How to Fest

About the Program

Join us for our official Chicago Irish Film Festival (CIFF) kick-off at 6:45 pm on Thursday, March 4, hosted by Ferdia Doherty, where you will learn how to maximize your experience at CIFF. Special guest, Consul General of Ireland-Chicago, Mr. Kevin Byrne, will present the 2021 Consulate of Ireland Award. 

CIFF is proud to present a special mid-festival musical performance by renowned Irish Violinist, Patricia Traecy, starting at noon on Sunday, March 7, 2021. Single-ticket and package holders will receive a voucher code to view the performance. All-Access and Film Shorts All-Access pass holders can screen our virtual platform as part of our full program.

*All-Access and Film Shorts All-Access pass holders can view the welcome remarks while logged in under Passholder at virtual.goelevent.com.
*3-Film, 5-Film, Single ticket, or Partner Programs package/ticket holders will receive a voucher code by email. Enter your voucher code into the Ticket Holders section of virtual.goelevent.com.

All feature films, documentaries, shorts programs, and our 2021 Special Partner programs will be available to watch anytime starting at 7:00 pm7:00pm on March 4, 2021, until 11:55 pm on March 8, 2021, unless otherwise noted. Keep in mind you will only be able to access virtual films within this timeframe. Links are good for one use and once a link is clicked, you will have 72 hours to finish watching.

Every film and program in CIFF2021 has a limited number of screenings available and it’s possible that a particular film could “sell out.” That film will then be indicated as “Sold Out.” All films/programs are viewable within the United States with the following films and programs available only in the Midwest (Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio)—Violet Gibson: The Irish Woman Who Shot Mussolini, I Never Cry, Playback X DIFF : Irish Hip Hop + R&B.

Don’t forget to view and bookmark our interactive 2021 Program Guide full of great information about the films/programs and the festival. 

Passes & Tickets Are Still Available

To get the most out of the CIFF2021, and save money, you can purchase an All-Access Festival Pass, an All Access Shorts Pass, Partner Festival Pass, or 3- or 5-Film Passes at goelevent.com/ChicagoIrishFilmFestival.

Individual tickets are available for $12 ($10 Senior/Student) for feature films and documentaries and $10 for individual shorts programs and $5 for this year’s individual Partner Programs. 

How to View Your Films and Programs

We offer many ways to enjoy CIFF2021 and how to access your purchases may vary depending on your pass/package/ticket. The grid below shows what you will have access to based on your purchase and the subsequent section below will provide you with additional information specific to your pass/package/ticket.

All-Access Virtual Pass Holders

All-Access Pass holders will have access to our welcome remarks, feature films, documentaries, Irish shorts programs, and partner programs.

  • Access and bookmark our Festival Virtual Portal at virtual.goelevent.com using your goelevent account used to purchase your pass.  
  • Click ‘forgot?’ to reset your password.Alternatively, you can navigate to the screening portal by logging into your Elevent account at goelevent.com and by clicking the blue Log In button under Virtual Subscriptions. 
  • If you received a complimentary pass and don’t already have an existing Elevent account, please register at goelevent.com/signIn in order to access the screening portal, as above.

Film Shorts All-Access Virtual Pass Holders

Film Shorts All-Access Pass holders will have access to our welcome remarks, and all five Irish shorts programs.

  • Access and bookmark You have a package that allows you to access and watch the virtual content your pass type allows by accessing our Festival Virtual Portal at virtual.goelevent.com using your goelevent account used to purchase your pass. You will receive an email from Elevent Support to create an account on our portal. 
    Click ‘forgot?’ to reset your password.
  • Alternatively, you can navigate to the screening portal by logging into your Elevent account at goelevent.com and by clicking the blue login button under Virtual Subscriptions. 
  • If you received a complimentary pass and don’t already have an existing Elevent account, please register at goelevent.com/signIn in order to access the screening portal, as above.

Partner Programs Package Holders

The Partner Programs Package holders will have access to our welcome remarks and all three partner programs: Dublin Animation: Amazing Animation, Green Ray Film Agency’s Inside the Industry, and Playback X Diff: Irish Hip Hop + R&B

  • You will receive individual screening vouchers via email around 6 pm (CDT) on Thursday, March 4, 2021. Enter the respective voucher code under the Ticket Holders section of our Festival Virtual Portal at virtual.goelevent.com to view the program.

3 or 5-Film Pass Holders

  • 3 or 5-Film Pass Holders must redeem your pass prior to screening your choices.
  • To redeem your passes. Navigate to goelevent.com and log in to your account.
  • Click ‘fulfill package,’ Scroll down to the Chicago Irish Film Festival, click ‘search events’. Filter by ‘Film’ or ‘Documentary’ and click ‘Get Tickets’ of the film you would like to screen—The cost for the film should indicate ‘Free’.
  • Complete your transaction and repeat as needed. Click, ‘Complete Fulfillment’ to close your fulfillment session.

You will receive individual screening vouchers via email around 6 pm (CDT)on Thursday, March 4, 2021, for each of your film selections. Enter the respective voucher code under the Ticket Holders section of our Festival Virtual Portal at virtual.goelevent.com to view the program.

Single Virtual Ticket Holders

You will receive individual screening vouchers via email around 6 pm (CDT) on Thursday, March 4, 2021, for each of your film selections. Enter the respective voucher code under the Ticket Holders section of our Festival Virtual Portal at virtual.goelevent.com to view the program.

Gift: All-Access Pass

A link to ‘get codes’ is included in the order confirmation sent to the original purchaser. Forward the order confirmation along with the 14-digit code to the intended recipient to claim the pass.

Prefer to Watch on TV?

For Pass Holders and Individual Ticket Holders: connect your computer to the TV using an HDMI cable. Additional platforms are supported, see the Technical FAQ section below for more info.

Still Have Questions?

If you have any issues, please check your spam/junk folder for the virtual access email for each screening, which will be sent from donotreply@mail.goelevent.com. 

If you still are having problems contact us at:

Virtual Pass FAQ & Technical FAQ

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