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Last November saw the first edition of the iffy Short Film Festival, a bite-sized selection of shorts for Liffey-side lovers of film. The festival will be making its return early next month, with another batch of movie bouches. A festival that embraces and celebrates the potential and power of the short film on its own merits, iffy will be returning for its 3rd edition in the coming weeks, with 9 films to be shown in total.

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It’s easy to be cynical when it comes to movies for kids, especially during the summer. A succession of safe, loud, obnoxious films are nearly always lined up for the school break months, lingering at the box office until well into September. Even the quality ones with craft and ambition put into them can feel like IP-introductory exercises, maintaining brand awareness in the first two quadrants into infinity and beyond. But be cynical no more! (Maybe get a bit of lunch in and lighten up…)

The IFI Family Film Festival, the Irish Film Institute’s annual event of cinema catered to young viewers, returns in July with a programme of international treats to entertain film fans of all ages, whatever the weather.

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The recently-opened Jam Park in Swords describes itself as “an adults playground”, a multi-experience venue for food, drink, gaming, dancing and more. So long as no one turns into donkeys after an extended stay at this Business Park Pleasure Island, it should open up a fun new range of possibilities for entertainment seekers looking something different, and with their upcoming Rooftop Cinema screenings, film fans are sure to find something that takes their fancy.

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The China Ireland International Film Festival aims to introduce the best Chinese filmmakers and film works to Ireland, brings Chinese films to the Irish film audience, allowing a more direct experience of Chinese art. In the same vein, a number of Irish films will be screened during the festival, the better to share some of the best of Irish filmmaking in the 21st century.

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Every year the Irish Film Institute explores a diverse range of science fiction in its Dark Skies programme. In June 2019, Dark Skies returns to the IFI, and this year the festival will explore how the sci-fi genre has responded to our world’s ambiguous relationship to the machines we have created with the theme “Man Vs Machine”.

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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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Every May, the Dublin Dance Festival presents the best Irish and international dance performances in venues throughout the city to a growing and evolving audience and generates opportunities for artists, at home and abroad  through residencies, commissions and partnerships and by encouraging artistic collaboration, experimentation, risk-taking and innovation in dance. The 2019 edition of the festival has already begun and will run until the 19th of May, but film fans may be interested in a selection of shorts taking place at the Projects Arts Centre next Monday 13th May.

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Admirable, Amiable, Theodorable. Who doesn’t love Keanu Reeves? Certainly the Light House Cinema do, which is why they’ve announced their latest season, Keanurama, an ode to Ted Logan himself that will demonstrate through over a dozen of his most iconic roles exactly why the man is The One to so many film fans. Including a John Wick double-bill and coinciding with the release of that series’ latest chapter Parabellum, this series of fun films will surely have us all speeding to Smithfield this summer.

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