Irish Film Festival 2021

Nature of Event:

In 2021, the Irish Film Festival Australia will offer audiences an incredible line-up of Ireland’s best feature films and compelling documentaries, online for the second consecutive year. Films from both emerging and established directors focus on a full range of genres including family-friendly animation, comedy, moving drama, musical biopics and even a horror movie! Dr Enda Murray, Director of the Irish Film Festival: ‘In light of the uncertainty surrounding the current pandemic and in order to deliver our festival program in the safest way possible, we have made the tough decision to run this year’s festival online again.

There are seven Australian premieres including hilarious comedies, award-winning drama, sports and musical documentaries, and the voices of women coming through loud and clear!’

This year’s festival amplifies the voices of women, with films by female directors: The Bright Side by Ruth Meehan, A Bump Along the Way by Shelly Love, Wildfire by Cathy Brady, Deadly Cuts by Rachel Carey, and Phil Lynott – Songs For While I’m Away directed by Emer Reynolds. Furthermore, there’s a strong focus on themes such as breast cancer and surviving male violence.

Festival highlights include the multiple award-winning animation, Wolfwalkers and Cathy Brady’s feature debut, Wildfire, for which she won Best Director at this year’s IFTAs (Irish Film & Television Awards), as well as the posthumously awarded Best Lead Actress to Nika McGuigan.

Two exceptional documentaries explore a couple of Ireland’s greatest singer/songwriters: Thin Lizzy’s lead singer, Phil Lynott: Songs for While I’m Away, by Emmy-winning director and multiple award-winning editor Emer Reynolds; and Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan, Julien Temple’s (The Filth & The Fury, The Great Rock & Roll Swindle) cinematic exploration of MacGowan’s life and career. Another festival must-see is the black comedy, Deadly Cuts from up-and-coming director Rachel Carey.

Audiences will also have behind-the-scenes access to films via exclusive Q&A sessions between Festival Director, Dr Enda Murray, and a selection of our films’ Directors.

When: 3-12th September 2021 online

Tickets and More Information: Tickets go on sale on 12th August at