New film festival in Berlin to showcase Irish feature films and shorts

A brand-new film festival in Berlin will showcase Irish screen creativity, including An Irish Goodbye and An Cailín Ciúin.

Irish Film Berlin is a new film festival showcasing Irish screen creativity across three days in May in Berlin, from Friday 26th May to Sunday 28th May 2023.

Curated by the team behind the OFFline Film Festival in Birr, the event will bring several Irish filmmakers to Berlin to showcase and discuss their films. Screenings will include full-length features, live-action and animation shorts. The event takes place at ACUD Kino.

The festival programme includes the German premiere of We Ourselves, screening on Friday 26th May. The film is told from the perspective of people who value their friendships and their Irishness but who ultimately feel isolated and in exile. It’s directed by Paul Mercier, and the case includes Caitríona Ennis, Gavin Drea, Seána Kerslake, Paul Reid, Catherine Walker, Aidan Gillen and Declan Conlon.

Saturday’s event will highlight a series of films ‘Made in Midlands’, focusing on award-winning films distilled from past OFFline festivals. The day’s second programming strand – ‘Bog Flicks’ – includes shorts and documentaries with a shared focus on the bogs of Ireland.

Finally, Sunday 28th May is ‘Oscar night’ at the new festival – featuring the Oscar-winning short An Irish Goodbye and the Oscar-nominated feature An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl).

Full details and ticket info is available on the Irish Film Berlin website.