Welcome to the Seattle Irish Reels Film Festival 2016. Now in our nineteenth year we are delighted to bring you another wonderful collection of refreshing and exciting new works in Irish cinema. Thanks to all who came out and joined us for our March Program at the Seattle Center.
Join us as we kick off the festival on Friday night, October 7th, at 6:00pm at the SIFF Film Center with an Opening Night Gala Reception co-hosted by Irish Network Seattle.
Saturday night's feature presentation is the compelling new film from director Rebecca Daly (The Other Side of Sleep). Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2016 Mammal (starring Oscar nominted Rachel Grifiths) is the story of a woman who has lost her son and develops an unorthodox relationship with a homeless youth.
Our closing night film is Mark Noonan's You're Ugly Too. Winner of of Best Feature at the Galway Film Fleadh 2015 the film tells the story of a young girl Stacey (Lauren Kinsella) and her mysterious uncle Will (Aiden Gillan - Game of Thrones) who set off into the midlands to build a future life together. Screens with award winning animated film Violet.
The weekend festival features two Special Senior Presentations. On Saturday Older Than Ireland tells the story of a hundred years of a life as seen through the eyes of thirty Irish men and women aged 100 or over. We're thrilled to have Director Alex Fegan join us. On Sunday A Doctor's Sword follows a family’s journey to Japan to uncover the origin of the Japanese Samurai sword which now resides in MacCarthy’s Bar in Castletownbere.
Award winning documentaries Atlantic , (Risteard O'Domhnaill's follow up to THE PIPE), and Mark Cousin's I am Belfast, a heartfelt poetic depiction of Belfast and its citizens, complete our documentary program. Filmed in some of the most remote and breathtaking locations in the North Atlantic, Atlantic takes a look at overfishing and ocean resource management and is narrated by Brendan Gleason.
Thirteen short films are sprinkled throughout the weekend. Enjoy new works in animation, short documentaries and fiction and celebrate the 2016 Oscar winner Stutterer which screens on our opening night and again in Short Film Program II on Sunday!
Check out the complete program and get your tickets today!
Festival passes and individual tickets can be purchased through SIFF Film Center and at the box office 30 minutes before each show time.