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The French Film Festival is one of the top events on offer every year at the Irish Film Institute. A seasonal soiree embraced by local Francophiles and expatriated film fans alike, the festival offers a great mix of new hits from France and classic cinema, offering a venue for cultural exchange that brings us closer together as the year begins to draw to a close. The IFI French Film Festival 2021 will be taking place from November 17th until the 28th. A blended approach will be available next month, with films on offer in-cinema at the IFI in Temple Bar, and online on IFI@Home.

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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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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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Spooky season is once again upon us film fans. The fun, watch-horror-movies-every-night spooky season of Samhain that is, as opposed to the unending nightmare of our daily lives. For those that love the former, the Irish Film Institute has you covered, as their annual Horrorthon series returns to the big screens at Eustace Street this October 22nd – 25th.

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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 Irish Film Institute’s online Archive Player is a key resource in their efforts to preserve and celebrate the history and variety of Irish film. Newly revamped, the IFI Archive Player has a fantastic collection of bits, bobs and brilliance, including the launch yesterday of the F-Rated Collection, a curated selection of short films by Irish women.

 
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Join Film Network Ireland this Friday 10th September to chat with TV’s Love/Hate actors, a round table discussions with Virgin Media Discoveries, panel discussions with Irish Equity and The Screen Composers Guild of Ireland plus live networking for you industry heads, all the FNI Members Forum.

 

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The latest short film by Irish director Megan K. Fox now has an online release. The director of The Shift, Calling Home and more has been a regular on the Irish festival circuit over the last few years, and after similar success at festivals over the last year, Cailín Álainn is out now to view online.

 

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The IFI Documentary Festival 2021 will bring the Institute’s usual intriguing offering of insights when it returns online and in cinemas this September.

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The sixteenth edition of Culture Night will take place across Ireland on Friday 17 September 2021 and a number of special events in the fair city of film will be of interest to culture vultures of the cinematic persuasion.
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