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.’

 

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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

March 23rd – March 26th 2017

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The Dingle International Film Festival (Dingle IFF) website has been launched for this year’s programme, and to celebrate this launch, we have a very special list of screenings to announce. Dingle IFF is one of the foremost destinations in the national film festival circuit, and this year, there are many diverse and splendid screenings on offer for the first time in Ireland. These discoveries feature both established and new talent from the international film industry, and you can be the first in the country to see them on the big screen. Covering all genres of films, these enthralling Irish premieres are an unmissable experience for filmgoers of all ages.

OPENING FILM—FREE FIRE

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The festival will open with a digital screening of Ben Wheatley’s FREE FIRE, a stylish and action-packed film that features an impressive ensemble cast, including Cillian Murphy, Brie Larson, Jack Reynor, Armie Hammer, Sharlto Copley, and Michael Smiley. The film will be playing at The Phoenix Cinema on Thursday March 23rd. Ben Wheatley will be at the festival to introduce the film, and will attend an exclusive Q & A following the screening, along with John Maguire, film critic for the Sunday Business Post.

Set in Boston in 1978, an arms deal in a deserted warehouse goes spectacularly and explosively wrong. When a disagreement between two gangs leads to shots fired, complete pandemonium ensues, with everyone at the scene suddenly thrust into a heart-stopping game of survival. With quick fire dialogue, fast paced excitement, and lots of sharply funny interactions, FREE FIRE will be an explosive event to kick-start the festival into high gear, and is sure to take the audience’s breath away.

Ben Wheatley (KILL LIST; HIGH-RISE; SIGHTSEERS; DOWN TERRACE) is one of the most innovative new directors in British cinema, with a unique visual flair and a dark sense of humour. His films have captivated a new generation of filmgoers, and Dingle IFF is delighted to present his latest and greatest entry.

 

CLOSING FILM—THE SECRET SCRIPTURE

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THE SECRET SCRIPTURE, directed by Jim Sheridan and featuring an internationally renowned cast, will be screening in The Phoenix Cinema on Sunday 26th March.

The film is adapted from the 2008 novel of the same name by Sebastian Barry, who was recently awarded the Costa Book of the Year prize for Days Without End, becoming the first novelist to win the prestigious prize twice. THE SECRET SCRIPTURE tells the story of an elderly woman, Rose, who keeps a diary of her extended stay at a psychiatric institution. Rose is convicted of murdering her newborn child, but proclaims her innocence. She recounts the story of her life during the events of Irish religious and political upheaval during the first half of the 20th century, which leads to her incarceration.

The film features an internationally renowned cast—Rooney Mara (CAROL, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO); Vanessa Redgrave (JULIA, ATONEMENT); Jack Reynor (SING STREET, FREE FIRE); Eric Bana (MUNICH, THE TIME TRAVELLER’S WIFE); Theo James (DIVERGENT SERIES); Aidan Turner (THE HOBBIT SERIES); Susan Lynch (WAKING NED); and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (LOVE/HATE).

Six-time Oscar nominee Jim Sheridan—famed for MY LEFT FOOT (1989); THE FIELD (1990); INTO THE WEST (1992); IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER (1993); THE BOXER (1997); and IN AMERICA (2003)—has a proud association with Dingle IFF. In 2009, Sheridan was the recipient of that year’s Gregory Peck Award: For Excellence in the Art of Film. Jim returned in 2014 to present two-time Oscar nominee Laura Dern with The GP Award.

 

IRISH PREMIERESTANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY

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STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY, a hysterical and moving comedy,  features legendary screen actor Timothy Spall performing all the principal roles. The film will be playing at The Phoenix cinema on Friday March 24th. This tour-de-force event will also include a Q&A session with the film’s director, Stephen Cookson, and the film’s producer, Peter Keegan. This Q & A will be chaired by Gerard Stembridge, screenwriter of ORDINARY DECENT CRIMINAL (2000).

STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY is about the title character, Stanley, a man who finds himself in prison for a crime that he believes he didn’t commit. After many years in solitary confinement, he begins to see hallucinations of sixteen flamboyant and quirky characters from the past, as each one takes him on a journey inside his own mind to try to help him remember what he has done.

Timothy Spall, who also co-wrote the film with Stephen Cookson, won the ‘Edgeware Outstanding Achievement Award’ at the UK Film Festival in London for his performances in this film. Director Stephen Cookson is excited about the Irish premiere of STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY at this prestigious festival: “I am a huge fan of Dingle Film Festival having visited it for this first time this year [2016] … STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY is a passion project for Timothy Spall and I. We both wanted to make something that’s completely original and memorable—and I think we achieved that”.

EUROPEAN PREMIEREWILDERNESS

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WILDERNESS, directed by Justin John Doherty, will be a European Premiere, and is screening at St James’ Church on Saturday 25th March. Neil Fox, the writer of WILDERNESS, will introduce the film, and will attend a Q & A alongside Gerard Stembridge after the screening.

WILDERNESS is about a touring jazz musician, John, who meets a woman named Alice, and the two flee to the coast for a romantic getaway. They come into contact with strangers and friends and the bubble threatens to burst as they discover the vulnerabilities, flaws and manipulations that were previously masked by the blissful wave of new love.

WILDERNESS is Justin John Doherty’s first feature film, following over 15 years working in the industry. He has been a freelance director and producer for commercial work since the age of 20, and honed his skills more specifically as an editor on a series of documentaries for television (AL JAZEERA, BBC) between 2010 and 2014. His last narrative film, a short called IT’S NATURAL TO BE AFRAID, (2010) played at 27 festivals, winning 7 awards. He is also the co-founder of Filmstock International Film Festival, which ran from 2000 to 2009 in the UK and Hungary.

Neil Fox has written three short films—CLANDESTINE (2006), IT’S NATURAL TO BE AFRAID (2010), and A PASSING PLACE (2012). WILDERNESS is his first screenplay for a feature film.

IRISH PREMIEREHOPPER: IN HIS OWN WORDS

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Cass Warner, director and producer of Hopper: In His Own Words, will introduce this Irish premiere at St James’ Church on Friday 24th March. She will also participate in a Q & A after the screening. HOPPER: IN HIS OWN WORDS is an insightful documentary featuring the legendary Oscar-nominated actor Dennis Hopper speaking about his career, shortly before his death in 2010.

Cass Warner is a third-generation filmmaker—her writer/producer father, Milton Sperling, was nominated twice for an Oscar; and her grandfather, Harry Warner, was the President and one of the founders of Warner Bros. studios.

Cass carries on the original Warner Bros. motto by making films that “educate, entertain and enlighten” with her independent production company, Warner Sisters. While raising her four children, Cass authored a definitive, best-selling biography, “The Brothers Warner,” on the Warner family. The award-winning feature documentary THE BROTHERS WARNER (2007) was directed, written, produced and narrated by Cass.

Cass will also be attending an “Independent Journeys” event at the Dingle Pow-Wow on 25th March  to talk about her life and career.

 

WORLD PREMIERERATH

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Mieke Vanmechelen, director, writer and producer of RATH, will introduce the World Premiere of her film and participate in a Q & A session after the screening at St James’ Church on Thursday 23rd March.

RATH is a documentary that chronicles the life of Brendan O’Sullivan, an elderly resident of the town of Rath near Kenmare, Co. Kerry, who has a unique story to tell about his cultural upbringing.

Mieke Vanmechelen is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, BA. (1996) and CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, MA. (2014). With a background in painting, Vanmechelen increasingly works in film. Her works evolve from a combined affinity for the psychoanalytical and a deep sense of connectedness to the cycles of nature, the artist lives and farms on the Beara Peninsula.

EUROPEAN PREMIERETHE OTHER KIDS

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The European Premiere of THE OTHER KIDS will be screening in St James’ Church on Thursday 23rd March.

Directed by Chris Brown, THE OTHER KIDS is an intimate look at the struggles of six small-town teens on the verge of high school graduation. The film won ‘Best Narrative Feature’ at the Florida Film Festival, and ‘Best Narrative Feature’ at the New Orleans Film Festival.

San Francisco writer/director Chris Brown has been making features and documentaries for over a decade. In 2015, he co-produced the acclaimed documentary ON HER OWN, which premiered internationally at HotDocs and was declared “a must see” by Moviemaker Magazine. A RIVER CHANGES COURSE, the groundbreaking feature documentary that Brown edited and associate produced, won the ‘Grand Jury Award’ at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and ‘Best Documentary Feature’ at the 2013 San Francisco International Film Festival. His third fictional feature, FANNY ANNIE & DANNY (2010), won 16 awards internationally, and was hailed “an indie masterpiece” by The Huffington Post, and a “Critics’ Pick’ by The New York Times.

 

IRISH PREMIERETHE KARAMAZOFFS (A WALK ON THE SOHO YEARS)

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The Irish premiere of THE KARAMAZOFFS (A WALK ON THE SOHO YEARS) will be screening in Saturday 25th March at St James’ Church.

Directed by Juan Gamero, THE KARAMAZOFFS  is a documentary about a group of Barcelona contemporary artists, The Karamazoffs, who arrived at the abandoned factories of New York’s SoHo, now occupied by artists from around the world. They then take part in one of the most colourful periods of contemporary art, along with colleagues and pioneers of the 1960s-1980s era, such as Jonas Mekas and Jaime Davidovich.

Juan Gamero is a long experienced director working in television and cinema. In the early 90s, he directed PRISMA for TVE (Spanish public television), and a series of 26 documentaries and fiction films selected for INPUT 1990. With his company Paradocs, he has been a producer, director, screenwriter, photographer, and editor of documentaries filmed in Bali, Ecuador, Cuba, and Mali. Since 1997, he is a member of the European Documentary Network (EDN). His most recent work is THE KARAMAZOFFS.

 

IRISH PREMIERETHE GIRL WITHOUT HANDS

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THE GIRL WITHOUT HANDS is a beautiful animation written and directed by Sébastien Laudenbach, who will introduce this Irish premiere on Saturday 25th March in The Phoenix Cinema. The film’s producer, Jean-Christophe Soulageon, and Tomm Moore, Annecy Award winner and two-time Oscar nominated animator for THE SECRET OF KELLS (2009), and SONG OF THE SEA (2014), will participate in a Q & A following the screening.

THE GIRL WITHOUT HANDS is about a young woman who is sold by her father to the devil; she escapes, but loses her hands. She is then taken on a mystical journey where she encounters the goddess of water, a gentle gardener, and a prince in his castle.

Sébastien Laudenbach has directed six short films, and wrote eight short films. THE GIRL WITHOUT HANDS is his first feature film. It also has been nominated for a César Award for ‘Best Animated Film’. In his career, Sébastien has been nominated for two Annecy Cristal Awards, and was nominated for a ‘Discovery Award’ at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival for VASCO (2010).

IRISH PREMIEREBAKERMAN

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David Noel Bourke, director and writer of BAKERMAN, will introduce the Irish premiere of his film at St James’ Church on Friday 24th March. David will also attend a Q & A after the screening.

BAKERMAN is an atmospheric thriller about a man who has a mid-life crisis and starts to disperse vigilante justice to settle some old scores.

An efficient writer, director, and editor, David has made three independent feature films: LAST EXIT (2003), NO RIGHT TURN (2009), and BAKERMAN (2016). These films have been launched around the world from US, Germany, Sweden and Denmark. BAKERMAN was screened at CPH:PIX 2016, the biggest film festival in Denmark.

 

IRISH PREMIEREAPRICOT GROVES

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Pouria Heidary Oureh, director, writer and producer of APRICOT GROVES,

will introduce the Irish premiere of APRICOT GROVES, at St James’ Church on Saturday 25th March.

APRICOT GROVES is about an Iranian-Armenian man who had immigrated to the U.S in childhood, and now returns home to propose to his Armenian girlfriend whom he met in the States.

From a young age, Pouria Heidary Oureh was interested in visual and performance arts and storytelling, especially through drawings. He graduated from SAE institute of Digital Film in Dubai. APRICOT GROVES is Poruia’s first feature film; his other screen credits are the documentary GOHAR KHEIRAMDISH A FILMOGRAPHY (2015), the short SOCIAL LEARNING THEORY (2014), and the short BEYOND THE DEADEND (2012). These films have been shown at festivals all over the world.

 

Dingle IFF 2017 is one of our biggest years for Irish premieres, and we are delighted to be given the opportunity to screen them for the local film-loving audience at the culturally revered Phoenix Cinema and St James’ Church. Dingle IFF 2017 has launched—come and join the ride.

The Dingle International Film Festival will run March 23-26, 2017. 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 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 about other films featured on this year’s line-up, be sure to visit http://www.dinglefilmfestival.com/programme/ 

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Discussion Panels with prolific Irish, British and American filmmakers

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Dingle International Film Festival (Dingle IFF) is proud to present a brand new event this year—Pow-Wow is bringing together professional industry leaders from Ireland and abroad to discuss their careers, and will be held in The Blasket Centre on March 25th 2017. Pow-Wow provides a unique and inspiring opportunity for enterprising filmmakers to gain more insight and knowledge about the global film and television industry. The guest speakers are some of the best in the business and will present their challenges and successes in film and television for this unmissable event.

The main panel discussions of this action-packed day are:

·        “Masterglass” with Todd Komarnicki

·        The Rise of American Television

·        Independent Journeys

·        Small Talk

·        “Three Great Scenes” with Jonathan Coleman

 

1) Masterglass with Todd Komarnicki and Jonathan Coleman

Masterglass is a discussion with prolific film writer, producer and director Todd Komarnicki, and Jonathan Coleman, Vice President of Guy Walks into a Bar, the production company founded by Todd Komarnicki.

In 2016, Todd Komarnicki wrote the Oscar® nominated film SULLY, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks. SULLY opened at #1 in the box office to rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. The film went on to earn over $240 million worldwide. For his biographical retelling, Komarnicki was nominated for a Satellite Award for ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’.

Komarnicki has a long varied career working on many big budget productions:

  • He wrote and directed the Dutch/American production RESISTENCE (2003), a World War 2 epic drama, starring Bill Paxton, and Primetime Emmy-winning actress Julie Ormond.
  • He wrote the intense psychological thriller PERFECT STRANGER (2007), directed by James Foley, and starring Bruce Willis and Oscar-winner Halle Berry.
  • As president and founder of the production company, Guy Walks Into A Bar, Komarnicki produced the box office smash Christmas comedy ELF (2003), starring Will Ferrell, and MEET DAVE (2008), starring Eddie Murphy.
  • His most recent projects are THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN, starring Mel Gibson and Sean Penn (and with shots on location in Co. Wicklow); and THE GREATEST GIFT, the true story behind the film classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. He has also co-written THE TRAINER, which will star Liam Neeson and be directed by Neil Jordan, due for release in 2018.

Jonathan Coleman has worked for 9 years to support and develop the company’s film and television projects, including:

  • SULLY (2016), directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks.
  • THE GREATEST GIFT, with Gulfstream Productions.
  • The forthcoming television projects MERCURY 13, starring Oscar-nominee Jessica Chastain; and ORACLE YEAR, with Tomorrow Studios.

Jonathan is a graduate of Wheaton College where he studied Film and created several award winning shorts. In addition to his film and television work, Jonathan is an accomplished Voiceover Artist, producing work for IMAX Corporation, Vanderbilt University, Kickstarter, and many others.

This Masterglass will be chaired by Audrey O’ Reilly. Audrey is the director of short films CHICKEN, WAIT, and IN LOVING MEMORY, which was nominated for ‘Best Short Film’ at the IFTA Awards in 2000, and won the Prix du Public at the prestigious Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival. She has a proud association with the Dingle IFF and is a selector for this year’s films. She is currently writing the screenplay for the feature film LOCKERBIE, slated to be directed by the Oscar-nominated Jim Sheridan.  

 

2) The Rise of American Television

This panel is looking at popular TV shows, and giving audience members guidance from the people that worked on them. The exciting and diverse panel includes:

  • Michael Uppendahl, a critically acclaimed director of many episodes of some of the most popular American television shows of all time. These include: MAD MEN (2007-2015), AMERICAN HORROR STORY (2011—), RAY DONOVAN (2013—), FARGO (2014—) and LEGION (2017).
  • Marc Flanagan, who won a Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award for his work on TRACEY TAKES ON NEW YORK (1993). He was also nominated for an impressive ten Emmy awards for writing on THE TRACEY ULLMAN SHOW (1987-1990), winning one in 1989 and one in 1990.
  • Leslie Tolan, who was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards for her editing on THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW (1992-1998).
  • Daphne Pollon, who wrote four episodes of the long-running American sitcom, MURPHY BROWN (1988-1998). She also was an executive producer on the Jason Alexander sitcom, LISTEN UP (2004-2005).

The chair of The Rise of American Television is Mary Kate O Flanagan, a screenwriting consultant in the film and television industry. She was a speaker on screenwriting at The London Screenwriter’s Festival and The Galway Film Fleadh, and runs workshops all over the world. Her future projects include writing an animated adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s book HEART OF DARKNESS.

 

3) Independent Journeys

Dingle IFF has invited a number of film directors and producers onto this special panel, where they will share their journey towards realising their film, from the small concept to the big screen. The panel includes:

  • Cass Warner, founder and president of Warner Sisters, and the granddaughter of Harry Warner, the founder of one of the biggest film production companies in the world, Warner Bros.  Cass Warner directed and produced HOPPER: IN HIS OWN WORDS (2012), an insightful documentary on the Oscar-nominated actor, Dennis Hopper, which will be screening at the festival.
  • Stephen Cookson, director of STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY, and Peter Keegan, producer of STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY, will speak at this event, and will also be screening their movie at the festival, which stars legendary English actor Timothy Spall.
  • Tom Ryan and Fionn Greger. Tom Ryan is the director, and Fionn Greger is the producer of the independent movie TWICE SHY, which will be screening at the festival. TWICE SHY stars several popular Irish actors, including Ardal O’Hanlon, Pat Shortt and Paul Ronan.
  • David Noel Bourke, director and writer of BAKERMAN, which is screening in St James’ Church on Friday 24th March. David will also attend a Q & A after that screening. An efficient writer, director, and editor, David has made three independent feature films—LAST EXIT (2003), NO RIGHT TURN (2009), and BAKERMAN (2016). BAKERMAN was screened at CPH:PIX 2016, the biggest film festival in Denmark.

Independent Journeys is chaired by Gerard Stembridge, who wrote ORDINARY DECENT CRIMINAL (2003), which starred Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell and Christoph Waltz. He also wrote and directed GUILTTRIP (1995), ALARM (2008), and ABOUT ADAM (2000), which was nominated for ‘Best Director’, ‘Best Writer’ and ‘Best Picture’ at the IFTA Awards. He has written for television, theatre and he is well-known for his radio work with Dermot Morgan. He is also a selector for Dingle IFF 2017.

 

4) Small Talk:

The makers of some of the most popular short films here in Ireland, and are now gaining amazing acclaim abroad, Paddy Slattery and Tristan Heanue will be guest speakers for this panel after a successful Crowdfunding campaign for their own feature film.

  • Paddy Slattery is a filmmaker and founder of Stand Mantra Productions. All his short films have been screened at the Dingle IFF over the years, including SKUNKY DOG, which was nominated for ‘Best Live Action Short Film’ at the 2015 IFTA Awards.
  • Tristan Heanue is a filmmaker and actor, whose credits include the American television series GAME OF THRONES in 2016, and VIKINGS in 2016 and 2017. He directed his first short film, TODAY, in 2015 and won the award for ‘Best First Short Drama’ at the Galway Film Fleadh that year.
  • Paddy Slattery and Tristan Heanue are currently in production on their first feature film, THE BROKEN LAWS OF ATTRACTION (2017).

The chair of the SMALL TALK discussion panel is Michael Ryan, who is on the board of directors of Dingle IFF. In 1980, Ryan and J&M Entertainment were founding members of the American Film Association (AFMA) – later to be renamed Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA), and Ryan is currently chairman of this organisation. He helped produce over 200 movies, including WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE (1993), THE ENGLISH PICTURE (1996), and THE GENERAL (1998) starring Brendan Gleeson. Ryan also co-found GFM Films, which is in production on the family animation film BLAZING SAMURAI (2017), featuring the voice talent of Michael Cera, Samuel L. Jackson and Ricky Gervais.

 

5) Three Great Scenes with Jonathan Coleman

This will be a presentation on screen development with JONATHAN COLEMAN, who is also attended the ‘Masterglass” with Todd Komarnicki. Vice President of Guy Walks into a Bar, the production company founded by Todd Komarnicki. Three Great Scenes refers to a quote from one of the greatest directors in film history, Howard Hawks—“A great film has three great scenes, and no bad ones.”

As well as providing exclusive insider information, our overseas guest speakers will also be afforded the chance to see and experience Ireland’s most beautiful Gaeltacht areas, and will further promote rural Ireland as a working destination.

With an incredible line-up of experts and a diverse selection of discussions, Pow-Wow at Dingle IFF 2017 is the perfect event to stimulate growth in the Irish film and television industry.

The Dingle International Film Festival will run March 23-26, 2017. 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 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 other events at Dingle IFF, visit Your Festival Pass 

Free Fire Opening Film

Free Fire Opening Film

Followed by a Q&A session with the acclaimed director, Ben Wheatley

Márta 23rd 2017

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Dingle International Film Festival (Dingle IFF), in association with StudioCanal and Element Pictures, is proud to announce that FREE FIRE, a stylish new film by British director Ben Wheatley that features an all-star cast, will open the festival on March 23rd 2017 at the Phoenix Cinema.

Set in Boston in 1978, an arms deal in a deserted warehouse goes spectacularly and explosively wrong. When a disagreement between two gangs leads to shots fired, complete pandemonium ensues, with everyone at the scene suddenly thrust into a heart-stopping game of survival.

FREE FIRE boasts a fantastic and highly recognizable cast, who all deliver authentic performances to portray devious and darkly hilarious characters:

  • Cillian Murphy, star of the Irish classic, THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY (2006), the hugely popular DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY (2005-2012), and is the lead role in the critically lauded BBC drama, PEAKY BLINDERS (2013—)

  • Brie Larson, whose brilliant performance as a kidnapped mother in the Canadian-Irish independent film ROOM (2015) earned her the Academy Award for ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’.

  • Armie Hammer, who earned widespread audience attention from his roles in the Clint Eastwood directed hit, J. EDGAR (2011), THE LONE RANGER (2013), and THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (2015).

  • Sharlto Copley, who delivered mesmerizing performances in the Oscar-nominated DISTRICT 9 (2009), the 2010 remake of THE A-TEAM, and ELYSIUM (2013).

  • Michael Smiley, a frequent collaborator with director Ben Wheatley, and was nominated for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ at the 2011 British Independent Film Awards for his role in Wheatley’s KILL LIST (2011).

  • Jack Reynor, rising Irish star from SING STREET (2016), THE SECRET SCRIPTURE (2016), MACBETH (2015), and WHAT RICHARD DID (2012).

Other cast members include Sam Riley, Enzo Cilenti, and Noah Taylor.

This lively and diverse talent was attracted to FREE FIRE because of the reputation of Ben Wheatley, a director with unique visual flair and an uncompromising sense of humour. From humble beginnings as an animation creator online, his carefully edited YouTube video, CUNNING STUNT, hit over 10 million views and catapulted him into viral fame. His subsequent creativity in advertising gave him enough credibility to hit the big screen. in His first feature film, DOWN TERRACE (2009) was impressively shot in only eight days, and put Wheatley on the radar of many top film producers. His next film KILL LIST (2011), an intense crime thriller, cemented his position as one of the most innovative new directors in British cinema. His other directorial credits include 14 episodes of the British comedy series IDEAL (2005-2011); SIGHTSEERS (2012), which earned him a ‘Best Director’ nomination at the British Independent Film Awards; and two episodes of DOCTOR WHO (2014), starring Peter Capaldi. With seven feature films in six years, Wheatley is going from strength to strength in the film industry. His latest film, FREE FIRE, promises to be the biggest and most audacious of his career.

FREE FIRE is a change of tone from Ben Wheatley’s other feature films, and he is excited about mixing his trademark thrills with a lot of sharply funny interactions—“I wanted to go back to making a movie that was more fun, and had a lot of comedy in it, and was dynamic and had a lot of action, so that’s what I was thinking [with FREE FIRE].”

Get your tickets booked now to see FREE FIRE at Dingle IFF, and be sure not to miss out on the exclusive Q&A following the feature, where director Ben Wheatley will answer questions from the audience members.

Quick fire dialogue, fast-paced action, and a wide range of hysterical situations—this will be an explosive event that is sure to take your breath away.

Quotes from the cast members on FREE FIRE and director Ben Wheatley

“After seeing Kill List, I thought it was one of the greatest British films in a long time. I thought that Ben was a really  important voice in British cinema.”  Cillian Murphy

“[Ben’s] got a great sense of humour. I really think we’ll end up doing more stuff together, we really gelled.”  Sharlto Copley

“It’s a fantastically done movie. If you are a Ben Wheatley fan, then you appreciate how every project is so different from the last—this is different from anything he’s ever done before. It’s amazing.”  Armie Hammer

The Dingle International Film Festival will run March 23-26, 2017. 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. 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.

More information about FREE FIRE, other films, and to get your Dingle IFF VIP Festival Passes and a ticket to Free Fire click here.

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Your Film Festival VIP Pass is on sale now. The Dingle IFF VIP Festival Pass entitles you to attend all festival screenings and events, including: Dingle Pow-Wow and our Premiere screenings.

This year plans to be an explosive year with our opening film, FREE FIRE, starring Cillian Murphy and Brie Larson. Festival special guest director Ben Wheatley will be in Dingle to present his film.

With your pass you can be the first to have a chance at booking our opening and closing films. You also get priority at our other features/short films, along with the chance to see our animated films and to be a part of our first every Dingle Pow-Wow which plans on having a star studded panel of filmmakers.

The Dingle IFF VIP Passes are on sale now on our website at DingleFilmFestival
They are incredible value but we only have a very limited number of Passes up for grabs – Get your pass today!

We look forward to welcoming you to Dingle!

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Márta 24th – Márta 25th 2017

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Animation Dingle, in sponsorship with Disney Channels UK and Ireland, is delighted to present their search for the brightest Young Animator of the Year. Students from across Ireland are invited to submit animation shorts, using the theme ‘The Illusion of Life.’ The competition is open to students from Transition Year, 4th, 5th and 6th Year Students. The animated film is to be no longer than one minute. The closing date for entries is now 28th February 2017, so there is plenty of time for students to perfect their work for the competition.

This is an exciting chance for new and young talent to present their ideas to the largest gathering of animators in Ireland. The winning student will have their film shown at a Premiere Screening during the 5th Animation Dingle Festival event on March 24th-25th 2017.

The winning student will be:

‌• Presented with their award from a top Disney executive at the Festival.

‌• Offered a placement with JAM Media’s studios in either Dublin or Belfast.

‌• Receive an award designed by renowned Dingle jeweller, Brian de Staic.

JAM Media is one of the leading creators of multi-award winning animated content for children and preschoolers in Ireland and the UK. They have received many prestigious awards, including the BAFTA Award for ‘Best Children’s Drama’ in 2012, and the Irish Film and Television Award for ‘Best Animation’ in 2014. Their programmes are shown on RTÉ, CBBC, Nickelodeon and many other channels worldwide. This industry placement will be a fantastic opportunity for young animators looking for a career in Irish television.

 

Animation Dingle’s extended deadline also gives new students a further chance to produce their ideas from the ground up. Lauren Rush, the 2016 YAOTY winner, can confirm that you can still go far in this competition if you start late—“I didn’t think I would get very far in it because the deadline was quite close and the competition had been open for quite a while. I only had two weeks to make this, then after the two weeks I entered it and got an email back saying (I’m in).”

Nell Hensey, the winner in 2015, also remembers her thrilling experience—“Winning YAOTY has been phenomenal … I learned loads from JAM and all the guys. I’d never done 2D animation so it was great exposure to life in an animation studio.”

 

David Levine, Vice President, Programming, Production and Strategic Development, Disney Channels EMEA, and General Manager, Disney Channels UK & Ireland, awaits a great turnout for this memorable event—“Disney Channels have a heritage of hit animated series and we are proud to be supporting young Irish animators through this award … We look forward to seeing the entries from this rich pool of talent.”  

 

Dingle Animation 2017 is also waiting in anticipation. Are you, or is a student you know, the 2017 YOUNG ANIMATOR OF THE YEAR?

 

For further details and to submit your film, please see http://filmfreeway.com/festival/YAOTY  

ANIMATION DINGLE is an annual event each March that comes together to celebrate the best Animation Features, Series and Shorts that the Irish and international Animation industry has to offer. The 2-day animation festival is a major component of the Dingle International Film Festival (Dingle IFF), running jointly alongside the main event for the last 4 years, and is now established as a core component of its screenings, speakers and activities. Students gain opportunities to present their work and seek professional advice on what steps they should take next to break into this highly exciting and vibrant global industry, an industry where Irish companies sit proudly at the forefront, and encourage attending students to be the next pioneers of our profession.

 

Listed as ‘One of the top Not-To-Be-Missed events in the World’ by Animation Magazine, Animation Dingle is attended by all the major animation colleges and studios within Ireland, along with delegates from Disney, Amazon, RTÉ, CBBC, CBeebies and many more.

 

For further information, be sure to check the Animation Dingle website at http://2017.animationdingle.com/

Life is Short

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Dingle International Film Festival (Dingle IFF) is proud to present the screening of locally produced Irish films at St James Church in Dingle. This event showcases historical and cultural traditions of the local community through the imagination of remarkable women directors.

UISCE BEATHA, LIFE IS SHORT and A TRAGEDY IN KERRY

Three short films will be screened at this event: UISCE BEATHA, directed by Elaine Kennedy, LIFE IS SHORT, directed by Colleen Grace Herlihy, and A TRAGEDY IN KERRY, directed by Áine Ní Chíobháin. UISCE BEATHA and LIFE IS SHORT are the film debuts of their skilful directors, and were both nominated in the Dingle IFF Físín Awards.

UISCE BEATHA explores the conflict between rural and urban ideals, as a woman living in London returns home to her parents in Dingle and re-experiences the traditional lifestyle which she has abandoned.

LIFE IS SHORT features an American woman who travels to Kerry to scatter her grandmother’s ashes on the site of Kilmalkedar Church, before learning the truth of her grandmother’s immigration.

A TRAGEDY IN KERRY is a documentary detailing the death of Thomas Ó Suilleabháin, a young Volunteer killed by the Free State Army during the Irish Civil War. It explores the fighting spirit of local communities and the role that Kerry people had in gaining Irish independence. This fascinating documentary has been screened at Siamsa Tíre Aspect 2016 Student Exhibition. The director, Áine Ní Chíobháin, is an active member of the Dingle community and provided invaluable support to the Dingle IFF in 2015.

DO MHARAGADH DÉANTA

The event will open with a showing of DO MHARAGADH DÉANTA, directed by Brenda Ni Shuilleabhain, and first released in 2002. This compelling documentary provides oral accounts of the very recent custom of arranged marriages in Kerry, and examines how it impacted the lives of all family members involved. Along with making this documentary, Brenda Ni Shuillebhain has published a book, Aneas, and has successfully tutored at the Físín Awards for Dingle IFF.

All these short films include stunning shots of Dingle peninsula and Dingle town, and have received much praise from the international film community, with UISCE BEATHA winning ‘Best Film’ at the Richard Harris International Film Festival.

OTHER KERRY SCREENINGS

More fantastic screenings selected include MAKING IT, a feature film directed by Eamonn Norris, who is a regular director of the TG4 soap opera, ROS NA RÚN (1996—), and has worked on the popular CBS drama, BLUE BLOODS (2010—). This comedy drama, about a man who draws dangerous attention from both sides of the law after entering a filmmaking competition, features an impressive Irish cast:

  • Seamus Hughes, star of ROS NA RÚN (1996—)

  • Moya Farrelly, from Dingle, featured in the popular Irish film, THIS IS MY FATHER (1998)

  • Elaine Kennedy, director of UISCE BEATHA

This screening also includes a local short film, NEIN, directed by Malcolm Willis and shot on location in Tralee Town Park. It is a harrowing journey about two young drug addicts coping with their daily struggles.

For those intrigued by this event, be sure not to miss RATH, showing in St James Church. Directed by Mieke Vanmechelen, this documentary chronicles the life of Brendan O’Sullivan, an elderly resident of the town of Rath near Kenmare, Co. Kerry, who has a unique story to tell about his cultural upbringing.

And for a real treat which showcases the spectacular scenery of the Skellig’s coastline, THE UNCHARTED ATLAS OF INVERAGH by Shane O Neill is a beautiful documentary for anyone interested in the stunning landscape and cultural landmarks that attracts so many Hollywood films to shoot in Ireland.

These screenings offer great insight into the local talent which help make the Dingle IFF possible. With this event, filmgoers will have a unique opportunity to witness Kerry as it has never been seen before.

The Dingle International Film Festival will run March 23-26, 2017. 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. 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.

More information about other films and how to purchase tickets are available at http://www.dinglefilmfestival.com/.

This week’s additions to our selection for Dingle International Film Festival 2017 have been announced. These include The Karamazoffs (A walk on the SoHo years) – In the 1960s, New York’s SoHo was occupied by artists from around the world. A group of Barcelona artists, The Karamazoffs, relive their experience during those wild years in SoHo.

Premiering at the festival is David Noel Bourke’s Bakerman, starring Mikkel Vadsholt (The Green Butchers) as Jens, a man who has a mid-life crisis and decides to settle some old scores…

The new additions to our selection this week are: We Are Moving – Memories of Miss Moriarty, The Karamazoffs (A walk on the SoHo years), Bakerman and Rath.

In our short film category, we have added A Numbness in the Mouth, St. Patrick’s Day, Nein and The Welfare of Thomas O Hallissy.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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Dingle International Film Festival is proud to announce in association with Studio Canal and Element Pictures. The EXPLOSIVE new film Free Fire is opening the festival with director of the film and special guest Ben Wheatley. It is promising to be a shotgun night! Tickets go on sale soon.

Set in Boston in 1978, an arms deal that goes spectacularly and explosively wrong. Justine has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen and a gang led by Vernon and Ord, who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired during the handover, complete pandemonium ensues, with everyone at the scene suddenly thrust into a heart-stopping game of survival. Starring an unbelievable cast with Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Enzo Cilenti, Sam Riley, Michael Smiley and Jack Reynor.

 

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Dingle International Film Festival is proud to announce the selections for the 11th International Film Festival For 2017.

 

Dingle International Film Festival has today announced the listings for the 2017 festival. With both a strong National and International flavour this year, with acclaimed films such as the award winning “Stanley A Man of Variety”, starring legendary British actor Timothy Spall in sixteen different roles! Also screening will be “Hopper: In his own words”, the Dennis Hopper Documentary, directed by Cass Warner, granddaughter of Harry M. Warner, President and one of the founders of Warner Bros. Studio.

 

This year, we are especially proud to present a selection of Short Films from female Directors in Dingle. These films include: Do Mharagadh Déanta, a wonderful retrospective film from Director Brenda Ní Shúilleabháin and from first time filmmakers, we will be screening Elaine Kennedy’s Uisce Beatha, A Tragedy in Kerry  by Áine Ní Chíobháin and Life is Short, from Colleen Grace Herlihy.

 

Feature Film Selections are:

Wilderness (UK), 4 Wheel Bob (USA), Hopper: In His own Words (USA), Apricot Groves (Armenia), The Randomer (Ireland), Late Blossom Blues (Austria), Scene Queen (USA), The Other Kids (USA), Making It (Ireland), Stanley A Man of Variety (UK), Miguel del Arco’s Las Furias (Spain) and the topical film Twice Shy (Ireland). We will confirm more film titles in the following weeks.

 

Short Films Selected Are:

The Parting Glass (UK), Pregnant Pause (UK), Property (UK), Break (Ireland), Lightningface (USA), Gasper (Ireland), All the Time in the World (Ireland), Sticky (UK), The Man with Dyed Hair (Ireland), Lofa Boy (USA), Raymond (Ireland), Promises (UK), Incoming Call (UK), The Other Place (France), Dear Anima (Taiwan), Dirty Laundry (Ireland), Gone Viral (Ireland), MARIA (Italy), The Five Wives & Lives of Melvyn Pfferberg (UK), Compost (UK), Fingerprints (Ireland), Tooth Fairy (UK), Think of Calvin (USA), OLEKA (Ireland), One Last Dance (UK), Love is a Sting (Ireland), Boat People (Austria), Forest of Echoes (Austria), TATA (Austria), Test of Courage (Germany), Miah (Ireland), Dam (UK), An Illustrated Guide to Lighthouse Spotting (Ireland), When the Butcher Stopped Ordering Meat (Ireland), Narcan (Ireland), Animal (Ireland), Cecile (USA), Hide and Seek (Ireland), Homecoming (Ireland), The Uncharted Atlas of Iveragh (USA), Digs for Pennies (Ireland), The Evans Girl (USA), Delicate Things (UK), Do Mharagadh Déanta (Ire/Dingle), Uisce Beatha (Ire/Dingle), A Tragedy in Kerry (Ire/Dingle), Life is Short (Ire/Dingle).

Many more films and events soon to be announced


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