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Culture Night is a big part of the September schedule every year in the fair city of film, and normally this time of year we’d be flicking through the calendar for any and every bit of film-related fun to give you all the heads up for the evening. Culture Night 2020 will be offering a combo of live and online events to spread the joy and try to keep everyone safe and we have a quick guide of the film-related stuff you need to know.

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For nearly three decades, the GAZE LGBT Film Festival has brought the best of queer cinema to Dublin, a shared experience of access, advocacy and adulation, sharing great films from Ireland and abroad. Taking place this year from September 30th – October 4th, GAZE 2020 have announced their full programme, a mix of live cinema and online screenings that will open one of Ireland’s biggest film festivals up to a wider audience beyond the fair city of film.

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The Dublin Underground Cinema Film Festival has long been a champion of emerging filmmakers in Ireland. Now in its 11th year, the Underground Cinema believes that no matter what a film’s budget or vision may be it’s the filmmakers passion that drives a film, and they’ve supported that passion through years of festivals. This month, the festival will be going all online for the first time.

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The IFI Documentary Festival is a staple of the programming of the Irish Film Institute, key to their remit to exhibit, preserve and educate. The full programme for the 2020 festival is now here as the IFI blends a mix of live screenings and programming on IFI@Home to deliver this year’s selection of interesting, engaging and informative documentaries.
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Getting to take part in an actual, factual film festival this month in the Galway Film Fleadh was a revitalising tonic in a difficult time. We can’t wait to attend cinemas again in person in the fair city of film and beyond, once it’s safe and secure for all staff and audiences to do so, but it was great to have a festival on demand to take in films from home and abroad and we’ve put together a little round up of some of the films we took in during the Fleadh.

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Are you getting a bit tired of your home cinema set-up and dying to get back to the silver screen? Obviously we are still a while off from returning to the shared cinema experience we all know and love, but why not return to the vintage comforts of the drive-in cinema? We have put together a list for you, but if you hear of any more let us know!

(Image by Markus Distelrath – Pixabay)

Retro Drive-In:

Leopardstown Racecourse

Kilkenny Castleinch

10 new locations soon to be announced!


Drive-in Movies @ RDS


Pop-Up Drive-In:





This year the IFI Spotlight is going online. The Spotlight is an annual event from the Irish Film Institute which  present a focus on Irish film and television’s year in review. The Institute will be looking back at 2019 to observe current trends in production, distribution and consumption of new work with a number of guests via Zoom and tickets to the first event are available to some reserve now.

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