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Formerly the Chinese-Language Film Festival, the East Asia Film Festival Ireland has risen through the ranks of the Dublin cinema scene to become among the highlights of the festival calendar, offering outstanding East Asian cinema on an Irish stage. Classic films, hard-to-access current features and masterclasses from a diverse filmmaking perspective are on offer once again at this year’s festival, which takes place at the Irish Film Institute once again from April 11th until the 14th.

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Director: Wanuri Kahiu Starring: Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva Running Time: 82 minutes


One of 2018’s more underseen and personable films in a collection of new romantic comedies was Love Simon , a queer teen romance that managed to jog where other films had once walked, allowing itself to focus funly, freely and  matter-of-factly on the romance of its gay lead in a setting where other obstacles where pointedly settled. Wanuri Kahiu’s story of queer African adolescence deserves plenty of props for following in that vein as much as it can, focusing on the falling stage of two young Kenyan girls’ romance in spite of and beyond the very real national contextRafiki is a delicate but vibrant love story, a smile that can’t help breaking out.

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The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2019 has begun! Already the year’s seminal celebration of cinema in the fair city of film has held numerous exciting events. Just this morning, Irish filmmaker Paddy Breathnach hosted a workshop with Sean Bailey of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, engaging Irish industry professionals with one of the most prominent players. Young minds got a chance to have an early look at The Kid Who Would Be King, Joe Cornish’s exciting family adventure film. There’s a lot to keep track of and the festival hasn’t even had it’s Opening Gala yet, formally launching tonight with the Irish premiere of John Butler’s latest film, Papi Chulo .To help our readers navigate through this fantastic fortnight of film, we’ve picked out a couple of highlights from this year’s programme. You can check out the full schedule here but before then, make sure to give our highlights a look:

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Different sponsor, same great programming – DIFF, now the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival, is back. The programme for the Dublin International Film Festival 2019 was launched in the fair city of film yesterday afternoon and tickets are flying off the shelf for a trove of fantastic films now.

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The announcements are starting to roll in for the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2019 and frankly there might not be many more exciting that the news that comedy classic The Muppet Movie is going to be screening all over the fair city of film this February, as part of VMDIFF19’s Fantastic Flix programme.

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In Direct Line, Film In Dublin cuts to the chase, asking 20 questions of Ireland’s directors to get a brief look into their outlooks, influences and inspirations.


Short film The Observer Effect is a dark thriller with vivid imagery, telling the story of a man and a woman with a mysterious connection whose paths, when crossed, are destined to lead to a violent end. An impressive debut from director Garret Walsh, with an immersive feeling of dread and remarkable production design, the short has had considerable success on the film festival circuit, showing at the likes of the Richard Harris International Film Festival, the Silk Road Film Festival and more, picking up award nominations and wins along the way.

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13 isn’t always an unlucky number, and so it has proved for Kinopolis, Dublin’s Polish Film Festival which will be hosting it’s 13th edition at the Irish Film Institute this December. For years the Kinopolis Polish Film Festival has been one of the highlights of the IFI’s international programming, packing out audiences with a celebration of one of the hallmarks of European cinema. With seven films and an enticing animation showcase on offer, Kinopolis 2018 is shaping up to be a can’t miss event at the end of Dublin film fans’ calendars.

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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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Returning to the fair city of film for it fourth year, the Dublin Greek Film Festival 2018 will present features, documentaries and short films from Greece along with special events at the Chester Beatty, The New Theatre and The Sugar Club this week.

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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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