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Each was born 35 years ago this month — both starting out small before morphing into powerful players with global influence. Each deftly mingles commerce and celebrity, while wielding major artistic clout and adroitly raising money for the causes it backs. The Globe and Mail looks at why U2 and TIFF are the perfect fit.

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Here is the complete list of Irish screenings at TIFF2011.


Sunday 11th September, 9.30pm - Roy Thomson Hall
Monday 12th September, 12.30pm - Winter Garden Theatre
Saturday 17th September, 9pm - Ryerson


Sunday 11th September, 6:15pm - AMC 9
Monday 12th September,2:00pm - Jackman Hall, AGO
Friday 16th September, 10:00pm - Scotiabank Theatre 4


Saturday 10th September, 5.45pm - AMC 7
Sunday 11th September, 3.15pm - AMC 9
Saturday 17th September, 1.00pm - AMC 7


Friday 9th September, 6.30pm -  Jackman Hall, AGO
Saturday 10th September, 3.15pm - AMC 2
Friday 16th September, 8.30pm - Jackman Hall, AGO


Tuesday 13th September, 10.00pm - Isabel Bader Theatre
Wednesday 14th September, 12.15pm - Scotiabank Theatre 4


John Michael McDonagh's The Guard is currently screening at the Cumberland Theatre, Toronto. A domestic hit, the movie stars Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle in the most unlikely of "buddy cop" partnerships.

For movie start times, click here.


A film about the life and times of Belfast's legendary punk 'bad boy' Terri Hooley goes into production next month, courtesy of executive producer, Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody, and producer David Holmes.

For more details, click here.


John Michael McDonagh's comedy-thriller THE GUARD is a box-office smash with a weekend gross of over half a million euro, knocking BRIDESMAIDS from the coveted No 1 position.

To watch the trailer, click here.


SANTA'S APPRENTICE, a feature film co-produced by Kilkenny based company Cartoon Saloon with funding from Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board (IFB) and THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL - THE QUEST a series co-produced by Dubin-based company Boulder Media have picked up awards at the prestigious Annecy Film Festival at the weekend. Click HERE for more details.


Wed May 4th: 9:45pm, Cumberland 3

Thur May 5th: 2:00pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox 4

Sun May 8th: 9:15pm, Cumberland 2

For more information, please click HERE for advance online ticket purchasing and movie start times/dates.

We're delighted to announce that TIRFF will be co-presenting Ian Palmer's intriguing documentary, Knuckle, as part of the World Showcase Program at this year's Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, North America's largest documentary festival, conference and market.

For more information, please click HERE for advance online ticket purchasing and movie start times/dates.


The short animation The Monk & The Fly has become a YouTube hit after being selected as one of the websites ‘featured' clips on its home page and receiving over 64,000 hits overnight. The Monk & The Fly which was written and directed by Matthew Darragh and produced by Sean Smith for Souljacker tells the story of how a contented monk has his relaxing day disrupted by a fly.

Click HERE to watch.


Our good friend Eleanor McGrath has made a documentary exploring the history of the Irish in Canada. Through our collective voices from Newfoundland to Northwest Territories, Kanata is a family album of sorts covering the topics of religion, politics and culture.

Click HERE to visit the Kanata website.



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