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THE TORONTO IRISH FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ELEVEN CANADIAN PREMIERES

Second Annual Festival Runs March 9 & 10 at TIFF Bell Lightbox

TORONTO, ON (February 13, 2012) – The Toronto Irish Film Festival (TIRFF) will once again celebrate the best of Irish cinema on Friday March 9th and Saturday March 10th with 11 Canadian premieres of Irish films at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

“We’re extremely proud to be showcasing a stellar line-up of Irish filmmaking talent”, says Michael Barry, TIRFF Executive Director. “The entire Irish community can ‘come home’ with us though the magic of movies as this year’s festival program takes a close look at Ireland’s rich past, present and future.”

OPENING NIGHT GALA PRESENTATION- Proudly Sponsored by Tourism Ireland

The Opening Night Gala on Friday March 9th, sponsored by Tourism Ireland, will feature the Canadian Premiere of DREAMING THE QUIET MAN by renowned director Sé Merry Doyle. The documentary explores legendary Hollywood director John Ford’s 20-year journey to create the iconic Irish masterpiece, THE QUIET MAN, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. “We’re delighted to have Tourism Ireland on board as our Opening Night Sponsor – it’s a perfect fit to align a movie that is credited for launching Ireland’s tourism industry with the primary organization that is dedicated to promoting it”, adds John Galway, TIRFF Chair.

A reception will follow the Opening Night Gala at Quinn’s Steakhouse & Irish Bar, located at 96 Richmond Street West, from 9:00 pm.

A FULL DAY OF FILM PREMIERES- Saturday, March 10, 2012

The full-day program on Saturday March 10th will feature the Canadian Premiere of PARKED, sponsored by KPMG, starring Colm Meaney, of the Star Trek: The Next Generation series, and tells the heart-warming story of a man who, upon returning to Ireland with nothing, finds friendship, redemption and love while living out in his car.

SENSATION tells the bittersweet story of Donal who, flush with cash following his father’s death, partners up with local escort, Kim, to start his own adult-services agency. The film stars Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, True Grit), son of renowned Irish actor Brendan Gleeson.

EMERGING FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT

Premiering the work of Toronto-based Irish filmmakers including DIASPORA, beautifully shot and sequenced by Barbara Deignan, documents the voices of today’s Irish youth as they settle in Toronto. aLIVE FROM THE DIVIS FLATS, by Canadian filmmaker Eleanor McGrath, profiles Irish community personality and entertainer, Hugo Straney, through candid interviews and revealing on-stage performances.

SPOTLIGHT ON MUSIC

The MUSIC PROGRAM will feature the Canadian Premiere of HOT PRESS: THE WRITE STUFF, showcasing Ireland’s legendary and highly controversial music publication, which celebrates 35 years this year and features interviews with Ireland’s leading musicians and journalists. The MUSIC PROGRAM will also feature the latest music videos by Ireland’s up-and-coming artist and bands.

SHORT FILM SHOWCASE

The SHORTS PROGRAM premieres the amazing work by Ireland’s emerging filmmaking talent. “We’re presenting what we believe to be the next wave of successful Irish directors in the comedy, drama and documentary genres”, adds Barry. “We’re also delighted and honoured to feature shorts in Gaelic, showcasing films shot in Ireland’s national and first official language.”

Tickets will be available for purchase on FEBRUARY 17th 2012 via the TIFF Bell Lightbox website and box office.

ABOUT TIRFF

After a sold out first edition, the Toronto Irish Film Festival (TIRFF) is expanding to include exclusive Canadian premieres of critically acclaimed Irish films. Recently, TIRFF announced the appointment of a new Board of Directors including Chair John Galway (Harold Greenberg Fund), Executive Director Michael Barry, Brendan Maher (KPMG), Alan Gregg (Teletoon), Sandra McEoghain (RBC), Matthew Cotter (eOne) and Irish radio personality Hugo Straney.

For all festival 2012 updates and info, please visit http://torontoirishfilmfest.com

For interviews, screeners or additional press materials, please contact:

Nadia Sandhu – nsandhu@studiofilmgroup.com – 647 716 8508

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