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Film Network Ireland are hosting an event this weekend to raise awareness of the issues surrounding the Housing Crisis in Ireland. FNI 20/20 is a weekend filmmaking Festival to raise awareness of the hows and why of the Crisis and to highlight the areas of housing shortages, Addiction and Homelessness in Ireland.

All content produced at this event as well as money raised will be donated to the Peter McFerry Trust. The winning short will be shown with FNI partners The Virgin Media International Film Festival. The event is also sponsored by Dublin Business School, Wildcard Distribution and The Headstuff Podcast Network. This is an over 18’s event.

 

The FNI 20/20 event will involve two screenings on Sunday the 15th of December.

A submission screening : Entry is 15 euro and all submissions to be handed in person via USB  by 6pm, 14th at DBS Balfe Street. The Weekend Shoot and Screen Festival Kicks off on the evening of the 13th of December to the 15th, Entry costing 10 euro.

 

The entire event is set to take place at FNI headquarters at their partners Dublin Business School, Balfe Street, found just off Grafton Street, Dublin 2.

The first info/pitch session takes Place at 18:30pm at DBS, Balfe St on the 13th of Dec-  Concluding at the screening on the 15th at 7pm. Submission Screening deadline is Saturday the 14th of Dec at 6pm.  For Screening 15th of Dec. Tickets are available now via Eventbrite.

 

Filmmakers, film fans and other curious attendees mingled in the charming venue to enjoy mulled wine and hot chocolate before a screening of ten stunning short films at the iffy Short Film Festival last weekend.

The programme included eight films from Ireland and two international films with six of the shorts screened written and directed by women. Although the curators are clear to point out that a theme for the programme is never expressly chosen, this edition’s line up was very unique; touching on comedy, dance, theatre and horror all with an experimental twist.

Festival director Duncan McKenna had this to say about the festivals latest edition:

“iffy 4 was a resounding success. On the sellout night, there was a great vibe, good chats and 10 fantastic short films. For that we thank the volunteers, our sponsor Dept, and of course the filmmakers. We look forward to the next edition of iffy, and what that will become”

The winner of the “little iffy” award this year was  Legacy an experimental film by Derry-based writer and filmmaker Michael Barwise. Described as a journey into the collective gut of cats and Northern Ireland while exploring the lasting impact of violence and the domestication of trauma, the film was produced in association with Channel 4’s Random Acts and premiered on Film 4 as part of The Troubles on Film Season in September.

Describing the festival, director, writer and actor Anne Marie Kelly said:

This festival was a pleasure to attend. The organisers were lovely to deal with and they brought a cohesion to the audience experience with their enthusiasm and respect for film. Met some interesting professionals at the relaxed reception. Looking forward to the next one – I’ll be going for the pure enjoyment whether I have a film showing or not.

 

The fifth edition of iffy will take place on July 13th 2020. Submissions will be open to filmmakers from March 20th next year. Film fans can keep up to date with iffy on social media on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram

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