In the presence of the Irish Ambassador Dan Mulhall, at the Irish Embassy on November 14th, the festival launched its 2016 edition which includes a line-up of world class Irish feature films, shorts and documentaries.
Festival Chairwoman Angela Sammon hosted the evening. On the evening she said "In the first year the festival screened 3 films. Six years later we’re the biggest international Irish Film Festival in the world. We now have 10 venues, a year-round programme, in this festival alone we have over 35 films, and over 30 Q&A guests, many of whom are flown in from around the world with the help of Culture Ireland."
The 2016 festival trailer was previewed at the event. Edited by Daire Hall, with music by Corrina Jaye, the trailer was a hit with the crowd. Watch it here.
As part of the launch ceremony the festival award winners were announced:
The Súil Eile Award, in association with O’Donovan Waste, presented by Jacquie O'Donovan, went to The Young Offenders and was accepted by lead actors Chris Walley and Alex Murphy.
The Best Feature Film Award, in association with A&L Goodbody, went to A Date For Mad Mary. The award was presented by Niamh Ryan and was accepted by actress Tara Lee.
The Award for Best Short Film, sponsored by Irish cinema website Scannain.com, and presented by Irish Film London’s founder and director Kelly O’Connor went to Adulting and was accepted by Director Linda Bhreathnach.
Best Documentary, in association with Tourism Ireland, presented by Grainne Murphy went to Fís na Fuiseoige and accepted by Director Aodh Ó Coileái.
Finally, the the inaugural Ros Hubbard Award for Acting was presented to Alex Murphy and Chris Walley for their performances in The Young Offenders and was presented by Ros Hubbard.
Speaking at the Launch, Irish Ambassador Dan Mulhall said of this year’s programme, “It is a fine example of the diversity, charm and power of Irish film making”.
Festival Director Kelly O’Connor went on to say, “We thought that after last year’s huge releases Room and Brooklyn, this year would be tough to programme. But our Irish Film makers have not let us down. Huge respect goes to our award winners, who have really stood out this year. I’d like to also take this opportunity to thank our awards sponsors, who have made all this possible”.
The festival runs 23-27 November across 10 venues in London, including the Tricycle in Kilburn, Curzon Soho and the Regent St Cinema.
The full programme is now live, and tickets are on sale.