22nd Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 17-27, 2025

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 20-24, 2024

Million Dollar Pigeons

Ireland, 2022: 92 minutes: Alberta Premiere
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Pigeon masters from across the globe compete in the highest-stakes bird race on the planet.

When you think of legendary international racing events like 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 like 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 that 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.

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Bergen International Film Festival 2022

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 the highest grossing Irish documentary 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’ front man. The film won an NME award for Best Music Film. MILLION DOLLAR PIGEONS (2022) is his third feature film.

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press for Million Dollar Pigeons

"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


Documentary / Sport

Sesotho / English / Chinese / Dutch | English Subtitles
92 minutes


Gavin Fitzgerald

Executive Producers
Anna Godas
Oli Harbottle
Lesley McKimm
Grainne McAleer
Martin Pieper

Samantha Corr
Andrew Freedman
Ken Wardrop

Narayan Van Maele

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