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This November, a festival celebrating the life and work of one of Ireland’s most well-regarded authors begins. 300 year old ballads, walking tours and theatrical performances will all take place to immerse punters in the life Jonathan Swift, writer of Gulliver’s Travels, A Modest Proposal and more at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. Also teaming up with the Jonathan Swift Festival are the IFI and director Jim Sheridan, who’ll be presenting films about and inspired by Swift, including a find from the IFI archives, Mary McGuckian’s Words Upon the Window Pane, a film that features Sheridan himself in a cameo as Swift.

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This Friday, the Dublin Arabic Film Festival begins once again the Irish Film Institute. a celebration of the best of contemporary Arabic cinema, providing a window into Arabic people, culture and politics. The festival, organised by president and director Jim Sheridan and Zahara Moufid respectively, will show 5 films from October 6th to 8th showcasing filmmaking from the Arabic region.

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The full programme for the 2017 Audi Dublin International Film Festival has been announced, with a very exciting selection of films. Seàna Kerslake, festival director Grainne Humphreys and Richard Molley, Head of Marketing and Product at Audi Ireland were on hand Wednesday morning at the Hugh Lane Gallery for a photo call for Dublin’s biggest film festival, which spans from the 16th to the 26th of February. The 15th edition since its revival in 2003, the festival’s programme was officially launched at Eden Quay’s Laughter Lounge yesterday evening. Kerslake, star of A Date For Mad Mary and one of Ireland’s fast-rising acting talents, will be on the jury this year for the ADIFF Discovery Award. Featuring eagerly anticipated films from Ireland and around the world and a number of special guests, February 2017 promises to be the most exciting time of the year for Dublin film fans, spanning righy across the screens of the city’s cinemas, including the Savoy, Light House, Cineworld and IFI.

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With the year that’s in it, Happenings will be showing some of the greatest Irish films of the last 100 years between August and October 2016. This special edition of Happenings’ popular Open Air Cinema Screenings, called ‘Centenary Cinema’, will celebrate the best of Irish film. Guests involved with the making of the films will be in attendance, as Centenary Cinema discusses their work and looks to highlight historical, political, and cultural issues that have effected Irish society over the decades. This Friday, August 12th, Merrion Square will hold host to a screening of In the Name of the Father.

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At the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room was the winner of the Grolsch People’s Choice Award, recognition from the TIFF audience that begun Room‘s journey to Oscar-winning success. One year later, the Irish film industry continues to receive international spotlight, with three major films supported by support of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) being selected for this year’s edition of the prestigious Canadian film festival.

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