Irish Film Institute


The Irish Film Institute is Ireland’s national cultural institution for film. It provides audiences throughout Ireland with access to the finest independent, Irish and international cinema; it preserves and promotes Ireland’s moving image heritage through the IFI Irish Film Archive, and provides opportunities for audiences of all ages and backgrounds to learn and critically engage with film.

The IFI comprises three core activities:

-       EXHIBIT

-       PRESERVE

-       EDUCATE  

The IFI operates in Dublin, nationally and internationally.


The IFI delivers a challenging and diverse programme of the best of international and Irish film culture through a programme of new releases, curated seasons, festivals and events. The IFI is committed to providing its audience with access to the best of new Irish film, including a number of films that would not otherwise have a theatrical release, and many films that would not otherwise be seen in Ireland. 


The IFI Irish Film Archive acquires, preserves and makes available Ireland’s moving image heritage, working to ensure that Ireland’s rich and varied film history, both amateur and professional, is protected and accessible for the benefit of current and future generations


IFI Education actively introduces new audiences to film culture and provides young people throughout Ireland with access to challenging and inspiring cinema. This is achieved through an extensive schools programme, both at the IFI and touring nationally, and through a number of innovative programmes aimed at family, youth and life-long learning audiences. 


The cost to the IFI in 2011 of delivering our three core activities, EXHIBIT, PRESERVE, EDUCATE was €3,025,000.

Our current Arts Council annual funding of €760,000 represents 25% of this. The remainder is generated by the IFI through cultural partners, sponsors, and income from IFI activities.

The IFI operates a model of cultural enterprise, using core Arts Council subsidy to procure diverse income streams which are then invested back into our core activities in order to maximise the impact to the public of Arts Council funding.  The Arts Council’s support of the IFI generates significant returns to the State, both economically and culturally. In 2010 the IFI used public subsidy of €800,000 to run a cultural organisation that employs 60 people and has an annual turnover of just over €3 million.

The IFI is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status.


Arts Council of Ireland The IFI is supported
by The Arts Council

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