Care and Connection at the Dublin Feminist Film Festival 2021

One of Dublin’s top film festivals returns this month and thanks to the Irish Film Institute and the IFI@Home player you’ll be able to access it a lot of it wherever you are film fans. The Dublin Feminist Film Festival will be taking place live and online at the IFI and via their online platform this August 20 -22nd. The full programme of films is available now.


Like many festivals, DFFF missed 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, a year which underscored to us all the importance of our connections, consideration and solidarity with each other. As a result, the theme for the festival as it returns for 2021 is appropriately Care + Connection. DFFF have been connecting audiences to a wider range of women-led cinema since 2014, and this year’s edition will provide features, shorts and masterclasses to do even more work on that front.


Wildfire, directed by two-time IFTA winner Cathy Brady will be one of the showcase offerings at the Feminist Film Festival this year. A missing woman returns home, igniting an intense bond with her sister. United they unearth their mother’s past but the truth has devastating consequences.


With seven features on offer from Ireland and abroad, there will be plenty of different perspectives on offer, and a selection of twelve shorts screenings at the IFI on Sunday 22nd and available online from Ireland, Argentina, Canada and more will showcase even further talent. A Best Irish & International Short Award Prizes will be on offer from the festival, which will personal mentoring by leading story consultant, Mary Kate O Flanagan and a one-off consultancy with Festival Formula’s Katie McCullough.


A pair of Masterclasses will also provide the opportunity to further develop Irish talents. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from some of Ireland’s best behind the camera, with a class on the 21st from Aisling Walsh on directing and one on writing on the 22nd with Maeve Murphy. Song For A Raggy Boy and Maudie director Walsh will be talking Stories From the Front Line, while Silent Grace screenwriter Murphy will discuss how to provide Empathetic Connections in Films about Real Events and Living People in hers. Registration for both these events, set to take place via Zoom is open and free now.


Check out a full preview of this year’s Dublin Feminist Film Festival below and stay tuned for more from this year’s edition of DFFF. Tickets are available for the festival now and are limited so don’t be caught out late showing your support.

About Luke Dunne

Luke is a writer, film addict and Dublin native who loves how much there is for film fans in his home county. A former writer for FilmFixx and the Freakin' Awesome Network, he founded Film In Dublin to pursue his dual dreams of writing about film and never sleeping ever again.

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