The IFI has teamed up with the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann to launch Spotlight: New Irish Film at the IFI, which is taking place throughout the month of April.

Apart from new releases like Good Vibrations, Pilgrim Hill, King of the Travellers, Milo and Jump, the new annual event also includes short films, public interviews, panel discussions and the Irish premiere of Neil Jordan's Byzantium.

Pilgrim Hill opens this Friday, April 12, at the IFI and after Friday's 6:30pm screening, the film's director, Gerard Barrett, will take part in a public interview.

King of the Travellers opens on Friday April 19 and after a special preview on Thursday April 18, director Mark O'Connor and cast members John Connors, Michael Collins and Peter Coonan (Love/Hate) will take part in a Q&A session with broadcaster Vincent Browne.

The gala opening night screening of Kieron J Walsh's Jump on Friday April 26 at 6:30pm will be followed by an interview with the director and star Charlene McKenna and a reception, while on Saturday April 27 at 6:30pm Milo will receive a gala preview screening.

The Irish premiere of Byzantium takes place on Sunday April 28 at 6:30pm. It will be attended by special guests and will be followed by an interview with director Jordan and a reception.

IFI Director Ross Keane said: "Throughout the year the IFI is committed to showing Irish film through a combination of new releases, Ireland on Sunday, archive screenings and pairing short films with features.

"However, in 2013 we also wanted to present a concentrated focus on Irish cinema to showcase some of the work being currently produced and to provide a platform for discussion and debate.

"This new partnership with the Irish Film Board gives us the opportunity to present some of the most exciting new work being produced at home, alongside panel discussions and a selection of free screenings of Irish short films made over the last 20 years.”

James Hickey, Chief Executive of the Irish Film Board, added: "We are delighted to be working on this Spotlight with the IFI, which presents an interesting and diverse range of Irish feature films from new and established directors.

"In particular, we hope IFI audiences will enjoy the opportunity to see the wide selection of short films which reminds us of the wealth of creative talent working in the Irish film industry at the moment."

For tickets and more details about Spotlight: New Irish Film at the IFI, contact the IFI Box Office on: (01) 679 3477 or visit: www.ifi.ie.