Where the Merrows Roam

Where the Merrows Roam

An entirely dialogue-free, experimental feature film following two separate stories across six distinct chapters. A nonlinear collage of reminiscences tracing the hazy glow of childhood memory through to the harsh light of adulthood. The film moves between quick montages and long studied images, of County Cork and our storytellers, that provide the drama along with […]

Shorts: Dublin Animation B

The Pursuit

The Chicago Irish Film Festival delighted to be partnering with Dublin Animation Film Festival for a special program of thought provoking films created by some of Ireland’s most talented animators. (Recommended for children 9 and up.) Films in this Program PURSUIT | Director Iobhar Stokes Rodriguez An astronaut has a run in with an abandoned […]

Shorts: Dublin Animation A

The Ghost Dog

The Chicago Irish Film Festival delighted to be partnering with Dublin Animation Film Festival for a special program of family friendly films created by some of Ireland’s most talented animators. (Recommended for children 7 and up.) Check back for updates to the program! Films in this Program THE GHOST DOG | Director Jamie Posadas A […]

Shorts E : Tiny Lessons, Mighty Voices

Whether it’s a new record, a new home or a new marketing plan these kids know what they want and have very creative  plans for getting it. Films in this Program CHERRY | Director: Kate Brennan Cherry’s journey to the Xtravadance Grand Prix Finals leads to an unexpected outcome for her ambitious mother who has […]

Shorts D : Reflections

Momento Mori

The past seemed so clear, the future quite murky, as decisions are pondered and ultimately made, but at what cost to the spirit, the soul or the psyche?  Films in this Program ACHERON | Tommy Creagh  Christy, a myth-obsessed playwright in his late twenties, finds himself stuck in a creative rut as he constantly clashes […]

Shorts C : Change of Plans

What happens when your entire world is turned totally upside down? What will you do? Who can you trust? Can you start over and do you want to? Films in this Program DEBUTANTE | Kamila Dydyna  Meg’s simple life revolves around her duties as a Jehovah’s Witness and a platonic relationship with her boyfriend Sam. […]

Shorts B : Let’s Talk About It!

Tea

What did you say? A selection of films that have a lot to say about communicating with others and self-respect and some interesting ways of saying it. Films in this Program I’LL WAIT HERE | Tamryn Reinecke After meeting at an abandoned bus stop a young boy and a heartbroken woman form an unexpected friendship. […]

Shorts A : Family First

An Irish Goodbye

As the saying goes “you can pick your friends, but not your family” but that doesn’t stop a few of these young people from making decisions not everyone may like. Films in this Program CHICKEN OUT | Richard Keane A cash-strapped dad gets a job as the mascot of a chicken takeaway to make ends […]

Short Docs B : Living Life

System

Five fascinating films that look at life’s ever changing situations with honesty and perspective as people navigate Direct Provisions, Covid-19, adoption and personal hardships. Films in this Program FORERUNNER | Kevin Bennett, Dave Thorpe International ultra-runner and lawyer, Dr. Sinead Kane is the first visually impaired athlete to complete 7 marathons on 7 continents in […]

Short Docs A : Stories to Remember

Memory of Mariga

From the founding of the Irish Georgian Society by Mariga and Desmond Guinness in 1958 to a David vs Goliath 1980 Limerick vs Real Madrid soccer match these stories are more than memorable. Films in this Program The Small Steps | Al Butler Three generations of Ireland’s finest knifemakers live around Bantry Bay, between Schull […]