IRISHFILMFESTA was created in 2007, and it is aimed at promoting Irish cinematography in Italy.
Irish cinema only gained productive continuity starting from the eighties, and this is why it is still scarcely known. It hardly crosses Irish borders, and even when it does, it is often considered English or American. So far, the only film makers which managed to gain international popularity are Neil Jordan and Jim Sheridan. But Irish cinema generated many more talents, and in the last years is being characterized by a remarkable artistic variety, which needs to be exported.
The Festival is put on in collaboration with Irish Film Institute, supported by Culture Ireland, the Irish Film Board, Tourism Ireland, Irish Embassy to Italy and the Provence of Rome. The event is produced by the cultural association Archimedia. Creator and director of IRISHFILMFESTA is Susanna Pellis, Irish Cinema expert.
The festival, held at the Casa del Cinema di Roma, will present new films and old unedited classics. Besides the screenings, all in original version with subtitles and all free entry, the programme includes presentations and meetings with Irish guests (directors, actors, screenwriters and producers) as well as debates and special events.