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AIFF 2023 Venue
Located on the breathtaking coast of Dooagh, Achill Island, Gielty's Bar & Restaurant is one of a kind, lending the perfect opportunity to enjoy good food and company whilst taking in all the idyllic scenery that island has to offer. As 'the most westerly pub in Europe', Gielty's has become world renowned for its traditional music sessions and of course, its top notch pints of Guinness.

The third generational venue is owned by Alan Gielty and has welcomed a wide variety of Hollywood stars since its opening in the early 50s. Others who have graced the doors of the family-run pub include Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Julia Roberts, Barry Keoghan and the one and only President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina.

Gielty's "Home of the Banshees Tour bus".
Directions: Google Maps
Festival Director
Emily O'Callaghan
In May 2022, AIFF approached 5 local businesses to provide space in which our team transformed these locations into make-shift cinemas. AIFF hired an audio visual company to provide screens and projectors, including sound and visual engineer techs to provide a professional cinema experience.

It was a fantastic milestone for our team to see this vision of films in Achill as a reality. The screenings brought over 350+ patrons to our screenings over a 3 day weekend. 120+ films from worldwide submissions were played to these audiences, with some of the screenings making their Irish, European and even World debuts. Several films were of local interest with themes of fisheries, sea swimming, farming and local heroes who had emigrated. The weekend also offered a number of networking events, Q & A sessions, and exhibitions.

2023 sees year two of this very special event and we look forward to welcoming you from May 11- 13.
AIFF 2023 Partners