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The Irish Film Institute have today launched a major and vital fundraising initiative ahead of a wide-ranging refurbishment project set to begin in August 2019. As one of Ireland’s essential and most prominent venues to exhibit, preserve and educate via film, their call for support is one all fans in the fair city of film ought to be listening to very carefully.

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Warner Bros. UK and Ireland have put up the Bat-Signal for fans in the fair city of film with their announcement that classic Batman films will be returning to select cinemas  from the 17th May as part of the character’s ongoing 80th anniversary celebration. Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin will also be receiving 4K Ultra and Digital releases for the first time on the 3rd June, featuring Dolby Atmos.

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Cinemagic Film and Television Festival for Young People returns to Dublin this May and June with a programme jam packed full of diverse creative opportunities to inspire and motivate young people. This year will see a number of new exciting elements added to the programme and visits from representatives fromAardman Animations, Brown Bag Films and Cartoon Saloon! A new screening series entitled Talking Pictures will offer the chance to view Irish movies with talks from filmmakers and film professionals involved in the productions. Among the industry names who will take part will be Frank Berry, Carmel Winters, Lee Cronin, Aislinn Clarke, Paddy Breathnach and Andrew and Ryan Tohill. For an even more immersive experience, young people can be part of the first Cinemagic Talent Lab Boot Camp  for 16+yr olds and it will include masterclasses, seminars and Q&A’s with film professionals who will provide insight into the industry in a range of disciplines such as Production Management, Assistant Directing, Editing, Camera, Sound, Art Department & Costume, Hair and Makeup and Location Management.

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The 20th annual Newport Beach Film Festival will present the largest celebration of Irish Cinema in North America during its eight-day run (April 25 – May 2, 2019) in Southern California. Highlights include an Irish Showcase event, red carpet premieres, Breakthrough Artist Award presentation to Moe Dunford, eleven Irish feature length films, twenty Irish short films, the participation of Irish filmmakers and talent.

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 As a fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society’s annual Daffodil Day, the Irish popular film podcast The 250 is hosting a live eighteen-hour podcast covering David Lynch’s groundbreaking television series Twin Peaks: The Return from 2pm GMT (8am EST/5am PST) on Saturday 23rd March.

 

Film Submissions are now open for the third Dublin Smartphone Film Festival. The festival will be returning for 2020 after two widely successful sold out events. As Irelands only Smartphone Film Festival, the DUBSMARTFF aims to inspire budding directors as well as celebrate National and International filmmakers using Smartphones exclusively to tell their stories.

Dublin Smartphone Film Festival, organised by Film In Dublin alum Robert Fitzhugh, is accepting submissions now for their next festival from both local and International Filmmakers. They are expanding the scope of the event to include and Under 16 Category, looking for younger budding Filmmakers to submit their films either as individuals or in groups. Other Categories include best Fiction, Music video, Documentary, Animation, and 360/VR film. The festival advises that all entries should be no longer than 15 minutes in length. In 2019, the festival received over 100 submissions from over 24 countries and regions, ultimately screening the best 26 of the submissions at the event with the moving The Missing Things (Australia) directed by Jason Van Genderen winning the Grand prize.

After the success of the first two years, the Dubsmartff team are expecting an even larger number of submissions for year three. The festival programmers are on the lookout for captivating stories that take full advantage of the technology.

The Dublin Smartphone Film Festival is set to take place in January 2020 with the venue being announced in
the coming weeks.

The festival is open for submissions for 2020. Submission fees apply.

Entries can be sent to festival organizers via the Film Freeway portal found below.
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/DublinSmartphoneFilmfestival

Visit the Dublin Smartphone Film Festival online at  or
on social @dubsmarff

The nominations for the 91st edition of the Academy Awards have now been announced. The eyes of film fans from across the world will be on the Dolby Theatre next month, teary eyes, eyes agog, eyes rolling, but all nonetheless focused on this years offering of big Hollywood bru ha ha over the next celebrated films in Hollywood this year. Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross announced the nominees for this year’s Oscars this afternoon.

There will be no host at this year’s Oscars according to reports, after initially announced host Kevin Hart dropped out following online backlash against previous homophobic tweets that he had made.

Irish production The Favourite from Element Pictures has received 10 nominations for this year’s Oscars including  nods for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress, making it the most nominated film of this year’s awards alongside Alfonso Cuaraon’s Roma. Dubliner Robbie Ryan received a nomination also for Best Cinematography for  The Favourite, while two shorts directed by Irish directors also picked up nominations.

Louise Bagnall’s  Late Afternoon, produced by Cartoon Saloon, received a nomination for Best Animated Short. Bagnall’s film follows a woman with dementia as she seeks to reassemble past memories. The film available to view now was given a shout out yesterday in our interview with Brian O’Brien as a must-watch. There was a nomination also for Best Live-Action Short for Irish director Vincent Lambe’s controversial film Detainment. The short, which is an assembly of transcripts of interviews with the boys convicted of the Jamie Bulger murders in the 1990s, has already drawn angry criticism from the victim’s family. This year’s ceremony is set to take place on Sunday, February 24th, 2019. We have the full list of this year’s nominations available now:

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The Fantastic Flix programme for the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2019 is looking really fantastic – a diverse selection that celebrates films for young people from all over the world. Among the highlights of the programme announced so far is the attendance of director Joe Cornish for a screening of his latest film The Kid Who Would Be King, but a simple meet-and-greet isn’t all the director has in store when he arrives to Dublin for the 13th of February.

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The announcements are starting to roll in for the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2019 and frankly there might not be many more exciting that the news that comedy classic The Muppet Movie is going to be screening all over the fair city of film this February, as part of VMDIFF19’s Fantastic Flix programme.

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