The Chicago Irish Film Festival is Back!


The Chicago Irish Film Festival returns for its 24th annual celebration of the best movies, documentaries, shorts and more from The Land Of Storytelling. 

Hybrid Festival

Due to ongoing precautions, the Irish Film Festival returns in a hybrid option. The festival will be held in person from March 2-5, and online March 6-12. Dedicated to presenting the works of Irish filmmakers to the Chicago film community for over 23 years, the festival is back and better than ever! CIFF is known to  host US premieres of Oscar nominated and winning films throughout its history! This year, the festival is sure to bring more excellence from The Land of Storytelling as it highlights stories such as “Lola,” “The Sparrow,” “Clodagh,” and “Aisha” starring Letitia Wright. 

Since 1999, the CIFF has screened over 1,500 features, films and documentaries by various Irish award-winning filmmakers.The Chicago Irish Film Festival is a nonprofit organization and a partner of IFI International, an Irish Film Institute program supported by Culture Ireland in hopes of highlighting the important works of Irish cultures.

The festival celebrates talented works from a diverse, yet creative background. The festival will screen some popular, as well as independent films created by Irish filmmakers, as well as allow any visitor to explore the ranging world of art. 

Where To Watch & How To Win

Held at various locations such as AMC New City, Chicago History Museum and Society for Arts Gallery Theatre and even Theatre on the Lake, The CIFF allows its participants to tour various theaters. Get your tickets here!

Sponsors presenting at this year’s festival include the Government of Ireland’s Emigrant Support Program, Culture Ireland and Gage Hospitality Group. Aer Lingus has also donated two round trip tickets, which will be awarded to a lucky festival attendee at the end of the opening night gala. So make sure to attend for a chance to win some big prizes!

Practical Info

Passes and ticket options can be found on Go Elevant. All-access in-person passes are available for $150, which includes opening night gala, and a virtual all-access for $100. Individual tickets for in-person films are available for $12, while virtual screenings are available for $10. Individual tickets for the opening screening of “The Sparrow,” are available for $75, which includes a buffet, drinks and festival opening festivities. For more information on how to prepare for this year’s CIFF, visit their website here!

Written by Paulina Czupryna

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