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A very successful addition to the Dublin film festival calendar last year, the Dublin Smartphone Film Festival will be making a return later this month. Created by former Film In Dublin contributor a Robert Fitzhugh, showcases mobile storytellers. The festival’s mission is to encourage the next generation of filmmakers to share their stories and to provide them with a platform to present these stories to a wider audience and last year also featured several Film In Dublin writer’s among its judging panel. The programme for the festival is available now, and will include a wide selection of phone-made films from Ireland and abroad.

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Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman Starring: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, John Mulaney, Nicolas Cage, Liev Schreiber Running Time: 117 minutes


The suggestion that we have hit a saturation point with superhero movies has become an increasingly pointless gesture in film criticism. One might as well say that Hollywood has hit a saturation point with making money, and the idea has always carried a degree of ignorance, or arrogance; a dismissive view of a form of storytelling whose domination of the comic book medium is closer to reaching a century than a saturation. The people are here for superhero movies, and the future for the genre isn’t to die out but to make sure they speak to all the people; growing and changing and embracing the vast potential of the medium to show superheroes, their powers and their capacity for good in exciting new ways. Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse does all this and more, with a confidence, enthusiasm and joy, all of which put it firmly in the conversation for best superhero movie of the year.

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Coming soon to the Light House Cinema is Dublin’s latest film festival. The Dublin film fan’s calendar is always bursting with film festivals, especially at this time of year. Even this week, the Peter McVerry Trust are hosting a festival of their own at the Smithfield cinema, with the Opening Doors Film Festival well underway, screening films like The Florida Project and Paddy Breathnach’s soon-upcoming Rosie, an important effort from Ireland’s first ‘homeless film festival’ to engage cinema audiences on the issue of homelessness and stir debate and conversations on its impact on our society. Also this week you can check in on the future of Irish film through ‘SEA CHANGE – IADT@21’, a screening of the Best of IADT’s Film Graduate shorts taking place this Thursday 11th October, 6pm at The Studio in dlr LexIcon.

Looking ahead to November though and back, as ever, to the Light House, the Dublin Independent Film Festival will be the latest showcase of a range of Irish talents, taking place on Thursday, 1st November. This festival is organised for both independent filmmakers and cinema-goers who love to discover niche films and artists.

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The kids may be back in school but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a good family day out at the movies before the autumn season really kicks in. The Irish Film Institute has you covered with starting from this Friday with a fun-filled festival of family-friendly films. The IFI Family Festival 2018 is packed with movies and events to foster the young film fans in your life, from August 31st to September 2nd.

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From Boulder to Brown Bag to Mooshku and more, Dublin is a developing hub of animation and every year, the Dublin Animation Film Festival celebrates the best of the format, both Irish and internationally. This October sees the festival return for its 8th edition, and submissions for animators are open now.

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One of the highlights of the calendar every year in the fair city of film, the GAZE LGBT Film Festival is shaping up to have one of its most packed programmes yet. There’s loads to see and do during the festival, which takes place this year from the 2nd to the 6th of August, but we’ve picked out a couple of highlights for you to help you plan your own festival schedule. Narrowing it down to six picks was hard enough, considering how many intriguing screenings and events are taking place (we originally had five and just had to add more), but these are some of the most can’t miss moments during a great weekend to come.

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Director: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguía Running Time: 109 minutes


Though they have been drawn some criticism in the last few years for their reliance on sequels, Pixar can still be relied on to create imaginative worlds filled with fun characters, as the beloved Inside Out proved not so long ago. They also, crucially, never talk down to the kids that there films are aimed at (okay, apart from the Cars series, mostly), imparting lessons without moralising, giving something to take away from viewings beyond bright colours and catchy tunes.  Their latest feature Coco is as colourful as they come, and even leans slightly more in the Disney direction with the number of songs it features, but rest assured, this is a Pixar movie with both a brain and a heart. Even if it doesn’t always look like it, considering how many skeletons are around.

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Since 2012, the Fingal Film Festival has spotlighted local independent filmmaking and showcased emerging local, national and international talents. This year will see the festival bigger than ever, as it’s been revamped into the Fingal Film & Arts Festival, a 3 day event this August that offers the people of Fingal a line-up of indie film, music and comedy with top-quality production and entertainment, with festival organisers excited to create “the ultimate summer festival experience on your door step”.

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Set to take place in 2018, the Dublin Smartphone Film Festival is Ireland’s latest international film festival dedicated to filmmakers exclusively using mobile devices. The festival will screen a host of short film, documentary, animation and music videos, with industry and educational workshops as well as a few surprises.

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