The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards are in, and Dingle International Film Festival (Dingle IFF) and Animation Dingle are proud to announce that several of its feature screenings are now in contention to take home a coveted prize on February 26th 2017. Dingle IFF has always had a long tradition of screening the most acclaimed movies of the year, many of which feature multiple Oscar-nominated filmmakers. This year, there is a fantastic line-up of potential winners, in both live-action and animated categories:

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THE RED TURTLE (2016), director Michaël Dudok de Wit’s first feature film, has been nominated for an Academy Award for ‘Best Animated Feature Film.’ THE RED TURTLE is a stunning fantasy that follows the life of a castaway stranded on a tropical island, where he meets many creatures, including a giant red turtle. The film will be screening in The Phoenix Cinema on Saturday 25th March.

Along with its Academy Award nomination, THE RED TURTLE premiered at the UN Certain Regard section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, and won the ‘Un Certain Regard Special Prize’. It also opened the 2016 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. The film received five Annie Award nominations—‘Best Animated Feature’, ‘Best Animated Effects’, ‘Best Directing’, ‘Best Music’, and ‘Best Writing’. The Guardian gave the film four stars, and proclaimed that “The Red Turtle is a wordless wonder.”

The director, Michaël Dudok de Wit, won both an Academy Award for ‘Best Animated Short Film’, and a BAFTA Award for ‘Best Short Animation’ for his fantastic film FATHER AND DAUGHTER (2000). His first Oscar nomination was for the animation THE MONK AND THE FISH (1994). THE RED TURTLE is also the first non-Japanese film to be produced by Studio Ghibli, whose film SPIRITED AWAY (2001) is the highest grossing in Japanese film history. With this collaboration, THE RED TURTLE is a mesmerising success and captures all the style and poignancy of Michaël Dudok de Wit’s early short films, and is a must-see for all lovers of animation and great cinema.

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SULLY (2016), directed by four-time Oscar winner Clint Eastwood, has been nominated at 2017 Academy Awards for ‘Best Achievement in Sound Editing’. SULLY tells the true story of Chesley Sullenberger, an American pilot who performed a heroic emergency landing of a damaged plane on the Hudson River, saving the lives of all the passengers and crew on board. The film will be screening in The Phoenix Cinema on Saturday 25th March.

SULLY opened at #1 in the US box office, and went on to earn nearly $240 million worldwide. The film has also won an AFI Award for ‘Movie of the Year’. Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks delivers an outstanding and authentic portrayal of Sullenberger, with tremendous support from Aaron Eckhart and three-time Oscar nominee, Laura Linney. Clint Eastwood also continues to reaffirm his remarkable talent behind the camera, handling this biographical re-telling with deft precision and tension. Film Ireland Magazine says that “Tom Hanks deserves the most plaudits for presenting a powerful characterisation of a man that has become a legend.”

Dingle IFF is also proud to present the writer of SULLY, Todd Komarnicki, at a “Masterglass” for our Dingle Pow-Wow Event on Saturday March 25th 2017, where he will discuss his career and the production of SULLY, prior to its showing at The Phoenix Cinema that evening.


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MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE (2016) is a stop-motion animated film directed by Claude Barras, and is nominated for ‘Best Animated Feature Film’ at the 2017 Academy Awards. It was also selected as the Swiss entry for ‘Best Foreign Language Film’, making the shortlist in December 2016. MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE is about a young boy named Courgette, who befriends a police officer, Raymond, when Courgette’s mother suddenly disappears. Courgette is taken to a foster home with orphans his own age. Although he initially struggles to find his place in this new, and sometimes hostile environment, he learns to trust and find love as he searches for a new family of his own. The film will be screening in The Phoenix Cinema on Sunday 26th March.

MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE has received numerous other accolades and award nominations. The film won a ‘Cristal Award for Best Feature’ and an Audience Award at the 2016 Annecy International Animated Film Festival.The film was nominated for a ‘Caméra d’Or’ at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. It received a Golden Globe nomination for ‘Best Animated Feature Film’, and three Annie Award nominations—‘Best Animated Feature’, ‘Best Directing’, and ‘Best Writing’. MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE also received a European Film Award for ‘Best Animated Feature Film.’

This is director Claude Barras’ first feature length film. Throughout his career, Barras directed several short films, including THE GENIE IN A RAVIOLI CAN (2000), which was shown at film festivals all over the world. MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE has also received universal acclaim for its tenderness and humanity, with the Hollywood Reporter saying that the film is “lovingly told and gorgeously rendered.”

Other Films

Many of our other selections feature renowned actors, who have achieved landmark prestige through the Academy Awards:


  • HOPPER: IN HIS OWN WORDS, directed by Cass Warner, is an insightful documentary featuring the legendary actor Dennis Hopper speaking about his career, shortly before his death in 2010. Dennis Hopper was nominated for two Oscars in his lifetime: ‘Best Writing’ for EASY RIDER (1969), and ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for HOOSIERS (1986). Cass Warner, founder and president of the production company Warner Sisters, will also be attending an “Independent Journeys” event at the Dingle Pow- Wow on 25th March 2017 to talk about her life and career.


  • ETHEL & ERNEST, a feature length animation directed by Roger Mainwood, tells the story of its titular couple as they live 50 years together through many extraordinary events. Ernest is voiced by Jim Broadbent, who won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his performance in IRIS (2001). Broadbent also starred in MOULIN ROUGE! (2001), GANGS OF NEW YORK (2002), and the television movie LONGFORD (2006). Ethel is voiced by Brenda Blethyn, who has been nominated for two Academy Awards for her performances in SECRETS & LIES (1996), and LITTLE VOICE (1998). She won a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Film Award, and ‘Best Actress’ at the Cannes Film Festival for SECRETS & LIES (1996).


  • THE LOST LETTER is a short animation directed by Kealan O’Rourke, and featuring the voice talent of Oscar-winner Kate Winslet. The film is about a young boy who tries to bring the colour of Christmas to his mean-spirited neighbour’s life. The star of THE LOST LETTER, Kate Winslet, has been nominated for an impressive seven Academy Awards for her performances in: SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (1995), TITANIC (1997), IRIS (2001), ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (2004), LITTLE CHILDREN (2006), STEVE JOBS (2015), and THE READER (2008), for which she won her only Oscar for ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role.’


Kealan O’Rourke is an award winning director of live-action and animated films. His animation short, THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE (2011) won the IFTA Award for ‘Best Animation.’



And finally, we have a big announcement to make for our Físín event. Art Parkinson, the teenage Irish actor famed for his role as Rickon Stark in GAME OF THRONES (2011-2016), will present the Físín award for the best script in the Irish language on Sunday 26th March at The Phoenix Cinema. Last year, Art provided the voice of Kubo in KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (2016), which has been nominated for two Oscars at the 87th Academy Awards—‘Best Animated Feature Film’, and ‘Best Achievement in Visual Effects’. KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS also won a BAFTA Award for ‘Best Animated Feature Film.’ Because of Art’s role as an ambassador for Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017 , and his new Oscar-status, he is the perfect person to present this prestigious award and to promote the Irish Language in scriptwriting.


These remarkable films have all received high praise from the international film community. The nomination of RED TURTLE is a testament to the high quality of worldwide independent animation, which Dingle IFF promotes every year in its selections. We wish all the nominated films the very best of luck at the 2017 Academy Awards, and we hope that you will join us in celebrating their excellence during the festival.


The Dingle International Film Festival will run March 23-26, 2017. Housed within a 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 is home to many filmmakers, one of Ireland’s only independent cinemas, is a known film location (Star Wars, Ryan’s Daughter, Far and Away) and a major tourist destination making it the perfect home for our festival.

For information on how to book tickets and festival passes, as well as other films showing at Dingle IFF 2017, visit our website

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