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From August 15—November 30, 2022
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An Cailin Ciuin (The Quiet Girl)

Special Screening at the Chicago History Museum — December 11 at 2:30p

In Irish language with subtitles.

The Chicago Irish Film Festival in partnership with the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival presents AN CAILIN CIUIN (The Quiet Girl). Rural Ireland 1981. A quiet, neglected girl is sent away from her dysfunctional family to live with relatives for the summer. She blossoms in their care, but in this house where there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers one. 

Our sincere thanks to the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, Facets Multimedia, the Chicago History Museum and Neon Rated / Super LTD for this special screening of Ireland’s 2023 Academy Award submission.

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The 23rd Chicago Irish Film Festival was a Success!

Thanks to all the film goers, in-person and across the country, that helped us celebrate the 23rd Edition of the Irish art of storytelling.

A special thank you to the amazing filmmakers whose work behind the camera bring the stories to life. And our appreciation for the wonderful sponsors and donors who help to make it all happen.

View the 2022 Program.

Congratulations to Our 2022 Winners!

Consulate of Ireland Award
THE SMALL STEPS

Director—Al Butler. Three generations of Ireland’s finest knifemakers live around Bantry Bay, between Schull and Glengarriff, recounting the small steps they follow through their process of knifemaking.

Festival Award
AN IRISH GOODBYE

DIRECTORS—Tom Berkeley, Ross White. A black comedy following the reunion of estranged brothers Turlough and Lorcan after the untimely death of their mother and Lorcan’s desire to complete her unfulfilled bucket list of wishes….all one-hundred of them.

Audience Award
DEBUTANTE

DIRECTOR—Kamila Dydyna. Meg’s simple life revolves around her duties as a Jehovah’s Witness and a platonic relationship with her boyfriend Sam. It all goes well until she is summoned to a judicial committee hearing, where three well-meaning congregation elders shatter her carefully constructed world.

One Minute Irish Award
Nosy Neighbor

DIRECTOR—Jake McKenna. We all have a neighbor like this.