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The Dublin Smartphone Film Festival is an international festival dedicated to celebrating works shot using Smartphones and Tablets.  Returning for a third year, the festival will open up filmmaking to a wider circle of creatives this January, offering “limitless possibilities in the palm of your hand”.

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The Silk Road International Film Festival is returning to Dublin. One of the first festivals on the calendar in the capital, the festival will be hosting its eighth edition between the 21st & 25th January 2020, screening a variety of international cinema and providing a showcase of features, documentaries, shorts, music videos & student films. The festival this year is being held in January in order to coincide with the celebrations of the Chinese New Year, and will provide the opportunity to begin another exciting year in the fair city of film for those who appreciate celebrating a diverse range of cinema.

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Filmmakers, film fans and other curious attendees mingled in the charming venue to enjoy mulled wine and hot chocolate before a screening of ten stunning short films at the iffy Short Film Festival last weekend.

The programme included eight films from Ireland and two international films with six of the shorts screened written and directed by women. Although the curators are clear to point out that a theme for the programme is never expressly chosen, this edition’s line up was very unique; touching on comedy, dance, theatre and horror all with an experimental twist.

Festival director Duncan McKenna had this to say about the festivals latest edition:

“iffy 4 was a resounding success. On the sellout night, there was a great vibe, good chats and 10 fantastic short films. For that we thank the volunteers, our sponsor Dept, and of course the filmmakers. We look forward to the next edition of iffy, and what that will become”

The winner of the “little iffy” award this year was  Legacy an experimental film by Derry-based writer and filmmaker Michael Barwise. Described as a journey into the collective gut of cats and Northern Ireland while exploring the lasting impact of violence and the domestication of trauma, the film was produced in association with Channel 4’s Random Acts and premiered on Film 4 as part of The Troubles on Film Season in September.

Describing the festival, director, writer and actor Anne Marie Kelly said:

This festival was a pleasure to attend. The organisers were lovely to deal with and they brought a cohesion to the audience experience with their enthusiasm and respect for film. Met some interesting professionals at the relaxed reception. Looking forward to the next one – I’ll be going for the pure enjoyment whether I have a film showing or not.

 

The fifth edition of iffy will take place on July 13th 2020. Submissions will be open to filmmakers from March 20th next year. Film fans can keep up to date with iffy on social media on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram

iffy, the short film festival on the Liffey have announced their array of short films for their upcoming 4th edition on Saturday 23rd of November at The Pearse Centre Theatre, Dublin 2 and tickets are now on sale. Ten shorts from Ireland and abroad will be showcased during the festival, presenting a great opportunity to see some of our best indie filmmakers at work and connect with upcoming talents both in front of and behind the camera.

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The fourth edition of the  iffy Short Film Festival will take place on Wed 20th November in The Pearse Centre Theatre, Dublin 2 and is now open for submissions for short films of all genres and types from Ireland and abroad.

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The short film In Orbit is dedicated to “the daoine who loved and those who couldn’t”. It’s a sci-fi story, or at least, a story rooted in a future looking back, that provides an insightful perspective on recent events in Ireland’s changing society and the impact that has on the people who live in it.In Orbit former optician Maura recounts her life story in an interview with the Head Archivist of the Human Experience Records, going over her memories as she meets Amy, a bright academic with broken glasses. For the first time in forty years, Maura wants to share her life. The only catch is leaving behind the world as she knows it.

Following on from In Orbit winning Best Irish Short at the GAZE LGBT Film Festival for 2019, Film In Dublin spoke to writer and director Katie McNeice about her process in making the film, its focus and more.

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The full programme for the 17th edition of the Irish Film Institute’s  Documentary Festival has been announced. With fifteen features, including 10 Irish premieres, and the always insightful and keenly awaited Irish shorts programme, the IFI Documentary Festival 2019 looks set to continue a great year of  Irish and international documentary being showcased in the fair city of film.

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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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Screenwriter and director Sarah Ingersoll has got a fair bit of miles in while learning her craft. A graduate of The Glasgow School of Art, Sarah’s has a background in visual art and photography which informs her writing and filmmaking. After directing her first student film in 2016 through the Galway Film Centre, Sarah went on to study screenwriting at The New School in New York. In 2017 her feature script The Keeper was selected as a finalist for Best Inception and Best Overall Script at the Oaxaca Film Festival. Sarah’s short screenplay The Bridge was chosen for the 2018 GFC/RTE Short Film Commission and under the direction of Mark Smyth, the short premiered earlier this month at Galway Film Fleadh. The film tells the story of Cormac who after the sudden death of his parents must choose between returning to his home village in the west of Ireland to care for his estranged younger brother, and a bright future in Canada. She is a recipient of the New Writing Development Loan 2018 from Screen Ireland. Also in July, the iffy Short Film Festival screened Somebody, Somewhere, Who Looks After Critters,  Sarah’s debut documentary short which focuses on the life of Alex Scade runs a one man animal sanctuary from his self-built cabin on the edge of the Beara peninsula in the southwest of Ireland. Film In Dublin spoke with Sarah to talk screenwriting, directing and the Jurassic Park vibes of emus. Read more…