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Film Submissions are now open for the third Dublin Smartphone Film Festival. The festival will be returning for 2020 after two widely successful sold out events. As Irelands only Smartphone Film Festival, the DUBSMARTFF aims to inspire budding directors as well as celebrate National and International filmmakers using Smartphones exclusively to tell their stories.

Dublin Smartphone Film Festival, organised by Film In Dublin alum Robert Fitzhugh, is accepting submissions now for their next festival from both local and International Filmmakers. They are expanding the scope of the event to include and Under 16 Category, looking for younger budding Filmmakers to submit their films either as individuals or in groups. Other Categories include best Fiction, Music video, Documentary, Animation, and 360/VR film. The festival advises that all entries should be no longer than 15 minutes in length. In 2019, the festival received over 100 submissions from over 24 countries and regions, ultimately screening the best 26 of the submissions at the event with the moving The Missing Things (Australia) directed by Jason Van Genderen winning the Grand prize.

After the success of the first two years, the Dubsmartff team are expecting an even larger number of submissions for year three. The festival programmers are on the lookout for captivating stories that take full advantage of the technology.

The Dublin Smartphone Film Festival is set to take place in January 2020 with the venue being announced in
the coming weeks.

The festival is open for submissions for 2020. Submission fees apply.

Entries can be sent to festival organizers via the Film Freeway portal found below.

Visit the Dublin Smartphone Film Festival online at  or
on social @dubsmarff

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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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New Irish horror film The Hole in the Ground, directed by Lee Cronin will have its World Premiere at the renowned Sundance Film Festival this January, ahead of its Irish cinema release in early 2019.

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Tomorrow evening sees the return of one of Dublin’s top purveyors of cult classic cinema. Hollywood Babylon are back and kicking off eight months of crowd-pleasers at the Light House Cinema, starting with a true grindhouse great; The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

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When the Bard gets boring, it’s increasingly appealing to distinguished actors to turn to Winston Churchill for their monologue jollies; “we shall fight them on the beaches” being as suitable for performance as anything Shakespeare ever did. Through various films, such noteworthy performers as Albert Finney, our own Brendan Gleeson, Brian Cox last year and um…Christian Slater, have donned the bowler hat, stuck up a V-sign and gotten down to speechifying, and now Gary Oldman picks up that mantle. Unrecognisable in impressive make up, Oldman’s turn in Darkest Hour is being put forth as a showcase for the veteran, a big Oscar-grabbing performance in a film that looks, as many do, back at Britain’s ‘darkest hour’ also in some ways as its finest. Let’s not forget, there was literally a film about this exact same time-period titled Their Finest released just last year. Rarely, if ever, do films of this type want to engage with Churchill the racist, the Churchill that sent soldiers into Tonypandy or helped starve India, or set up the Black and Tans and Darkest Hour is no exception, an effort to rouse and court applause and though it’s definitely well-made enough to receive that in some quarters, the film and Oldman’s central performance are both at their best when they tone down the bombast and openly admit just how close Britain came to ruin.

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