Dingle International Film Festival is a Continuing Success.Camino Voyage


Professionals and film enthusiasts met again at the annual Dingle International Film Festival. The 12th instalment offered extraordinary screenings and a diverse programme from the 22nd to 25th March. Over the four days, the festival welcomed over 2,000 visitors from countries Ireland and all around the world.


Local and international projects combined offered guests a global perspective of the film and television industry, while entertaining them from morning to night. World premieres, workshops and celebrity Q&As were all part of the hugely successful festival.


Dingle IFF rewards contributors to film and television every year. The Audience Choice Awards supported by Soho House were presented by festival director Maurice Galway before the world premiere of Keepers of the Flame on Sunday 25th. An award was allocated for Best Audience Choice Feature and Best Audience Choice Short. There were 60 short films voted on by the public.


Best Audience Choice Feature winner went to THE CAMINO VOYAGE directed by Dónal Ó Céilleachair and Best Audience Choice Short went to TIME TRAVELLER directed by Steve Kenny.

Físin winner Tristan Heanue was also announced by Paul Webster (Físin Winner 2012) at the closing of the festival. Físin is the only competition that offers an award for Irish script. Tristan received a cash prize of €5,000, and €2,000 worth of filming equipment from Vast Valley Ltd.


The festival congratulates these deserving winners and looks forward to their future projects.


Irish film was very strongly represented this year at the festival. The opening feature film, screened in the beautiful Phoenix Cinema, The Camino Voyage sold out weeks before it’s Dingle premiere. Due to demand, the festival screened the film again on Sunday 25th to another sold out audience.  


“My wish for this film is that it will be seen as a celebration of, not only this historical voyage that this crew has made, but also a celebration of Danny’s life.”

Director Dónal Ó Céilleachair

The film was received by a spellbound audience  on both occasions – enchanted, inspired and ultimately very deeply moved.  

The world premiere of Keepers of the Flame closed the festival with a gala reception. This sold out screening was followed with a Q&A hosted by Philip King, with the director Nuala O’ Connor, co-writer, Diarmaid Ferriter and crew from the film taking questions. The feature length documentary tells the universal story of generations dealing with the consequences of war and civil war; of what is remembered and what is forgotten.

I feel very honoured and so delighted to have Keepers of the Flame receive its premiere at Dingle International Film Festival, which is very close to my heart. I have lived and worked in the area for the past 20 years. Diarmaid Ferriter’s family roots are deep in West Kerry, which makes this is a huge privilege.Nuala O’Connor.

Highly anticipated screenings of Irish films Michael Inside and ‘Black ’47 (fully sold out) were introduced by their directors Frank Berry and Lance Daly. Barry Keoghan was also in town to present Black ‘47, along with a public interview at our second Pow-Wow event in The Blasket Centre.


Both The Silver Branch and Song of Granite were presented by their directors Katrina Costello and Pat Collins respectively to captive and enthusiastic audiences.  Pat Collins also participated in an intimate Q&A in the setting of St James’ Church with festival director Maurice Galway.


Seán Mac an tSíthigh from West Kerry presented an archive of his work from the last decade. A largely local audience showed their appreciation of Seán with resounding applause throughout the presentation. Seán provides provincial, national and international news for TG4 and RTÉ. The video journalist works alone, combining the skills of reporter, camera operator and editor. Seán presented a newsreel of selected national and international reports and gave a highly engaging Q&A to the audience hosted by Aodh Ó Coileáin. The admission for this fully booked out event was donated to Camp Hill Charity.


Pow Wow

Dingle Pow-Wow was an inspirational day with incredible insights into the industry of film and television being shared by our many contributors.  The day was resplendant, with the sun falling across the Blasket islands, inspiring one and all to enter completely into the Banter and Chinwags.


Guests of note included:


  • Michael Uppendahl, director of Ray Donovan, Mad Men, Fargo, American Horror Story and The Walking Dead.
  • Paula Malcomson, actress in A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg), Ray Donovan, The Hunger Games, The Green Mile.
  • Paul McGann, actor in Withnail & I, The Monocled Mutineer, Doctor Who, Hornblower.
  • Jill Eikenberry, actress in L.A. Law, Hill Street Blues,  Something Borrowed, Young Adult.
  • Michael Tucker, actor in L.A. Law, Hill Street Blues, The Purple Rose of Cairo directed by Woody Allen.


On Sunday, The Way was screened to raise funds for the much-needed repairs of St. James’ Church and earlier those interested participated in the guided Pilgrim Path Walk with Bill Hanlon leaving from Ventry Beach.

Dingle IFF proudly showcased Kerry talent this year and the special programme, Kingdom Shorts, featured filmmakers from Dingle itself. It was yet another memorable occasion as crowds came to pack out the event to support their local filmmakers.


The festival welcomed acclaimed foreign films, LUX Prize winners Sami Blood and Western. For the first time, and unique to Dingle IFF, these films were shown with Irish and English subtitles.

Dingle IFF prides itself on introducing new and innovative events. Wonda VR and VIMFF were welcomed to County Kerry for the first time. Wonda VR Masterclass, supported by The French Embassy of Ireland, demonstrated their latest technology on Friday with a day long workshop.  The Embassy also supported screenings of Ava and Redoubtable. As part of their international tour, VIMFF’s Best of the Fest was screened on Sunday. The shorts celebrate the outdoors and mountaineering from all around the world.


The festival’s family screenings were a huge success. On Saturday 24th at the Christmas in Dingle event, Angela’s Christmas and a collection of shorts from Brown Bag films were screened. Children were then introduced to Santa Claus who gave each child a free toy from Disney Ireland & UK.


On Sunday 25th, Kid’s Adventure screened the wonderful adaptation of Going on a Bear Hunt accompanied by the short 2 Balloons. The audience showed off their familiarity and delight with the story when they joined in with a special reading of the book before the event and then left clasping their own adventure activity sheets, heading out exploring into the sunshine.

With another year down, Dingle IFF are thrilled with success of this year’s festival. We would like to thank everyone who participated: our funders Bord Scannán na hEireann/ The Irish Film Board, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Ealaín na Gaeltachta, The Arts Council, Screen Training Ireland, Kerry County Council; our sponsors Tor Cotton, Vast Valley Ltd, Marc Flanagan, Brian de Staic, Dingle Distillery and Soho House; our cultural partners The European Parliament, The French Embassy, Institut Francais and Institute Technology Tralee; our media partners Spin South West; our patrons and most of all our audiences and guests.


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