Director Jim Sheridan is set to take the stage, for an on-stage conversation, at the fourth annual Irish Film New York (IFNY), set to run from October 3rd to 5th.

The festival will feature a retrospective of the films of the Irish director, and six-time Academy Award nominee, which will include screenings of In America, The Field, and In the Name of the Father.

Speaking on hosting Sheridan, Niall McKay, executive director of IFNY said “We are really honoured to be hosting Jim Sheridan this year, as no one else defines the relationship between Irish and American film like Jim. He has pioneered Irish/American storytelling. It is very fitting to have him be part of the festival this year as he is one of the biggest supporters of up-and-coming Irish talent, which is what this festival aims towards.”

The conversation, which will take place after the screening of In America, will focus on Sheridan’s upcoming work including his next feature Secret Scripture, with Rooney Mara, Jack Reynor and Eric Bana, and the TV series version of In America on HBO.

Irish Film New York aims to help Irish films and filmmakers find a market in the United States by fostering partnerships between Irish and US-based film institutes. It brings the very best in contemporary Irish cinema to New York. It connects producers and directors and holds many film screenings and Q&A sessions with filmmakers throughout the year.

The annual three day festival will showcase six critically acclaimed contemporary Irish films at NYU’s Cantor Film Center and will hosts a selection of public filmmaker Q&As, industry panel discussions and filmmaker receptions.

IFNY will open with Niall Heery’s prodigal son comedy Gold. For more information here to the IFNY website.

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