Awarded Partner Festival status with Toronto International Film Festival in 2016, The Toronto Irish Film Festival (TIRFF) was founded in April 2009 by Michael Barry and John Galway who have over 45 years’ collective experience in the Canadian film and television industry.

Now in its 10th year, the Toronto Irish Film Festival celebrates the very best of Irish cinema and promotes the work of Irish filmmakers to the Greater Toronto Irish community and the Toronto film festival public. With sold-out screenings from 2010 to 2019, TIRFF has quickly assumed the role of leading promoter of Irish film within Canada.

Reaching a potential audience of 250,000 Torontonians of Irish descent, as well as millions of Toronto-based movie lovers, TIRFF provides a unique cultural destination for Toronto and Ontario based ex-patriots to connect with the culture of home through the magic of cinema.

Overall Rating
  • Anne Marie Kelly

    I was disappointed that I couldn't attend the festival, but felt included throughout and very much part of the event. A colleague attended on my behalf and said he felt like he was back home for the afternoon and loved every minute. Michael was great to deal with and hopefully, if my next work is selected, I will be in a position to travel over - I hope so!! Thanks to Michael and all the team!

    March 2019
  • Paddy Cahill

    Could not make the festival, but delighted to be included in an excellent programme and communication with the team was great.

    March 2019
  • Emmet O'Brien

    Lovely festival and good communication all round!

    March 2019
  • Roisin Kearney

    Although I was unable to attend friends did and had nothing but good things to say. A fantastic venue with a warm welcome. Communication was great and I will definitely get there next time if I have the opportunity again.

    March 2019
  • I had an amazing time at Toronto Irish. Michael and John couldn't have been more welcoming and friendly hosts. They truly made me feel like my short film, Scope deserved to be there. The venue, the famous TIFF Lightbox, is a film buff's dream and having my short screen there was a humbling experience.

    The quality of films shown was second to none and I met some really lovely people. Great festival, beautiful city.

    March 2019