic cinematography and music  and a twisting, turning thriller of a plot makes the film a standout on every level. CALVARY’s Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with sinister and troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and reach out to help members of his church with their various scurrilous moral – and often comic – problems, he feels sinister and troubling forces closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary.

Official Selection

  • Sundance Film Festival 2014
  • Berlinale 2014* Winner of the Ecumenical Award
  • Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

Irish Film & Television Awards 2014 (IFTA’s)

  • Best Film
  • Best Script
  • Best Actor : Brendan Gleeson



The CIFF would like to thank FOX SEARCHLIGHT and ALLIED THA for the special screening of CALVARY and the wonderful post screening Q&A with BRENDAN GLEESON and
 We were delighted to be part of such a great night.

And thank you to JOHN WRENN owner of LIZZIE McNEILL’S for the wonderful after screening reception. Your continuing support of the CIFF is very much appreciated.

Terri Hooley is a radical, rebel and music-lover in 1970’s Belfast when the bloody conflict known as “The Troubles” shuts down his city. As all his friends take sides and take up arms, Terri opens a record shop on the most bombed half-mile in Europe and calls it Good Vibrations. Through it he discovers a compelling voice of resistance in the city’s nascent underground punk scenes that includes the release of The Undertones generation-defining track “Teenage Kicks”. Galvanizing the young musicians into action, he becomes the unlikely leader of a motley band of kids and punks who join him in his mission to create a new community, an alternative Ulster, to bring his city back to life.

 Trailer        Review     Tickets 

Winner of Galway Film Fleadh Audience Award.

Nominated for 3 Irish Film and Television Awards

Summer Music Film Fest 2014
The 4th annual Summer Music Film Festival is presented by the Music Box Theatre and Sound Opinions August 15th-19th. The festival will showcase music films, documentaries, features, with 30th anniversary screenings of STOP MAKING SENSE and PURPLE RAIN and 50th anniversary screenings of A HARD DAY’S NIGHT.

Complete Line-Up & Tickets


AUGUST 23rd : 3-6 PM

3 SHEEP’S Brewery (a CIFF Sponsor!)  is one of the participating breweries at this 2nd annual BEER, SPORTS & BACON FESTIVAL held in UNION STATION’s GRAND HALL , South Riverside Plaza.  

Don’t miss the Hat Trick of Awesome !


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