The Craic rolls on…
FILM FLEADH FOUNDATION 1998-PRESENT
The Craic Fest was founded be Terence Mulligan back in 1998. We are a nonprofit 501c(3) organization, the Film Fleadh Foundation (FFF) was originally designed to produce the Film Fleadh film festival that annually provides four days of the best of the New Irish Cinema and culture to the New York City and tri-state region. In 2001, due to the overwhelming response of our short films screened in March (FILM FLEADH) we successfully added a WEE CRAIC. WEE CRAIC is a night event of award-winning Irish short films.
In 2004, FILM FLEADH expanded with a MUSIC SERIES and THE CRAIC FEST was born. The scope of the festival changed two-fold and our audience doubled as well. The festival was renamed THE CRAIC (best of Irish Cinemas & music from Ireland) The Craic Fest, is now moving into its 18th year of operation, It is considered to be the “Premier Irish film festival in North America” – Daily News
We have screened over 300 films and numerous stars have walked through our doors. More importantly, we have served as a launching pad for those filmmakers. In 2010 we expanded to a Kids Fleadh as part of the Craic Fest. In 2011 we expanded to a Craic LGBT festival that showcases Irish Gay & Lesbian filmmakers every spring in NYC in conjunction with the Gaze Festival. In the fall of 2015 we are expanding to a Rockaway
Oyster and Music Festival (w/ some local Irish bands) @ 116 St, off the beach.