The work should represent the very best of Ireland and the Irish on screen, from local Bay Area Filmmakers. If the Filmmaker is not Irish, the content needs to have Irish subject matter
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
This year the San Francisco Irish Film Festival celebrates 10 years!
In the last few years the festival has screened: “The Wind that Shakes the Barley” (Ken Loach)- winner of the Palme D’or at the 2006 Cannes Film, Martin McDonagh’s “Six Shooter”, which received an Academy Award in 2005, Ken Wardorp’s “Undressing My Mother” which brought home the European Film Award in 2005 and “Adam and Paul” which received the top prize at the Venice film festival in 2002. The festival also co-presented “Once” ( John Carney) - winner of audience award at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival with the San Francisco International Film Festival.
Film Festival Objectives
- To bring the very best Irish cinema to the San Francisco Bay Area.
- To assist Irish film and filmmakers in finding an audience in the United States.
- To reach out to the local Irish community and provide them with a contemporary cultural focal point.
- To celebrate Irish culture.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The San Francisco Irish Film Festival has brought the very best in contemporary Irish cinema to the Bay Area. Each year, over a thousand people gather over four days to watch the year's most exciting Irish releases. Many of the films go on to screen at the world's most prestigious festivals and to win some of the most renowned prizes in film.
In 2009, for example, the Festival screened "Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty" which has been nominated for an Academy Award this year. In the past, the Festival has screened “The Wind that Shakes the Barley” (Ken Loach) - winner of the Palme D’or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, Martin McDonagh’s “Six Shooter”, which received the Live Action Short Film Academy Award in 2005, Ken Wardorp’s “Undressing My Mother”, which won the European Film Award for Best Short Film in 2005 and “Adam and Paul” which received Best Film at the Venice Film Festival in 2002.
The Festival also co-presented “Once” (directed by John Carney & winner of the audience award at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival) with the San Francisco International Film Festival.
The Festival kicks off with the an opening night party which is hosted by the Irish Consul General and has become an popular event on the Irish social calendar.
The mission of the Festival is to celebrate an exciting new generation of Irish filmmakers who have blazed a trail in independent cinema. The Festival also endeavors to assist these filmmakers seed their film on the west coast of the US. The Festival has fostered close ties with the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Mill Valley Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival. Many of our films have gone on to play at other festivals in the area. The Festival also regularly co-presents with other festivals in the Bay Area, New York and Los Angeles.
Kate Gunning (Co-Director)
; Niall Mckay (Program Director)
; Ria Murphy (Deputy Director)
; Richard O'Connell (Deputy Director)
The San Francisco Irish Film Festival screens films made in Ireland, films made about Ireland and a limited number of film about Irish people or topics in the United States.
The festival does not screen films about the Irish American population, such as film set in a San Francisco Irish neighborhood or films simply made by an Irish director.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The San Francisco Irish Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless The San Francisco Irish Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.