Film Fans, Filmmakers and film experts prepare to gather in Dublin to honour and celebrate the legacy of John Ford, one of the world’s most respected and influential filmmakers

"This Symposium is great for Ireland and I think that it will help set Ford as an Irish director, as opposed to solely a great American director. I think that it’s an important event in bringing Ford home."
Jim Sheridan

Following on from the brilliant success of last year, the 2nd John Ford Ireland - Film Symposium takes place 6 – 9th June with a four day focus on Contemporary filmmaking, inspired and informed by the timeless work of legendary Irish-American director John Ford.  Film fans from far and wide can enjoy four days of Screenings, Lively debates & Discussions, incisive lectures, public interviews with filmmakers, anecdotal stories, music nights and plenty more.



Highlights of the 2nd John Ford Ireland Film Symposium include:

  • Gala Screening & Public Interview with Patrick and Ethan Wayne, sons of ‘The Duke’ hosted by Miriam O’Callaghan.  John Wayne’s two sons, who are travelling from US to take part in the Symposium, will talk about their father’s collaboration and unique relationship with John Ford.


  • Dan Ford, John Ford’s grandson (Producer & author of the book ‘Pappy’) will discuss Ford the man behind the iconic image and share insight for film fans and filmmakers alike.


  • Bertrand Tavernier, renowned French Master and Director of over 25 feature films, participates in a Public Interview discussing his own superb body of work and how Ford has influenced French filmmaking through the years.


  • Joseph McBride (renowned film historian and biographer of Ford, Frank Capra, and Steven Spielberg) gives the
    Keynote Lecture about Ford's portrayals of Lincoln.


  • Pulitzer prize-winning and best-selling author Glenn Frankel (former Washington Post Correspondent and Current Head of the School of Journalism at University of Texas) will give first-hand insight into his new book ‘The Searchers – the Making of an American Legend’


  • The Ford Film Hub and School has a range of Masterclasses & Discussion Panels over the four days with leading International and Irish film experts with people such as Oscar nominated directors including TavernierSheridan and Jordan along with BAFTA nominated Julian Jarrold (Becoming Jane; Brideshead Revisited) and BAFTA Winning John Crowley (Boy A, Intermission), Andrew Eaton (a); Mary McGuckian (Man On A Train);  Tanya Seghatchian (former head Film Fund UK Film Council); John Woodward (former head British Film Institute); Sean Bobbitt (Cinematographer, Hunger, Byzantium, The Place Beyond the Pines); Mark O’Rowe, (writer, Intermission, Howie the Rookie etc) , Eugene O’Brien (writer, Pure Mule, Eden) and Terry McMahon (writer/director, Charlie Casanova), Roddy Doyle (The Commitments) Eoghan Harris (screen writer Sharpe);  Philippe Carcassonne (Coco Before Chanel, The Illusionist) IFTA Rising Star Director/writer Gerard Barrett (Pilgrim Hill);  Actors Stephen Rea, Adrian Dunbar among many more.


"I try to watch a John Ford film before I start every movie, simply because he inspires me...he’s like a classic painter"
Steven Spielberg


  • Ford Academic Panel Discussions each day with leading International film experts including Lea Jacobs (University of Wisconsin, USA), Glenn Frankel (University of Austin, Texas), Kevin Rockett (Trinity College), Luke Gibbons (NUI Maynooth), Charles Barr (University of East Anglia), Tony Tracy (NUI Galway), Martin McCloone (University of Ulster) and Joseph McBride (San Francisco State University).


  • Over a dozen Public Screenings; including a Free Outdoor Screening of The Quiet Man at Meeting House Square, with special guests Dan Ford (grandson of John Ford), John Wayne’s Sons Patrick & Ethan Wayne and Oscar nominated producer Redmond Morris (son of The Quiet Man producer Lord Killanin).  Other screenings include such classics as the  The Searchers; She wore a Yellow Ribbon; How Green Was My Valley; Young Cassidy; Young Mr Lincoln; and many rare Ford classics, footage, Documentaries and Shorts Screening for the first time in Ireland.


  • Plus much, much more….