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Galway Film Fleadh

10th - 15th July 2018

Voted one of the '25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World', the Galway Film Fleadh is a six day international film event held every July and welcomes a mad diversity of filmmaking from around the world. The Fleadh is very much a film lovers' festival, and attracts directors, actors, cinematographers and artists of all generations and cultural backgrounds. Celebrating its 29th year in 2017, the Fleadh's diverse audience is made up of the general cinema going public, film buffs, industry professionals, student filmmakers and invited guests, including many film luminaries and masters of the craft.

Previous guests have included Peter O'Toole, Saoirse Ronan, Martin Sheen, Anjelica Huston, Woody Harrelson, Michael Fassbender, Maureen O'Hara, Zachary Quinto, Anjelica Huston, Brendan Gleeson, Stanley Tucci, John Hurt, Amanda Plummer, Aidan Gillen, Jeremy Irons, Paul Schrader, Cathy Bates and many more.

The Film Fleadh's ethos is to bring audiences and filmmakers together to share a common experience – the wonder of cinema. To talk about it, laugh, cry and shout about it.

The Fleadh also plays host to the Galway Film Fair - an umbrella term for the many industry events that take place during the Fleadh, including seminars, panel discussions, masterclasses with the invited guests, workshops with high-profile professionals and perhaps most importantly, a three-day film marketplace - the only one of its kind in Ireland.

Under the United Nations Creative Cities Network, Galway is now one of only five film cities in the world to achieve this much sought-after status. This is a permanent global designation. This status brings the highest internationally recognised standard of excellence in the creative industries to Galway.  Galway’s relationship with film-making dates back to when the industry was still in its infancy. It now boasts a rich film heritage with productions including Robert O'Flaherty's ‘Man of Aran’; John Ford's ‘The Quiet Man’; the pioneering work of Bob Quinn; Jim Sheridan’s ‘The Field’; up to 2011’s critical and commercial hit ‘The Guard’.

 Reasons why Galway boasts a rich film heritage:

  • Over 100 years of film-making, going back to 1905 when the first films were made in Galway
  • Over 50 years of the Galway Film Society - Ireland’s biggest and longest running film society
  • 27 years of the Galway Film Fleadh – recently named as one of the top 25 coolest film festivals out of 7,000 in the world, and the only Irish Film Festival to make the list
  • 26 years of the Galway Film Centre providing training and education in communities and schools
  • ·13 years of the Cinemobile, Ireland’s mobile cinema
  •  4 years of Little Cinema Galway with actor Chris O’Dowd as their patron
  • Largest audio visual sector outside of Dublin with 50 production companies employing over 600 people working in film and television 
  • ·24.5% growth in employment and an 18.6% increase in revenue for the industry over the past five years
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