Oscar winning filmmaker Charlie Kaufman comes to Dublin as part of Bloomsday Film Festival

The Bloomsday Film Festival announces their programme of events from Monday 12th to Friday 16th June including a number of very special screenings in association with the Irish Film Institute.

The Bloomsday Film Festival is run in partnership with the Bloomsday Festival and the James Joyce Centre, offering a unique festival experience blending film and literature to mark James Joyce’s relationship with cinema and the city of Dublin. Tickets are available now for the cinematic celebration of one of Ireland’s greatest writers.

In addition to a number of features, throughout the festival a selection of short films inspired by and indicative of the spirit of Joyce will be screened throughout the fair city of film. This will include a short by Kaufman, visiting Dublin to spotlight his short Jackals & Fireflies and the poetic spirit behind it.

Festivities kick off on Monday 12th June with an Opening Gala event in the stunning period surroundings of the James Joyce Centre on North Great George’s Street with a Writers’ Tears Whiskey drinks reception.  Check out more details of the Bloomsday Film Festival’s programme below.

Tuesday 13th June

The festival will present A Celebration of the Life and Literary Legacy of the Poet Niall McDevitt in association with the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith. Filmmaker Sé Merry Doyle will introduce two award-winning films directed by himself and written and starring Niall McDevitt. ‘WB Yeats- The Battle of Blythe Road’ and ‘Joyce: the Reluctant Groom’. 

In celebration of W.B Yeats’ Birthday, a selection of poetry and literary short films from Ireland and around the world will screen throughout the afternoon of Tuesday 13th June at the James Joyce Centre.

Wednesday, June 14th, IFI 18.30 

From the Vaults: Alive Alive O –A Requiem For Dublin

Sé Merry Doyle will introduce his homage to Dublin’s street traders which chronicles how their age-old culture becomes increasingly overshadowed by the closing of marketplaces, the scourge of heroin, and the mutation of a city into a soulless space.

In the James Joyce Centre that afternoon a selection of experimental short films will be screened.

Thursday June 15th IFI 18.30

Jackals & Fireflies + Q&A Poet Eva H.D. will join Charlie Kaufman (Synecdoche, New York; I’m Thinking of Ending Things) in Dublin for this screening of his short film shot entirely on a Samsung Galaxy by cinematographer Chayse Irvin. This work reunites him with poet Eva H.D., whose poem ‘Bonedog’ was used in I’m Thinking of Ending Things.

The post-screening conversation with Eva H.D. and Charlie Kaufman will be hosted by Sinéad Gleeson.

During the day on Thursday 15th June, Joycean shorts and Dublin Stories will be screened at the James Joyce Centre. 

The Bloomsday Film Festival Award Ceremony will take place at the IFI on Thursday evening where sponsor Writers’ Tears will present the award for Best Overall Short Film, a cash prize of €1000.

Friday 16th June IFI 

The festival culminates on Bloomsday, Friday 16th June with two very exciting screenings at the IFI

Translating Ulysses (6:10pm Fri  June 16th )

Kawa Nemir undertakes a literary mission considered to be impossible: Translating James Joyce’s Ulysses into Kurdish. Filmmakers Aylin Kuryel and Fırat Yücel will be present for the screening.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things + Q&A (8pm  Fri 16 June)

To mark Charlie Kaufman’s visit to Dublin, audiences will have a chance to see, for the first time, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, on the big screen. The film which went directly to Netflix  will be followed by a Q&A with Kaufman hosted by Donald Clarke. 

Sunday 18th June Light House Cinema

As a special addition to the Bloomsday Festival Programme, North Circular (2022), the multi-award winning documentary musical by Luke McManus, will screen at the Light House Cinema on Sunday 18th June.


A selection of films screened at the festival will then be available to view online from Friday 16th until midnight Sunday 18th June

More information and tickets HERE.

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