Opportunity for Irish filmmakers in London
Returning to the capital’s cinemas this November for the 6th year, the Irish Film Festival London (IFFL) will bring an exciting line-up of contemporary Irish films to London audiences.
This not-for-profit organisation runs UK premieres and special screenings of Irish features, documentaries, animations and shorts from well-known and emerging filmmakers. Screenings are usually accompanied by special guest appearances and Q&A sessions. They have also presented live music events and art exhibitions in conjunction with the films.
The IFFL call for submissions is currently OPEN, with the deadline fast approaching. There are four award categories: Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short and Director’s Choice. Last year’s award winners were Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘Room’, Ruth O’Looney’s ‘Waiting for Tom’ and Michele Devlin and Claire Hackett’s ‘A Kind of Sisterhood’.
The Director’s Choice Award is a new addition this year. Festival Director Kelly O’Connor explains how this came about:
“The quality of submissions has been steadily increasing over the last few years. It’s no surprise that Ireland had such major success on the international awards circuit last year.
“Our new Director’s Choice Award will single out a film that has that special something, and will honour the achievements of the filmmaking team behind it.”
Take a look at last year’s festival trailer:
The IFFL has screened at numerous London locations. Venues have been as diverse as the fabulous BAFTA’s Princess Anne Theatre and the community halls of small Irish centres. Similarly their collaborations have included both Time Out’s Saturday night scene, and mid-week matinees with mental health charities.
Irish Film London also runs events throughout the year, including the film section of the St. Patrick’s Day Festival with the GLA, children’s cinema programmes and film industry panel discussions.
Official selections for this year’s festival are announced in late September. Priority is usually given to new films, and this year the organisers are particularly keen to see more submissions from female filmmakers.
If you have a film you’d like to submit to the festival, simply use their online FilmFreeway portal via www.irishfilmlondon.com