Stay tuned!!!

Mark your calendar because the dates have been set:
JULY 28th & 29th, 2017
at the Manship Theatre in downtown Baton Rouge!

We can’t wait to reveal what’s in store for the Festival in 2017, so check back here and on our Facebook page for the latest updates.


We’re pleased to announce that all the Film selections have been made and the Festival lineup has been set!  Follow the links below to view the full schedule, along with all the amazing short and feature films that will be screening during the 2016 Baton Rouge Irish Film Festival, from Friday, July 29th until Monday, August 1st at the Manship Theatre and other Baton Rouge venues.


SHORT FILMS screening at BRIFF


Our featured musical performer is BETH PATTERSON, the award-winning musical misfit who has been called a “a grandmistress of the bouzouki”!  Beth will take the main stage at the Manship Theatre on Saturday, July 30th at 5:40pm, and her performance will be free and open to the public.

Beth Patterson

We received an amazing response for film submissions this year, with over 300 qualifying films submitted, so making the selections was no easy task.  Thank you to all the filmmakers who submitted, congratulations to all those filmmakers who were selected, and hopefully we can continue to expand our lineup to bring even more of these exceptional films to Baton Rouge next year!

You can download PDF versions of the full Festival Schedule, a summary of the Short Films, and a summary of the Feature Films that will screen during the Festival.

We look forward to celebrating Irish film and culture with you!


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.


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.

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!