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Submissions Now Being Accepted for 20th Irish Film Festival, Boston
30 Jul 2019 : News Desk
Irish Film Festival Boston
The Call for Entries for the 20th Annual Irish Film Festival, Boston, is now open, taking place from March 19th to March 22nd, 2020 at the Somerville Theatre, Somerville, Massachusetts, USA.

Now entering its 20th year, the festival offers great opportunities for filmmakers to exhibit their work in the USA. IFF Boston announces the winners of its awards prior to the festival, in order to fly the recipients to Boston for their screening. Voted one of the Top Twenty Coolest Film Festivals in the World by Movie Maker magazine, the Irish Film Festival, Boston celebrates the very Best of Ireland and the Irish on Screen. The regular deadline is October 31st and entries are only accepted through FilmFreeway.com 

Siobhan Fanning, Producer of the Irish Film Festival said:

“We are excited to continue the tradition of bringing the best of Irish film to New England audiences. Our awards include the Best Breakthrough Feature Award, the Global Vision Documentary Award and the Most Inspiring Short Film award. Winners in each category will receive flights and accommodation to attend the festival in Boston. Awards will be presented to the filmmakers during the festival, following a special screening of the winning film.”

Director of the festival, Dawn Morrissey added:

“As we prepare for our 20thanniversary, we will also look back on some of the almost 600 Irish films we have screened through the years. We strive to help each and every film we screen and have seen many great successes in the past. Our mission going forward is to try having agents and distributors in the room to experience the screenings and for them to see what it is like to exhibit to a very diverse US audience. We look forward to our 20thyear and all that it will bring for Irish Film.”

The Boston Irish Film Festival Awards were inaugurated in 2003 to honor those filmmakers whose work represents the very best of Ireland and the Irish on screen. Sponsored by BA Event Promotions, who bring the renowned Ras na hEireann to the Somerville, the festival is also supported by Culture Ireland, The Department of Foreign Affairs, The Irish Arts Council, Screen Ireland and in part by the Somerville Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural council.

Founded in 1999, the festival has screened over five hundred and eighty Irish films since its inception and is the go-to for sneak peaks and US distributor-sponsored screenings. The Festival has played host to some of the greatest names in Irish cinema, including Jim Sheridan, Gabriel Byrne, Brendan Gleeson, Domhnall Gleeson, Terry George, Colm Meaney, Fionnula Flanagan, John Boorman, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea, Ruth McCabe, Dylan Moran and Pat Shortt.

For more information, visit the Irish Film Festival, Boston website or FilmFreeway page and follow the Festival on Instagram and Twitter @IrishFilmFest and on Facebook at facebook.com/IrishFilmFestival. 




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