29th Galway Film Fleadh 11th - 16th July 2017

Each year, the Fleadh delights in showcasing the best of cinema to the people of Galway and also in showcasing Galway to the world via our Galway is Film strand. Aside from our rich artistic heritage and reputation as the cultural heart of Ireland (Croí Cultúrtha na hÉireann) Galway is one of only eight UNESCO Cities of Film worldwide. The development of the film sector in Galway has been staggering and is today worth over €72 million to the local economy. First off, we are proud to open the festival with Pat Collins’ stunning Song of Granite, which was filmed in Galway and tells the story of celebrated sean nós singer Joe Heaney. Next up is Brendan Muldowney’s Pilgrimage, a one-of-akind Irish medieval thriller featuring the wilds of Connemara. Rocky Ros Muc is a moving portrait of boxer Sean Mannion, who came from humble beginnings in the Gaeltacht to challenge for the WBA world title in New York. Poc na nGael, from Galway director Eamon O’Cualain, sees Ger Loughnane trace the vast influence that the Irish have had on the game of ice hockey. The Irish Film Institute returns to the Fleadh with a programme of sound and silent films about and from Galway. The Way Out West shorts programme presents work from West of Ireland-based filmmakers. We are delighted to welcome the return of the Galway Film Centre’s One Minute Film Festival and also to again screen a ‘2017 Best Of’ showcase from Galway’s premiere grassroots short film event Little Cinema Galway. Finally, some of the best documentaries made for Irish television can be found in our On the Box strand.