Supporters & Friends

Here is some information about our lovely Supporters!


Since 2011, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DLR) have supported the festival. The Council has a long established record of supporting Arts and Cultural Events. To find out more about DLRCC, click here.


Located in one of the most exciting cities in the USA, Chicago Irish Film Festival (CIFF) is the brainchild  of Jude Blackburn, the festival Creative Director who was determined to promote Irish films to audiences in Chicago and the state of Illinois. Since 1999, Chicago Irish Film Festival has screened the best of Irish live action and animation at Chicago film theatres during the month of March and celebrated its 25th Birthday in March 2024.

Dublin Animation Film Festival has been proud to work with Jude and her team at CIFF in the creation of the “Shorts for Tots” programme, which introduces short, animated films created by Irish students and animators to a young Chicago audience!

We salute the work of Jude and her team of volunteers and we are delighted that the Chicago Irish Film Festival will be calling for entries for the 26th festival on 19 August on Film Freeway and closing on 30 November 2024. Check out the CIFF Film Freeway Page to enter your film.

The 2026 Chicago Irish Film Festival will take place from the 26 February – 9 March 2025! Join us on the gala opening night!  Aer Lingus offers direct flights from Dublin and competitive seat sales! You can view the Aer Lingus site here.

See you in Chicago in 2025!


Still from 'Starprints' - Thanks to Siobhan Catinot!