The Capital Irish Film Festival (CIFF) celebrates annually the best of new Irish features, documentaries, shorts and animation, and particularly welcomes Irish language films. The four-day event, on the first weekend in March, places special emphasis on emerging talent in the Irish film industry. With the support of Culture Ireland, CIFF hosts visiting directors, producers and actors and makes them available for talkbacks and conversation after screenings. In its 12th year, CIFF is again partnering with the American Film Institute to screen films at their Silver Theatre in downtown Silver Spring. CIFF also produces Irish popcorn! an occasional free film screening series airing at various locations in Washington D.C

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2018 SCHEDULE

Opening Night

ZOO (2017)

Thu, Mar. 1, 7:15 p.m.

Q&A with director Colin McIvor, plus post-screening reception sponsored by the Northern Ireland Bureau

 

IN THE NAME OF PEACE: JOHN HUME IN AMERICA

Fri, Mar. 2, 5:15 p.m.

 

MAZE (2017)

Fri, Mar. 2, 7:45 p.m.

 

BAD DAY FOR THE CUT

Fri March 2, 9:45pm

 

CIFF Shorts Program I

Total runtime: 67 min

Sat, Mar. 3, 11:00 a.m.

THE BREADWINNER (2017)

Click on film images to read film summaries and see the trailers

Sat, Mar. 3, 12:30 p.m.

 

THE SECRET SCRIPTURE

Sat, Mar. 3, 2:30 p.m.

 

POC NA NGAEL [PUCK OF THE IRISH]

Sat, Mar. 3, 4:45 p.m.

Q&A with director Éamonn Ó Cualáin

 

MAUDIE

Sat, Mar. 3, 6:45 p.m.

 

PILGRIMAGE

Sat, Mar. 3, 9:15 p.m.

 

CIFF Shorts Program II

Total runtime: 64 min

Sun, Mar. 4, 11:00 a.m.

 

IT TOLLS FOR THEE

Sun, Mar. 4, 12:30 p.m.

 

A DATE FOR MAD MARY

Sun, Mar. 4, 2:30 p.m.

 

Closing Night

THE FARTHEST

Sun, Mar. 4, 4:30 p.m.

Q&A with Editor Tony Cranstoun