Dingle International Film Festival
The Dingle International Film Festival returns for its 11th year, with four days of screenings from filmmakers across the globe. Visitors can enjoy films from all genres by major industry figures from all over the world, as well as seminars, workshops, Animation Dingle and the Gregory Peck and Murakami Awards.
The picturesque town of Dingle has long been associated with the film industry. It is home to many filmmakers, as well as one of Ireland’s only independent cinemas – the Phoenix Cinema. Dingle has also been used as a location for some major Hollywood movies through the years, including Star Wars, Ryan’s Daughter and Far and Away. A host of big names have attended the festival over the years, including Maureen O’Hara, two-time Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan, Sarah Miles, Aidan Gillen, Cillian Murphy and Sir Alan Parker. That fine tradition will be carried on this year, with some of the biggest names in the film industry set to attend.
One of the most innovative new directors in British cinema, Ben Wheatley, will introduce his new film Free Fire and will attend a live Q&A afterwards. Free Fire is a stylish, action-packed film that features an impressive ensemble cast, including Cillian Murphy, Brie Larson, Jack Reynor, Armie Hammer, Sharlto Copley, and Michael Smiley. 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 the audience’s breath away.
Timothy Spall will visit Dingle for the premiere of his hilarious new comedy Stanley A Man of Variety, while Todd Komarnicki, screenwriter of the Oscar-nominated Clint Eastwood film Sully (which is also screening during the festival), will host a “Masterclass” during the Dingle Pow-Wow at the Blasket Centre. The Pow-Wow brings industry leaders from Ireland and abroad together to discuss their careers. Other distinguished speakers and chairs set to attend this event include Michael Uppendahl (director of many episodes of Mad Men, Fargo and Ray Donovan), Cass Warner (founder of Warner Sisters and director of Hopper: In His Own Words, which will screen in St James’ Church on Friday 24 March), Gerard Stembridge (writer of Ordinary Decent Criminal, and writer/director of About Adam) and Stephen Cookson (director of Stanley A Man of Variety).
St James’ Church will host the Dingle Women in Film Screening and Panel on Sunday 26 March. This event showcases historical and cultural traditions of the local community through the imagination of remarkable women directors. An eclectic range of films will be screened, including; Uisce Beatha, directed by Elaine Kennedy, Life Is Short, directed by Colleen Grace Herlihy and A Tragedy In Kerry, directed by Áine Ní Chíobháin. 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.
The 2009 winner of the Gregory Peck Award, Jim Sheridan, will be in attendance to close this year’s festival with his new film The Secret Scripture. The film efficiently captures the spectacular rural Irish landscape of Sligo, Kilkenny, and Dublin, where the film was shot by acclaimed cinematographer Mikhail Krichman. The outstanding cast includes Rooney Mara, Vanessa Redgrave, Jack Reynor, Eric Bana, Theo James, Aidan Turner, Susan Lynch and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor.
The Dingle International Film Festival is perfect for those with an interest in breaking into the exciting world of cinema or those who are just lovers of film and want to get up close and personal with some of the leading lights in the industry. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, with all tastes catered for and the fact that it takes place in one of the best tourist spots in the country is a bonus for anyone planning a unique trip to the country this month.