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Love horror? The Irish Film Institute has you more than covered for terror this Halloween with the IFI Horrorthon 2017, the full programme of which we’ve got right here for you. From frightening favourites to creepy cult hits to some petrifying premieres, the varied series has something for everything looking for a scare from October 26 – 30.

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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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Set to take place in 2018, the Dublin Smartphone Film Festival is Ireland’s latest international film festival dedicated to filmmakers exclusively using mobile devices. The festival will screen a host of short film, documentary, animation and music videos, with industry and educational workshops as well as a few surprises.

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Women in Horror Month is an international, grassroots initiative, which encourages supporters to learn about and showcase the underrepresented work of women in the horror industries. Whether they are on the screen, behind the scenes, or contributing in their other various artistic ways, it is clear that women love, appreciate, and contribute to the horror genre. Now in its 8th year, Women in Horror Month provides representation to those women, actively promoting do-it-yourself annual film screenings, blogs/articles, podcasts, and other forms of creative media with the goal of helping works by and featuring women reach a wider audience worldwide. Last year saw the first WiHM event to be held in Dublin and this Sunday, the Liquor Rooms on Wellington Quay will host the event for the first time.

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Dublin-based director Natasha Waugh has been steadily creating a collection of short films over the last few years that tackle important topics. Her latest, a self-funded short titled Terminal, is about two women of different ages holding a conversation at the airport, both awaiting their plane to the UK for abortions. Last year, We Face This Land showed how shorts about this topic can capture the attention of the public, and Waugh’s film received validation of its own effectiveness in being nominated for an award at the London Film Critic’s Circle Awards, a notable stop in the awards season that takes place on January 22nd. Waugh spoke to Film In Dublin about the making of her shorts and the lessons she’s picked up in her early years in the directors chair.

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Dave Thomas has worked as a director, producer and writer for many of Ireland’s media including RTÉ, Newstalk, and the national press. His work, including the RTÉ Radio series Outside the Box, has won several awards. Thomas has recently launched a crowdfunding campaign in an effort to raise €20,000 to make his ambitious short film Aretha, a story about a young woman with Down Syndrome, which will be produced by Actually Films.

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The Dublin Doc Fest was founded by Tess Motherway in 2013 and showcases short documentary films from both Irish and international filmmakers. Now in it’s fourth year, the Dublin Doc Fest has chosen the unconventional setting of the Teeling Whiskey Distillery to host its latest installment, and has announced the programme of shorts for this year’s festival, which takes place on Friday November 11th from 6.30-10pm. Check out the full list of short documentaries to be screened this year, films that will tell the stories of ordinary people from coastal Irish islands to bustling Zimbabwean cities.

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Tickets are available now for GAZE, Dublin’s long-running International LGBT Film Festival. The festival’s roots go back a long way, beginning at a time when homosexuality was still illegal in Ireland and in the years since it has had an important role in showcasing the work of gay artists in cinema. This year be the tenth GAZE since the Dublin Lesbian and Gay Film Festival underwent a name change in 2007 and with a selection of films both from Ireland and around the world it promises to be a great long weekend for film fans and one of the biggest LGBTQ events of the year outside of Dublin Pride.

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