Irish Reels Film Festival 2016

SIFF Film Center | Visiting Festival
The 19th annual Irish Reels Film Festival presents a three day celebration of new Irish cinema. Featuring contemporary Irish features, shorts and documentaries, the festival provides opportunities for Northwest audiences to explore new works in Irish cinema and connect with visiting filmmakers. For more info visit

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Special Restaurant Offers! 
Passholders – Present your festival pass at over the weekend for $5 off Food or Beverage at F. X. McRory’s.
Ticketholders – Present your ticket stub (or festival pass) for the following:
Happy hour menu and prices at McMenamin's Queen Anne
Half price appetizers at The Chieftan, Finn MacCool's, and McGilvra's.

Opening Night Gala | My Name Is Emily

October 7, 2016

Ireland | 2015 | 94 Minutes | Simon Fitzmaurice

6:00PM | Opening Night Reception
7:30PM | My Name is Emily Film Screening
Join Irish Reels for an Opening Night Gala Reception co-hosted by Irish Network Seattle, followed by the feature presentation of Simon Fitzmaurice's beautifully crafted, visually stunning and moving coming of age story My Name is Emily, starring Evanna Lynch (Harry Potter's Luna Lovegood), Michael Smiley, and newcomer George Webster.
Screens with: Stutterer | Director: Benjamin Cleary, 12 min | In this Oscar-winning short, a lonely typographer with a cruel speech impediment but an eloquent inner voice must face his greatest fear.

Older Than Ireland

October 8, 2016

Ireland | 2015 | 77 Minutes | Alex Fegan

Special Senior Presentation | $10 General Admission, $5 Seniors
Director Alex Fegan scheduled to attend!
Older Than Ireland is a landmark documentary that tells the story of a hundred years of a life as seen through the eyes of thirty Irish centenarians.

Short Film Program I

October 8, 2016

Ireland | 2016 | 73 Minutes | Various

A selection of new and award winning Irish short films: In This Place, Death of a Projectionist, Fingerprints, Violet, and Pat.


October 8, 2016

Ireland | 2016 | 75 Minutes | Risteárd Ó Domhnaill

Narrated by Emmy-award winning actor Brendan Gleeson, Atlantic follows the fortunes of three small fishing communities - in Ireland, Norway and Newfoundland - bringing to the fore three very intimate stories from the global resource debate.
Screens with: Make Inishturk Great Again | Director: David Freid, 10 min | This little Irish island has a big Donald Trump problem.


October 8, 2016

Ireland | 2016 | 99 Minutes | Rebecca Daly

This moving new feature from director Rebecca Daly (The Other Side of Sleep) depicts the pains of love, loss and purposelessness and how they manifest in ways we never expect. After losing her son, Margaret (Oscar nominee Rachel Griffiths) develops an unorthodox relationship with a homeless youth, but their tentative trust is threatened by his involvement with a violent gang and the escalation of her ex-husband's grieving rage.
Screens with: Love at First Light | Director: Caroline Grace-Cassidy , 1 min | A mixup occurs the morning after a one night stand.

A Doctor's Sword

October 9, 2016

Ireland | 2015 | 77 Minutes | Gary Lennon

Special Senior Presentation | $10 General Admission, $5 Seniors
An Irish doctor survived the atomic bomb attack on Nagasaki and was given a Samurai sword for the lives he saved. 70 years later his family searches for the origin of their father's sword.

Short Film Program II

October 9, 2016

Ireland | 2016 | 73 Minutes | Various

More new and award winning Irish short films: Love is a Sting, Disappear, Pebbles, Love at First Light, and Day Off.

I Am Belfast

October 9, 2016

Ireland | 2015 | 84 Minutes | Mark Cousins

Film essayist Mark Cousins (The Story of Film) enlists cinematographer Christopher Doyle (In the Mood for Love) for a cinematic love poem showcasing the everyday beauty of the dynamic, mythical city of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Themes brought up in the film range from the landscapes surrounding the city, its changing architecture and social structure to the political and personal repercussions of the Northern Irish conflict.
Screens with: Always Now | Director: Marcus Robinson, 8 min | In September 2015 Van Morrison returned to Cyprus Avenue to play a concert for his 70th birthday.

You're Ugly Too

October 9, 2016

Ireland | 2015 | 79 Minutes | Mark Noonan

After her mother's death, Stacey (Lauren Kinsella) moves with her uncle Will (Aiden Gillen, "Game of Thrones") to a remote region in the Irish midlands. As the two cautiously get to know each other, they have to deal with the dark shadows of the past. An astute character driven study on the need to regain footing and let go.
Screens with: Violet | Director: Maurice Joyce, 8 min | A dark, cautionary tale of a young girl who despises her reflection.
Film followed by Closing Night Party starting at 9:00PM