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Film festivals continue to return across Ireland, and in the midlands this month you can experience a five-day event for film fans and pros alike in the Offline Film Festival. Since 2010 they’ve brought the best of the big screen to Birr, and a selection of screenings and events begins today as the film festival runs 13 – 17th October.

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Usually the Japanese Film Festival is a spring affair, offering new and classic cinema from one of the great homes of international film every April. Things haven’t been ‘usual’ for a while of course and this year’s JFF was delayed, but as cinemas start to reopen more, the 2021 Japanese Film Festival is ready to go ahead, a cultural cinematic celebration taking place across Ireland. This October 14- 21st, you can see great Japanese films on the big screen, not just in the fair city of film but in Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford.

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The blended approach to film festivals has been embraced here in Ireland, with some of our biggest celebrations of film now able to offer screenings to a wider and more accessible audience. That trend is set to continue this month, as the Kerry International Film Festival have this evening announced. KIFF 2021 will be taking place 14 – 17 October 2021 and will present a blended film festival that promotes and showcases film and filmmaking talent across 15 in person physical events and 30 online screenings.

 

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The Kerry International Film Festival (KIFF) have announced that American film producer and current president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, will be the recipient of their Maureen O’ Hara award for the 2021 edition of the festival this October.

 

In 2020, the award celebrating women in the film industry was awarded to Kerry’s own, actress Jessie Buckley. In advance of this year’s KIFF, one of the most renowned producers in Hollywood has been confirmed as the next to receive the festival’s honour.

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The full programme has been announced for GAZE 2021. Dublin’s biggest LGBTQ+ film festival revealed the full list of films on offer for this year’s return to cinemas, all set to take place from 29 September – 3 October.

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One of the very best festivals in the fair city of film will be returning, expanding and offering even more for film fans in Ireland this autumn.  The GAZE International Film Festival has announced a return to in-cinema screenings in September and October, for the festival’s 29thedition, once again showcasing some of the most exciting LGBTQ+ narratives on the big screen today and welcoming some of the most sought after LGBTQ+ films to Dublin.

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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.

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The programme for the 33rd edition of the Galway Film Fleadh has been revealed tonight. This year one of Ireland’s biggest film festivals returns, offering an intriguing mix of Irish and international cinema from July 20 – 25th. The Galway Film Fleadh 2021 will offer a selection of films and events on the big screen, outdoors, and online.

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A series of cultural events in the heart of the city will be coming to screens this weekend Friday 18th June to Sunday 20th as the Stoneybatter Festival arrives online. They’ll be offering programme of both virtual and outdoor activities involving arts, interviews, competitions and more, and the Stoneybatter Film Festival on all through the weekend should be of particular interest to Irish film fans.

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One of the top festivals in the fair city of film will be returning this summer. Submissions are now open for short films for the Dublin Feminist Film Festival. For the last seven years, the festival has provided a platform for female filmmakers, aiming to inspire and empower others to get involved in filmmaking by considering women both in front of and behind the camera. After taking a hiatus in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the festival will be back in August 2021 and they’ve put the call out for short films now.

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