Dingle Film Festival Will (Pow) Wow Film Fans
Taking place between March 21 – 24 – the Dingle International Film Festival (Dingle IFF) is renowned for both its movies and its town setting brimming with culture.
In its 13th year, the Kerry festival will show a host of acclaimed features. Highlights include the opening film Wild Rose starring the Killarney born Jessie Buckley; Western The Sisters Brothers with John C Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal, as well as new Irish movies Dark Lies The Island, Float Like A Butterfly, The Curious Works of Roger Doyle, The Science of Ghosts, Town of Strangers and When All is Ruin Once Again.
Closing Dingle IFF is the documentary film The Push. It tells the remarkable story of adventurer, Grant Korgan who – despite being paralysed from the waist down following an injury – literally ‘pushed’ himself to the South Pole. Korgan will be attending the festival, taking part in a Q&A after the screening. This will be a remarkable event since Grant is one of the most sought after inspirational speakers worldwide.
Yet, as festival founder Maurice Galway – a recipient of an Ambassadors Award by Failte Ireland in December 2018 for his contribution in bringing guests to Ireland – notes, the key to Dingle IFF is the setting. According to organisers, when stars and filmmakers come to the festival, they know they will experience not only cinema, but also Irish culture – its language, music, food, scenery and welcome.
At Dingle IFF, attendees will find Hollywood executives sharing stories and a pint with upcoming young filmmakers. Over the years this has been encouraged and nurtured with various masterclasses, Q&As, Dingle Gin receptions before screenings and events such as the Pow Wow – a day-long conference between film industry leaders and up-and-comers. In regards the latter, this year’s guests include director Kirk Jones (Waking Ned), composer Patrick Doyle (Murder on The Orient Express, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and writer/producer Peter Tolan (Analyze This).
In 2019, the festival has gone even further in its welcome. Dingle IFF has developed a hub at McCarthys Bar, where people can find the box office, Pow Wow events, a nightly club and a curated programme of live music. Now, a trip to the festival will include a central place to meet, greet and spend time.
Dingle IFF also boasts a wide range of short screenings, a full free Friday of LUX prize-winning films, another free experimental movie programme titled Snapshots and the festival’s unique annual Físín event – a competition for scripts written in the Irish language. 2019’s Físín will see the return of the contest’s first winner with his debut feature Slán leis an gCeol (Farewell to Music).
Dingle IFF screens its very discerning line-up in the iconic Phoenix Cinema, one of the very last of the independently owned cinemas in Ireland, and in the town’s beautiful 200-year-old St James Church. See the venues for yourself by visiting the festival’s site and booking tickets to the festival.