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.
The first trailer has arrived for Creed II, the sequel the acclaimed Rocky spinoff of 2015 that brought the director-actor team of Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan to mainstream audiences. Creed was one of the first reviews available on Film In Dublin, an “exhilarating” experience that left us hoping for Adonis Creed versus cyborg Ivan Drago, and though that won’t be happening we won’t be too far off with this sequel. Coogler isn’t in the directors chair this time, but Jordan is back for another installment in the odyssey of Adonis, and this November, there’s more to lose than a title for the son of Apollo.
November 24 -26 will see the return of Dub Web Fest, Ireland’s celebration of online storytelling. Now in its third year, this film festival curated for online programming will have among its programme a MasterClass workshop in editing to be delivered by the experienced and renowned Irish editor Tony Kearns. From advertisements of the likes of Lynx, the Lotto and Playstation to acclaimed music videos including ‘Just’ by Radiohead and ‘Firestarter’ by The Prodigy, chances are high that you’ve seen his work, even if you haven’t realised it. More recently, Kearns has edited a number of feature films, including Cardboard Gangsters, the true crime drama set in the heart of Darndale. Film In Dublin spoke with Tony ahead of Dub Web Fest, to get his insights into the editing process.
Next Friday will see Grindhouse Dublin celebrate the anniversary of another fan favourite, and they pity the fool who won’t be there.*
The Dublin Feminist Film Festival celebrates female filmmakers, with the aim of inspiring and empowering more female involvement in filmmaking. The films screened at the festival consider women both on screen and behind it, showcasing stories told by and about women. For four years the festival has showcased great films by women from Ireland and abroad and involved women in film in discussions about their work, and the festival returns November 16 – 18 for a weekend of films that look to the future of women in cinema.
Dub Web Fest, now in its 3rd year, serves as a celebration of the storytelling power of the Internet. Uniting digital media and tech worlds, the festival provides a platform for original web series and short form digital content, as TV and Film production professionals come together in Dublin to showcase the best of what they can do online. This year, the festival makes its way to Smithfield, as the first details from the 2017 edition begin to arrive.
The latest film by Alex Gibney is set for release in Irish and UK cinemas on the 10th of November. The documentary director has courted both awards and controversy for films like Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief and We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks will be exploring the Troubles in his film No Stone Unturned.
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.
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.