The 16th Annual Irish Film Festival, Boston celebrates the very Best of Ireland and the Irish on Screen. One of the largest Irish film festivals outside of Ireland, the festival screens over 40 films each year and gives awards in several categories. The Breakthrough Feature Award honors those filmmakers whose feature films represent the very Best of Ireland and the Irish on screen; The Global Vision Documentary is for work that challenges, highlights or explores issues that are global, with a unique Irish perspective; Best Short fiction, documentary or animated film award represents the best of Irish film a hundred years after Independence.
This year the winning film will headline the "Sixteen in Sixteen" short film program at the festival this year
The Irish Film Festival, Boston was included in Moviemaker Magazine's list of Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the world! The Boston Irish Film Festival (BIFF), was founded in 1999 by Jim Lane and Peter Flynn. Originally conceived of as a once-off film series, the festival became an annual event with Flynn as director. In 2003, the festival expanded its operations to include the annual BIFF Awards, to celebrate the work of outstanding filmmakers. The festival became a non profit in 2008 with Dawn Morrissey as its Director and Siobhan Fanning as its Producer.