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

 

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

Awards

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

 

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

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

 

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

Irish

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

 

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

Director Dónal Ó Céilleachair

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Pow Wow

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

 

Guests of note included:

 

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

 

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

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

International

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

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

Kids

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

 

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

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

 

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Dingle International Film Festival are preparing for their annual event, scheduled to take place next week, 22 – 25 March 2018. As we dive into St. Patrick’s weekend, we are proud to promote the extraordinary Irish talent that will be showcased this year.

Here is our full listing of our Irish features:

Black ’47 – Feature Film
Feeney (James Frecheville) is an Irish ranger who has been fighting abroad for the British army. After turning deserter, he returns home to Ireland during the famine. When he discovers what has happened to his family, Feeney swears vengeance and goes on a murderous rampage. His old British army comrade Hannah (Hugo Weaving) is dispatched to try and put an end to Feeney’s uprising.

Gala Screening with Dingle Distillery Reception.

Director Lance Daly and actor Barry Keoghan will attend.
8pm on Saturday 24th March at the Phoenix Cinema. Click here for tickets.

Keepers of the Flame – World Premiere
Keepers of the Flame, the new feature-length documentary by Emmy Award winner Nuala O’Connor, in her feature directorial debut. Keepers of the Flame tells the universal story of generations dealing with the consequences of war and civil war; of what is remembered and what is forgotten.

Keepers of the Flame delves into the archives of the Irish Military Service Pensions and what emerges is a truly personal retelling of a brutal and divisive period in the birth of a nation and the devastating legacy it left in its wake, for the individuals who took part and their families who suffered long after the fighting ended. More than 85,000 applied for the Irish Military Service Pension. Just over 18,000 received any payment.

Gala Screening with Dingle Distillery Reception.

Director/Writer Nuala O’Connor, Writer Diarmaid Ferriter, Executive Producer, Philip King, Producer Tina O’Reilly, DOP Colm Hogan will attend the screening for a Q&A.
7.30pm on Sunday 25th March at the Phoenix Cinema. Click here for tickets.

Michael Inside – Feature Film
IFTA award winning feature directed by Frank Berry.
After agreeing to hold a bag of drugs for his friend’s older brother, Michael Healy is sentenced to three months in prison. Unaffiliated on the inside, the impressionable teen is attacked and robbed. As Michael’s life begins to change dramatically, his grandfather Francis gets an intimidating visit from local drug dealers looking for the money Michael has lost. Upon release Michael, now institutionalised into criminality, is forced to put into practice what he has learnt in prison when the dealers pay Francis another visit.

Gala Screening with Dingle Distillery Reception.

Director Frank Berry will attend.
8pm on Friday 23rd March at the Phoenix Cinema. Click here for tickets.

The Camino Voyage – Feature Film
Dedicated to the memory of Domhnall Mac Síthigh (1951-2017).

Due to popular demand, Dingle IFF have announced a second screening of this extraordinary documentary. An epic 2,500 km modern day celtic odyssey, The Camino Voyage/Iomramh an Chamino is directed by Dónal Ó Céilleachair.
Five men demonstrate the courage, endurance and friendship required to complete the historic voyage. This documentary features Breanndán ó Beagaloich, Glen Hansard, Liam Holden, Brendan-Pháid ó Muircheartaigh and poet Domhnall Mac Síthigh.

12pm on Sunday 25th March at the Phoenix Cinema. Click here for tickets.

(Opening night screening is sold out)

Seán Mac an tSíthigh – Presentation
The West Kerry native will present an archive of his work from the last decade. Seán provides provincial, national and international news for TG4 and RTÉ. The video journalist works alone, combining the skills of reporter, camera operator and editor. He has also captured and edited impressive news items using only his mobile phone. Before joining RTÉ, the reporter completed a masters in place names and folklore in UCC and spent a period working as a heritage officer in the Iveragh Gaeltacht. His unique style of news storytelling has earned him numerous awards, including the European reporters’ cup and the prestigious CIRCOM European regional television awards.

Seán will present a newsreel of selected reports. We can expect fascinating local news stories that have included, digging sheep out of snow, major storm events and artists painting with cow dung; intimate portraits of fascinating characters with remarkable stories; international reports, from gun laws in America’s ‘deep south’ to the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean.

Director Aodh Ó Coileáin will chair the Q&A with Seán Mac an tSíthigh.

7pm on Friday 23rd March at St. James’ Church. Click here for tickets

Kissing Candice – Feature Film
Producer Andrew Freedman will introduce the the Film.

Both written and directed by McArdle, the film stars the IFTA-nominated Ann Skelly as Candice, a 17-year-old who longs to escape the boredom of her seaside town, only finding solace in her vivid imagination. When a boy she dreams about turns up in real life, she becomes increasingly entangled with a dangerous local gang. Filmed under the Irish Film Board’s Catalyst Scheme, Aoife McArdle’s stylish debut feature centres around a small Irish seaside community.

5pm on Saturday 24th March at the Phoenix Cinema. Click here for tickets.

The Song of Granite – Feature Film
Acclaimed filmmaker Pat Collins brings the dramatic life story of legendary sean-nós singer Joe Heaney—an audacious exploration of the man and his music. With an approach that marries traditional narrative episodes with documentary footage, the film will celebrate the music Joe Heaney created while painting an unflinching portrait of Heaney, the man.
“Pat Collin’s Irish-language feature is awkward, original and surprising throughout.” – Donald Clarke, Irish Times

8.30pm on Saturday 24th March at St. James’ Church. Click here for tickets.

Lost & Found – Feature Film
Film will be introduced by director Liam O Mochain
Lost & Found is a feature film with seven interconnecting stories set in and around a lost & found office of an Irish train station.  All segments are inspired by true stories, share a theme of something lost or found and characters that come in and out of each other’s lives.

Gustav – Short Film with feature
Will is a young man with a bright future. He has a good job and a loving girlfriend.  He wakes up one morning with a strange tune in his head. But what is it? And where did it come from? The tune continues unrelentingly into his working day, until Will is forced to take drastic action.  He has no choice, he must sleep!

8.30pm on Friday 23rd March at St. James’ Church. Click here for tickets for Lost and Found and Gustav.

The Silver Branch – Feature Film
The Silver Branch is an uplifting and emotional celebration of people and place. It captures the delicacy of the natural world; the heart and soul of a Burren farmer-poet, Patrick McCormack and the ancient rural spirit of Ireland which stands behind him.

The story is centred around Patrick and the land he farms, a place where Mesolithic tombs, famine villages and present day small rocky fields are like jewels telling of our long human story on these hills.

Patrick longs to farm in the quite pace his ascendants did. But his life gains a different momentum when he’s called to Battle in the Supreme courts to decide on the fate of this iconic wilderness.

Native – Short Film with feature
An emigrant returns to his native land after many years abroad in search of the family and home he had left in his youth. The film stars Patrick Bergin (Sleeping with the Enemy).

Director Katrina Costello and Producer Ken O’Sullivan of The Silver Branch will be in attendance, along with Native Director Linda Bhreathnach and Producer Marina Donahue.

6.30pm on Saturday 24th March at St. James’ Church. Click here for tickets for The Silver Branch and Native.

Butterfly City – Feature Film
Film will be introduced by director.

Director Olga Černovaitė and Irish producer Jeremiah Cullinane collaborated to produce this feature documentary on the Lithuanian city of Visaginas. Both will attend the screening.
In the 1970’s, the city was created to service a powerful Soviet nuclear power station, designed and shaped like the wings of a butterfly. It was intended to be a window of Soviet progress to the West. After USSR disintegration, EU membership meant Lithuania had to close the plant, the city’s main industry. 25,000 Russian-speaking townspeople were left with an uncertain future.

4.45pm on Saturday 24th March at St. James’ Church. Click here for tickets.

Físín Event
Dingle International Film Festival offers an open invitation for submissions of a short film proposal in the Irish language. This is the only event in Ireland that offers rewards for Irish scriptwriting. 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.

Rachaidh an bua-phits ar aghaidh chun a scannán a dhéanamh le duais airgid €5,000 mar aon le luach €2,000 d’fheara scannánaíochta ó Vast Valley. Ba mhaith linn buíochas a ghabháil chomh maith le Gerard Stembridge agus le Brenda Ní Shúilleabháin as Deireadh Seachtaine Forbartha Físín a riaradh i mí na Samhna, agus gan amhras lenár bpainéal measúnaithe, Nuala O’Connor, Marina Ní Dhubháin, Paul Webster agus Ciara McKenna.

10am on Sunday 25th March at John Benny Moriarty’s. This is a free event. Click here for tickets.

Dingle International Film Festival would like to thank Bord Scannán Na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board  and Screen Training Ireland for their continued support.

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Animation Dingle Festival are proud to announce a weekend filled of family entertainment. The annual festival will take place from 22 – 25 March 2018. From dazzling originals to enchanting adaptations, children and parents alike will have a variety of screenings and events to attend.

 

Christmas in Dingle
St. James’ Church will be dressed out with a Christmas tree and Santa will also attend this very special screening of Angela’s Christmas from Brown Bag Films, an animated Christmas family film based on the children’s book Angela & The Baby Jesus by Pulitzer Prize winner Frank McCourt. Angela is a bright, compassionate and imaginative six-year-old girl, who worries that the Baby Jesus will be cold in the manger in the church.

Determined to bring him home to warm up, she sets off on a humorously heart-pounding adventure through the gas-lit streets of Limerick on Christmas Eve. When Angela’s mother finds the Baby Jesus tucked up in Angela’s bed, she marches Angela and the family back to church, where they find the priest and a policeman searching for the Baby.

There will be a series of Christmas themed animated shorts also from Brown Bag Films including the Oscar nominated classic Give Up Yer Aul Sins.

Santa Claus will be flying in from the North Pole to meet the children and deliver an early Christmas present from Disney.

Click HERE for tickets.

 

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Based on the bestselling children’s book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury,  We’re Going on a  Bear  Hunt  follows siblings Stan, Katie, Rosie, Max, the baby, and Rufus the dog, who decide one day to go on an adventure through whirling snowstorms, oozing mud, and dark forests in search of  bears. But when Rosie and Rufus become separated from the rest of the family, it turns out that  bear-hunting  is a bit more challenging than they expected!

The screening includes a special reading of the beloved children’s book and an activity sheet.

Two Balloons
Screening with We’re Going on a  Bear  Hunt, this beautifully animated short film sees two travellers return to a place crossed by stars and clouds, where love is at the beginning of everything.

Click HERE for tickets.

 

For more information regarding this Animation Dingle event, check out the festival website.
www.dinglefilmfestival.com

Bookings can be made online or directly from the box office:
bookings@dinglefilmfestival.com
+353 85 177 4754

Black 47

 

Dingle International Film Festival, in collaboration with Wildcard Distribution, will screen the highly anticipated Black ‘47 on  March 24th.

Director Lance Daly’s Black ‘47 illustrates Ireland’s greatest tragedy. During the The Great Hunger, one million Irish people starved, another million immigrated. The country plummeted into suffering and darkness like never before. 170 years later, the most significant part of Irish history finally debuts on the big screen. The historical thriller enraptured audiences at major festivals abroad. Now, it’s home and Dingle IFF is honoured to screen it at this year’s festival,

Feeney (James Frecheville) is an Irish Ranger who has been fighting abroad for the British Army. After turning deserter, he returns home to Ireland during the famine. When he discovers what has happened to his family, Feeney swears vengeance and goes on a murderous rampage. His old British Army comrade Hannah (Hugo Weaving) is dispatched to try and put an end to Feeney’s uprising.

Deemed as the most important Irish film ever made, Daly combines essential history with the violence and thrill of modern cinema. The film is described by critics as a “catapult of Irish film”. Daly pays homage to Ireland by including the Gaelic language and vast shots of the Connemara region.  While the film receives great acclaim at home in Ireland, the film is being widely received internationally. The subject of immigration is of such prominence that it strikes emotions within every corner of the world.

The film features extraordinary talent including Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, Lord of the Rings), James Frecheville (The Stanford Prison Experiment), Stephen Rea (V for Vendetta, Michael Collins) and Freddie Fox (The Three Musketeers), Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk, The Killing of a Sacred Deer), Moe Dunford (Vikings) and Sarah Greene (Penny Dreadful).

Director Lance Daly  and actor Barry Keoghan will introduce film.

“Continuing with an impressive lineup of Irish film, supported by The Irish Film Board, we are honoured to present Black ‘47 here in Dingle. The film connects deeply with the Irish consciousness and will, I have no doubt, be a hugh box office hit when it is released later in the year.”

Maurice Galway, Director/Founder of Dingle International Film Festival

“A resonant, beautifully performed Irish Western that benefits from the exotic sound of Irish Gaelic spoken as a living language, and the brackish majesty of cinematographer Declan Quinn’s wide vistas.”

Jessica Kiang, Variety

“The picture also addresses the most divisive and traumatic incident in Irish history. It hardly seems possible, but the story has barely registered on the big screen before.”

Donald Clarke, The Irish Times

Click HERE to get your tickets!

Dingle International Film Festival is delighted to announce that, due to popular to demand, they will host a second screening of The Camino Voyage/Iomramh an Chamino on Sunday 25th March at the Phoenix Cinema.

An epic 2,500 km modern day celtic odyssey, The Camino Voyage/Iomramh an Chamino is directed by Dónal Ó Céilleachair. Five men demonstrate the courage, endurance and friendship required to complete the historic voyage. This documentary features Breanndán ó Beagaloich, Glen Hansard, Liam Holden, Brendan-Pháid ó Muircheartaigh and poet Domhnall Mac Síthigh. Dedicated to the memory of Domhnall Mac Síthigh (1951-2017).

For hundreds of years people sailed from Ireland to A Coruña in Northern Spain and walked the camino to Santiago de Compostela from there. This inspiring crew have done their own version of this historical voyage in a Naomhóg (a traditional West Kerry curragh). Every community that they have connected with en route opened their doors – and their hearts – to this crew, and the men have in exchange, inspired them with their courage, endurance, storytelling, music, poetry and song in a coming together of people in the most fundamental and ancient of ways.

“It took sweat, blood and blisters to complete while deepening and renewing
friendships, creativity and spirituality in the process.”- Danny Sheehy

The Camino Voyage/ Iomramh an Chamino is an Anú Pictures Production in association with Phoenix Films and is funded by Údarás Craolacháin Na hÉireann/The Broadcasting Authority Of Ireland and with the participation of TG4, RTÉ agus Bord Scannán Na hÉireann /The Irish Film Board. It is produced by Martina Durac and Dónal Ó Céilleachair and the Executive Producers are Pádraig & Síle Ó Laighain.
The sold out screening of The Camino Voyage will open the festival on Thursday 22nd.

Click HERE for tickets (Sunday 25th).

www.dinglefilmfestival.com

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In 1979, Dylan declared himself as a born-again Christian, leaving fans startled. It was not unusual for Dylan to leave his fans perplexed. In 1965, he outraged folk purists with an electric guitar. He has never been afraid to confound his audience in the pursuit of his own vision or prioritise his artistic integrity. He made three albums during this phase, Slow Train Coming, Shot of Love and Saved; all testifying his new faith. He toured relentlessly, performing only songs that expressed his Christian message. One of those gigs was filmed but it was never shown.

Forty years later, when the film was brought out of the vaults there was a suggestion that it might merit a documentary, Dylan demurred and recommended the commissioning of sermons to be preached between the songs instead. New York writer Luc Sante was commissioned to compose them; Oscar nominated Michael Shannon was cast as the preacher and Jennifer LeBeau was invited to direct. The result is a gospel service, Dylan style, across the decades. Dylan remains enigmatic behind it all. Once again, he’s come up with something that just isn’t like anything else – but then Dylan just isn’t like anyone else.

Arena has been a long-time contributor to Dingle IFF, donating a film nearly every year since the festival’s debut in 2007. This will not be Dylan’s first appearance in Dingle; his films The Other Side of the Mirror and Newport Folk Festivals of 1963, ’64 and ’65, and Dylan in the Madhouse have each been screened. Dingle IFF will host the European premiere in 200-year-old St James’s church.

Screening Friday 23rd March at 10.15pm in St. James Church

Click HERE for tickets.
www.dinglefilmfestival.com

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Wonda VR, supported by the French Embassy, will demonstrate their latest technology in the Dingle Hub on Friday, 23rd March. The one-day workshop is an introduction to virtual reality and an initiation to Wonda VR. This event promises to be a unique experience. Since the company was established in 2016, they have sold millions of virtual reality devices globally. VR aims to revolutionise interactive storytelling, whereby the natural movement of the camera creates the sensation of ‘actually being there’. This event will give emerging filmmakers an opportunity to learn about the modern technology—the future of film and television.

Attendees will be presented with the essential elements of VR and interactivity within a 360° environment. Based on a given workflow, participants will learn how to write, shoot and edit their own immersive experiences with Wonda VR.

Here’s what to expect from this not-to-be-missed masterclass:

  • Introduction to VR and Wonda VR
  • A brief definition of VR.
  • Filming for VR.
  • The essential ingredients to present in VR.
  • Interactive storytelling for immersive experiences.
  • Introduction to Wonda VR.
  • Film and create a Wonda VR experience
  • Creative briefing & brainstorming
  • Writing and Interactive storytelling
  • Filming > 1 scene with a 360° camera.
  • Edit & Create your Wonda VR App > One scene, one title and one Voice over.

With only limited spaces left, we encourage filmmakers to quickly reserve their ticket.
A total of 12 participants will take part.
Tickets can be found HERE

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Dingle Pow-Wow, supported by Screen Training Ireland, is back for its second year with an outstanding line-up of industry experts and stars. With a combination of seminars and a networking lunch, this event is essential to learn about the exciting film and television industry.

On 24 March 2018 in the Blasket Centre, our annual Dingle Pow-Wow will bring together professional industry leaders from Ireland and abroad to discuss their careers. Dingle Pow-Wow provides a unique and inspiring opportunity for enterprising filmmakers to gain insight and knowledge about the global film and television industry. The guest speakers are some of the best in the business and will present their challenges and successes in film and television for this unmissable event. The event includes lunch and a shuttle bus to and from the event, leaving Dingle Marina at 10am and returning to Dingle at 5.30pm.

Our exciting line up includes:

Barry Keoghan – Actor

IFTA-award winning, Barry Keoghan appeared in Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster film Dunkirk and had a fantastic performance in the psychological thriller The Killing of a Sacred Deer. He earned parts on U.K and Irish television including the hugely successful Love/Hate (2010-2014).

Paul McGann – Actor

Paul John McGann is an English actor. He came to prominence for portraying Percy Toplis in the 1986 television serial The Monocled Mutineer. He later starred in the 1987 dark comedy Withnail and I, and as the eighth incarnation of the Doctor in the 1996 Doctor Who television film, a role he reprised in more than 70 audio dramas and the 2013 mini-episode The Night of the Doctor. McGann is also known for playing Lieutenant William Bush in the Hornblower TV series.

Michael Uppendahl – Director

Michael is an American television and film director. Since 2008, Michael has been a recurring director on many of the most beloved American television shows in history, including: Mad Men (2008-2015); American Horror Story (2011-2016); Glee (2012); Ray Donovan (2013-2015); The Walking Dead (2013); Daredevil (2015); Legion (2017) Fargo (2014—). Michael also made his feature film directorial debut with Quad (aka Grounded) (2013), about a hard-living salesman who becomes a quadriplegic after an accident.

Paula Malcomson – Actor

Paula Malcomson is an extremely prolific film and television actress. Malcomson began her career in the early 1990s with small parts primarily in film before scoring higher-profile roles in the Oscar-nominated film The Green Mile (1999) and A.I Artificial Intelligence (2001). Malcomson made appearances in many high-profile series. She was cast in the role of Katniss’ mother in the blockbuster adaptation of The Hunger Games (2012). After the release of that film, she also filmed the pilot for Liev Schreiber’s Showtime series Ray Donovan (2013-2017).

Jill Eikenberry  – Actor

Jill Eikenberry has a long list of theatre, film and television credits.  She is  best known for her portrayal of Ann Kelsey on NBC’s long-running hit series  LA Law, which earned Jill four Emmy nominations, two Golden Globe nominations and a Golden Globe Award.  Most recently, she appeared in  Something Borrowed and  Young Adult. Jill co-produced a one-hour documentary for NBC entitled  Destined to Live,  which dealt with the emotional aspects of breast cancer, from diagnosis to recovery.  

Michael Tucker  – Actor

 A veteran stage, film and television actor, Michael Tucker is  best known for his role as Stuart Markowitz in the hit series,  L.A. Law, which brought him three Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe  nominations.  Michael’s film credits include Woody Allen’s  Radio Days  and  The Purple Rose of Cairo. Jill and Michael produced a documentary film,  EmileNorman – By his Own Design, which aired on PBS.  It has become a perennial during Gay Pride every June on PBS stations across the nation. 

Dónal Ó’ Céilleacheir – Director – The Camino Voyage

Dónal Ó Céilleachair is an Irish filmmaker who lives between New York & Ireland.

Dónal’s wide-ranging international experience, from across the independent film landscape includes over 50 fiction, documentary and experimental films in a diversity of roles over the past 25 years.

The Camino Voyage/ Iomramh an Chamino opens Dingle IFF.

Nuala O’ Connor – Director/Writer/Producer – Keepers of the Flame

In 1987, Nuala established Hummingbird Productions with Philip King to produce high quality music and arts documentary films. Nuala won a Prime-Time Emmy Award for writing a one-hour version of Bringing It All Back Home for the Disney television channel in the US.

The world premiere and gala presentation of Nuala O’Connor’s directorial debut, Keepers of the Flame, will close the festival.

Diarmaid Ferriter  – Historian and University Lecturer  

Diarmaid Ferriter is one of Ireland’s best known historians and is Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD. His most recent book, A Nation and not a Rabble: The Irish Revolution 1913-23 publishedMarch 2015. He is a regular broadcaster on television and radio and a weekly columnist with the Irish Times.

Katrina Costello – Director – The Silver Branch

Katrina Costello and husband Ken O’Sullivan set up Sea Fever Productions in 2006 to produce wildlife and creative documentaries. In 2014, they produced Ireland’s Ocean, a four-part Irish wildlife series for RTÉ documenting dolphins, sharks, stingrays and the myriad of wonderful and colourful creatures in the temperate seas around Ireland.

Philip King – Filmmaker and Broadcaster  

Philip King has been closely involved with the arts in Ireland as a filmmaker and musician for over 30 years. He has presented a number of radio programmes, including “An Droichead Beo”, “The Green Groves” and the RTÉ Radio 1 programme, “The South Wind Blows”.

Mark McGann – Director

Mark is a professional director, actor, scriptwriter, producer and published songwriter. He has appeared as an actor in many leading roles in Theatre, TV and Film productions, as well as receiving commissions to write and direct original productions for a wide variety of professional organizations.  In 2007, McGann formed the multi-media production company Drama Direct Ltd.

Clare Cahill – Producer

Clare Cahill is an independent producer who has a wealth of production experience in independent film. Since 2009, Clare has worked on more than 23 independent feature films and 15 short films, including Love Tomorrow, The Ninth Cloud and White-Collar Hooligan. Clare is also a senior lecturer in Film Production at the Arts University Bournemouth.

Katie Mc Cullough and Ian Bignell

Festival Formula Ltd. is a consultancy company helping filmmakers navigate the worldwide festival circuit. They create personalized festival strategies considering length, production values, genre, stories in front and behind the camera, and budget limitations. Founder Katie McCullough has over 13 years plus experience and creates the strategies for each client. Ian Bignell is the resident submissions coordinator. The company was recently a co-sponsor of Screen International Events at Berlinale and Cannes 2017.

 

Dingle International Film Festival is couched within the breath-taking town of Dingle on the beautiful Dingle Peninsula, part of The Wild Atlantic Way. The festival takes places annually in March. Dingle is home to many filmmakers, one of Ireland’s only independent cinemas, is a known film location (Ryan’s Daughter, Far and Away and Star Wars: The Last Jedi) and a major tourist destination making it the perfect home for our festival. Dingle IFF actively promotes and platforms Irish film, Irish filmmakers and Irish animation, whilst also playing host to major industry players both from Ireland and abroad. Dingle IFF is an established date on the film festival circuit and is now actively promoting Irish film and animation products in the world market.

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Sean Mac An tSitigh

 

Dingle International Film Festival announce special guest for 2018.

The Dingle International Film Festival is excited to announce RTÉ video journalist Seán Mac an tSíthigh as a special guest for their 12th instalment. The festival will run from 22-25 March 2018.

The West Kerry native will present an archive of his work from the last decade. Seán provides provincial, national and international news for TG4 and RTÉ. The video journalist works alone, combining the skills of reporter, camera operator and editor. He has also captured and edited impressive news items using only his mobile phone. Before joining RTÉ the reporter completed a masters in place names and folklore in UCC and spent a period working as an heritage officer in the Iveragh Gaeltacht. His unique style of news storytelling has earned him numerous awards, including the European Reporters’ Cup and the prestigious CIRCOM European Regional Television Awards.

Seán will present a newsreel of selected reports. We can expect fascinating local news stories that have included, digging sheep out of snow, major storm events and artists painting with cow dung; intimate portraits of fascinating characters with remarkable stories; international reports, from gun laws in America’s ‘Deep South’ to the Refugee Crisis in the Mediterranean.

Leagfar béim sa chaint ar dhúshlán agus ar bhuntáistí na hiriseoireachta físe. Tabharfaidh na blaisíní nuachta a thaispeáinfear léargas ar shaol, saothar agus saibhreas cultúrtha mhuintir na Gaeltachta, na scéalta is mó a tharraing caint sa cheantar le deich mbliana anuas, agus an ceiliúradh a deintear sna tuairiscí ar oidhreacht phobail agus áilleacht taobh tíre.

Séan and Aodh Ó Coileáin, previous presenter on RTÉ and TG4, will conduct a Q&A after presentation.

All proceeds will be donated to Camp Hill Charity in support of people with disabilities.

Dingle International Film Festival will run from 22-25 March 2018.

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Dingle IFF will present the extraordinary talent of Irish filmmakers. This selection depicts Ireland from the perspective of various natives and pays homage to Ireland’s historic and modern culture.  The festival, in partnership with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board, will host a selection of critically acclaimed Irish films and welcome national stars this March 22nd-25th.

IFTA award winning, Barry Keoghan (The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Dunkirk) will participate in this year’s Dingle Pow-Wow. He performed in the hugely successful series Love/Hate. In 2017, Barry made his blockbuster debut with Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. The film grossed over €525 million worldwide, making it the most successful war movie ever made. The Dingle Pow-Wow brings together professional industry leaders from Ireland and abroad to discuss their careers. It is a unique and inspiring opportunity for young filmmakers to gain insight and knowledge into the global film and television industry.

Michael Inside – Feature Film 

IFTA award winning feature directed by Frank Berry.

After agreeing to hold a bag of drugs for his friend’s older brother, Michael Healy is sentenced to three months in prison. Unaffiliated on the inside, the impressionable teen is attacked and robbed. As Michael’s life begins to change dramatically, his grandfather Francis gets an intimidating visit from local drug dealers looking for the money Michael has lost. Upon release Michael, now institutionalised into criminality, is forced to put into practice what he has learnt in prison when the dealers pay Francis another visit.

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Kissing Candice – Feature Film  

Both written and directed by Aoife McArdle, the film stars the IFTA-nominated Ann Skelly as Candice, a 17-year-old who longs to escape the boredom of her seaside town, only finding solace in her vivid imagination. When a boy she dreams about up in real life, she becomes increasingly entangled with a dangerous local gang. Filmed under the Irish Film Board’s Catalyst scheme, Aoife McArdle’s stylish debut feature centres around a small Irish seaside community.

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The Song of Granite – Feature Film 

Acclaimed filmmaker Pat Collins brings the dramatic life story of legendary sean-nós singer Joe Heaney—an audacious exploration of the man and his music. With an approach that marries traditional narrative episodes with documentary footage, the film will celebrate the music Joe Heaney created while painting an unflinching portrait of Heaney, the man.

“Song of Granite had the effect of making me weep for a deep part of our culture that I barely know. There can be no higher praise. An absolute masterpiece.” – Jason Coyle, Scannain

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Lost & Found – Feature Film  

Lost & Found is a feature film with seven interconnecting stories set in and around a lost & found office of an Irish train station.  All segments are inspired by true stories, share a theme of something lost or found and characters that come in and out of each other’s lives.

    “Crazy anthology film that gets by on energy and charm.”– Donald Clarke, Irish Times.

 Gustav – Short Film with Lost & Found 

Will is a young man with a bright future. He has a good job and a loving girlfriend.  He wakes up one morning with a strange tune in his head. But what is it? And where did it come from? The tune continues unrelentingly into his working day, until Will is forced to take drastic action.  He has no choice, he must sleep!

Click HERE for tickets for Lost and Found and Gustav.

The Silver Branch – Feature Film  

The Director Katrina Costello will also participate in our Dingle Pow-Wow.

The Silver Branch is an uplifting and emotional celebration of people and place. It captures the delicacy of the natural world; the heart and soul of a Burren farmer-poet, Patrick McCormack and the ancient rural spirit of Ireland which stands behind him.

The Story is centred around Patrick and the land he farms, a place where Mesolithic tombs, famine villages and present day small rocky fields are like jewels telling of our long human story on these hills.

Patrick longs to farm in the quite pace his ascendants did. But his life gains a different momentum when he’s called to Battle in the Supreme courts to decide on the fate of this iconic wilderness.

Native – Short Film with The Silver Branch

An emigrant returns to his native land after many years abroad in search of the family and home he had left in his youth. The film stars Patrick Bergin (Sleeping with the Enemy).

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Butterfly City – Feature Film

Director Olga Černovaitė and Irish producer Jeremiah Cullinane collaborated to produce this feature documentary on the Lithuanian city of Visaginas. In the 1970’s, the city was created to service a powerful Soviet nuclear power station, designed and shaped like the wings of a butterfly. It was intended to be a window of Soviet progress to the West. After USSR disintegration, EU membership meant Lithuania had to close the plant, the city’s main industry. 25,000 Russian-speaking townspeople were left with an uncertain future.

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The Camino Voyage

Opening this year’s festival is Dónal Ó Céilleachair’s documentary: an epic 2,500 km modern day celtic odyssey, The Camino Voyage/Iomramh an Chamino. For hundreds of years people sailed from Ireland to A Coruña in Northern Spain and walked the camino to Santiago de Compostela from there. This inspiring crew have done their own version of this historical voyage in a Naomhóg. The film features Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, Glen Hansard, Liam Holden, Brendan-Pháid Ó Muircheartaigh and Writer and Poet; Domhnall Mac Síthigh (1951-2017).

Tickets are sold out.

You can also catch Dónal Ó Céilleachair at our Dingle Pow-Wow event on Saturday 24th March in The Blasket Centre.

The Keepers of the Flame – World Premiere  

Emmy-award winner Nuala O’Connor’s directorial debut will close this year’s festival. The Keepers of the Flame tells the universal story of generations dealing with the consequences of war and civil war; of what is remembered and what is forgotten.

The Keepers of the Flame delves into the archives of the Irish Military Service Pensions and what emerges is a truly personal retelling of a brutal and divisive period in the birth of a nation and the devastating legacy it left in its wake, for the individuals who took part and their families who suffered long after the fighting ended. More than 85,000 applied for the Irish Military Service Pension. Just over 18,000 received any payment. The film brings to light the diverse experiences of some of the 85,000 ordinary Irish men and women who made pension or dependents allowance claims for having actively served during the violent revolutionary period from Easter 1916 to the end of the Civil War in 1921. Their stories lie in the Irish Military Pension Archives, stack upon stack of applications detailing involvement and actions, thousands of different interpretations of the same events lying side by side.

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Director, Nuala O’Connor, Executive Producer, Philip King and writer Diarmaid Ferriter will participate in this year’s Dingle Pow-Wow.

The Breadwinner 

Nora Twomey’s Oscar-nominated The Breadwinner will showcase as part of Animation Dingle.  Parvana is an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana disguises herself as a boy in order to support her family. With dauntless perseverance, Parvana draws strength from the stories her father told her, and ultimately risks her life to discover if he is still alive. Equal parts thrilling and enchanting, The Breadwinner is a timely and inspiring tale about the transcendent power of stories, and their potential to unite and heal us all.

Followed with a Q&A with the director, Nora Twomey.

Festival Programme is now live to book your tickets. 

Dingle International Film Festival is couched within the breath-taking town of Dingle on the beautiful Dingle Peninsula, part of The Wild Atlantic Way. The festival takes places annually in March. Dingle is home to many filmmakers, one of Ireland’s only independent cinemas, is a known film location (Ryan’s Daughter, Far and Away and Star Wars: The Last Jedi) and a major tourist destination making it the perfect home for our festival. Dingle IFF actively promotes and platforms Irish film, Irish filmmakers and Irish animation, whilst also playing host to major industry players both from Ireland and abroad. Dingle IFF is an established date on the film festival circuit and is now actively promoting Irish film and animation products in the world market.

For more information on the festival, please go to our website.


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