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We at Film In Dublin love movie experiences of all kinds whether it’s heading along to the cinema for some classic programming, attending a film festival at the local library, chilling at home with the latest Netflix release or enjoying an open air cinema in one of Dublin’e beautiful parks. One of the more unique film-going experiences in Ireland, the Retro Drive-in has several classic film screenings for Halloween and Christmas announced as 2017 moves into its final stages. Usually aking place in Bray, technically the drive-would fall just outside the fair city of film where we like to confine our coverage, but sure look. Your car is in Dublin isn’t it? And this year, the Retro-Drive in has a new venue in Dublin for you to drive it on out to. If you want to see some classic films in an old-school way, check out the programme of the Retro Drive-in for the holidays ahead.

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The Dublin Doc Fest was founded by Tess Motherway in 2013 and since then, the festival has showcased short documentary films from both Irish and international filmmakers. Half a decade in to highlighting eye-opening documentaries in its carefully curated programmes, Dublin Doc Fest 2017 has now announced its selection of films for this year’s edition, with 14 films representing 8 countries for 1 night of provocative, non-fiction cinema.

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This year saw the introduction of a new film festival in the ranks of Dublin’s long list of varied film programming. The Dublin Sci-Fi Film Festival showcased genre filmmaking new and old in Smithfield this May. Film In Dublin were happy to be in attendance at the inaugural edition of the festival, with myself serving on the jury for the festival’s shorts programme. DSFFF is looking to expand even further in 2018, and have opened submissions now to filmmakers looking to submit their science-fiction shorts and features to potentially be shown when the festival returns to Smithfield next year.

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It’s time to get cultured film fans. Culture Night 2017 takes place this Friday 22 September, with venues and public spaces across the Ireland opening their doors to free evenings of entertainment. Culture Night has been running for 13 years now and 2017 promises to be its biggest programme to date, with live music, poetry, workshops of all kinds and more taking place all over the country. What this means of course is that this Friday, the fair city of film is going to be even busier than ever, with dozens of events taking place that will appeal to cinephiles of all ages. From kid-friendly workshops with the geniuses at Cartoon Saloon to short film screenings and more, there’s loads to do and not all in places you might expect (ever been to a movie screening at the co-op?). With the help of Culture Night we’ve compiled everything film-related taking place all across Dublin on Culture Night 2017 for you to check out, along with what’s on, when, where and the websites.

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Just because the summer is over, doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the fun of Happenings’ Open Air Cinema. The likes of OnceLa La LandDirty Dancing and Groundhog Day have all been shown by Happenings out in the sunshine (and rain!) over the last few months, and their latest event will show a beloved classic right in Sandymount.

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September is right around the corner and although it’s caught in between the busy summer season and the winter’s awards season, there’s still no shortage of things to see and do for film fans in Dublin this autumn, starting with a festival of free short films next week.

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Dog lovers! Have you ever wished that you could bring your beloved pet along with you to the cinema? As a great summer of cinema in Dublin comes to a close, Happenings and Dublin City Council are offering the chance to grab your friends, dogs and picnic blankets to cosy up and watch a classic movie together in Merrion Square. Their latest Open Air Cinema takes place in the city this Thursday.

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The community’s of Kilmainham and Inchicore are coming together this August for a festival that showcases the talents of local people and encourages all to enjoy local resources and take pride in the community. The Kilmainham-Inchicore Community Festival is a collaborative effort between the Kilmainham Arts Festival and Inchicore-based groups, who have joined forces to offer a wide variety of events on from August 24 – 27 including: a group art exhibition, a powerful one-man play, an exciting spoken word event, music, children’s activities and, most eye-catchingly to us, film screenings of documentaries made by local filmmakers. The events at the festival including these documentary screenings are all free and it looks like there’s plenty on offer for visitors to have a good time and bond with the local community.

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