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If you know where and when to look in Dublin you can find a film festival showing the finest cinema of almost any region or culture in the world. Frequently the where is the Irish Film Institute and coming soon for the when is this May, as this year the IFI will be hosting the inaugural Chinese-language Film Festival Ireland. Titled ‘Made in Taiwan‘,  the festival will be showing some a range of acclaimed Chinese-language films, including the martial arts classic A Touch of Zen and what’s more, the festival will be highlighting the work of master filmmaker Hou Hsiao-Hsien, as well as his longtime collaborator, screenwriter Chu Tien-Wen.

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For the last nine years, the Embassy of Japan has partnered with Access Cinema to bring the best of Japanese cinema to Irish shores. Many of these films never even get a full international release, but the Embassy and Access Cinema, with the support of the Ireland Japan Association and the Japan Foundation have been opening a cinematic window into Japanese life and culture, showing Japanese films at venues throughout the country. The 2017 Japanese Film Festival, which will be taking place in cinemas in Dundalk, Cork, Galway, Sligo, Maynooth, Limerick, Dublin and Waterdord throughout April, now has its full lineup of films announced. The festival programme was unveiled at the Light House Cinema on Sunday, marked by a screening of the film A Silent Voice.

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Since its inception the Silk Road International Film Festival has celebrated the art, culture and cinema of the regions that were historically part of the Silk Road trade routes. Every March, a wide range of Eurasian cinema is screened at the festival, with the aim of showcasing the different arts and cultures of these different areas and bringing diverse filmmaking to a wider audience. Now running for five years, the Silk Road International Film Festival returns this March with an interesting selection of films and international guests.

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The Fingal Film Festival was launched in September of 2012 and has run every year since. The festival endeavours to place a spotlight on local independent filmmaking by screening locally produced films, running workshops with some industry bigshots and celebrating the diversity of cinema by screening some national and foreign films. The schedule for this Year’s festival has just been announced, check it out below.

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