About Us

Our Mission and Values

The Chicago Irish Film Festival, dedicated to presenting the works of Irish filmmakers since 1999. We open for Chicago audiences a window into the color and complexity of Irish life. 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.

We strive to include a broad representation of current Irish cinema in both English and Irish language, and encourage submissions that highlight the extraordinary diversity and creativity that is the mark of Irish filmmaking wherever in the world it may occur.

Our passion for supporting Irish films and filmmakers translates into a commitment to broadening our reach 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

Board of Directors
  • Edward Galvin, President
  • Ferdia Doherty, VP
  • Imelda Gallagher, Treasurer
  • Angela McLaughlin, Secretary
  • John McEneany
  • Aristotle Byrne
Executive Director Emeritus
  • Jude Blackburn
Festival Staff
  • Ayman Hishmeh, Video Production
  • Chris Matusek, Graphic/Web Design
  • Laura Slonskis, Graphic Design
Theatre Venues
  • The Gallery Theatre,
    Ewa Domeredzka
  • The Logan Theatre,
    Jennifer Zacarias
  • Theater on the Lake,
    Susan Nicholl