Dingle  International Film Festival (Dingle IFF) 2017 is delighted to announce that sensational Irish star Jack Reynor will be visiting Dingle for the screening of Ben Wheatley’s new film FREE FIRE in The Phoenix Cinema on Thursday 23rd March. Amazingly talented and globally recognised, Jack will make for an unforgettable presence at our festival this year.

Jack’s first role was in Kirsten Sheridan’s live format, unscripted Dollhouse, which premiered at Berlinale 2012. Also in 2012, Jack’s breakthrough role was in Lenny Abrahamson’s feature WHAT RICHARD DID, which screened at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. The film portrays the fall of a high school rugby star whose world unravels after his involvement in an act of careless violence. For his outstanding performance, Jack won an IFTA Award for ‘Best Actor – Film’, and was nominated for a ‘Rising Star Award’ at the IFTAs. His next feature film GRASSLAND (2014), which also starred Toni Collette and Michael Smiley, earned Jack further praise from the international film community— he won the ‘World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting’ at the Sundance Film Festival, and also won a ‘Rising Star’ Award at CinemaCon, USA, in 2014. Jack credits this role for igniting his career—“That film really broke the back of North America for me and helped me very much to get into the broader international market.”

In 2014, Jack had a starring role in TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, the only film that year to gross over $1 billion dollars, and the 16th highest grossing film of all time. This incredible exposure earned Jack a great reputation overseas, and made him into one of Ireland’s most bankable new stars. In 2015, he starred as Malcolm in the faithful retelling of Shakespeare’s classic MACBETH, which also starred Michael Fassbender as the titular Macbeth.

Jack’s most popular role was in John Carney’s feel-good musical SING STREET (2016). The film was about a young group in Dublin’s inner city who start a band to impress a girl. Jack played Brendan, the brother of frontman Conor, who takes it upon himself to educate Conor on ‘real’ music. Jack was delighted to be given the opportunity to have such a compelling role—“I loved the script. I loved the character. I thought he was such a tragic and heartbreaking character, and yet such a hopeful character. He was very dynamic and appealing to me as an actor.”

Jack divides his time between Hollywood and the Irish film industry when it comes to acting, and he enjoys working locally as much as with big American productions—I’ve worked with pretty much everybody in Ireland; they’re all my friends, so it’s a great experience … Making Irish films is important to me. I try to make at least one every year, and it keeps me very grounded … We have a wealth of fantastic directors in this country.

Jack’s newest film, FREE FIRE, will provide wholesome entertainment and intimate reflection on Irish society respectively. Jack commented on his great time working on the wonderfully funny and stylised FREE FIRE—“I just think Ben Wheatley’s phenomenal … It’s set in 1978, so it’s serious style; John Legend era! … Who doesn’t love gunfight movies? Hopefully a lot of people will go and see it.”

Jack has several other upcoming projects to be released in the near future—HHhH (2017) is a biographical war drama about the assassination of Nazi Leader Reinhard Heydrich. Jack stars alongside acclaimed actors Jason Clarke, Oscar-nominated Rosamund Pike, and fellow FREE FIRE actor Enzo Cilenti. Jack will also deliver a motion-captured performance as Brother Wolf in the upcoming adaptation of JUNGLE BOOK (2018). He will star alongside Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Andy Serkis (also director and producer), and Freida Pinto.

Jack will also be starring in our closing film The Secret Scripture directed but Jim Sheridan.

Dingle IFF extends our biggest welcome to Jack Reynor, and we hope that you come out and see him at this year’s festival. It’s going to be a wild ride! Get your ticket HERE!

Twice Shy

Dingle International Film Festival (Dingle IFF) 2017 is thrilled to announce that Pat Shortt—legendary Irish comedian, and star of KILLINASKULLY—will be visiting Dingle for the screening of his latest feature film TWICE SHY (2016), at The Phoenix Cinema on Sunday 26th March. With over 30 years experience in the entertainment industry, and with huge success in television, film, and live shows, Pat Shortt will be an honoured guest at Dingle IFF 2017. His film, TWICE SHY, will also go down in Dingle IFF history as one of its most poignant and socially relevant screenings.

Pat started in comedy from an early age when he left Art College. With Jon Kenny, he created D’UNBELIEVABLES (1992-2000), Ireland’s most popular comedy duo. Together, they performed their unique brand of comedy in theatres all over Ireland, Great Britain, and The United States. They produced four critically acclaimed and sell-out shows, as well as writing and producing chart-topping videos.

Pat was also a major character in Ireland’s favourite comedy series FATHER TED (1995-1998), where he played the deranged Craggy Island local, Tom. Pat was the driving force behind the success of the hit RTÉ comedy series KILLINASKULLY (2003-2008), where he wrote nine episodes, and played five distinct and memorable characters. KILLINASKULLY was nominated three times by IFTA for ‘Best Entertainment Programme’, and was also nominated in the ‘Best Entertainment’ category at the Monte Carlo Television Festival. The 2005 holiday special A KILLINASKULLY CHRISTMAS CAROL brought in 825,000 viewers, and was Ireland’s top-rated programme during that festive season.

In 2007, Pat broadened his range from belly-laughs to quiet contemplation, where he played the lonely, but good-natured, protagonist of the Canne Award-winning film GARAGE (2007). For his sensitive performance, Pat won an IFTA Award for ‘Best Actor in a Lead Role in a Feature Film’, and also won an Evening Standard British Film Award for ‘Best Actor’. Pat has also worked with acclaimed Irish creatives John Michael McDonagh, and Brendan Gleeson in the critically-lauded hits THE GUARD (2011), and CALVARY (2014).

In TWICE SHY (2016), Pat plays the charming and caring father of Fiona, who sets off on a road trip to London with her boyfriend because of an unplanned pregnancy. Fionn Greger, the fim’s producer, thinks that TWICE SHY will be the most-talked about new film of the year, stating that the script was “written for the likes of Ardal O’Hanlon and Pat Shortt. Once they read the script, they were immediately involved. It’s a very endearing story full of charm, and romance, and drama.”
TWICE SHY and Pat Shortt will be at The Phoenix Cinema on Sunday 26th March. So be sure to get your tickets booked now to see a brilliant Irish comedian, and his brilliant film.

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Dingle International Film Festival (Dingle IFF) is proud to present Jim Sheridan’s latest and greatest film, THE SECRET SCRIPTURE (2016), which will be screening in The Phoenix Cinema on Sunday 26th March. The film showcases a fantastic, internationally-renowned cast and an exceptional script from Sheridan and the late Johnny Ferguson. THE SECRET SCRIPTURE is the perfect film to close this year’s festival, and a brilliant return to Irish storytelling for Jim Sheridan.

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 this 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 SECRET SCRIPTURE is a deeply moving story in an environment where female sexuality and independence unsettles the patriarchies of church and nationalist politics. The cultural context of the time brings much contemporary social relevance—one of the film’s stars, Vanessa Redgrave, comments on the film’s dark appraisal of Irish history: “Governments  have  been  mainly  responsible,  Churches have been responsible; I wonder who spoke out and protested against these crimes during the 30s, 40s, and 50s for instance? A tragic story, but it’s true. Truth should be told.”

The cast of SECRET SCRIPTURE are all immediately recognizable from the world of cinema, and they deliver authentic portrayals in this harrowing tale of injustice and deceit:

  • Rooney Mara plays the younger Rose. Mara has been nominated for two Academy Awards: for CAROL (2015), and THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (2011). Mara has also appeared in many box-office and critical hits, such as THE SOCIAL NETWORK (2010), SIDE EFFECTS (2013), and HER (2013).
  • Vanessa Redgrave plays the older Rose. Redgrave is a six-time Academy Award nominee, winning ‘Best Actress in a Supporting Role’ for JULIA (1977). Her other memorable credits include: HOWARD’S END (1992), MORGAN: A SUITABLE CASE OF TREATMENT (1966), ISADORA (1968), MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS (1971), THE BOSTONIANS (1974), MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (1974), ATONEMENT (2007), THE BUTLER (2013), and the television films BELLA MAFIA (1997) and THE GATHERING STORM (2002).
  • Jack Reynor plays Michael Eneas, a local air force pilot who forms a relationship with Rose. Reynor, a rising Irish star, won an IFTA in 2016 for ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Film’ for SING STREET (2016), and won an IFTA  for ‘Best Actor – Film’ for WHAT RICHARD DID (2012). His other screen credits include MACBETH (2015), TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (2014), and GRASSLAND (2014).
  • Theo James plays Father Gaunt, a young priest who struggles to keep his vows. James achieved international attention with his role in THE DIVERGENT SERIES (2014-2016). He has also starred in the UNDERWORLD FILM SERIES (2012-2016), and the television series GOLDEN BOY (2013).
  • Eric Bana plays Dr. William Grene, a sympathetic psychiatrist. Bana has worked on numerous Hollywood productions since his spectacular breakthrough role in CHOPPER (2000). These films include: MUNICH (2005), STAR TREK (2009), BLACK HAWK DOWN (2001), HULK (2003), TROY (2004), and THE TIME TRAVELLER’S WIFE (2009).
  • Aidan Turner plays Jack McNulty. Turner is a popular Irish character actor, who starred in the films: THE HOBBIT SERIES (2012-2014), and THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES (2013). He is also prolific in television, playing lead roles in THE CLINIC (2008-2009), BEING HUMAN (2009-2011), and POLDARK (2015—), for which he was nominated for an IFTA in 2016 for ‘Best Actor in a Lead Role in Drama’.
  • Susan Lynch plays a nurse at the institution. Her commendable catalogue of film performances include: WAKING NED (1998), FROM HELL (2000), NORA (2000), and 16 YEARS OF ALCOHOL (2003), for which she won an IFTA for ‘Best Supporting Actress’, and a British Independent Film Award for ‘Best Supporting Actress.’
  • Tom Vaughn-Lawlor plays a local IRA leader. His latest film performance is in Bryan Cranston’s THE INFILTRATOR (2016). His memorable Irish television roles are LOVE/HATE (2010-2014) as Nidge, for which he won an IFTA in 2013 for ‘Best Television Actor’; and CHARLIE (2015), as former Taoiseach Charles Haughey’s political advisor, P.J. Mara.

THE SECRET SCRIPTURE marks a triumphant return to Jim Sheridan’s list of strong Irish narratives. Following a distinguished career in the theatre between the 1960s and the 1980s, Sheridan wrote and directed many films that have achieved acclaim all over the world. His films have garnered sixteen Academy Award nominations, winning two—‘Best Actor’ for Daniel Day Lewis in MY LEFT FOOT (1989), and ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for Brenda Fricker in MY LEFT FOOT (1989). Sheridan himself has been nominated for six Academy Awards:

  • ‘Best Director’ for MY LEFT FOOT (1989)
  • ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’ for MY LEFT FOOT (1989)
  • ‘Best Picture’ for IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER (1993)
  • ‘Best Director’ for IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER (1993)
  • ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’ for IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER (1993)
  • ‘Best Original Screenplay’ for IN AMERICA (2003)

Jim was interested in directing THE SECRET SCRIPTURE because it brought him back to the traditional Irish roots of many of his older films, as well as his own upbringing—“I was impressed with the mother/child relationship, the fact that the mother would never let the child go and at the same time the child could be dead, which reflected things in my own life.” He was also delighted at the opportunity of working with an incredible screen presence like Vanessa Redgrave—“Vanessa is a force of nature and, strong-willed and knows what she wants … Everything she says is true. She’s amazing on screen.”

THE SECRET SCRIPTURE efficiently captures the spectacular rural Irish landscape of Sligo, Kilkenny, and Dublin, where the film was shot by acclaimed cinematographer Mikhail Krichman. “Mikhail  is  just amazing. He’s  a true artist  and  brings  a  fantastic  visual  sense  but  also  a  sense  of  grandeur”, says Jim Sheridan.

Early reviews of THE SECRET SCRIPTURE show that Jim Sheridan is continuing to make strong films, and this one is sure to be hailed a classic in Irish film history:

  • Rooney Mara and Theo James deliver their most richly nuanced screen work to date in this drama … the director and his behind-the-camera collaborators evoke Yeats Country with a strong sense of place (the film was shot partly in Sligo, but also in Dublin and Kilkenny) … Sheridan, reuniting with producer Noel Pearson (My Left Foot, The Field), shapes the drama with a sure grasp of the injustice that courses through Rose’s story.”  The Hollywood Reporter
  • “…showcases Mikhail Krichman’s breathtaking cinematography” Indiewire.com
  • “Sheridan directs with the confident touch of an old pro, and he couldn’t have asked for a better cast.”  Flavourwire.com

This film is sure to be a brilliant close to this year’s festival. So be sure to come to Dingle and see inside THE SECRET SCRIPTURE.

There is also much more on offer during this screening to help make our closing night as special as possible. A ticket to this screening will also include:

  • A Dingle Distillery reception
  • The screening of the exceptional short film An Mhallacht, the winner of our 2016 Físín competition for scriptwriting in the Irish language.
  • One of the most promising young Irish actors in the international film and television industry, Art Parkinson (GAME OF THRONES, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, SAN ANDREAS), will present the Físín award for this year’s competition before the screening.
  • The Festival Awards for ‘Best Feature’ and ‘Best Short’ will be announced before the screening.

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.

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We regret that Timothy Spall is no longer able to attend Dingle IFF 2017 because of a pressing schedule conflict. However, we can ensure that the premiere of STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY will still be a fantastic experience for the audience and our guests.

The following is a statement from Timothy Spall himself announcing his absence:

“I am very sorry to say that I will not now be able to come to the Dingle Film Festival due to last minute, contractual work commitments.

Both myself and my wife Shane were really looking forward to coming back to the west of Ireland and hopefully we will get over again  in the near future.

I do hope the Festival goes well and once again my sincere apologies for my non-attendance.”

 

The film’s director, Stephen Cookson, and the film’s producer, Peter Keegan, will still be introducing their film and participating in a Q & A after the screening. We apologise to all the film-lovers who were looking forward to seeing this legendary cinematic presence.

“As President of Ireland, I would like to thank the organisers of the Dingle International Film Festival for their dedication to the promotion of the beautiful and courageous films which cause us to examine new thoughts and new possibilities.” President Michael D. Higgins

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For the 11th year in a row, Dingle International Film Festival (Dingle IFF) is offering four days of screenings from talented filmmakers all over the globe, covering all genres of film, whilst also hosting major industry figures from Ireland and abroad at a wide range of fantastic events. Dingle IFF 2017 promises to be the biggest yet, with a highly extensive programme that makes room for everyone. With a high calibre of stars attending screenings and workshops, this festival is an experience that you will never forget.

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. Housed within this Gaeltacht area, a community with a wonderful tradition in the arts, 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, is one of Ireland’s only independent cinemas, is a known film location (Star Wars, Ryan’s Daughter, Far and Away), and is a major tourist destination, making it the perfect home for our festival.

Dingle IFF is a sought after event which exhibits film in unique locations. These locations include: The Phoenix Cinema, built in 1937; and the fully HD 200-year-old St. James’ Church. Our festival club nights are held in a variety of traditional pubs each evening.

Dingle IFF is the first Irish festival to embrace the field of Animation—In 2015, it 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 and Tomm Moore); and it has a full and inclusive Animation Programme of events as part of Animation Dingle.

Guests to the festival have included: Maureen O’Hara, two-time Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan, Sarah Miles, Gabriel Byrne, Jim Sheridan, Stephen Frears, Laura Dern, Aidan Gillen, Cillian Murphy, Sir Alan Parker, 2-time Emmy winners Lisa Albert & Marc Flanagan, 2-time Oscar winner Barbara Kopple, Oscar winner Garrett Brown, Hollywood screenwriter Leslie Dixon, Sophie Fiennes, Scott Wilson, and many others esteemed visitors.

There are some fantastic films and events to attend at Dingle IFF 2017. These include:

Opening Film: FREE FIRE (Thursday 23rd March at The Phoenix Cinema)

The festival will open with a screening of Ben Wheatley’s FREE FIRE, a stylish and action-packed film that features an impressive ensemble cast, including Cillian Murphy (THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY, PEAKY BLINDERS), Brie Larson (ROOM, KONG: SKULL ISLAND), Jack Reynor (SING STREET, THE SECRET SCRIPTURE) Armie Hammer (J.EDGAR, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.), Sharlto Copley (DISTRICT 9, THE A-TEAM), and Michael Smiley (KILL LIST, THE WORLD’S END). 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 your 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. Ben Wheatley will be at the festival to introduce the film, and will attend an exclusive Q & A following the screening at The Phoenix Cinema.

 

Closing Film: THE SECRET SCRIPTURE (Sunday 26th March at The Phoenix Cinema)

Dingle IFF 2017 will close with Jim Sheridan’s spectacular new film THE SECRET SCRIPTURE.

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).

With an outstanding script and powerful direction from Jim Sheridan, THE SECRET SCRIPTURE efficiently captures the spectacular rural Irish landscape of Sligo, Kilkenny, and Dublin, where the film was shot by acclaimed cinematographer Mikhail Krichman.

 

TWICE SHY and Pat Shortt (Sunday 26th March at The Phoenix Cinema)

Dingle International Film Festival (Dingle IFF) 2017 is thrilled to announce that Pat Shortt—legendary Irish comedian, and star of KILLINASKULLY—will be visiting Dingle for the screening of his latest feature film TWICE SHY at The Phoenix Cinema on Sunday 26th March. With over 30 years experience in the entertainment industry, and with huge success in television, film, and live shows, Pat Shortt will be an honoured guest at Dingle IFF 2017. His film, TWICE SHY, will also go down in Dingle IFF history as one of its most poignant and socially relevant screenings.

In TWICE SHY, Pat plays the charming and caring father of Fiona, who sets off on a road trip to London with her boyfriend because of an unplanned pregnancy. The film’s director Tom Ryan, and the film’s producer Fionn Greger, will also be attendance to introduce their film and participate in a Q & A after the screening. Fionn Greger thinks that TWICE SHY will be the most-talked about new film of the year, stating that the script was “written for the likes of Ardal O’Hanlon and Pat Shortt. Once they read the script, they were immediately involved. It’s a very endearing story—full of charm, romance, and drama.”

 

Dingle Pow-Wow (Saturday 25th March at The Blasket Centre)

Our first ever Dingle Pow-Wow will bring together professional industry leaders from Ireland and abroad to discuss their careers, and will be held in The Blasket Centre on March 25th 2017. Dingle Pow-Wow provides a unique and inspiring opportunity for enterprising filmmakers to gain more insight and knowledge about the global film and television industry.

Our distinguished speakers and chairs include:

  • Todd Komarnicki (screenwriter of SULLY, which is showing in The Phoenix Cinema on Saturday 25th March. Todd is also the president and founder of the production company Guy Walks Into a Bar.)
  • Michael Uppendahl (director of many episodes of popular American television series, including: MAD MEN, FARGO, AMERICAN HORROR STORY, RAY DONOVAN, and LEGION)
  • Cass Warner (founder of Warner Sisters, and director of HOPPER: IN HIS OWN WORDS, screening in St James’ Church on Friday 24thMarch)
  • Gerard Stembridge (writer of THE RANDOMER, which is screening in St James’ Church on Sunday 26th March. He also wrote ORDINARY DECENT CRIMINAL and wrote/directed ABOUT ADAM.)
  • Stephen Cookson (director of STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY, screening at the Phoenix Cinema on Friday 24th March)
  • Jonathan Coleman (Vice president of the production company Guy Walks Into a Bar)
  • Paddy Slattery and Tristan Heanue, Irish filmmakers who have been recognised globally for their short films.

Animation Dingle (March 24th– 25th at The Skelligs Hotel)

Now in its 5th year running, Animation Dingle is a two-day animation festival that has become an integral part of Dingle IFF. Animation Dingle and JAM Media are proud to announce that several prolific multinational companies—Disney, BBC, Amazon, Nickelodeon, Netflix, Google, and morewill be sending key representatives to our festival to share their experiences on renowned animation projects. Our guest speakers have worked on some of the most popular animated television shows and films in history, and it is a tremendous honour for Animation Dingle to host the largest companies in the field of animation.

There are many fantastic guests and workshops to help prepare students for a career in animation, and to stimulate growth in the Irish animation industry:

  • Dean DeBlois, a writer, director, and executive producer with DreamWorks Animation. He is the creative mind behind the hugely successful Oscar-nominated HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON SERIES.
  • Kyle Odermatt, a visual effects supervisor and computer animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios. His most recent project is the Oscar-nominated MOANA. (Kyle will be participating in a workshop in The Beehive Theatre on Saturday 25th March.)
  • Rami Jawhar, Strategic Partner Manager, Apps and Gaming for Google.  He will be demonstrating the innovative new Google Tilt Brush, which allows users to paint in a 3D space in virtual reality. This incredible leap to the next dimension allows for limitless possibilities in creating new worlds.  
  • Russell Hicks, spent 18 years as President of Content Development and Production for Nickelodeon Group
  • Chris Dicker, Head of Development for JAM Media (who will tutor our exciting Sketch Trail Masterclass)
  • At Animation Dingle 2017, there will also be an Animation Alley taking place at the Skelligs Hotel, which will include recruitment stands with the four biggest animation companies in Ireland—JAM Media, Brown Bag Films, Boulder Media, and Cartoon Saloon. 

This unique access to top global animation professionals is a fantastic experience that allows students 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.

 

MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE (The Phoenix Cinema, Sunday 26th March)

Supported by the European Parliament, Dingle IFF is delighted to provide some phenomenal children’s entertainment with our screening of the Oscar-nominated French animation feature MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE
(2016). This feature is part of a specially curated programme to nurture the use of the Irish language in the arts—MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE is in the French language and uses Irish subtitles.

The close relationship between the festival and our Gaeltacht hometown is stronger than ever, and this year’s festival is committed to developing compelling films in our native language. The Academy Award nomination for MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE is also a testament to the high quality of worldwide independent animation, which Dingle IFF promotes every year in its selections. This film will captivate children and adults alike, and are a fantastic reason to bring the family to Dingle and behold the magic of animation.

 

‘Dingle Women in Film’ Screenings & Panel (Sunday 26th March at St James’ Church)

These four locally produced films showcase historical and cultural traditions of the Dingle community through the imagination of remarkable women directors.

    • DO MHARAGADH DÉANTA, directed by Brenda Ni Shúilleabháin
    • UISCE BEATHA, directed by Elaine Kennedy
    • LIFE IS SHORT, directed by Colleen Grace Herlihy

 

  • A TRAGEDY IN KERRY, directed by Áine Ní Chíobháin

 

All these 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.

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.

 

Físín 2017

One of the most promising young Irish actors in the international film and television industry, Art Parkinson (GAME OF THRONES, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, SAN ANDREAS) will present the Físín award for the best script in the Irish language on Sunday 26th March at The Phoenix Cinema. Because of Art’s role as an ambassador for Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017, he is the perfect person to present this prestigious award and to promote the Irish Language in scriptwriting.

The winning pitch will go forward to make their film with a cash prize of €5,000, and €2,000 worth of filming equipment from Vast Valley Ltd. The 2017 winner will be announced at the closing film THE SECRET SCRIPTURE, in The Phoenix Cinema.

 

Quotes from Our Guests

“The most beautiful festival I have ever experienced”, 2-time Oscar nominee Laura Dern (JURASSIC PARK, WILD, BLUE VELVET, RAMBLING ROSE)  

“The spirit and the atmosphere reminded me of the first ever Sundance Film Festival, a beautiful setting, full of like minded people all willing to share their knowledge and experience.  So, from now on, you are the Robert Redford of the West Coast of Ireland!” Michael Ryan, Producer (THE ENGLISH PATIENT, WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE, THE GENERAL)

“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)

“It was wonderful being part of your event and thank you all for the invitation and for making me feel very welcome.” Christian de Vita (THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, YELLOWBIRD)

 

“The best festival I’ve ever attended!” Jackie Edwards, Head of BBC Children’s Animation

Dingle International Film Festival is proud to announce that we are showing some of this years IFTA Nominees.

Our Closing Film The Secret Scripture is nominated for Best Film, Best Film Director, Editing, Production Design, Costume Design, and Original Music.

The Secret Scripture is based on the 2008 novel by Sebastian Barry, and adapted for cinema by Jim Sheridan and the late Johnny Ferguson. It is about a woman who keeps a diary, recounting her stay in a psychiatric institution and the events which led her there.

The Secret Scripture is directed by Jim Sheridan, and stars Rooney Mara, Theo James, Aidan Turner, Vanessa Redgrave, Jack Raynor, Eric Bana, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor.

 

Animal is nominated for Short Film. Having escaped from his captors, a modern-day slave leads his rescuer back to the camp where he was imprisoned. Directed and Written by Niall Owens

Finally, we have three animated shorts nominated for the Animation Award and they are Second To None (Frederick Butterfield has always been runner up to his twin brother Herman. When Herman becomes the world’s oldest man with a mere minute gap between them, Frederick finally sees an opportunity to be first place.), Define Intervention (Father J. Priestly, a priest struggling with his faith comes face to face with God.) and The Lost Letter (A young boy tries to bring Christmas cheer to his neighbourhood but one old lady is having none of it.) shown at Animation Dingle Film Festival!

We would like to wish all these film Good Luck at the IFTAs on the 8th of April!! You can catch all these great film at the Dingle Film Festival this year! Go get your tickets HERE!

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Dingle International Film Festival (Dingle IFF) is delighted to announce that veteran English actor
Timothy Spall, OBE will be visiting Dingle with the screening of the Irish premiere of STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY, a hysterical and moving comedy that features Timothy Spall performing all the principal roles. The film will be playing at The Phoenix Cinema on Friday March 24th, 2017. This tour-de-force event will also include a Q&A session with Spall, 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), and THE RANDOMER (2016).

 

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.

 

The variety of characters has allowed Timothy Spall to show off his acting abilities to the highest degree—“They were all a challenge but they were all characters that I grew up with in a sense … Some of them are a very wholesome feeling inside me, some of them bring a sense of melancholy, (some) carry a certain sinister quality and a quality that is a mixture of the mundane and the frightening.” (Timothy Spall, at the world premiere of STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY)

 

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 role in STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY. Timothy is a character actor and has been a household name on cinema and television screens for over thirty years. He earned widespread recognition as the bumbling Barry Spencer Taylor in the popular ITV comedy-drama series AUF WIEDERSEHEN, PET (1983-2004). Timothy has frequently collaborated with multiple Oscar-nominated writer and director Mike Leigh—MR TURNER (2014), for which Timothy won the Best Actor’ award at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival; TOPSY TURVY (1999), for which he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role’; and SECRETS & LIES (1996), for which he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Spall has also appeared in numerous worldwide productions:

  • His most recent roles are as David Irving in DENIAL (2016), and as Ian Paisley in THE JOURNEY (2016), both releasing in Irish cinemas this year.
  • THE KING’S SPEECH (2010), as former British prime minister, Winston Churchill.
  • HARRY POTTER FILM SERIES (2004-2010), as the treacherous and cowardly Peter Pettigrew.
  • SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET (2007), which starred Johnny Depp as the title character.
  • THE DAMNED UNITED (2009), as Brian Clough’s assistant football manager, Peter Taylor.
  • PIERREPOINT (2005), as the factual long-serving executioner Albert Pierrepoint.
  • THE LAST SAMURAI (2003), which also starred Tom Cruise in the leading role.

 

Stephen Cookson, the director of STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY, is an English filmmaker based in London. Some of his most notable feature films are:

  • The upcoming film TELL TALE HEART (2017), based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, and starring Steven Berkoff, Henry Goodman and Dudley Sutton.
  • MY ANGEL (2011), which won awards at the Monaco International Film Festival for ‘Best Feature Film’, ‘Best Director’, and ‘Best Script.’
  • THE MUMBO JUMBO (2000), starring Joss Ackland, Brian Blessed, Nigel Davenport, and Richard O’Brien.
  • Cookson is also shooting a feature length documentary about film actress Sarah Miles, the star of RYAN’S DAUGHTER, which was filmed on location in Dingle.

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]. Sarah Miles invited me to come with her to film part of our documentary at the locations of RYAN’S DAUGHTER.

STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY is a passion project for Timothy Spall and I. It’s something that took a couple of years and many drafts to write. We both wanted to make something that’s completely original and memorable—and I think we achieved that”.

The festival director, Maurice Galway, is honoured to have these highly-esteemed guests visiting Dingle for the festival, and welcomes adding their names to the Dingle IFF wall of fame“Timothy Spall is outstanding in Stanley a Man of Variety, he is a true actor who has achieved so much in his career. I’ve loved watching him over the years and I am honoured to have Timothy join us this year at the festival.”

STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY is also a mesmerising addition to Dingle IFF’s catalogue of fantastic films. So be sure not to miss it and book your tickets now.

 

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.

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Meet the Filmmakers

Dingle International Film Festival (Dingle IFF) has always attracted esteemed guests and their acclaimed films from the world of cinema, and 2017 promises to be the most diverse and talented yet. Running right through the festival weekend, audience members will get the opportunity to meet and hear from these acclaimed filmmakers themselves. Special feature films will have introductions and insightful Q&As with the director and/or producers of their film at our festival venues (The Phoenix Cinema and St James’ Church). Many of these filmmakers will also be attending the Dingle Pow-Wow at The Blasket Centre on Saturday 25th March, which is bringing together professional industry leaders from Ireland and abroad to discuss their careers. Supported by Screen Training Ireland, this is an unmissable opportunity for the general audience and aspiring filmmakers to gain advice and knowledge about the industry and the art behind making a film.

We have an incredible line-up of participants coming to the festival to represent their films:

 

Ben Wheatley, writer and director of Dingle IFF 2017’s opening film, FREE FIRE.

Ben will introduce FREE FIRE at The Phoenix Cinema on Thursday 23rd March. Following the screening, Ben will attend a Q & A session, along with John Maguire, film critic for the Sunday Business Post.

Ben has become one of the most celebrated filmmakers in Europe, with many award winning adverts and six feature films made in the past seven years. From humble beginnings as an online animation creator and short filmmaker, Ben Wheatley’s carefully edited YouTube video, Cunning Stunt, hit over 10 million views and catapulted him into viral fame. In 2006, Ben won a ‘Lion’ award at Cannes advertising festival for his AMBX viral for The Viral Factory.

In May 2009, he directed his first feature film, DOWN TERRACE, in eight days. The film won the ‘Next Wave’ prize at Fantastic Fest in Austin, and ‘Best UK Feature’ at Raindance in London. In 2010, Ben completed his second feature, a horror tour-de-force KILL LIST. Wheatley’s third film was the black comedy SIGHTSEERS (2012), written by its stars, Alice Lowe and Steve Oram (with additional material by Amy Jump), and was chosen for the Directors’ Fortnight section of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. His fourth film, A FIELD IN ENGLAND (2013) was financed through the Film4 talent and ideas hub, Film4.0. Ben also directed the first two episodes (DEEP BREATH and INTO THE DALEK) of Peter Capaldi’s current reign as DOCTOR WHO. This was followed in 2016 by his fifth film HIGH RISE, a stylistic adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel of the same name.

FREE FIRE closed The BFI London Film Festival and won The Audience Choice Award, and Midnight Madness at Toronto International Film Festival 2016.

 

Stephen Cookson, director of STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY, and Peter Keegan, producer of STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY.

Stephen and Peter will introduce their film and participate in a Q & A following the screening at The Phoenix Cinema on Friday 24th March. The chair of this Q & A is Gerard Stembridge, screenwriter of ORDINARY DECENT CRIMINAL, and THE RANDOMER, which will be screening in St James’ Church on Sunday 26th March. Stephen and Peter will also be attending an Independent Journeys panel at the Dingle Pow-Wow on Saturday 25th March.

Stephen Cookson is an English film director/writer based in London. Some of his most notable feature films have been MY ANGEL (2011), starring Oscar-nominee Brenda Blethyn, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie and Mel Smith—MY ANGEL won ‘Best Film’ and ‘Best Director’ at the Monaco International Film Festival. Stephen directed the musical JOURNEY TO THE MOON (2008), the first movie since Alan Parker’s Bugsy Malone to feature an entire cast of children playing adults. Cookson also directed THE MUMBO JUMBO (2000) starring Joss Ackland, Brian Blessed and Richard O’Brien. He directed and co-wrote STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY (2016), starring legendary British actor Timothy Spall. Stephen is currently in post-production on Edgar Allan Poe’s TELL TALE HEART starring Steven Berkoff, Henry Goodman and Dudley Sutton. He is also shooting a feature length documentary about film actress Sarah Miles, the star of Ryan’s Daughter.

Peter Keegan has produced many of Stephen Cookson’s films, including JOURNEY TO THE MOON (2008), MY ANGEL (2011), STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY (2016), and the upcoming features TELL TALE HEART and SHAKESPEARE’S HEROES AND VILLAINS.

 

Cass Warner, director and producer of HOPPER: IN HIS OWN WORDS.

Cass will introduce the Irish premiere of her documentary HOPPER: IN HIS OWN WORDS at St James’ Church on Friday 24th March. She will also participate in a Q & A after the screening with the festival director Maurice Galway.

Cass 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.

 

Eamonn Norris, writer, director, and producer of MAKING IT.

Eamonn will introduce the film at St James’ Church on Sunday 26th March. He will also participate in a Q & A with members of the film crew after the screening. The chair of this Q&A is Brian MacEvilly a screenwriter based in Dingle. His feature scripts ‘INDEPENDENCE PASS’ and ‘THE FULL IRISH’ garnered him the Grand Prize in the 2015 Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition. His short script ‘FIRE’ also made the Final 5 out of over 1,000 entries at the 2015 Austin Screenwriters Conference.

Eamonn’s first feature film, MAKING IT, premiered in Ireland in October 2016 as the opening night film of the Kerry Film Festival. Eamonn has written and directed several short films that have featured at festivals around the world. He is also a director on TG4’s Irish language drama Ros na Rún. He won ‘The 50 Hour Film’ competition at the Kerry Film Festival in 2014 for the short film THE DEADLINE. In 2015 he won ‘The Audience Award’ at the Oddalenia short film festival for his short film THE COUNTRYMAN. He was a finalist at the ‘Live Life’ video awards in 2015.

He has worked on Irish TV shows such as THE LATE LATE SHOW (RTÉ), SINGLE HANDED (RTÉ), MATTIE (RTÉ), ÚDAR (TG4), and the award winning NA CLOIGNE (TG4). He has also worked on the CBS TV drama BLUE BLOODS (2010—) in New York City.

 

Tom Ryan, director of TWICE SHY.

Tom will introduce the film and participate in an after-screening Q & A alongside the film’s producer Fionn Greger at The Phoenix Cinema on Sunday 26th March. This Q & A will be chaired by Mandy Kean, a board member of Dingle IFF and 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.

Tom Ryan began his career in New York on the set of Todd Solondz’s DARK HORSE (2011) at the age of 23. Moving to America after finishing college, Tom became a camera intern under the tutelage of acclaimed cinematographer Andrij Parekh. After working on US indie movies, Tom developed his craft as a camera assistant on shoots in London and Dublin, before writing and directing his first feature film TRAMPOLINE at the age of 25. TRAMPOLINE was made on a budget of less than €1000. Premiering at the IndieCork Film Festival, TRAMPOLINE has since gone on to receive wide acclaim. Tom’s second feature TWICE SHY has recently being completed and is playing the festival circuit. He won the ‘Rising Star award’ at the Irish Screen America festival in Los Angeles in September 2016.

Fionn Greger has worked on many Hollywood productions; he is credited as a production runner on Johnny Depp’s SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET (2007), and Nicolas Cage’s NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS (2007). TWICE SHY is the first feature film that Fionn has produced.

 

David Noel Bourke, director and writer of BAKERMAN.

David will introduce the Irish premiere of his atmospheric thriller BAKERMAN at St James’ Church on Friday 24th March. David will also attend a Q & A after the screening, and will also participate in the Independent Journeys panel at Dingle Pow-Wow on Saturday 25th March. The chair of David’s Q & A is Brian MacEvilly.

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.

 

Wolfgang Pfoser-Almer, director and producer of LATE BLOSSOM BLUES.

Wolfgang will introduce the Irish premiere of LATE BLOSSOM BLUES at The Phoenix cinema on Sunday 26th March. He will also attend a Q & A after the screening with Philip King, an Irish musician and filmmaker who has recorded seven albums, is the maker of the acclaimed music television series OTHER VOICES, and has a regular radio programme, SOUTH WIND BLOWS, on RTE Radio 1.

Late Blossom Blues is Wolfgang’s first movie project. He has 17 years of experience in music, event and multimedia work. Wolfgang has discovered, supported and promoted many award-winning artists in his home country Austria. He is currently working as freelance curator and artistic director of a big open air festival called Linzfest. Wolfgang holds a Master’s degree in Film & TV-Production and in Business Administration and has done minor work as actor, location scout and consultant on local film productions. Wolfgang lives and works in Vienna.

 

Caoimhe Clancy, co-director of THE RANDOMER, and Aisling O’Halloran, producer of THE RANDOMER.

Caoimhe and Aisling will introduce their film in St James’ Church on Sunday 26th March.

Caoimhe Clancy graduated from Trinity College with a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies. She has directed, performed in and stage-managed many theatre productions, including THE OPEN COUPLE by Dario Fo, and FRANCA RAME in the Samuel Beckett Theatre. Her work in multi-media performance has evolved from theatre into feature film production.

Aisling O’Halloran is from Cork, Ireland. She has an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Structural Engineering, subsequently gaining extensive experience in event management and human resources in the IT sector in Munich, Germany.

Aisling has always been passionate about film and storytelling, and decided to make the leap to film and follow her dreams. In 2014, she returned to Ireland to study Film, TV & Video Production in St. John’s Central College Cork and onto the Masters of Digital Feature Film Production in Filmbase.

 

Claire Dix, director of WE ARE MOVING.

Claire will introduce her film WE ARE MOVING at St James’ Church on Friday 24th March.

Claire is a Dublin-based filmmaker. She has won awards for many of her narrative and documentary film projects. Most recently, her feature documentary, BROKEN SONG, won the Audience Award, and the Dublin Critic’s Circle ‘ Discovery Award at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in 2013. Other works include the short films FREE CHIPS FOREVER, which won Best Irish Short at Cork Film Festival in 2009, and DOWNPOUR, which was nominated for an IFTA Award for ‘Best Short Film’, and won ‘Best Irish Short’ at the Fastnet Short Festival in Schull, Co. Cork, in 2012.

 

Mieke Vanmechelen, director, writer, and producer of RATH.

Mieke will introduce her film and participate in a Q & A session after the screening at St James’ Church on Thursday 23rd March. Chairing this Q & A is Brenda Ni Shuilleabhain, director of DO MHARAGADH DÉANTA, which will be showing at our ‘Dingle Women in Film’ screening on Sunday 26th March at St James’ Church.

Mieke 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. A sense of place pervades her practice and she draws on the imagery of cultural history and an inherent connection between living beings and the natural world.

 

Neil Fox, writer and producer of WILDERNESS.

Neil Fox, writer, will introduce his film WILDERNESS, an Irish premiere, at St James’ Church on Saturday 25th March. He will also attend a Q & A alongside Gerard Stembridge after the screening.

Neil 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.

 

Juan Gamero, director, writer and producer of THE KARAMAZOFFS (A walk on the SoHo years), and Carmen Rodríguez, director, writer and producer of THEKARAMAZOFFS (A walk on the SoHo years)

Juan Gamero and Carmen Rodríguez, directors, writers,and producers will introduce their film THE KARAMAZOFFS (A walk on the SoHo years), an Irish premiere, at St James’ Church on Saturday 25th March.

Juan Gamero is a long experienced director working in television and cinema. He is also cameraman, screenwriter, editor and independent producer. He was born in 1952 in Madrid and moved after two weeks to Barcelona, were he studied law and cinema. He participated in the Festivals of Berlin (1982) and Donostia-San Sebastian (1983) with two short films (4Km and Hop!). Director of art documentaries about Plensa, Mariscal, Riera i Aragó; in the early 90s he directed Prisma for TVE (Spanish public TV), a series of 26 documentaries and fiction films selected for the INPUT 1990 (Edmonton), Prix Futura Berlin 1991 and exhibited at the Expo Sevilla’92 and Centre Pompidou (Paris). Some of the Prisma works are Turkana, The Beach, Galápagos, the Darwin’s journey, A-Tila, Barcelona 1800-1900, Is land, Ol Doinyo Lengai, Tourist, Costa Brava or Ireland, stone over time. He participated at the closing ceremony of the Barcelona’92 Olimpics with the film of the Games (RTO, Olympic TV). Director and screenwriter of the documentaries Living the utopia (1997, 94 min., anarchists remembering their revolution during the spanish civil war. Arte-TVE) and “Carme Riera, landscapes for happiness” (2001, 50’, super16mm, TVE). With his company Paradocs he has been producer, director, screenwriter, photographer and editor of documentaries filmed in Bali, Ecuador, Cuba and Mali. Director, co-screenwriter, cinematographer and editor of Searching for the first european (58′, Turkana films. Roma Docscient 2011, best documentary on science and gold medal World Media Festival, Hamburg 2012). In 2011 some of his works were exhibited at the Arts Sta. Mónica Museum in Barcelona. Since 1997 he is member of the EDN (European documentary network). His most recent work is The Karamazoffs (A walk on the SoHo years).
And finally, the prestigious ‘Dingle Women in Film’ event will have a Q & A panel chaired by Majella O’Sullivan, a Kerry-based journalist. The remarkable local directors at this screening and Q & A are:

  • Brenda Ni Shuilleabhain, director of DO MHARAGADH DÉANTA
  • Elaine Kennedy, director of UISCE BEATHA
  • Colleen Grace Herlihy, director of LIFE IS SHORT
  • Áine Ní Chíobháin, director of A TRAGEDY IN KERRY

Dingle IFF 2017 is a fantastic and unique opportunity for the new generation of filmmakers and audience members to seek advice from experienced professionals and to hear them in our special venues to discuss their work. The festival also allows the international film community attending the festival to see and experience Ireland’s most beautiful Gaeltacht areas, and will greatly promote rural Ireland as a filmmaking destination. Our visiting filmmakers are all experts in their craft, and are the best possible means to help stimulate growth and love in the Irish film 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.

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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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