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As if the attractions at the GAZE LGBT Film Festival this or any year could be limited to a mere five standouts! Still, as one of the standout annual events in the fair city of film, both as a consistently excellent programme of cinema and as one the country’s biggest LGBT gatherings outside of Dublin Pride, GAZE generates considerable excitement every summer and it’s worth looking at why. The mood of film fans is buzzing nicely ahead of GAZE 2019’s Opening Gala taking place tonight, a sold-out screening at the Light House Cinema of the documentary Deep In Vogue. You can get an overview of this year’s programme here, but with so much to choose from in the five days of film ahead, we look at five reasons why you must get yourselves into the screens for GAZE 2019.

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Cinemagic Film and Television Festival for Young People returns to Dublin this May and June with a programme jam packed full of diverse creative opportunities to inspire and motivate young people. This year will see a number of new exciting elements added to the programme and visits from representatives fromAardman Animations, Brown Bag Films and Cartoon Saloon! A new screening series entitled Talking Pictures will offer the chance to view Irish movies with talks from filmmakers and film professionals involved in the productions. Among the industry names who will take part will be Frank Berry, Carmel Winters, Lee Cronin, Aislinn Clarke, Paddy Breathnach and Andrew and Ryan Tohill. For an even more immersive experience, young people can be part of the first Cinemagic Talent Lab Boot Camp  for 16+yr olds and it will include masterclasses, seminars and Q&A’s with film professionals who will provide insight into the industry in a range of disciplines such as Production Management, Assistant Directing, Editing, Camera, Sound, Art Department & Costume, Hair and Makeup and Location Management.

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Different sponsor, same great programming – DIFF, now the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival, is back. The programme for the Dublin International Film Festival 2019 was launched in the fair city of film yesterday afternoon and tickets are flying off the shelf for a trove of fantastic films now.

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Prestige comes to Dublin this February as one of the most acclaimed directors of screen and stage in recent times visits the Irish Film Institute for a Q&A session to follow his new film. Kenneth Branagh will be in attendance at the Institute to discuss his latest directing/acting performance as William Shakespeare in the Ben Elton-scripted All Is True.

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13 isn’t always an unlucky number, and so it has proved for Kinopolis, Dublin’s Polish Film Festival which will be hosting it’s 13th edition at the Irish Film Institute this December. For years the Kinopolis Polish Film Festival has been one of the highlights of the IFI’s international programming, packing out audiences with a celebration of one of the hallmarks of European cinema. With seven films and an enticing animation showcase on offer, Kinopolis 2018 is shaping up to be a can’t miss event at the end of Dublin film fans’ calendars.

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Dublin Feminist Film Festival promotes and celebrates female filmmakers, dedicated to inspiring women of all kinds to become involved with filmmaking. The films showcased over the years at the festival have highlighted not just women on-screen, but also behind the camera, and stand as Dublin’s most prominent celebration of female filmmaking. This November, the Dublin Feminist Film Festival 2018 will continue this tradition of displaying women as women as compelling characters and creatives.

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The Irish Film Institute’s annual Horrorthon is just one week away, a mix of bloody madness and mayhem that showcases a diverse range of horror films from Ireland and abroad. With plenty of Irish premieres, a couple of Q&As, shorts, surprises and a looot of blood, the IFI Horrorthon 2018 is set to be another great, gruesome festival of horror. We’ve picked out a few of the festivals highlights, and we’ve got the full programme for you to look through.

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The Bleeding Pig Film Festival returns for its third edition from Monday 10th to Wednesday 12th September in its usual venue Keelings Pub in Donabate and there are some exciting new changes afoot this year. This year’s edition of the film side of the Donabate cultural event is committed to embracing women in film, with a focus on ‘F-Rated’ films.

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The acclaimed documentary Katie is the standout pick among another programme of interesting documentaries screening at the Irish Film Institute’s annual Documentary Festival. The festival will  run this September from Wednesday 26th to Sunday 30th, and Katie director Ross Whitaker will be in attendance after his film’s showing on the Saturday for a Q&A session with the audience.

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