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Dear colleagues

In these extraordinary times, the Irish Film Institute (IFI) is here to help supplement your online lessons with materials from the IFI Player. The IFI Player, launched in September 2016, is the IFI's free web-based platform for materials digitised from the IFI Irish Film Archive - the Archive contains over 30,000 cans of films and 10,000 broadcast tapes dating from as far back as 1897.

Available at or via the IFI Player app (download here), the IFI Player has a number of fascinating collections that can help supplement your teaching while you work remotely.

See below for suggested ways you can use the IFI Player - we always recommend teachers view each individual film before assigning them to their students.

We regularly update the IFI Education online portal with new information - click here to see more. Over the past three years, IFI has partnered with Into Film on our IFI Film Club pilot and they have a wide range of excellent resources which can be freely accessed.

If you require any additional support in relation to IFI Player or our education materials, please contact the IFI Education team at

Stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you back at the IFI soon!

IFI Education
Engage with the work of some of literature's greatest figures with the Imprint Collection. Watch interviews with poets Paul Durcan and Eavan Boland, and bestselling authors Colm Tóibín and Margaret Atwood. Browse the full range of interviews on the IFI Player here
Watch travelogues from the Bord Fáilte Collection - how do these films differ from current promotional materials produced by Fáilte Ireland? Or look at the Irish Adverts Project - how do these adverts compare to those of today? Could your students produce their own ads?
President W.T. Cosgrave addresses the nation in November 1930, and Alfie Byrne, Lord Mayor of Dublin, discusses Anglo-Irish relations in 1938. How does the style and content of these speeches compare with Leo Varadkar's St Patrick's Day address?
The films of the After ’16 Collection were a response by filmmakers to the events of 1916. These short films are a fascinating mixture of live-action, animation and documentary - from the eve of the Rising to the Troubles. Worksheets are available for each of the films. 
Browse films from the Irish Independence and the Irish Early Free State collections - these newsreels provide an unparalleled insight into pivotal points in Irish history. They make excellent teaching aids and links to each film can be easily sent to students.
View archival footage of O'Connell St in Dublin from the Monsignor Reid Collection, and Looking On from the Loopline project. Consider how documentaries can help us learn about urban life and development, alongside conflicting issues of social justice and urban renewal.
Choose a film from the Kalem Collection and the Patrick Carey Collection and compare the two filmmaking approaches. What are the most striking aspects of the films? What aspects of Ireland do they present to the audience? Which films are the most effective?
Browse our fantastic collection of animated shorts on the IFI Player. Challenge your students to create a script for a short animation. Great animated features are available online - we recommend Amhrán na Mara, Madagascar or Zarafa - our worksheets are available here.
There are lots of films in French, German and Spanish available to rent or stream on line. Browse our study guides to see our recommendations. Give your students a challenge - assign them scenes to watch without subtitles and test their comprehension.
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