I have been to hundreds of film festivals all over the globe for what seem to be the last hundred years and in my opinion the Dingle Film Festival is the best among them all.

Jimmy T. Murakami (The Snowman, When The Wind Blows)

Dingle International Film Festival is couched within the breathtaking town of Dingle on the beautiful Dingle Peninsula, southwest Ireland and is part of The Wild Atlantic Way. The festival takes places annually in March. Dingle is home to many film makers, one of Ireland’s only independent cinemas, is a known film location (Ryan’s Daughter, Far and Away and Star Wars: The Last Jedi) and a major tourist destination making it the perfect home for our festival.

Dingle IFF offers feature screenings from Ireland and around the globe, covering all genres; it is home to the Gregory Peck Award: For Excellence in the Art of Film, (recipients including Gabriel Byrne, Jim Sheridan, Jean Jacques Beineix, Stephen Frears, Laura Dern and The Peck Family); it is the first Irish festival to embrace the field of Animation and in 2015 held Ireland’s first ever Animation Awards ceremony in association with Animation Ireland; it is home to the Murakami Award for animation, (recipients including Jimmy T. Murakami, Richie Baneham, Tomm Moore and Don Bluth & Gary Goldman); it has a full and inclusive Animation Programme of events as part of Animation Dingle; and, housed within this Gaeltacht area, Dingle IFF is proud to promote the Irish language and is the only festival offering an award for Irish Script writing with its Físín event.

Dingle IFF actively promotes and platforms Irish film, Irish filmmakers and Irish animation, whilst also playing host to major industry players both from Ireland and abroad. Dingle IFF is an established date on the film festival circuit and is now actively promoting Irish film and animation products in the world market, including an invited curated programme at the 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival and annually at Toronto Irish Film Festival.

Guests to the festival have included: Maureen O Hara, Cillian Murphy, Aidan Gillen, Jack Reynor, Scott Wilson; 2-time Oscar nominated director Sir Alan Parker, inventor of the Stedicam Garrett Brown, 2-time Oscar winner and sound artist Tom Johnson, 2-time Oscar winner Barbara Kopple, producer Ned Dowd, director Ben Wheatley, IFTA winner Pat Shortt and Oscar nominated actresses Sarah Miles and Saoirse Ronan.

Track Record
Now in it’s 13th year, Dingle IFF has attracted and engaged filmmakers and animators from all over the globe, and has developed: Ireland’s major animation event, Ireland’s first animation awards, Ireland’s first 4k projections, hightest calibur of exhibition with Fully HD Projector, 20,000 illumins, with HD Pro Res File player, fibre optics and 5.1 surround sound system along with DCP in cinema.

Maurice Galway is the CEO/Artistic Director and founder of the Dingle International Film Festival has been working in the festival sector now for 24 years. The festival grew out of a love of film and also over 10 years experience in the film festival and film sector. Maurice founded the Kerry film festival in 1999 and has also made a number of short experimental films, which have exhibited in Ireland, London, New York and Cannes. As AD of the Dingle International Film Festival he curates each festival programme along with attracting in major industry guests, which have included, Laura Dern, Gabriel Bryne, Sarah Miles, Sir Alan Parker, Jim Sheridan, Saoirse Ronan, Barbara Kopple, Garrett Brown, Ned Dowd, Anthony Wall and Geoff Wonfor. As CEO of the business Maurice is responsible in financing the company, building relationships with sponsors and public funding bodies. Maurice is also responsible for marketing the festival and running its day-to-day business.



His feature documentary PAULINE BEWICK: YELLOW MAN GREY MAN premiered on RTE 1 and broadcast on Sky Arts New Zealand.

As a curator he has worked closely in the past few years with the Siamsa Gallery. Exhibitions curated by Maurice with Siamsa have included: The In pursuit series, 1,2,3,&4. 7 years 7 days and Lila Activities of God and Andrew Zuckerman’s show ‘Wisdom’. Each exhibition having a focus on lens based artwork.

As a visual artist Maurice has exhibited in Ireland, UK, NY and China, his visual work is largely lens based but he is also known for his line drawings and installations.

Maurice resides in Kerry with his wife Catherine and their 4 children.



Míchéal Ó Dúlaing – Mike has been involved with the Dingle International Film Festival as a volunteer since the beginning and joined the Board of Directors in 2009. He now acts as secretary of the board and is involved in the Organising Committee that meet through-out the year in preparation for the festival.

Mike has great “grá” for Dingle and its environs. A native Irish speaker, he sees the Film Festival as an opportunity to promote not only Irish Film but also a part of the world that he loves.

Catherine Galway is an avid volunteer and supporter of the Festival and has been behind it since its inception. In the past Catherine has been responsible for Guest Liaison and Child Protection Officer, but as the Festival has grown in size, she now has sole responsibility for overseeing Child Protection and ensuring that volunteers are familiar with the Festival policies and procedures relating to this area. As many of our volunteers are young people, Catherine also has a large role to play in ensuring that our volunteers are happy and safe, especially as they are often away from home.

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Catherine has over 20 years’ experience in working with young people and manages a youth mentoring project for one of Ireland’s largest youth organisations. However, Catherine’s background is in theatre and visual arts, and she has exhibited and published as a photographer. Catherine also writes and, occasionally, blogs!


Who is involved:

Festival Board of Directors

  • Maurice Galway now 24 years working in the festival sector, 15 of these on film festivals. He set up Dingle IFF in 2007. A filmmaker who has exhibited in China, New York & London.
  • Michael Ó Dulaing is the company secretary and a local business person.
  • Michael Ryan, GFM Films, has produced over 200 films, including; The English Patient, Fifty Dead Men Walking, Planet 51.
  • Ned Dowd who has over 30 years experience in making films including Apocalypto, The Last of The Mohicans and State of Grace.
  • Mandy Kean, Director of Cinema Europe for Soho House, programming the Group’s members clubs in the UK as well as their two public cinemas, the Electric Cinema Portobello and Electric Cinema Shoreditch.
  • Marc Flanagan, winner of 2 Emmy Awards and a Writer Guild Award, wrote and produced Tracey Ullman Show & Murphy Brown.
  • John Benny Moriarty, major business figure from Dingle community.
  • Brian de Staic, major business figure from Dingle community & designer/manufactor of festival awards, Brian is also President of Cumann Rotary An Daingin.
  • Brenda Ní Shúilleabháin, writer, filmmakers and public speaker.


Físín: Cathaoirleach: Tor Cotton Stiúrthóir Togra: Brenda Ní Shúilleabháin

Visual projections: CAVS

Web Design – Kerry Net Solutions – Robert Condon

Programme Design – Elaine Foley Graphic Design

Gregory Peck Award; Murakami Award; YA-O-TY Award – Brian de Staic

Volunteers Child Officers: Catherine Galway

Guest liaisons person: Actress Moya Farrelly

Box Office manager: Jeannie McGartland


Over 50 volunteers working on the festival each year, along with work placements from IT Tralee.

Strong networks with: Irish & UK industry, Soho House, Irish & UK distributors, local business


Arts Council, Screen Ireland, Ealaín Na Gaeltacta, Úderas Na Gaeltachta, Screen Training Ireland, French Embassy in Ireland, Wild Atlantic Way, Fáilte Ireland, Dingle Tourism Allience, US Embassy, Kerry County Council.

Spin South West, Dingle Skelligs Hotel, Dingle Distillery, Brian de Staic Jewelers, IT Tralee, Dingle Bay Hotel, Benner’s Hotel, Soho House, Vast Valley, Marc Flanagan, Tor Cotton, Ionad an Bhlascaoid Mhóir, West Kerry Live, John Benny Moriarty’s Pub, Nelliefreds, Castlewood House


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