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The Irish Film Festival, Boston Announces its Awardees & Line Up
06 Mar 2017 : Laura Brennan
Irish Film Festival, Boston is pleased to announce the awardees for the 17th Annual BIFF awards and its line up of over thirty Irish films to screen in Boston at this year’s event.

The film festival takes place from March 23rd to 26th, 2017, in Somerville, Massachusetts, USA. The BIFF Awards were inaugurated in 2003 to honour those filmmakers whose work represents the very best of Ireland and the Irish on screen.

Awardees for the 2017 BIFF Awards include: ‘The Young Offender’s’ for Best Breakthrough Feature Film, directed by Peter Foot, produced by Julie Ryan. Cast member Dominic Mac Hale will attend the screening. ‘Gridlock’ for Most Inspiring short film, directed by Ian Hunt Duffy and produced by Simon Doyle, who will be travelling over for the screening; ‘Rocky Ros Muc’ for Most Inspiring Documentary, directed by Michael Fanning and produced by Maire Bhreathnach. Both will attend the festival for the World Premiere of their film.

The Director’s Choice feature award goes to ‘A Date for Mad Mary’ directed by Darren Thornton produced by Juliette Bonass and Ed Guiney. This will be the US Premiere for the film and cast members Seana Kerslake and Tara Lee will travel to Boston for the screening. The Director’s Choice short film award goes to ‘Terminal’ directed by Natasha Waugh, who will also attend the festival.

Other filmmaker’s attending the festival include Risteard O’ Domhnaill for the screening of his film ‘Atlantic’, Sara Dempsey for her short film ‘Hand in Hand’, and Brendan Byrne and Trevor Birney for their film ‘Bobby Sands 66 Days’.

Other films screening at the festival include ‘Mattress Mick’ by Colm Quinn; ‘The Nation Holds Its Breath’ by Kev Cahill; ‘The Wall’ by David Kinsella; ‘How to Diffuse a Bomb: The Project Children Story’ by Des Henderson, ‘Out of Innocence’ by Danny Hiller; ‘Revolutions’ by Laura McGann and ‘Dead along the Way’ by Maurice O’Carroll.  Henrietta Norton’s film ‘Born’ and ‘Reared’ will screen and Len Collin’s film ‘Sanctuary’ will also be presented.

The closing film will be Liam McGrath’s intimate and revealing portrait of ‘Paddy Maloney: Chieftain’. There are hopes that Paddy can make an appearance for closing night as the Chieftain’s are currently in the USA on tour.

The festival will also present two short film programs, one in association with the GAZE international LGBT Film Festival Dublin. Sara Dempsey’s film ‘Hand in Hand’ is part of this program which also includes ‘Lily’ Directed by Graham Cantwell, ‘Breathe’ by James Doherty, ‘Little Doll’ by Kate Dolan and ‘Between Us’ by Daithí Ó Cinnéide. The new Irish shorts program includes: ‘Adulting’; ‘Time and Again’; ‘Disappear’; ‘The Nation Holds its Breath’; ‘Groundless’; ‘Reel Time’; ‘Dear Marianne’; ‘The Climb’ and ‘The Ladies’.

All screenings will take place at the historic Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, Somerville, MA.  Full details can be found on the Irish Film Festival website




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