CIFF

Solas Nua presents the
16th Annual Capital Irish Film Festival

CIFF 2022 AFI Silver Marquee
Photo by Bruce Guthrie

Solas Nua seeks contractor to run its Capital Irish Film Festival
Deadline June 11, 5 PM EST

Solas Nua, Washington, D.C.’s premier multidisciplinary contemporary Irish arts organization seeks proposals from an individual or company to run its annual Capital Irish Film Festival in March 2023. 

Solas Nua's Capital Irish Film Festival (CIFF) has been showing Irish films, and films by Ireland-based filmmakers annually, every March, for 16 years. The festival has recently been presented the first weekend in March, in partnership with the American Film Institute at its historic art deco Silver Theatre & Cultural Center in Silver Spring MD.  In 2021 the festival was run solely online through Eventive.

Solas Nua seeks a highly motivated and ambitious contractor to drive CIFF through its next phase of artistic programming and audience development while also consolidating a sustainable and resilient business model. For further details about the role and information on how to submit your proposal, please download the below pdf.


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CIFF 2022 ran from March 3 — 6 2022, co-presented with the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland.


Solas Nua’s Capital Irish Film Festival names Audience Favorites

CIFF 2022 Audience Favorites - Solas Nua

Two films were named Audience Favorites based on filmgoers’ reviews at the 16th Annual Capital Irish Film Festival last week at the American Film Institute Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD.

Secrets from Putumayo, directed by Aurélio Michiles, a documentary about Roger
Casement's humanitarian efforts in the Amazon, was voted Audience Favorite feature-length film.
Audience Favorite Short Film was The Yellow Dress, director Deborah Grimes, a fictional account of a woman recovering her spirit after breast cancer.

The film festival showed 15 features and 12 short films between March 3 and 6.
Solas Nua’s Capital Irish Film Festival has been showing Irish films, and films by Ireland-based filmmakers annually for 16 years. The four-day festival is based at the historic art-deco AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD. For more information, go to www.solasnua.org/events/16th-capital-irish-film-festival.


Solas Nua's Capital Irish Film Festival has been showing Irish films, and films by Ireland-based filmmakers annually for 16 years. The four-day festival is based at the historic art deco American Film Institute's Silver Theatre & Cultural Center in Silver Spring MD.

“The Capital Irish Film Festival is your ticket to Ireland…a terrific opportunity to see films [that] showcase the full humanity of the Irish people”
— Washington City Paper

Festival Schedule

Thursday, March 3 
Opening Night: REDEMPTION OF A ROGUE • 7:00 
YOU ARE NOT MY MOTHER • 9:45 

Friday, March 4 
SECRETS FROM PUTUMAYO • 12:45 
TRIBE OF THE GODS • 2:45 
BRIAN FRIEL – SHY MAN, SHOWMAN • 5:00 
AN IRISH GOODBYE (Norman Houston Award) with HERE BEFORE • 6:45 
LET THE WRONG ONE IN • 9:45 

Saturday, March 5 
SECRETS FROM PUTUMAYO • 11:00 AM
BRIAN FRIEL – SHY MAN, SHOWMAN • 1:00 
Shorts Program 1 • 1:15 
LOST LIVES • 2:30 
DOINNEAN • 4:45 
DEATH OF A LADIES’ MAN • 7:30 
ONCE UPON A TIME IN IRELAND • 9:45 

Sunday, March 6 
THE TRIBE OF GODS • 11:00 AM 
RYAN MCMULLEN: DEBUT • 1:00 
Shorts Program 2 • 1:15 
THE DANCE • 3:05 
FOSCADH [SHELTER] • 5:10 
WHERE’S THE CRAIC? • 7:15 
YOU ARE NOT MY MOTHER • 9:30

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ONCE UPON A TIME IN IRELAND
You Are Not My Mother
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Brian Friel: Shy Man, Showman
Let The Wrong One In
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Shorts Program 1 - CIFF 2022
Shorts Program 2 - CIFF 2022
Lost Lives Film Book
Doineann
Death of a Ladies' Man
Ryan McMullan: DEBUT
The Dance
Foscadh Shelter
Where's the Craic?
CIFF 2022 Sponsor Slide - Web Version
CIFF 2022 Individual Sponsor and Volunteer Slide - Web Version
An Irish Goodbye - Norman Houston Short Film Award 2022 - Web Version

An Irish Goodbye wins the first annual Norman Houston Short Film Award

An Irish Goodbye is the second short film from co-writer/director duo Tom Berkeley and Ross White, following their award-winning debut short, Roy, in 2021. Hailing from Belfast and Bristol respectively, the pair, who have worked together since 2017, founded the Northern Ireland-based production company Floodlight Pictures in 2019. 


SUBMISSIONS
— FILM SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE NOW CLOSED —

Solas Nua's Capital Irish Film Festival has been showing Irish films, and films by Ireland-based filmmakers annually for 16 years. The four-day Festival is based at the historic art deco American Film Institute's Silver Theatre & Cultural Center in Silver Spring MD. 

We are supported by Culture Ireland and work closely with the Irish Film Institute and ScreenIreland.

The Festival also enjoys sponsorships from the Embassy of Ireland and the Northern Ireland Bureau.

CIFF 2022 will run from March 3 — 6, co-presented with the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in downtown Silver Spring, MD.

Films accepted for the festival will be notified by late January 2022.

Solas Nua is also proud to announce the Norman Houston Short Film Award

The Norman Houston Short Film Award is part of the Norman Houston Project - a new project initiated by Solas Nua in Washington D.C., dedicated to the memory of Norman Houston, the former Director of the Northern Ireland Bureau (NIB), in the United States.

The Norman Houston Short Film Award is an annual honor for the best new short film created by a filmmaker based in or from Northern Ireland made within the previous two years. This award, which includes prize money of $2,500, will be presented in person at Solas Nua’s annual Capital Irish Film Festival will be at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Silver Spring, Maryland, March 3 — 6. The filmmaker will also receive return travel to Washington D.C. with accommodation for three days. In 2022, Norman Houston’s daughter, Chloe, and son, Connor, will attend the presentation ceremony, joining Solas Nua in the celebration of the award-winner and to honor Norman’s life, career and distinguished contribution to the arts in Ireland.

All current CIFF 2022 submissions from Northern Irish filmmakers have been automatically entered into The Norman Houston Short Film Award.

The Norman Houston Short Film Award is made possible with generous support from the Northern Ireland Bureau, the Embassy of Ireland and individual contributors.

Rules & Terms
Solas Nua's Capital Irish Film Festival accepts submissions of features, documentaries, shorts, and animations, from Ireland-based filmmakers.
CIFF accepts submissions in both English and Irish (with English subtitles provided).

Submissions are open from Aug. through Dec 1st, 2021 - submission fees apply.
We can screen from Vimeo or YouTube formats but will require DCP format for those films selected for inclusion in the Festival.

All images submitted to help promote the film will be available for the Festival to reproduce in advertising and Festival programs without payment to submitters or any partners involved in production of such images.