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The effects of Covid-19 continue to cause uncertainty and doubt in the film industry, with cinemas closed and the festivals that would normally be filling the calendar in the fair city of film either out the window or up in the air.

Thankfully the GAZE Film Festival along with the British Council Ireland are presenting some online screenings to keep us all going indoors as part of the #FiveFilms4Freedom Shorts Programme.


The world’s widest-reaching digital celebration of LGBTIQ+ themed film returns for 2020 and GAZE is helping to share a selection of films which are available for the world to watch online in the #FiveFilms4Freedom Shorts Programme for free, over an 11-day period each year.


From 18-29 March, Arts – British Council, in partnership with BFI Flare, have presented their sixth edition of #FiveFilmsForFreedom, the world’s widest-reaching online LGBTIQ+ film programme. Every year, they encourage people around the world to watch five films in solidarity with LGBTIQ+ communities in places where freedom and equal rights are limited. Since 2015, more than 14 million people in 200 countries and principalities have tuned in online, including many parts of the world where homosexuality is criminalised and, in some cases, punishable by the death penalty.

It’s as good a time as any to show a worthy cause some support, and it doesn’t hurt that an Irish film is among the offerings for 2020. Check out some info on the 2020 films below:


134 (Ireland)

Directed by Sarah-Jane Drummey

Jack prepares to take the stage at an Irish dancing competetion as family members come to terms with their feelings around their child’s gender identity.


After the Party (Brazil)

Directed by Caio Scot

“Why would he hide something like that from me?”

Leo struggles to approach his father after discovering a secret.


Pxssy Palace (UK)

Directed by Laura Kirwan-Ashman

“It is more than clubbing. It’s that sense of community where people actually care about each other.”

Writer-director Laura Kirwan-Ashman welcomes you into the world of Pxssy Palace, a London based QTIPOC (queer trans intersex people of colour) collective and club night.


Something in the Closet (UK)

Directed by Nosa Eke

” Maddie what about you, which boy do you like?”

This short film tells the story of a queer teenager struggling with her sexuality as her desires manifest their way from the depths of her eerie closet into reality.


When Pride Came to Town (Norway)

Directed by Julia Dahr and Julie Lunde Lillesæte

“Growing up gay in a small town wasn’t easy”

Bjørn-Tore left his rural hometown to escape the everyday homophobia he experienced growing up. Decades later he returns for Norway’s first-ever rural Pride celebration. Thrilled to see his neighbours hoisting a pride flag, he hopes that the turn out for Pride is higher than the numbers of anti-pride demonstrators from the local church group.


You can see Sarah-Jane Drummey speak about their film 134, an official selection at last year’s Cork Film Festival, here:

The films are already available to watch online here until the 29th.  Feel free to watch along on Twitter using #FiveFilmsForFreedom to help spread the word.

To reflect the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, GAZE has extended submission deadlines for the 2020 edition of their festival to April 24th (regular) and May 15th (late). Submissions can be made here. They’re still on to hold the 2020 festival from July 29th – August 3rd but until then you can enjoy a mini festival showcasing LGBTQI+ stories directly from your living room/office/bunker.

Making Film Dublin is a special event for anyone seriously interested in filmmaking, including current film students, and independent filmmakers. During the course of the afternoon attendees will hear from a panel of experts about their own filmmaking journey and to learn from them. Taking place at the Generator Hostel Dublin this Sunday March 1st,
a substantial line up of expert filmmakers have been assembled, all of whom are vital and active members of the fair city of film. Two of the first guests confirmed for this event are:

Liam McGrath, Scratch Films:
Liam McGrath is a director and producer, known for Southpaw: The Francis Barrett Story (1999), Blood of the Travellers (2011) and Dolores Keane: A Storm in the Heart (2014).

Robert Fitzhugh, Dublin Smartphone Film Festival :-
Director of the Dublin Smartphone Film Festival, founder of Filmsmart productions. Videographer, director, and speaker.

Making Films Dublin has been organised by final year film students at Ballyfermot College of Further Education. The proceeds from ticket sales will be used to fund their Final Year film which is called Ballcourt (Dir. Heidi Kivikallio) which will be shot on 9th – 13th March and screened in the IFI in May 2020.

The workshop will be divided into talks, practical tips, Q&A and networking to close, providing aspiring creatives with an opportunity to take valuable first steps in filmmaking in Dublin. Find out more here.

Tickets for this event are €10 and are available now from Eventbrite.

The 2020 Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival has finally arrived. The biggest event in the year for film in Dublin (and Film In Dublin) officially gets started this Wednesday evening with the Opening Gala screening of Vivarium, Lorcan Finnegan’s sci-fi thriller. Cinephiles from all over the island and beyond will be zipping back and forth in the fair city of film over the next twelve days, checking out screenings and events in a packed programme.

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Collectors of cult film curios Cabaret Noise are sounding off again, set to return to Stoneybatter in the spring with a new batch of the strange, underseen and interesting. From March through to May they’ll be hosting a trio of their well-curated and thought provoking presentations, deep from the deeper cuts of film.

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With the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival kicking off next week, anticipation is building for a few weeks of exciting screenings, intriguing events and of course, the DIFF Discovery Award. The Discovery Award at identifies, supports and encourages new and emerging talent in the Irish film industry, both in front of and behind the camera. Thirteen emerging talents have been nominated for this year’s Award, with the winner to be announced on the closing day of the festival, Sunday 8 March, 2020. Ahead of the beginning of DIFF, Film In Dublin reached out to some of the nominees to get a better sense of their creative influences, nominated works and views on the industry today.

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Sass Mouth Dames celebrates woman’s pictures from 1929-1959, a genre in classic Hollywood which regarded women’s stories as important and meaningful. Megan McGurk regularly hosts both the Sass Mouth Dames podcast and the Sass Mouth Dames Film Club, discussing, distributing and celebrating prominent fixtures in female films from the Golden Age of Hollywood. The latest series of Sass Mouth Dames will be kicking off screenings in Dublin in March 2020.

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Located just on the South Circular Road, The Circular is a bar and grill that offers craft beer, pizza and now a bit of cinema too, via their Rialto Cinema Club. Every week they’ll be showing a variety of films, with some intriguing deep cuts on the menu for the weeks ahead. It’s sure to make for an entertaining addition to screenings taking place throughout the fair city of film.

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Founded in 2009 by Hannah Neurotica, Women In Horror Month is an international grassroots initiative that assists female genre artists in gaining opportunities, exposure, and education through various events, printed material, articles, interviews, and online support. The vision is a world wherein all individuals are equally given the opportunity to create, share, and exploit their concept of life, pain, and freedom of expression. Every February, WiHM supporters host events (blood drives, film screenings, art shows), write blogs and articles, conduct interviews, and create videos and podcasts for mass consumption, and over the last number of years has been a regular part of the calendar here in the fair city of film. Womxn in Horror Month Ireland are hosting a number of events this month.

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Been working through our picks of international films you should watch and looking to add even more to your list? You’re just in time for the Subtitle Spotlight European Film Festival, taking place at the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire this weekend, Jan 31st – Feb 2nd. A selection of European subtitled films will invite viewers to see cinema in a whole new way.

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