Irish Film Festival, Boston has announced its Call for Entries for the 18th annual Irish Film Festival. The film festival takes place from March 22nd to 25th, 2018, in Somerville, Massachusetts, USA.

There is an early bird deadline of October 31st, 2017 for entries while the regular submission deadline is November 30th, 2017. Discounts for Irish Film and Television Academy members are available. Full details can be found at www.irishfilmfestival.com. Entries are accepted through Film Freeway.

The film festival takes place March 23rd to 26th 2017 in Somerville, MA. Voted one of the top twenty coolest film festivals in the world by Movie Maker Magazine, entries are invited in the following categories.: Feature Film – Live action and or Animated; Documentary – Feature Doc; Short Film –  Live Action Short, Documentary Short or Animated Short. The festival will also play host to the 2017 BIFF Awards, offering prizes in the following categories: The Breakthrough Feature Award which honors those filmmakers whose feature films represent the Best of Ireland and the Irish on Screen; the Global Vision Documentary category which awards work that challenges, highlights or explores global issues with a unique Irish gaze; Most Inspiring Short Film which awards a piece of work that recognizes an up and coming Irish Filmmaker.

Winners in each category will receive flight and accommodation to attend the event, as well as various other prizes awarded by festival partners and sponsors. Awards will be presented during the festival following a special screening of the winning films, press opportunities and meetings with industry professionals. Filmmakers will also be asked to participate in the film forum panel discussions, which will be free and open to the public.

Founded in 1999, The Irish Film Festival, Boston was deemed as one of the “Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals” worldwide by MovieMaker Magazine in 2010. The Festival has screened over five hundred Irish films in Boston since its inception and is the go-to for sneak peaks and US distributor-sponsored screenings. The Festival has played host to some of the greatest names in Irish cinema, including Jim Sheridan, Gabriel Byrne, Brendan Gleeson, Domhnall Gleeson, Terry George, Colm Meaney, Fionnula Flanagan, John Boorman, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea, Ruth McCabe, Dylan Moran and Pat Shortt.  For more information, visit www.irishfilmfestival.com

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