This May, The Irish Film Festival returns to Sydney and Melbourne with an award winning program, studded with gems all the way from the emerald isle. This year’s all-inclusive festival is home to seven full length feature films, five documentaries and six shorts ranging from compelling dramas, hilarious comedies and hard-hitting real life stories.

The official opening night film in both cities is the internationally acclaimed Float like a Butterfly, an uplifting drama from the producers of Sing Street and the Oscar winning film Once. Set in 1972 when Muhammad Ali was set to fight in Dublin, the film follows Frances, a young Irish traveller girl with big dreams of becoming a champion boxer. Throughout the festival a range of films will also be featured some of which include: No Party for Billy Burns, The Drummer and The Keeper, Dublin Oldschool and Captain Morten and the Spider Queen. A series of documentaries will also be featured throughout the 7 day festival, with The Northern Island, Unquiet Graves and The Camino Voyage as the front runners.

The 2019 Festival also has a program of short films direct from The GAZE International LGBT Film Festival in Dublin. The short feature titles include Thirst and Cat Calls. The popular Short Film Competition returns with some fantastic short films from young directors both in Australia and in Ireland.

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