One of the greatest things that happens at a festival is the burst of dialogue and debate that occurs after the screenings as audience members, directors, producers and actors engage in lively discussions about the films they just saw. It is the stuff of art and what makes presenting the festival meaningful and exciting for everyone involved. Add to that energy the chance to select your favorite film and then waiting to see if others agreed; the power of the vote! And so it is with great thanks to all of the audience members and the festival's selection committee that we announce this year's awardees:
2017 Festival Award
2017 Audience Awards
Consulate of Ireland Award
Since 2012 the festival has awarded a prize to a film that captures the spirit, culture and history of Ireland selected and presented by the Consul General of Ireland-Chicago. This year is the first time the award has been won by an American, in fact four Americans!
Thank you to all of the filmmakers for sharing their talents, our wonderful sponsors who do so much to make it all possible, our committee members who work tirelessly to create a great event, our volunteers who jump in and help any and everywhere and of course our audiences that made every screening one to remember. Thank you for making the 18th Chicago Irish Film Festival a grand success.
Congratulations to all of this year's winners!