Dingle International Film Festival announces adjudicators for 2017

The Dingle International Film Festival have announced the adjudicators who will select from the open submissions programme for its 2017 screenings.

Joining the festival’s Artistic Director Maurice Galway, Dingle IFF have pulled together a talented team from across the wider film industry to select films that will be screen at the 2017 festival, which takes place in March.

Mandy Kean, Gerard Stembridge and Brian MacEvilly will adjudicate the Feature Live Action Short Films. Mandy Kean is the European Director of Cinema for Soho House & Co. and is a board member of Dingle IFF. Gerard Stembridge is a writer known for his radio work with Dermot Morgan and for films including About Adam, Ordinary Decent Criminal and About Adam. Screenwriter Brian MacEvilly lives in Dingle and his feature scripts Independence Pass  and The Full Irish garnered him the Grand Prize in the 2015 Nashville Film Festival.

Mark Christopher Covino and Brenda Ní Shúilleabháin will view the Feature Documentaries. Mark Christopher Covino is known for his highly acclaimed Black Panther documentary What We Want, We Believe and his first feature film A Band Called Death premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and subsequently won the Audience Award at South By Southwest in 2013. Brenda Ní Shúilleabháin is no stranger to Dingle IFF and is currently working on Rianta mo Chos (a series on the connection between person and place) and Holy War in Dingle (a history of Protestantism on the Dingle Peninsula).

The Short Live Action category will be adjudicated by Audrey O’Reilly and John Maguire. Writer/director Audrey O’Reilly’s short films have been screened all over the world. Her short Clare sa Speir has been included on the Leaving Certificate syllabus for over ten years. Journalist John Maguire is one of the most respected film critics in the country. He has written a weekly film review column and long form feature interviews for the Sunday Business Post for the past eight years. He previously contributed a weekly film review to Ireland’s most popular breakfast radio show – the Ian Dempsey show on Today FM.

Bob Jackson will adjudicate the Short Documentary panel. Jackson is a filmmaker, author, music producer and lecturer based in Cork. His first feature film A Doctor’s Sword was released to huge acclaim last year and was nominated for an Irish Film & Television Award earlier this year.

The next deadline for submissions is 4 November. Further information on submission guidelines can be found here. The Dingle International Film Festival will take place 23 – 26 March 2017.


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