Date: Fri. March 8, 2013 - Sat. March 9, 2013.
Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox (Reitman Square, 350 King St W) - Toronto, Canada
The Toronto Irish Film Festival (TIRFF) celebrates the best of Irish cinema on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9, 2013. With 20 Irish films, including 15 Canadian premieres, the theme of TIRFF 2013 is “A Gathering of Irish film lovers” and echoes Tourism Ireland’s worldwide “The Gathering” campaign, which encourages the global Irish diaspora to return to their hometowns in 2013 for clan reunions. TIRFF will bring together the GTA Irish community at the prestigious TIFF Bell Lightbox, located at 350 King Street West, in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district.
TIRFF was founded in April 2009 by Michael Barry and John Galway. Collectively, Michael and John have over 30 years’ experience in the Canadian film and television industry.
Pilgrim Hill is slotted for the Festival’s Opening Night on March 8 at 7 p.m., sponsored by Tourism Ireland. Pilgrim Hill is a cinematic love letter to Ireland’s rural countryside and an incredible achievement for first-time filmmaker Gerard Barrett, who was awarded the Irish Film Board’s Rising Star Award for his work on the film at the 2013 Irish Film & Television Awards this month. Immediately following the film will be an audience Q&A session with the film’s rising stars, Joe Mullins and Muiris Crowley, who will travel from Ireland to attend the celebration. Prior to the movie, the Irish Choral Society will perform a specially commissioned repertoire, “Ireland at the Movies,” for festival attendees.
A Gala Reception will follow the film at Quinn’s Steakhouse & Irish Bar, located at 96 Richmond Street West, at 9 p.m.
Jump will be the Closing Night feature on March 9 at 9 p.m., sponsored by KPMG. Kieron J. Walsh’s (When Brendan Met Trudy) award-winning modern-day drama looks at the lives of four young people who crash into each other on New Year’s Eve amid the ancient ruins of Derry, U.K. City of Culture 2013.
Other highlights include Dollhouse, the feature debut of writer/director Kirsten Sheridan, daughter of famed Irish director Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot). The film showcases the talents of Ireland’s newest acting talent. Dollhouse screens on March 9 at 7 p.m.
The festival’s lineup also includes a Free Screening for new arrivals, a Local Heroes Program highlighting the work of young Irish filmmakers who now call Toronto their home and a Shorts Program showcasing Ireland’s new wave of talented directors. See complete programming lineup at http://torontoirishfilmfest.com/2013-festival.
Tickets range from $15 to $20. Buy tickets here.