Irish Film New York aims to help Irish films and filmmakers find a market in the United States by fostering partnerships between Irish and US-based film institutes. It brings the very best in contemporary Irish cinema to New York. It connects producers and directors and holds many film screenings and Q&A sessions with filmmakers throughout the year.
The annual three day festival will showcase six critically acclaimed contemporary Irish films at NYU’s Cantor Film Center and will hosts a selection of public filmmaker Q&As, industry panel discussions and filmmaker receptions. This year’s festival will take place at the same location from October 2nd through 5th.
Irish Film New York was created in partnership with the Irish Studies Program at NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House. It is pleased to partner with the San Francisco Irish Film Festival and the Los Angeles Irish Film Festival and it is proudly funded by The Irish Film Board and Tourism Ireland.
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IFNY’s mission is to help Irish films and filmmakers find a market in the United States by fostering partnerships between Irish and US-based film institutes. It connects producers and directors and holds many film screenings and Q&As with filmmakers throughout the year. IFNY hosted its inaugural annual Irish Film Festival at NYU’s Cantor Film Center in September 2011
Irish Film NY (IFNY) executive director Niall McKay is an Emmy award-winning independent producer and director. He has produced documentaries for PBS and RTÉ (Irish TV), commercials for Lego, educational soap operas for Canal Cl@se (Venezuelan TV) and interactive augmented reality games featuring Bill Nye (The Science Guy) for Chabot Space and Science Museum. Niall produced Irvin Welsh’s first short film Nuts. He also wrote and produced a short film called Losing Cock in the Philippines.
McKay has managed budgets from $30K-$500K, fostered international co-productions and overseen projects from original conception & development to production, editing and post-production. He is the director and curator of the Irish Film New York and the founder of the San Francisco Irish Film Festival and co-founder of the Los Angeles Irish Film Festival.
As a former journalist, McKay’s articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Irish Times, Wired Magazine and The Economist. His radio work has aired on NPR, BBC World Service and RTÉ and he also reported on air for PBS’ Frontline World on the Northern Ireland peace process.
Amy Mulcair – Festival Director
Amy Mulcair has over 18 years of PR experience in the broadcast industry, working for the BBC, both in the U.S. and UK. She has created and led on a number of high profile publicity campaigns for such shows as Doctor Who, Top Gear and Frozen Planet as well as advising high profile talent including Gordon Ramsay, Ricky Gervais, Sir David Attenborough and Idris Elba. She has gained significant coverage for her clients and shows including The New York Times, NPR, The Today Show, Entertainment Weekly and Vogue. Most recently she has lived and traveled throughout Mexico to further her Spanish studies as well as writing a number of travel stories for the BBC. She can be reached at email@example.com
Roisin Geraghty – Festival Coordinator
Roisin holds a BA in Media Studies and Irish from NUI Maynooth, as well as a Master in Multimedia from Dublin City University. Before coming to New York, she worked with various festivals and independent production companies in Ireland, including The Darklight Film Festival and Blinder Films.
Since arriving in the US, she has worked at Tribeca Film Festival, as well as an array of independent films and documentaries in New York City.
Paul Power – Publicity
Paul has been involved in Irish film since the early 1990s with Galway-based production company Power Pictures. For six years he was MoMA’s film publicist and as a film and arts journalist he has written for Variety, the Irish Times, the Village Voice, and indieWIRE. He was also editor of Film Ireland, Ireland’s national film publication.
Lynn Holst – Screening Committee Chair
Lynn is a creative producer, development executive, and story editor in film and television. She began her career as Literary Manager for Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival; worked in independent film, and public television as VP of Development for American Playhouse, and was most recently Sr. V.P. of Development for RHI Entertainment. She has served on a number of prestigious awards juries including The Sundance Film Festival (Best Latin American Film; Best Short Film) and The Hamptons Film Festival ( Best Dramatic Feature). She has been on a selection panelist for the Irish Television and Film Award; and a market consultant for the Galway Film Fleadh.
Hosting Irish President Michael D. Higgins:
IFNY hosted the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and his Presidential delegation including Ireland’s Ambassador to the US Michael Collins and the Consul General of Ireland to New York Noel Kilkenny at the prestigious Film Society of Lincoln Center. President Higgins took part in a panel discussion on Irish storytelling with filmmakers Macdara Vallely, Marion Quinn and IFNY Festival Director Niall McKay.
Presenting Irish Films at The Tribeca Film Festival:
IFNY hosted a launch party for the Irish Films included in this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Filmmakers, media producers, industry personnel and actors gathered to celebrate the six contemporary Irish films that were showcased in the prestigious film festival.
Academy Award Winning Irish Short Film Series at the Film Society Lincoln Center:
IFNY presented an Irish short film series at the Film Society at Lincoln Center. Featuring Terry George’s Academy Award Winning Irish short film, The Shore and Academy Award Nominated Irish animated short, Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty, the series was met with great enthusiasm and was supported by the professional Irish Networks in New York.
Irish Film Screenings:
IFNY has partnered with numerous organizations and has co-presented many Irish films in New York including the screening of the critically acclaimed film, The Bass Player, which had it’s New York premiere at the Irish Arts Center.