Toronto Irish Film Festival (TIRFF)

Mar 1-3 2019 | TIFF Bell Lightbox

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Canada-Ireland Projects Receive €145,000 Funding

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) and the Canada Media Fund (CMF) announced on March 16th an investment of over €143,000 to support the co-development of audiovisual content under the Canada-Ireland Co-development Incentive for Audio-Visual Projects. Five Irish production companies will work with five Canadian companies!

Of the selected projects, two are documentaries, one is intended for children and youth and two are drama series.

To be eligible for funding, the selected projects were required to be intended for broadcast by eligible Irish and Canadian broadcasters, involving at least one Irish producer and one Canadian producer. The incentive seeks to fund television projects (and digital media extensions of such television projects), which fulfil both the guidelines of the CMF and the objectives and themes of the BAI’s Sound & Vision Scheme.  Projects were evaluated and chosen by a selection committee composed of representatives from both funding organisations.

The projects are:

Atlantic First Flight

Grosse Isle

Here (For Now)

Tara and the Humanimals

White Privilege


It’s that time again!

Ireland’s major influence on Canada’s hockey obsession, the Irish love of home-grown comedy and the story of how an immigrant Irish bomb disposal officer provided sanctuary for Northern Irish children traumatized by The Troubles, will all be showcased at the 7th Toronto Irish Film Festival.  Taking place from Friday, March 3 to Sunday, March 5 at TIFF Bell Lightbox, TIRFF 2017 delivers a weekend of Irish cinematic gold with World, North American and Canadian Premieres, short film and animation showcases and very special guests from Ireland.

“In this sesquicentennial celebratory year for Canada, we are delighted to launch our 7th annual festival with the little-known story of how early Irish immigrants transformed Ireland’s own national sport of hurling into the beloved game of hockey”, says John Galway, Executive Director of TIRFF. ”We invite everyone to expand their Canada 150 celebrations, and anyone who loves the games of hockey and hurling, to join us on Opening Night. This year’s festival will also continue to deliver exciting features, documentaries and our Annual Animation and Short Film Showcases, shining a light on the latest and greatest filmmaking talent emerging from Ireland.”

Read all about it – here’s our TIRFF 2017 Press Release.

Get your tickets HERE.

The Irish at The Oscars

It has been another successful year for Irish talent as the 89th Academy Award® nominations were released today. Irish actress Ruth Negga is nominated for Best Actress for her turn as Mildred Loving in Jeff Nichols’ Loving while IFB-funded film, The Lobster is nominated for Best Original Screenplay. Irish costume designer Consolata Boyle received a nomination in the Best Costume category for her designs in Florence Foster Jenkins.

Congratulating the nominees James Hickey, Chief Executive Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board said “I’m delighted to see a strong contingent of Irish Academy Award® nominees this year. Huge congratulations to Ruth Negga and to Consolata Boyle on being recognised for their excellent work. Congratulations also to Element Pictures on their IFB-supported film The Lobster being nominated in the Best Original Screenplay category. The Irish film industry is flourishing and a continued presence on the international awards circuit is evidence of this. The solid and continued investment in talent over the last number of years is paying off. Both Ruth and Consolata have built their careers on Irish and international productions and the amount of work it takes over a long period of time to earn this level of international recognition cannot be underestimated. We’re very proud of all they have achieved.”

Ruth Negga’s Oscar nomination cements what has been an incredible year for the Irish star as she wowed the critics in Nichols’ heart-breaking film which has seen Negga nominated for a Best Actress Golden Globe and a BAFTA, following her presentation with the Rising Star Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival earlier this month. Ruth has previously starred in IFB-funded films including, Noble (2015), Breakfast on Pluto (2005), Isolation (2005), Capital Letter (2005), Stars (2005) and 3-Minute-4-Play (2005).

Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster saw Irish actor Colin Farrell receiving immense critical praise for his performance of the lonely David in Lanthimos’ blackly funny love story. Filmed in Co.Kerry, the screenplay was written by Lanthimos and Efthimius Fillippou and the Oscar nomination comes after the writing duo were presented with the Best European Screenwriter prize at the European Film Awards in December 2016.

Today’s announcement marks the second Academy Award® nomination for renowned Irish costume designer, Consolata Boyle following her 2007 nomination in the same category for, The Queen, starring Helen Mirren. On designing the costumes for Florence Foster JenkinsBoyle previously revealed that she worked closely with the film’s star, Meryl Streep, to achieve the flamboyant eccentricities of Jenkins’ infamous style.

Other Irish interest at the awards include Irish actor Art Parkinson who stars in Kubo and the Two Strings, alongside Charlize Theron and Rooney Mara, in the Best Animated Feature-nominated film. Parkinson will star in forthcoming IFB-funded feature film, The Belly of the Whale featuring Pat Shortt.

The ceremony, which will take place in LA’s Dolby Theatre on February 26, is the most hotly contested event in the awards-season calendar and the Oscar nominations come after a hugely successful year for the Irish film industry. Congratulations to all Irish Oscar hopefuls and a full list of nominees can be found here.

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