2016 Submissions Are Now CLOSED!

Submissions for the 2016 Festival are now CLOSED.  The response has been amazing – almost overwhelming – so a huge “THANK YOU!” to everyone who submitted your film for consideration.

We can’t wait to complete the selection process, notify all the selected filmmakers, and release the complete Festival schedule.  Notifications will be sent by email on or before June 30th.  Stay tuned, and be sure to check here at on our Facebook page for updates.  And make sure your calendar is clear for July 29th – August 1st!

We wouldn’t be able to make this Festival happen without the generous support of our Sponsors.  Please consider sponsoring the Festival, and help us keep Irish heritage alive in Louisiana.  Download the 2016 Festival Sponsorship Form here.


2016 Submissions Are Now Open!

The submission season for the upcoming 2016 Baton Rouge Irish Film Festival has begun!  We now offer several ways for you to submit, using FilmFreeway, Withoutabox, or the manual online form.  The choice is yours, but please use only one submission method.  Submissions will remain open through April 30th, 2016, with certain exceptions made through May 31st, and acceptance notifications will go out on or before June 30th.  So get your submissions in now!

Head on over to our SUBMIT page for all the relevant submission criteria, rules and guidelines.  We look forward to seeing your film!

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Special Screening of JIMMY’S HALL: Sunday, October 25th at 5pm at the Manship Theatre

The Baton Rouge Irish Film Festival wants to bring you great Irish cinema year-round, starting with JIMMY’S HALL on Sunday, October 25th at 5pm at the The Manship Theatre in downtown Baton Rouge!

Don’t miss you chance to see this engaging drama by acclaimed director Ken Loach on the big screen.  And come early for an Irish Happy Hour at the Manship bar starting at 4pm.



“During the Depression, Jimmy Gralton returns home to Ireland after ten years of exile in America. Seeing the levels of poverty and oppression, the activist in him reawakens and he looks to re-open the dance hall that led to his deportation.”

Directed by Ken Loach
Written by Paul Laverty (Screenplay) & Donal O’Kelly (Play)
Starring Barry Ward, Simone Kirby, Jim Norton, Aisling Franciosi, Brian F. O’Byrne
109 Minutes, Drama, Rated PG-13
More info on the Film



Congratulations, DEADLY!

DEADLY, an Irish short film written and directed by Aidan McAteer, tells the story of Boney, a working stiff who doesn’t care about his dead-end job, until he has a run-in with a spirited old lady named Bridie…

Congratulations to DEADLY, winner of the O’Kalem Award for Audience Favorite Short Film at the 2015 Baton Rouge Irish Film Festival!  The award, pictured below, will soon be on its way to Writer-Director Aidan McAteer in Dublin.

The 2015 O'Kalem Award
The 2015 O’Kalem Award

The 3rd annual Wee Irish Film Night was held on Friday, July 31st, featuring another strong lineup of nine Irish short films: Céad Ghrá (First Love), Cutting Grass, Deadly, Land is God, Rockmount, Tea With the Dead, Under Open Skies, The Weather Report, and Rince.  Thanks to all the filmmakers who participated this year, and the attendees and sponsors who make this cultural and entertaining event possible!

If you have an Irish short film that you would like to submit for consideration in the 2016 Festival, please visit our SUBMIT page.

Schedule and Film Information

The hot-off-the-press final Festival schedule has been posted, along with all the short and feature film information!




It’s going to be a great Festival, so get your tickets now, and don’t forget we’re offering a $30 “Weekend Pass” that’s good for all ticketed events at the Manship on Friday and Saturday!


Congratulations, Rúbaí!


Congratulations to RÚBAÍ for taking home the 2014 O’Kalem Award of the Baton Rouge Irish Film Festival for Audience Favorite Short Film!



And a very special “thank you!” to all the shorts who were featured during Wee Irish Film Night at the 2014 Festival:  The Ledge End of Phil (from accounting), The Last Days of Peter Bergmann, Rubaí, Breakfast Wine, The Missing Scarf, Mechanic, Scratch, and Four Bhanríon (Four Queens).

This was definitely the strongest lineup of shorts we’ve ever had, and don’t know how we’re going to top them in 2015!