Irish eyes will be smiling as annual film festival returns to Baton Rouge

Irish cinema is in the spotlight this weekend as the Baton Rouge Irish Club presents its sixth annual Irish Film Festival.

Most of the festival takes place Friday and Saturday at the Manship Theatre.

The first event, Wee Irish Film Night on Friday, will offer a screening of eight short films: “The Ledge End of Phil (from accounting),” “The Last Days of Peter Bergmann,” “Rubai,” “Breakfast Wine,” “The Missing Scarf,” “Mechanic,” “Scratch” and “Four Bhanrion (Four Queens),” plus live music provided by Wild Irish Roots, refreshments and a cash bar. Audience members will be asked to vote on their favorite shorts at the end of the night and an award will be presented to the director for Best Short Irish Film. Admission is $8.50 plus box office fees.

Saturday will include five feature films: “Life’s a Breeze,” “Good Vibrations,” “The Irish Pub,” “Calvary” and “The Bachelor Weekend.” During the day, refreshments will be served with a cash bar and the band Wild Irish Roots will be on hand.

Tickets for each of the feature films on Festival Day are $8.50 plus box office fees. Weekend passes will also be available.

Hotel Indigo will host an after-party immediately following the showing of the last film. Music will be provided by Wild Irish Roots. The party is free and open to the public and will have a cash bar.

Military Day on Sunday will present the feature film, “One Man’s Hero,” at the Celtic Media Centre. This event is free, open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

Pub Night on Monday is set for Phil Brady’s Bar and Grill. The full-length movie “Zonad” will be shown along with the short “Happy Birthday Timmy.”

Pub Night is free and open to the public, offering $1 burgers with a cash bar and drink specials.

The films this year, as in the past four years, have been provided to the Irish Film Festival through the Irish Film Institute which has worked with the festival committee in choosing a wide variety of films each year.

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

Wee Irish Film Night (judged short films, Manship Theatre)

7 p.m.: Bagpiper, doors open for purchase of tickets

7:30 p.m.: Welcome and acceptance of 2013 Award; first block of judged shorts

“The Ledge End of Phil (from accounting)”

“The Last Days of Peter Bergmann”

“Rubaí”

“Breakfast Wine”

8:30 p.m.: Intermission (music by Wild Irish Roots, light refreshments, cash bar)

9 p.m.: Second block of judged shorts

“The Missing Scarf”

“Mechanic”

“Scratch”

“Four Bhanríon (Four Queens)”

10 p.m.: End of event

SATURDAY

Festival Day, Manship Theatre

11:45 a.m.: Bagpiper on the plaza; doors open for purchase of tickets

12:05 p.m.: Welcome speech

12:10 p.m.: “Life’s a Breeze”

1:40 p.m.: Intermission (bagpiper, music by Wild Irish Roots, refreshments, cash bar)

2:10 p.m.: “Good Vibrations”

4 p.m.: Intermission (bagpiper, music by Wild Irish Roots, refreshments, cash bar)

4:30 p.m.: “The Irish Pub” (documentary free and open to the public)

5:45 p.m.: Intermission (bagpiper, music by Wild Irish Roots, refreshments, cash bar)

6:15 p.m.: “Calvary”

7:55 p.m.: Intermission (bagpiper, music by Wild Irish Roots, desserts, cash bar)

8:25 p.m.: “The Bachelor Weekend”, feature film #5

10 p.m.: End of event (after-party, Hotel Indigo, music, free, open to the public, cash bar)

SUNDAY

Military Day, Celtic Media Centre, 10000 Celtic Drive

2 p.m.: Welcome and flag ceremony

2:30 p.m.: “One Man’s Hero” (free, open to the public, light refreshments by Desserts First)

MONDAY

Pub Night, Phil Brady’s Bar and Grill, 4848 Government St.

7 p.m.: “Happy Birthday Timmy” and “Zonad” (free, open to the public, $1 burgers, cash bar, drink specials)