The Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival brings short films to Donabate this September

September is right around the corner and although it’s caught in between the busy summer season and the winter’s awards season, there’s still no shortage of things to see and do for film fans in Dublin this autumn, starting with a festival of free short films next week.

Now in its tenth year, the Bleeding Pig Festival returns this September. The aim of the Festival is to bring together different cultural groups on the peninsula of Donabate/Portrane under one grouping. In this way they hope to attract a wider audience and appreciation of the cultural groups in the area. All ages are catered for with a variety of cultural events on display throughout. This year they’ll be host to a Pipers ceili event, the Open Mic and an arts and crafts exhibition as well as an art workshop. This year  the festival plans to have many new events, a mobile planeterium, a puppet making workshop and ‘Shall we Dance’ in Donabate Golf Club. Fingal County Council will also be running their Resort Revelations during the Festival. Of course, the films are of the most interest to us at Film In Dublin, and after a short film festival at last year’s event proved to be very popular, they’re bringing it back this year, with the opportunity to see short films for free on the evenings of the 4th, 5th and 6th at Keelings Pub in Donabate.

There are plenty of interesting short films on the schedule for the festival, including Maureen O’Connell’s Proclaim!, a film we’ve enjoyed previously at last year’s Fingal Film Festival and In This Place, written by Tristan Heanue, whose next short A Break in the Clouds has been stirring up interest for a few months now. Those of you who have taken interest in our new feature #52Fridays will be pleased to know that opening the festival on Monday will be a programme dedicated to female filmmakers, with all of Monday’s shorts having been made by women directors.

See the full schedule below and check out the Facebook page of the Short Film Festival for trailers and more info.

Monday 4th Sept – 8pm sharp

Proclaim– written/dir by Maureen O’Connell
Eadráinn Fein ( Between Us) written/dir by Mairead Kiernan
Love at First Light written/dir by Caroline Grace Cassidy
The Fireman &the Nurse written/dir by Gemma Doorly
January Hymn written/directed by Katherine Canty
Orchard Road written by Leevi Ikonen/directed by Ida Maria Olva

Tuesday 5th Sept
The Break written by Ken Wiliams/Dir by Ken Williams& Denis Fitzpatrick
Deadline written/dir by Tim Hanan
This is Us written/ dir by Ger Walsh&
Joe Drummer written/dir by Mikael Thierrry
Lily written/dir by Graham Cantwell
Second to None written/dir by Vincent Gallagher
Final Fairytale written by Ken Williams/ dir by Ken Williams&Denis Fitzpatrick

Wednesday 6th Sept
In This Place written by Tristan Heanue/dir by Alec Moore
Maidens written/dir by Conor Tobin
Day Off written by Peter McNamara/ dir by Stephen Hall
Pebbles written/dir by Jonathan Shaw
The Clockmaker’s Dream written/directed by Cashell Horgan
Acorn written by Jonathan Hughes/dir by Kevin de la Isla
BlackOut dir by Dylan Nevin/Prod by Shauna Cullen

Luke Dunne
About me

Luke is a writer, film addict and Dublin native who loves how much there is for film fans in his home county. A former writer for FilmFixx and the Freakin' Awesome Network, he founded Film In Dublin to pursue his dual dreams of writing about film and never sleeping ever again.


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