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!
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:
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:
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:
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:
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
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:
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.
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.
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.”
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:
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 more—will 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:
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.
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.
These four locally produced films showcase historical and cultural traditions of the Dingle community through the imagination of remarkable women directors.
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.
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.
“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!
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:
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:
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 . 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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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:
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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