This year, on September 19th, the IFI will join in the Culture Night festivities with Short and Sweet, free screenings of family-friendly Irish short films.

Drawing from a rich tapestry of recent and old shorts preserved in the IFI Irish Film Archive, the programme focuses on the theme of difference and diversity and how we all go about finding your place in the world- be that Steph Green’s Oscar-nominated short New Boy, a beautifully crafted story of a young emigrant finding his feet in his new Dublin school, or Nora Twomey’s charming animation Cúilín Dualach, the tale of a boy who was born with his head on backwards, and many more.

These free screenings offer a great chance to explore one of Dublin’s most treasured arts organisations. The IFI offers a packed programme of new releases from Ireland and around the world, classic films, seasons and festivals. Their exciting IFI Education Schools Programme reaches over 15,000 schoolchildren every year and the IFI Irish Film Archive preserves and provides access to Ireland’s moving image heritage for this and future generations.

The IFI National programme screens films across the country, often bringing Archive films back to the communities in which they were made. As part of its Local Films for Local People project, IFI National is partnering with the Huston School of Film at NUI, Galway to present a special Culture Night Galway Film Heritage screening at 7.30pm on 19th September. Made between 1921 and 1974, this selection of older films from the IFI Irish Film Archive will be introduced by Sunniva O’Flynn, Head of Irish Film Programming at the IFI and accompanied live by the fiddle music of Saileog Ní Cheannabháin.

The Culture Night Short and Sweet programme  at the IFI, Temple Bar will be broken into three 25-minute slots with a short break between each. Slots start at 18.30, 19.00 and 19.30. The event is FREE but ticketed. Simply collect your ticket at the IFI Box Office.

Tickets for Galway Film Heritage at the Huston School of Film, NUI Galway are free and distributed on a first come, first served basis.

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