Dingle International Film Festival 2018
Dingle International Film Festival will return for its 12th installment, 22-25 March 2018. An annual celebration of film, the festival attracts an international audience with its showcase of multinational films and innovative events. Recognised as a world-renowned music, food and art capital, Dingle is one of Europe’s most beloved destinations.
Dingle IFF was established in 2007. Since its debut, it has succeeded each year with a new and exciting programme. The boutique festival has attracted guests such as Maureen O’Hara, Saoirse Ronan, Laura Dern, Cillian Murphy, and Sir Alan Parker. A premiere location for filming, Dingle’s world-famous coastline has been the backdrop for major films such as Ryan’s Daughter, Far and Away and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
Dingle’s unique charm is mirrored by the festival: hosting its screenings in unusual venues such as the Phoenix Cinema and St. James’ Church. 200-year-old St. James’ Church has been a pivotal venue since Dingle IFF was founded. The church is transformed into a cinema by building a 21ft HD screen. The famous landmark has hosted artists such as Amy Winehouse, The Frames and Florence and the Machine. This year, the festival will dedicate a special event in an effort to raise money for church repairs.
While the festival attracts international attention, it continues to promote local projects. This year, there is a special focus on local films. Opening and closing films, The Camino Voyage and Keepers of the Flame, have a strong local connection and honour Ireland’s rich history. A special “Kingdom Shorts” programme dedicated to local filmmakers will be screened. An array of international films will be presented. LUX winner Sami Blood (Sweden) and finalist Western (Germany) will be key features on this year’s line-up, subtitled in English and Irish. A selection of new Irish features, supported by The Irish Film Board, include: Kissing Candice, Song of Granite, The Silver Branch and Butterfly City.
Dingle IFF introduces new events each year. In 2015, Dingle IFF introduced the first Animation Awards in Ireland. Animation Dingle now runs parallel with the festival, offering conferences and workshops with Amazon and Disney. Dingle Pow-Wow made its debut in 2017, bringing together industry leaders and young creatives. The event provides upcoming filmmakers with insight and knowledge into the film and television business. This year, the festival will welcome Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival on their Best of the Fest tour. They will exhibit screenings that celebrate the outdoors and mountaineering from all around the world. With the assistance of The French Embassy, French company, Wonda VR, will give a unique presentation of their technology and the impact that virtual reality will have on storytelling. Also from France, Redoubtable and Ava will screen.
Home of the Gregory Peck Award, the festival honours the late actor by rewarding a contributor to the film industry. Gregory Peck was an acting great, known for his starring role in To Kill a Mockingbird. Peck’s great-grandmother was from the Dingle area. Previous winners are Laura Dern, Jacques Beineix, Jim Sheriden and Gabriel Byrne.
Dingle International Film Festival ensures another year of quality entertainment with a programme designed for all ages. Tickets are available on the festival website.
Talent, scenery and a warm Irish welcome awaits you.