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English Version:
Dingle International Film Festival Film Opportunity

An open invitation for submissions of a short film proposal in the Irish language

The project targets and encourages filmmaking in Irish.

The competition has a cash prize of €5,000 to the overall winner. The winner will also receive €2,000 worth of film equipment hire from Vast Valley Ltd. Vast Valley Ltd. provide equipment and support for feature films, TV drama and commercials. They supply cameras, lenses, accessories and grip equipment and are located in Dublin, 2 and Belfast.

First Stage

This year we are inviting you to submit an idea for a short film in Irish.

We will select up to 10 of the best ideas for a script development weekend in Dingle in November 2017.

All we need from you at this stage by email is:

  • A paragraph about your short film idea in Irish – max 500 words
  • Your contact details: Phone, address and email please
  • Agreement if selected, that you would be available to participate in the development of your script one weekend in November 2017.
  • Fee of €20 paid via our website

Deadline for submitting ideas – Oct 12th 2017
Irish Version:
Deis ag Féile Idirnáisiúnta Scannán an Daingin

Cuireadh oscailte iarratais a chur isteach ar thogra gearrscannánaíochta as Gaeilge

Dírionn an togra ar thacaíocht do scannánaíocht trí Ghaeilge.

Tá duais airgid €5,000 do bhuaiteoir an chomórtais. Chomh maith leis sin, gheobhaidh an buaiteoir luach €2,000 d’fhearas físe ar cíos ó Vast Valley Ltd.

Má mhothaíonn tú go bhfuil gá agat le cabhair chun do thogra a chur i láthair, is ceadmhach duit ar do chostas féin, duine a thabhairt leat mar chabhróir.

Próiseas leictreonach ar fad atá i gceist leis an iarratas. Ní glacfar le haon ábhar tríd an bpost.

An Chéad Chéim

Táimid ag lorg iarratas do Físín 2018.

I mbliana, táimid ag tabhairt cuireadh d’iarrthóirí smaoineamh a ghinfeadh scannán gairid Gaeilge a chur faoinár mbráid.

Roghnófar suas le 10 gcinn de na smaointe is fearr chun freastal ar dheireadh seachtaine forbartha sa Daingean i mí na Samhna 2017.

Ag an bpointe seo, sé atá uainn, ar ríomhphost uait ná:

Alt gairid a léiríonn do smaoineamh ar ghearrscannán Gaeilge – uasmhéid 500 focal

Do shonraí teagmhála: Seoladh, teileafón agus ríomhphost

Aontú, má roghnaítear do smaoineamh, go mbeidh tú ar fáil chun páirt a ghlacadh i bhforbairt do scripte ar feadh deireadh seachtaine amháin i mí na Samhna 2017.

Táille iontrála €20, iníoctha tríd an suíomh idirlín

Spriocdháta chun smaointe a bheith againn: 12 Deireadh Fómhair 2017.

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Dingle International Film Festival is couched within the breathtaking town of Dingle on the beautiful Dingle Peninsula, in southwest Ireland and is part of the Wild Atlantic Way. Dingle is home to many film makers, 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. It is home to the Gregory Peck Award: For Excellence in the Art of Film, (recipients including Gabriel Byrne, Jim Sheridan, Jean Jacques Beineix, Stephen Frears, Laura Dern and The Peck Family).

Animation Dingle, in partnership with JAM Media, is now in its 6th year and is composed of three parts—Conference, Screenings and Awards. Already it has been listed by Animation Magazine in their TOP 25 EVENTS IN THE WORLD NOT-TO-MISSED!

Ag lorg smaointe scripte Gaeilge…
We are proud to promote the Irish language and are the only festival offering an award of €5k plus €2k film equipment hire for Irish script writing with our Físín event.

Submissions are now open for Dingle IFF and Animation Dingle.


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Secondary school students, from all over Ireland, were invited to submit their short animations for entry to the national YAOTY awards.
Donal Cotter, Mount Temple, Clontarf, Dublin 3 and Kelly Mc Carvill, St. Joseph’s College, Lucan, Co. Dublin were crowned overall winners at the 2017 festival.
Next year, could you, or someone you know, be the winner?

Students will be invited to produce an animated film no longer than 1 minute.

For 2018, the theme is ‘UNDER THE SEA’.


The winning student will be:

Presented with their award from a top animation executive at the Animation Dingle Festival, March 23rd – 24th 2018
Offered a placement in JAM Media’s studios in either Dublin or Belfast.
Receive an award designed by renowned Dingle Jeweller, Brian de Staic.

Come talk to us at the TY Expo, September 11th – 12th.

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A Break in the Clouds

Genre: Contemporary Short Drama

Writer/Director/Producer: Tristan Heanue (Today, In This Place)

Producer: Paddy Slattery (Today, Skunky Dog)

Starring: Gemma-Leah Devereux (Get Up & Go, Stitches), Tristan Heanue (Vikings, In View) and Marie Ruane (Foxes, Striking Out), Linda Bhreathnach Adulting, Ros na Rún

Principal photography is set to begin on a short film titled ‘A Break in the Clouds’; a contemporary drama about a young couple struggling to adjust to life following the birth of their first child.

Written, directed and produced by Tristan Heanue (In This Place), this film will mark the follow up to his directorial debut ‘Today’, which went on to win at the 27th Galway Film Fleadh. A two day shoot will commence on 6th May in Renvyle in Co. Galway.

Tristan will also star alongside some of Ireland’s brightest actors, including Gemma-Leah Devereux (Get Up & Go, Stitches) Marie Ruane (Foxes, Striking Out) and Linda Bhreathnach (Adulting, Ros na Rún).

‘A Break in the Clouds’ will be produced by Paddy Slattery, a long term collaborator of Tristan’s, with Narayan Van Maele (Gridlock, Gutland) helming cinematography. The film will be shot on the Arri Alexa Mini, while editing and sound design duties will be undertaken by John Desay (Ladies of Science) and Nikki Moss (Patrick’s Day) respectively.

Once complete, ‘A Break in the Clouds’ will hit the film festival circuit, targeting some of the major film festivals at home and abroad.

For further details or to simply follow the progress of this production, visit

Contact: / 0863597456

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Dingle International Film Festival (Dingle IFF) 2017 held its 11th annual festival from Thursday 23rd March through to Sunday 26th March. It was another triumphant year filled with exceptional screenings and inspired guests, such as Ben Wheatley, Jack Reynor, Jim Sheridan, Pat Shortt, Dean DeBlois, and many more amazingly talented Irish and International creatives. There was a full audience at every event, and Dingle IFF would like to express its enormous gratitude to the tremendous support of everyone who participated.

During this event, we screened 24 feature films and 51 shorts, all of which excelled in the art of filmmaking. Animation Dingle screened 54 short animation films from Irish and international professionals and students; 18 of our World Tour shorts were showcased at the Toronto Irish Film Festival.

On Sunday, we presented the Dingle IFF Awards to celebrate the most promising and excellent selections at this year’s festival. The recipients of these outstanding awards have accomplished an incredible feat in this highly distinguished art form, and their potential in this industry is limitless. We at Dingle IFF thank them for entertaining and enlightening us, and we wish them the very best of luck with future projects.

The Young Animator of The Year (YAOTY) Award went to joint winners Donal Cotter and Kelly McCarvill. They were present at the Awards Ceremony, where they received a beautifully designed award by local jeweller, Brian de Staic. They were also offered a placement with JAM Media Studios, one of the leading creators of multi-award winning animated content for children and preschoolers in Ireland and the UK.  Dingle IFF would like to thank Disney Channels, JAM Media, The Irish Film Board, the Creative Media Department of IT Tralee, and Brian de Staic for making this fantastic competition possible.

RATH, directed by Mieke Vanmechelen won the Audience Choice Award for ‘Best Feature Film’, sponsored by Soho House. Mandy Kean, Head of Cinema for Soho House, was at The Phoenix Cinema to announce the award. We at Dingle IFF are delighted that this world premiere touched such a wide audience, and we congratulate Mieke on her exceptional filmmaking talent.

Elaine Kennedy, director of Uisce Beatha, won the Audience Choice Award for ‘Best Short Film’. This magnificent local short has taken the international film festival circuit by storm, and we are very happy to be able to present this award to a filmmaker who has done so much for the DIngle community who generously hosts our festival every year.

Dingle IFF would also like to congratulate Barry O’Donoghue, who received this year’s Físín Award for his pitched film script. The winner was announced by Art Parkinson, Games of Thrones star and Seachtain na Gaeilge ambassador. Barry will receive €5,000 in cash and €2,000 in equipment from Vast Valley Ltd to make his film. We welcome Barry back to Dingle with open arms at next year’s festival for his premiere.

Animation Dingle presented Aidan Hickey the prestigious Murakami Award, given to excellent industry leaders in the field of animation. During a long career in animation, Aidan provided TV series and short films that won various international awards. In 2005, he wrote and directed THE BOY WHO HAD NO STORY, winning the IFTA prizes for ‘Best Animation’ and ‘Best Children’s Film’. This award is endorsed by the late Jimmy T. Murakami, a legendary international animator who based his studio in Ireland.

Dingle IFF would also like to give special thanks to special thanks to our main funders—Údarás na Gaeltachta, Ealaín na Gaeltachta, The Arts Council, The Irish Film Board, Wild Atlantic Way, Screen Training Ireland—to our sponsors—Tor Cotton, Ethiopian Airlines, Vast Valley Ltd, Marc Flanagan, Brian de Staic, Dingle Distillery and Soho House—and our cultural partners—The French Embassy of Ireland, Institut Francais and Institute Technology Tralee—for their generosity in supporting this festival.

Dingle International Film Festival 2017 is over, but the work has already started for next year. Be sure to keep an eye on our website and social media pages. Next year, there will be plenty more surprises for film-lovers everywhere; so come out to Dingle and see the magic of cinema.



Dingle International Film Festival (Dingle IFF) is proud to announce that Jim Sheridan—director of 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)—will be in attendance to close our 2017 festival with his new film SECRET SCRIPTURE (2016), to be screened in the Phoenix Cinema on 26th March 2017. The film includes a fantastic, international-renowned cast and an exceptional script from Sheridan and the late Johnny Ferguson.

Adapted from the 2008 novel of the same name by Sebastian Barry, THE SECRET SCRIPTURE tells the story of an elderly woman, Rose, who keeps a diary of her extended stay at a psychiatric institution. She recounts the story of her life, and the events of the 1920s-1930s Irish religious and political upheaval which lead to her incarceration.

Jim Sheridan has been directing and producing Irish classics for nearly 30 years, and his contributions to the Irish film industry have yet to be matched. His latest film, THE SECRET SCRIPTURE (2016), is a welcome addition to his long list of masterpieces that captured the imagination of the nation.

Jim Sheridan began his career writing and directing stage plays, most notably Spike in the First World War, which won him a Fringe Award for ‘Best Play’ at Edinburgh Festival in 1983. His first film MY LEFT FOOT (1989), starring Daniel Day Lewis as the disabled artist Christy Brown, was a huge hit and a financial success. The film won two Oscars for Day Lewis and Brenda Fricker; Sheridan was nominated for ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Adapted Screenplay.’ Sheridan convinced the world of his genius with his following magnificent film: THE FIELD (1990), which earned Richard Harris an Academy Award nomination for ‘Best Actor’. Sheridan then wrote the screenplay for the beloved Irish family fantasy INTO THE WEST (1992). His next directorial effort, IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER (1993), was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including three for Sheridan.

Sheridan’s other films include the knock-out hit THE BOXER (1997), the semi-autobiographical IN AMERICA (2003), the American rapper biopic GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN’ (2005), the dark war drama BROTHERS (2009), and the psychological thriller DREAM HOUSE (2011).

For THE SECRET SCRIPTURE, Sheridan was brought 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.”

Sheridan has had a proud association with the Dingle IFF and has appeared as a guest several times. In 2009, Sheridan was the recipient of that year’s Gregory Peck Award: For Excellence in the Art of Film. Jim also presented The Gregory Peck Award in Dingle to Laura Dern. Festival director Maurice Galway welcomes Sheridan’s return to this year’s festival with open arms—“I had the pleasure of welcoming Jim to Dingle on three other occasions, and I am delighted to welcome him back again.”

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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”
  • “Sheridan directs with the confident touch of an old pro, and he couldn’t have asked for a better cast.”

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.

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