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

About the 2017 Galway Film Fleadh

It’s that time of year again, and we are excited to once more showcase Galway as the beating heart of cinema in Ireland.

In the 12 months since our last Fleadh we’ve been encouraged and delighted by the success of some of the films showcased at Fleadh 28. A Date for Mad Mary, Bobby Sands: 66 Days and The Young Offenders were all bona fide critical and commercial hits (the latter in record-breaking fashion), while Cardboard Gangsters, Twice Shy, In View and many more have more recently had successful theatrical runs and cemented their place in the Irish cinema psyche. It’s a lot to live up to! But, looking at the films we have lined up for you for our 29th edition we are happy to confirm that the next 12 months will be another great year for Irish film. We can’t wait to host the World Premieres of films like Maze, Limbo, Penance, The Silver Branch, The Drummer & the Keeper, and Michael Inside and look forward to seeing these titles (and many more) take off over the next 12 months, as well as some surprise packages you’ll find within this year’s programme.

Another thing we are often associated with is socially conscious cinema. We believe that cinema has the power to not only inform, but to change, to convince, to mobilise people. We are proud to present an expanded selection of films this year that engage with some of the biggest issues around Ireland and the world. These features and documentaries explore topics as diverse as the Irish homeless crisis, the legacy of the Troubles, the plight of refugees, rape culture, the Irish prison system, the horrific issue of female genital mutilation, the Israel/Palestine conflict and the continuing fight for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans and queer rights.

Other programme highlights include a focus on Polish cinema, featuring work that covers everything from Albert Camus’ The Stranger, communist-era serial killers, and the trials of a female sexologist who managed to upset both church and state. We also have a set list of classic and new material for our Music strand, a showcase of the best cinema made in, by and about Galway, and, of course, the best in short film, new independent Irish film and some of the best cinema from around the world. Also, everyone should give Southland Tales another go. It’s brilliant and you were all wrong the first time!