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FAQs

Answers to some frequently asked questions about IFI International.

What service does IFI International provide?

IFI service includes:

  • Expert programme advice on Irish film sourced through IFI Irish Film Archive and elsewhere
  • Assistance with rights clearance and obtaining screening permission
  • Provision of screening materials, scripts, and other support materials
  • Liaison with filmmakers
  • Provision, where possible, of modest financial support for exhibitors

Who may avail of IFI’s service?

This service is offered to international cultural exhibitors for cultural screenings. A cultural exhibitor is one operating in a non-commercial capacity. Cultural screenings are conducted on a not-for-profit basis. These may include: film institutes and cinematheques; international film festivals; festivals of Irish film; Irish embassies; EU film festivals; Irish cultural groups; universities; film societies and other special interest groups

What films are available?

IFI facilitates access to films held in the IFI Irish Film Archive and to Irish films held by other agencies – such as producers and distributors in Ireland and elsewhere.  Films include new and older feature films, documentaries and short films made in or about Ireland. Information on available titles is available here. Other titles may also be sourced upon request.

What screening formats are films available on?

IFI can provide films for exhibition on 35mm; Digi-beta (PAL) and DVD. Other formats may occasionally be sourced to meet exhibitor needs.  Please note not all titles are available on all formats.

What publicity materials are available?

IFI can provide images, synopses for publicity purposes. (NB these will only be provided after screening permission has been secured.) IFI can provide a PDF of an IFI festival poster tailored for the exhibitor’s event. (NB exhibitors will need to give IFI at least one month’s notice for such requests.)

How do I secure permission to screen?

Generally it is the job of the exhibitor to secure permission to screen a film in their venue. However, IFI can assist with this process when required.

  •  IFI will provide up-to-date contact details for rights holders (i.e. the film’s producer, distributor or sales agent). 
  • The Exhibitor will approach rights’ holder; provide details of their event including dates of proposed screening(s); venue address; venue capacity and request permission to screen.
  • Exhibitors will stress the cultural, non-commercial nature of their event.
  • Rights’ holder will authorise screening and provide details of screening fees which may be levied.
  • IFI will not release material from the IFI Irish Film Archive or dispatch material from other sources until written permission to screen has been secured and forwarded to IFI.
  • Exhibitors may not publicise any IFI screening before permission to screen has been secured from relevant rights’ holders.

How long does this process take?

This process may take up to six weeks. Exhibitors are advised to plan well in advance to allow IFI to ensure films are available following receipt of written permission and to ensure they meet printed programme deadlines.

What costs are involved? How can IFI assist?

IFI does not charge for its services – administrative support; generation of and provision of screening and marketing materials etc. IFI  may at its discretion contribute towards direct costs associated with:

  • Royalties and/or screening fees which may be levied by producers, sales agents or distributors.  
  • Freight costs for prints and other materials  

Other associated costs (for which IFI does not provide financial support) include: venue hire,  translation (of dialogue and other materials), publicity and marketing; guest travel.

Are films available with subtitles?

Generally most of the films that we handle do not carry subtitles, except where the film is originally in the Irish language and has been subtitled in English. Where a film has been commercially distributed in a particular territory it may be possible to source a subtitled print or DVD copy locally.

How can IFI assist with translation?

Where possible, IFI will make dialogue lists and DVD reference copies available to facilitate translation.

What other financial assistance is available to cultural exhibitors of Irish film?

Culture Ireland is the state agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide, working under the aegis of the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. For more information on the kind of support they can provide please visit: www.cultureireland.gov.ie

What logos and credits are exhibitors obliged to include on promotional materials?

Exhibitors in receipt of all IFI support (whether financial, administrative or otherwise) must carry the following logos on all advertising, screening notes or printed matter relating to the screening: 

  • IFI International/Irish Film Institute
  • Arts Council
  • Culture Ireland

IFI will provide logos to exhibitors upon request (please contact Soracha Pelan O Treasaigh). Exhibitors must also provide a link to the IFI website on their own website.

 

 

 


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