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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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Yesterday saw the beginning of the 2017 Ranelagh Arts Festival, a celebration of the arts in all their forms right in the heart of Dublin’s southside. Located right across from the Luas line at the Arts Centre in Ranelagh Village, the festival, now in its 7th year, has over the years featured local artists and musicians, performances by children from the area, poetry, plays, film, history and photography. Internationally recognised artists that have been part of Ranelagh Arts include Paul Brady, Maura O’Connell, John Banville, Anne Enright, Anthony Cronin, Ken Doherty, Donal O’Sullivan and our the screen legend Maureen O’Hara. Running until the 8th of October, there are plenty of events to see and take part in, which you can read more about here, but we at Film In Dublin are happy to see Irish films and local talent being showcased over the next few days and wanted to make sure you knew about it too.

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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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One of the flagship festivals and highlights in the calendar of the Irish Film Institute, the IFI Documentary Festival begins tomorrow, running over the weekend into the beginning of October. The festival will showcase fine documentary filmmaking from directors, Irish directors alongside international ones, for a programme of 16 feature length documentaries, 7 Irish premieres, as well as a world premiere.

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Director: Stephen Burke Starring: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Barry Ward, Martin McCann Running Time: 92 minutes

Maze tells the story of the mass breakout of 38 IRA prisoners from the HMP Maze prison, which was built specifically for them, in 1983.

Maze‘s efforts to humanise all sides of the Troubles, including those suffering on the side lines, make it a compelling watch. Stephen Rennick’s gentle soundtrack and the cool blues of the prison are sublime.

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The networking platform Film Network Ireland will be working with the screenwriting workshop group A Dramatic Improvement to present Storytelling for The Screen: An Introduction to the Principles of Story for Writers and Directors. The second of FNI’s writing series, the October workshop is part of an overall plan to facilitate in the long run the production of films in Ireland, to teach and inspire budding creative minds in Irish film.

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Irish film duo AnneMarie Naughton and Andrew Burke have launched Rangle, a unique new digital platform that works to connect highly-skilled crew with production companies in real time.

Over the last 18 months (2016 until present), the Irish film industry is worth €193 million to the Irish economy (this is based on eligible expenditure over this period.) As of 2016, the film industry employed 6,700 Irish residents as cast or crew on film. *

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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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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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