Million Dollar Pigeons

When you think of legendary international racing events like the Tour de France and the Boston Marathon, does pigeon racing also come to mind? Flying under the radar are a group of pigeon masters (or fanciers, as they liked to be called) from the US, Thailand, China and South Africa, competing in one of the most lucrative bird races on the planet. Each event is stranger and more exciting than the last—but when scandal and corruption taint the crown jewel event, the entire community is rocked and the future of the sport is up in the air. Million Dollar Pigeons is a hysterical see-it-to-believe-it story with a cast of odd and charming characters that experience the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Fame, fortune and livelihood rest on the wings of these feathered athletes in this hilarious oddity. Ravi Srinivasan

The film was produced by Venom Films and partners with Screen Ireland, RTÉ, BAI, ZDF, ARTE, NHK & the multi academy award winning Dogwoof Films.

The film premiered at Hot Docs 2022 in Toronto and played in other world class festivals such as Galway Film Fleadh, IFI Doc Festival, True False Film Festival, London Irish Film Festival, Bergen IFF, Cologne Film Festival & many more. It was nominated for ‘Best Documentary’ at the 2023 IFTAS.

The film played theatrically in Ireland with Wildcard Distribution and in Canada with Hot Docs cinema.

Available to rent or buy now on various platforms (Apple TV, iTunes, Youtube, Google Play) or Dogwoof on Demand


“Million Dollar Pigeons is one of the most engaging and unconventional sports films you will see this year.” POV Magazine

An entertaining and quick-moving introduction to the surprisingly cutthroat world of pigeon racing, that often leaves our mouths agape” The Joy of Movies

“A fascinating look into the exciting world of pigeon racing.” Set the Bar

 Variety Interview

Cinema Review: Million Dollar Pigeons

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Born and bred in Dublin City, Gavin FitzGerald is an award winning director whose documentaries have screened globally on platforms such as Netflix, BBC, RTÉ, Showtime Television & ESPN. His first feature film, Conor McGregor: Notorious (2017), was one of the highest grossing Irish documentaries of all time. He then went on to direct Liam Gallagher: As It Was (2019), an all-access bio on the Oasis 'rock and roll' frontman. The film won a NME award for 'Best Music Film' and sold to Netflix. His third feature film, Million Dollar Pigeons (2022), premiered at Hot Docs in Toronto and was nominated for an IFTA. Upcoming projects include a four part docu-series, 'Stable', set inside the world of professional boxing and 'Lomu', the definitive documentary on the All-Black rugby legend, Jonah Lomu.


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