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September is right around the corner and although it’s caught in between the busy summer season and the winter’s awards season, there’s still no shortage of things to see and do for film fans in Dublin this autumn, starting with a festival of free short films next week.

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Always a fun occasion, every year the Irish Film Institute’s Family Festival offers films and activities that are perfect to bring the kids along to and get them an early start in the world of film. With fun films from around the world, plenty of shorts and professionals taking charge of a variety of workshops, it’s a great way for the family to close out the summer and this year’s Family Festival, taking place at the end of August, looks as enticing as ever.

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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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Dublin’s Pride festival for 2017 is in full swing right now, and both the IFI and the Light House Cinema are celebrating Pride in their own ways. The full programme for August’s GAZE Film Festival was announced this month, and as Pride rolls, Dublin cinemas are marking the occasion with their selections of Irish LGBT films.

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The Academy Award nominated film Anomalisa will open the Dublin Animation Film Festival, which takes place at the Pavilion Theatre in Dún Laoghaire at 12pm on the 22nd October 2016. Director Duke Johnson will take part in a Q and A following the film, before an afternoon showcasing new talents in Irish animation.

Co-directed by Johnson and Charlie Kaufman, stop-motion film Anomalisa is the story of an introverted customer service agent who perveives everyone around him as looking like the same unexceptional man, including his wife and child. This continues until he meets a unique-appearing women in a Cincinnati hotel. Featuting the voices of David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tom Noonan, Anomalisa was nominated for the Best Animated Feature for 2015 Academy Awards. Duke Johnson was no stranger to melancholy animation before working with Kaufman, having previously directed episodes of grim Adult Swim show Moral Orel and the Emmy winning stop-motion Community episode Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas. 

Following Anomalisa will be a series of short animated films from Ireland and abroad, before the festival culminates in the DAFF2016 awards ceremony. The festival ceremony will include an award for ‘The Spirit of 1916’, as well as an Audience Choice award in association with festival sponsor Mutiny Sound. Tickets are available now from the Pavilion Theatre, with the Anomalisa screening costing €8. The short film screenings and award ceremony are free of charge, but advanced booking is advised, so for those hoping to see the next great Irish animators, don’t wait around.

As the centenary year of the 1916 Easter Rising enters its final quarter, it was marked at the Fingal Film Festival with a special 1916 screening. A showing of The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Ken Loach’s film about the tumultuous years in Ireland that followed the Rising, was preceded by a trio of short films set during that fateful week in Irish history. In a year that’s seen the most famous names from the Rising plastered all over the city, it’s refreshing that all of these shorts focus on more unsung participants. As part of our coverage of the Festival, Film In Dublin takes a closer look at these shorts.

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The Fingal Film Festival was launched in September of 2012 and has run every year since. The festival endeavours to place a spotlight on local independent filmmaking by screening locally produced films, running workshops with some industry bigshots and celebrating the diversity of cinema by screening some national and foreign films. The schedule for this Year’s festival has just been announced, check it out below.

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The Irish Film Institute is screening a selection of family-friendly Irish shorts in celebration of Culture Night on Friday the 16th of September. The programme is in three parts; 6:15pm, 7pm and 7:45pm. Free tickets are available at the IFI box office. The evening will begin with an introduction from the IFI’s programming team and will proceed to explore the history of Irish short film production through a mixture of live-action and animation, newsreels, dramas and public information films to create a picture of modern Ireland that is sure to appeal to young and old alike. The IFI advises that some of the films are recommended for those aged 7+

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