#IrishAbroad: Irish Screen America lines up an impressive collection of shorts for its 2016 Festival

Irish Screen America has gathered an impressive collection of Irish-based and Irish ex-pat short films to show at their 2016 Festival, which takes place in New York from September 22nd to 25th, and in Los Angeles from September 30th to October 2nd.

The short film programs are curated by Eibh Collins, who is very proud of the Irish Talent in the US programs in particular:

These (Irish¬†Talent¬†in the US) shorts programme are very special as they really capture what we work¬†hard on trying to¬†achieve¬†at ISA. We aim to bring together the Irish filmmaking¬†communities and supporting the Irish¬†talent growing in America, in¬†Ireland¬†and internationally. This includes¬†our ‘Irish Shorts Programme’, which gives filmmakers based in Ireland a platform to have their work screened in Hollywood and New York.

Irish Screen America, formerly known as Irish Film New York, supports and guides Irish media-makers by showcasing their work and fostering partnerships in the two largest cities for the entertainment industry in the United States – New York and Los Angeles. The organization holds screenings, industry panels, discussions and master classes throughout the year. For more information visit www.irishscreenamerica.com.

Irish Shorts Programme
A collection of this year’s best short films from Ireland including:

Between Us

Dir: Daithí Ó Cinnéide
A son and his traditional Irish father struggle to find common ground after the son starts questioning his gender identity in rural Ireland.

The Captors
The Captors
Dir:  Chris Baugh
The Captors is a crime thriller that follows a trio of kidnappers who are faced with an unexpected dilemma when their wealthy victim calls their bluff.

The Party

Dir:  Andrea Harkin
Belfast 1972. Laurence welcomes his cousin and man-on-the-run Mickey to a party of drinking, dancing and young love. By morning, reality catches up with them. The Party features an original sound track from Rory Gallagher, Sweet and Horslips.

My Life for Ireland

Dir:  Kieron J. Walsh
Easter, 1916. In Dublin Patrick Pearse leads an armed rebellion against British rule, inspiring patriots throughout Ireland to join the fight for freedom.


Dir: Linda Bhreathnach & Justin Davey
After a relationship abroad goes awry, Jane returns to Connemara to find that what she wants may not be so far from home after all.

Big Bird
Dir:  Jan Boon
Big Bird is the story about two underdogs in love finding each other.

The Irish Shorts Programme will be screening in both, LA and New York at Laemmle’s NoHo 7 5240 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601 and NYU’s Cantor Film Center 36 E 8th Street, NYC 10003

Irish Talent in Los Angeles (Tickets)
Featuring shorts from Irish filmmakers working in the US including

Wifey Redux

Dir: Robert McKeon
All is well in the Prendergast home. Or, at least, that is what Jonathan Prendergast would have you believe. But his relationships with his wife and teenage daughter- and his own sanity – are put to the test when he becomes maniacally obsessed with warding off his teenage daughter’s new boyfriend.

Dir: Jason O’Mara
Detective Teddy Kowalski gives his investigations plenty of razzle-dazzle but often misses the most obvious clues…

Dir: Alex McGuinness
Base is a surrealist dinner party film set in Williamsburg. The film is inspired by Luis Bunuel’s films of the sixties and seventies, like The Discreet Charm of Bourgousie and The Exterminating Angel. The idea is that the characters are living out this dinner party on repeat, on a loop in a sort of Vico-esque cycle. Each night they arrive, the hosts don’t remember inviting the guests. Some of the guests don’t remember each other and throughout the party they work through a part of their relationships.

Dir: Eoin Macken
A man is stumbling through the desert, in only underwear, lost and confused.

Irish Talent in New York (Tickets)
Featuring shorts from Irish filmmakers working in the US including:


Dir: Peter McNamara
Tortured by his inner struggle to find balance and identity in America, Sean, an Irish paramedic working the streets of New York, is torn between what he feels is his purpose and the need to keep his family together.

Eggs and Soldiers

Dir: Imelda O’Reilly
A single Irish dad forgets to buy the tree on Christmas eve. Ned the older brother’s humanity is challenged when he risks everything to give his younger brother Marco a real Irish Christmas.

We Have Each Other
Dir: Naomi Sheridan
A young couple try to survive a crisis, but the real danger may be far more personal than either of them realize.

Ducks of 1916
Dir: Sarah Whicker & Diarmuid Hayes
A family of ducks living in St. Stephen’s Green find their home taken over by rebels in a fight for Irish freedom.

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