Boyne Valley International Film Festival set for this weekend 11 – 13 August

Featuring work from filmmakers including Mia Mullarkey, Hannah Mammalis, Derek Ugochukwu, Pollyanna McIntosh, Myles O’Reilly, Aaron Monaghan and Clare Monnelly amongst many others, the Boyne Valley International Film Festival (BVIFF) returns this August from the 11-13. 

After a hugely successful inaugural festival in 2022, co-directors, Collette Farrell and Frank W. Kelly are delighted to welcome both filmmakers and audiences to the stunning Boyne Valley to celebrate film, including a special focus on films and filmmakers in the region. 

Creating an environment for filmmakers and audiences to connect in the historical medieval town of Drogheda, located in the heart of the Boyne Valley Region, BVIFF has invited businesses in the area to dress their windows in a film theme to bring the town alive.

The festival will feature an extended programme over three days featuring screenings, events and a range of Awards to help support filmmakers. The filmmakers shortlisted for the 2023 Bursary were also announced as Katie Murphy(The Queen of Puck), Fionnuala Gygax (The Island), Tania Notaro (Men of Fighting Age) and Conor McCormick (Baby Bunker).

The festival will feature exciting Shorts programmes including Made in the Boyne Valley, alongside showings of National and International Shorts, Animation and Family screenings, alongside industry panel discussions exploring filmmaking, hosted by LMFM’s Sinead Brassil and featuring some of Ireland’s best producers. 

This year’s festival will also see several Best Of category Awards of €1,000 including: Made in the Boyne Valley, an award supported by the Clinch Family for the best short made in the region; Best Irish Narrative Short, supported by Love Drogheda BIDS; Best International Narrative Short; Best Animated Short and Best Documentary Short. 

Film fans can receive access to the entire weekend programme including film screenings, panel discussion, Q&A’s and workshops all for just €25 with the BVIFF 2023 Season Ticket. Limited availability, booking essential. 

The BVIFF Filmmaker in Focus programme aims to highlight filmmakers who show skill and talent, as well as an understanding of storytelling and the visual language of cinema. These are filmmakers who have tenacity, an independent spirit and a desire to collaborate. 

This year the festival’s Film makers in Focus are Clare Monnelly and Aaron Monaghan. They will have an entire programme of shorts devoted to them, that they either created or featured in. They will also take part in a post screening interview with LMFM’s Sinead Brassil, where they will discuss their career. 

We have been impressed by their work as actors, writers and directors over the years, both individually and together. Their talent, work ethic, and capacity to collaborate is impressive. Their ability to create quality work that further develops the field of short filmmaking is inspiring,.

Also, as a couple, who are parents working in this industry, we hope to discuss how creative families navigate an artist’s life, especially in the film industry.”

BVIFF co-directors Frank W. Kelly and Collette Farrell

Tickets, the full festival lineup and more are available at

BVIFF 2023 is produced in partnership with LOVE Drogheda BIDS, funded by the Arts Council, and Meath and Louth County Councils, and supported by Boann Distillery, the dhotel, the Clinch Family, the Arc Cinema and Anglo Printers. 

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