Who are we?
Irish Film London was founded to champion Irish film and animation in the UK community.
Founded by Kelly O’Connor in 2010 and now in its ninth year, Irish Film London presents the latest and greatest of Irish film and animation to UK audiences. We run events throughout the year including the film section of the St. Patrick's Day Festival with the Mayor of London, our annual Irish Film London Awards, and culminating in the five day Irish Film Festival London in November each year.
Through premiere screenings, Director Q&A sessions, workshops, exhibitions, and performances, Irish Film London aims to bring together industry professionals, film fans and fans of Irish arts & culture alike. Focusing on Irish productions, scripts and casts, IFL strives to provide a significant platform for Irish film in London, and to ensure that the best of Irish creative talent is continually promoted here in the UK.
Support for Irish Film London
IFL gratefully receives support from the following organisations: Screen Ireland, Culture Ireland, the Arts Council of Ireland, the Irish Film Institute, the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade of Ireland, the Irish Youth Foundation, the Ireland Funds of Great Britain, Film London and from the Ambassador and team at the Embassy of Ireland in London.
IFL is also supported by a network of Irish Film London Champions and our valuable sponsors, all of whose donations and sponsorship have a great impact on IFL’s work. You can find out more about sponsors and Champions here: Become A Champion
Our official submission calls are via the Film Freeway platform, with two calls per year: St. Patrick's Day (submissions open around January to mid February) and the annual Irish Film Festival London (submission open around July to September).
To be notified when submissions are open just join our Mailing List on the homepage.
The Annual Irish Film London Awards
Each November IFL hosts an awards ceremony in celebration of Irish film, in the lead up to the Irish Film Festival London. These awards highlight and reward the talents of a select number of Irish filmmakers, whose work has shown great distinction, originality and passion.
Awards categories include:
Best Feature Film | Best Documentary | Best Short Film | SÚIL Eile Award | Ros Hubbard Award for Acting
Irish Film London Patrons
IFL are fortunate to have some of our favourite people as our patrons.
Dungarvan native Moe Dunford is one of the rising stars of a new generation of Irish acting talent, an IFTA and EPF Shooting Star award winning actor currently best-known for playing Aethelwulf in acclaimed TV series Vikings.
Dunford graduated from the Gaiety School of Acting in 2009 and made his TV debut in the historical drama, The Tudors. His big screen breakthrough was Terry McMahon’s Patrick’s Day (2014). He has become one of Ireland’s most in demand actors.
In 2018 alone he starred in Lance Daly’s revenge thriller Black '47, Hugh O’Conor’s directorial debut Metal Heart, Andy Tohill and Ryan Tohill’s dark drama The Dig and the critically acclaimed Rosie written by Roddy Doyle and directed by Paddy Breathnach. Dunford will next hit UK and Irish screens in the RTE/BBC six-part crime drama Dublin Murders, which airs this autumn.
This year you can catch Moe in the Short Films programme, screening at the 9th Irish Film Festival London, 20th – 24th November, at Regent Street Cinema. He will also attend the annual Irish Film London Awards on Tuesday 12th November at the Embassy of Ireland.
Moe Dunford is Irish Film London’s fourth patron, joining us in 2019, and you can read more about him here.
Colin Farrell is one of Ireland’s leading actors, first appearing in the BBC drama Ballykissangel in 1998. He made his film debut in the Tim Roth-directed drama The War Zone in 1999, and was discovered by Hollywood when Joel Schumacher cast him in the lead role in the war drama Tigerland in 2000. He went on to star in Phone Booth (2002), S.W.A.T. (2003) The Recruit (2003), Minority Report (2002), Daredevil (2003), Alexander (2004), and Miami Vice (2006)
However, it was his role in Martin McDonagh's In Bruges (2008) that earned him a Hollywood Foreign Press Association Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
As well as his movie career, in 2015 Colin starred as Detective Ray Velcoro in the second season of HBO's True Detective, and also starred in the film The Lobster, for which he was nominated for his second Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
2017 brought a reunion with Yorgos Lanthimos for the lead in The Killing of a Sacred Deer, which was then followed by The Beguiled and Roman J. Israel, Esq. This year sees Farrell play Tom Mulligan in Widows, directed by Steve McQueen and Holt Farrier in Tim Burton’s Dumbo.
Colin Farrell is Irish Film London’s third patron, joining us in 2018, and you can read more about him here.
Leonard "Lenny" Abrahamson is an Irish film and television director, known for his films Adam & Paul (2004), Garage (2007), What Richard Did (2012), Frank (2014), the multi Oscar-winning Room (2015), and The Little Stranger (2018).
Lenny has won Best First Feature award at the 2004 Galway Film Fleadh and the Grand Prix at the 2005 Sofia International Film Festival. His second feature, Garage, was selected for Director's Fortnight at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, won the CICAE Art and Essai award, and Best Film, Best Director, Best Script and Best Actor at the 2008 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs).
His four one-hour TV films for RTE, Prosperity, won the Best Director for TV award 2008 Irish Film and Television Awards. What Richard Did, his third feature, was selected for the 2012 BFI London Film Festival. Lenny's fourth feature, Frank, starring Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson was one of Mark Kermode’s Top 5 Films of the year in 2014.
Room garnered three Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Director, and star Brie Larson won the Academy Award for Best Actress, the BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, and the Screen Actors Guild Award.
Lenny Abrahamson is one of the original patrons of Irish Film London and you can read more about him here.
Ros Hubbard is a world renowned Casting Director. At 17 years of age she went to Los Angeles, but kept returning back to Dublin where she settled in a model agency and learned to never give up until she had the right person for the job. Together with her husband John Hubbard they created Hubbard Casting and between them have brought several well-known actors to fame, including Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Colin Farrell, Orlando Bloom, Sienna Miller and Kate Winslet. This amazingly talented family has found cast members for international hit films such as The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Supremacy, Green Zone, United 93, Evita and the Da Vinci Code.
The Hubbard's have also filled many celebrated Irish film and TV sets for features and TV dramas such as The Commitments, Into the West, Father Ted, Best, Bloody Sunday and Angela’s Ashes. Ros and John look forward to the release of Journey’s End, The More You Ignore Me and the BBC production of Little Women.
Ros Hubbard is one of the original patrons of Irish Film London and you can read more about her here.
Irish Film London Board Members
Founder and Director
Kelly graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art Video and Sound. She was formerly the Digital Marketing Manager at The Irish World Newspaper and General Manager at the Irish Cultural Centre in London. Since then she has founded Irish Film London, is a Board member of the Women’s Irish Network London and Mayor of London’s St. Patrick’s Community Advisory Board. Kelly has been a short films judge at the Galway Film Fleadh, a guest speaker at the London Film School and is a Hibernian Hero Award nominee.
Professor Lance Pettitt
Lance is an Associate Lecturer in Film at Birkbeck, Universtity of London, specializing in the cinema and cultural history of film in Ireland. At Birkbeck he teaches on the MA Screen Writing degree and the BA English Literature programme. His publications include Screening Ireland: Film and TV Representations (2000) and December Bride (2001). He is also the co-editor of ‘Ireland into Film’.
Michael is a commercially focussed qualified accountant with 15 years experience in designing, developing and implementing financial systems & solutions in both the commercial and not-for profit sectors. Formerly Head of Finance at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and The British Academy, and Accountant to Birkbeck University of London, Michael's most recent position was with International Non-Government Organisation Westminster Foundation for Democracy.
Coming soon: our latest board members Karen Knowles and Martin McNamara
Irish Film London Team
Eibh manages and programmes multiple film festival shorts programmes in Ireland and at festivals across the world. She began her involvement with The Galway Film Fleadh in 2010. After working with Film, Fringe, Live Arts, LGBT and Documentary film festivals domestically, she expanded to international Irish film festivals, showcasing the wealth in Irish filmmaking talents across the world in London, LA, Luxembourg, Malta, Moscow, Rome, New York and many more. Eibh is currently the short film programmer for the Oscar-Qualifying Galway Film Fleadh, Deputy Director at Irish Screen America for New York and LA, and Manager at IndieCork.
Madeleine Casey - Administration and Communications Coordinator
Viki Ottewill - Festival Coordinator
Eimear Keenan - Volunteer Coordinator
Casper Knight - Festival Coordinator
Niamh Branigan - Social Media
Clare Kileen - Volunteer Coordinator
Manju Gregory - Youth Programme
Geri Perry - Publicist
Noel Mullen - Photographer
Marc Brown - Technical Advisor
Hannah Doyle - Designer
Daire Hall - Editor