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iffy‘ it is a bite sized short film festival on the Liffey, at the Pearse Street Theatre. For less than the price of your typical cinema ticket, the festival will be screening a carefully curated selection of short films, with a wine reception as well if you’re feeling extra fancy.

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The Firehouse Film Contest is a monthly short film festival held in A4 Sounds on Dorset Street, showcasing the very latest efforts from Irish filmmakers, hot off the press. We’ve got the November results and a chat with one of the winners at this month’s screenings, which took place on November 4th.

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Normally we at Film In Dublin wouldn’t be on board with breaking out the fairy lights and tinsel for Christmas while the Halloween pumpkins haven’t even rotted yet. But for the Light House Cinema’s Naughty or Nice season, we’re always willing to make an exception. An annual season of seasonal classics featuring all your comforting Christmas favourites, this festive programming is a Christmas tradition for cinema-goers in the fair city of film, a celebration for Light House regulars to mark the end of another great year of movies. This afternoon, the Light House announced the schedule for Naughty or Nice 2018 from Dec 1st to 23rd, and they’ve been good to us as ever.

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New Irish feature The Belly Of The Whale starring Pat Shortt (Garage, Calvary) will be released in Irish cinemas on Friday 7th December. 

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Dublin Feminist Film Festival promotes and celebrates female filmmakers, dedicated to inspiring women of all kinds to become involved with filmmaking. The films showcased over the years at the festival have highlighted not just women on-screen, but also behind the camera, and stand as Dublin’s most prominent celebration of female filmmaking. This November, the Dublin Feminist Film Festival 2018 will continue this tradition of displaying women as women as compelling characters and creatives.

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A nation divided? Once thriving cities reduced to ruins? Shambling, brainless monsters praying on the innocent, destroying all hope? It’s not just Brexit, it’s also Redcon-1; a new, independent British zombie action/war film.  Having screened in cinemas across the UK, the film is now making its way to Ireland, with some exclusive screenings for zombie fans in the fair city of film.

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The Irish Film Institute’s annual Horrorthon is just one week away, a mix of bloody madness and mayhem that showcases a diverse range of horror films from Ireland and abroad. With plenty of Irish premieres, a couple of Q&As, shorts, surprises and a looot of blood, the IFI Horrorthon 2018 is set to be another great, gruesome festival of horror. We’ve picked out a few of the festivals highlights, and we’ve got the full programme for you to look through.

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An upcoming masterclass in Dublin aims to teach upcoming filmmakers everything from pre to post production to make a great short film. Feature Film School are taking bookings for this class now, with an exclusive discount available now to Film In Dublin readers.

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Blogger, podcaster, author, Darren Mooney is one of the hardest working names in the Irish critical community. A long-time writer on award-winning the m0vie blog, his one-stop shop for all things pop culture, Darren also contributes regularly to the Irish film monthly magazine CinÉireann and curates both the Scannain podcast and The 250, where he and Andrew Quinn look at IMDB’s list of the top 250 films of all time. (Full Disclosure: This writer has appeared on both podcasts.) Darren has recently published his latest book, Christopher Nolan – A Critical Study of the Films, a history covers Nolan’s complete filmography, tracing his career from film student to indie darling to Oscar-nominated auteur. Film In Dublin caught up with Darren to talk about his movie memories, influences as a writer, and experiences in the toxic waters of online backlashes.

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