Give it to the Irish to name a film festival after an alcoholic beverage! Don’t get me wrong, I love the Irish, I love Magner's and I love movies. I’ve been to
The festival (BIFF) was founded in 1999 by
According to the Boston Irish Film Festival website:
“Increasingly filmmakers from
and the Irish Diaspora are turning to the visual media arts to express themselves and their culture. Within the last ten years alone 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.” Ireland
In 2003 BIFF began an awards ceremony to accompany the film showings which celebrated the work of the great filmmakers.
This year, the festival is giving its Excellence award, which acknowledges the achievements of a particular actor in the Irish film and television industry. This year’s honoree is Aidan Quinn, who is known for his roles in contemporary American film and television as well as keeping to his roots in exclusive Irish movies. He has been featured in such American films as Desperately Seeking Susan, Legends of the Fall, and Music of the Heart. Head over to the Brattle Theater in
This year’s BIFF Award Winners are listed on the website. The best feature for this year is entitled The Front Line. This film was written and directed by David Gleeson. It follows the life of
Each winner’s film will be screened during the festival. Filmmakers representing each film will be present to accept the award and answer questions from audiences.
To see a detailed schedule of films and workshops see here.