About Us

EST. 1999

The Chicago Irish Film Festival (CIFF), dedicated to presenting the works of Irish filmmakers since 1999, opens for Chicago audiences a window into the color and complexity of Irish life. From documentary and drama to horror, comedy and animation, CIFF specializes in US premieres and films that have recently screened at Sundance, Tribeca, and SXSW. And since the inception of CIFF, we have screened most of the Irish Films that have won, been nominated or short-listed for an Academy Award.

Contemporary Irish films bring the lyrical and self-reflective richness of a long artistic tradition to bear on unique stories and pressing social issues with a gaze both critical and loving. CIFF strives to include a broad representation of current Irish cinema in both English and Irish language, and encourages submissions that highlight the extraordinary diversity and creativity that is the mark of Irish filmmaking wherever in the world it may occur.

CIFF’s passion for supporting Irish films and filmmakers translates into to a commitment to broadening its reach through marketing and social media to audiences in the Chicago area and beyond. We wholeheartedly thank our sponsors, donors and filmmakers, and look forward to a vibrant festival season. Don’t miss it!


Our Team

Meet the folks that make it all happen.

Board of Directors

  • Michael Nix
  • Christopher Kamyszew
  • Benjamin Nitka
  • Colleen Doherty

Festival Director

  • Jude Blackburn

​Festival Manager

  • Cliff Reens​

Advisory Committee

  • Ferdia Doherty
  • Imelda Gallagher
  • Edward Galvin
  • Angela MacLaughlin
  • Robin McCown
  • John McEnaeny
  • Aris Byrne

Theatre Directors & Manager

Festival Staff

  • Sam Blackburn, social media volunteer
  • Ayman Hishmeh, video production
  • Chris Matusek, graphic and web design
  • Seth Adams, film tech.
  • Mark Bettenhausen, graphic design


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