Our Mission and Values

The Chicago Irish Film Festival has been 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!

Meet Our Board

Chicago Irish Film Festival 2024 | Celebrating 25 Years

Our Team

Board of Directors
  • Edward Galvin, President
  • Ferdia Doherty, VP
  • Imelda Gallagher, Treasurer
  • Angela McLaughlin, Secretary
  • John McEneany
  • Aristotle Byrne
Executive Director
  • Jude Blackburn
  • Kinship Company
Festival & Technical Support
  • Ayman Hishmeh, Video Production
  • Chris Matusek, Graphic / Web Design
  • Laura Slonskis, Graphic Design
Theatre Venues
  • AMC Newcity Theater
  • Theater on the Lake
  • Society for Arts: The Gallery Theatre