16th Annual

Irish Film Festival, Boston

March 10, 2016 to March 13, 2016

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The Breakthrough Feature Award honors those filmmakers whose feature films represent the very Best of Ireland and the Irish on screen.
Global Vision Documentary - Work that challenges, highlights or explores issues that are global, with a unique Irish perspective.
Short Fiction/Animation
A short fiction, documentary or animated film that represents the best of Irish film a hundred years after Independence. The winning film will headline our "Sixteen in Sixteen" short film program at the festival.


The Irish Film Festival, Boston celebrates the very Best of Ireland and the Irish on Screen. As well as feature and documentary films as part of our sixteenth year we are hosting "Sixteen in Sixteen," highlighting sixteen of the best short films to come out of Ireland in the past year. As the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising approaches, we are excited to see through these films the interpretation of what it means to be Irish in 2016.

Irish cinema has emerged as a dynamic global phenomenon, expressing a culture focused on the island of Ireland but spread out to all four corners of the globe. Encompassing a near-limitless array of experiences and aspirations, Irish filmmakers from around the world challenge traditional notions of Irishness and force us to expand our understandings of what it means to be Irish in the 21st century.

The BIFF Awards were inaugurated in 2003 to honor those filmmakers whose work represents the very best of Ireland and the Irish on screen.


The Irish Film Festival, Boston was included in Moviemaker Magazine's list of Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the world! The Boston Irish Film Festival (BIFF), was founded in 1999 by Jim Lane and Peter Flynn. Originally conceived of as a once-off film series, the festival became an annual event with Flynn as director. In 2003, the festival expanded its operations to include the annual BIFF Awards, to celebrate the work of outstanding filmmakers. The festival became a non profit in 2008 with Dawn Morrissey as its Director and Siobhan Fanning as its Producer. The festival went through a re-branding in 2009 and now goes by the name Irish Film Festival, Boston. It is now the largest of its kind outside of Ireland, offering an annual festival, a film market, seminars and year round screenings.


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All work submitted should represent the Best of Ireland and the Irish on screen. If filmmaker is not Irish, then the content must be Irish related.

Uploading to Vimeo is an option- please send the link along with password to submissions@irishfilmfestival.com. Please put your WAB confirmation and the word "Link" in the subject heading.

Do not post your film other than trailers to uTube.

If you are an IFTN Member submitting for the special IFTN rate, please send proof of membership with your submission. Students should send ID # and college.


I understand that submission of my work authorizes BIFF Productions Inc. to use excerpts of my film for publicity purposes related to the Festival, if my film is accepted. BIFF Prods. Inc. is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement related to your work.