Next weekend – Saturday June 20th – the Irish Film Institute throws open its doors for its annual Open Day.

Once a year, the IFI invites you to sample all that they have to offer, and this year that includes 15 totally free films including BACK TO THE FUTURE, JAWS and MONTY PYTHON’S THE LIFE OF BRIAN. As well as this, there will be sneak previews, behind-the-scenes tours, membership discounts, children’s workshops and a chance to WIN FLIGHTS to New York with Aer Lingus!

As if all that is not enough, you have a chance to vote for your favourite film from the past year to be played back on the big screen, and you can cast your vote here.

You can’t book in advance – all the tickets for Open Day films are FREE and distributed in person on the day from 11am at the IFI Box Office. Maximum of four tickets per person. Arrive early as tickets are expected to go quickly!

This year’s IFI Open Day includes the return of some mega-popular hits back on the big screen including the 40th Anniversary of Stephen Spielberg’s JAWS, MONTY PYTHON’S LIFE OF BRIAN and BACK TO THE FUTURE. There are also sneak previews of Alice Rohrwacher’s THE WONDERS, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2014, Kevin Smith’s new horror-comedy TUSK and a star turn from Al Pacino in David Gordon Green’s MANGLEHORN.

This year’s classic selection at IFI Open Day includes John Ford’s THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE with John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart and Lee Marvin; seminal sci-fi FORBIDDEN PLANET starring Leslie Nielsen; Orson Welles’ F FOR FAKE; and one of Robert Altman’s finest films, NASHVILLE. There’s also a rare screening of silent 1927 classic WINGS featuring Clara Bow, breathtaking aerial sequences and even a Gary Cooper cameo.

Continuing the IFI’s support for Dublin Pride and celebrating the collections of the IFI Irish Film Archive, there will be a screening of A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE with Albert Finney as a homosexual bus conductor and amateur theatre director who is reluctant to reveal his sexuality to an unwelcoming Dublin.

For more information, see the IFI website, and be sure to vote in the audience poll here.

  • filmbuff2011

    The IFI needs no introduction for me. I’ve been a loyal member for over 20 years and it’s my favourite place in Dublin. The Open Day is always great fun. Last year was particularly special because of the first screening in the country of Boyhood, well ahead of release. I usually go for the previews of upcoming releases like The Wonders and Manglehorn, but I might manage Forbidden Planet and Tusk as well.

  • emerb

    I agree, the IFI is a lovely cinema – one of my favourite. Have often thought about becoming a member but never went ahead with it – it would be so handy if they had a car park. I will try to go to the Open Day this year, on your recommendation filmbuff2011 🙂

    • filmbuff2011

      Thanks EmerB 🙂 The IFI don’t have their own car park, but they do offer a discounted rate of €5 for three hours at the Fleet Street Car Park in Temple Bar. Simply present your IFI ticket along with the parking ticket when you pay at the cash desk, prior to collecting your car.

  • emerb

    Thanks for the heads up filmbuff2011, i had no idea about that parking offer. That’s great as I’m very lazy when it comes to public transport and i do love to go to that cinema 🙂