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Tomorrow July 19th, this year’s edition of the Galway Film Fleadh begins. The biggest film festival out wesht is offering a blended approach to its programme this year, mixing online screenings, outdoor showings (and their timing couldn’t be better) and a number of in cinema…cinema for 2021. The Film Fleadh has always had a highly well regarded programme of short films, presenting the best of Irish filmmakers on the up and exciting international insights in cinematic snapshot, and the 2021 programme is no different.

Check out our preview of just a few of the Irish shorts that will be screening as part of the Galway Film Fleadh 2021.

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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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The Kerry International Film Festival have announced a new submission category for their festival, to develop a wider range of stories and experiences. The ‘All Abilities’ category now open for the 2021 edition of the festival aims to promote awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and the artistic expressions of people with, or from people of, different abilities and disabilities.
 

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As we head into the summer, the enriching experiences of various arts and cultural festivals and events increasingly arrive on our radar. Hosting events online offers new possibilities, while many of us all also gumming for something in person, film or otherwise. The Carlow Arts Festival returns this June 2021, currently offering a combination of live, digital and virtual experiences.

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Traditionally, the Fastnet Film Festival takes place annually in Schull, County Cork, a selection of cinema under the shadow of Mount Gabriel. In May 2021, the festival will be delivered entirely online, with over 300 shorts from Ireland and abroad available to view completely free this week.

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The housing crisis is never far from the headlines in Ireland. It’s always worth remembering that it’s not just a political football, kicked backwards and forwards by our landlord leaders while they profit and profilgate. The housing crisis has ruined and cost far too many lives in Dublin and beyond, and a new short from filmmaker Eamonn Dillon highlights the depths of the difficulty people face under Ireland’s high risk of homelessness. Home Truths features hard-hitting real life interviews with victims of Dublin’s rental system and depicts the stark reality of the housing crisis in Ireland.

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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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Now set to host its twelfth edition, the First Cut! Youth Film Festival continues from tomorrow in its work showcasing and encouraging the next generation of Irish filmmakers. The annual Youghal-based event presents films in all genres by rising filmmakers, schools and youth groups as well as offering an insight into the Irish industry through workshops and talks by film pros.

 

The First Cut! Youth Film Festival 2021 will be taking place online from April 17th – May 9th. Accessible to participants from Ireland and abroad, the festival will provide three weeks of packed programming for young filmmakers from the ages of 12 up to 24, with screenings, workshops and talks in a safe and inclusive virtual format.

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A winner of the Audience Award for Best Short at this year’s DIFF, the Spirit of the Festival Award at the Catalyst Film Festival, and the Best Cinematography Award for the Irish Region of the Royal Television Society Awards, To All My Darlings continues to make an impression whenever it gets eyes in front of it. A graduation film for students of IADT, To All My Darlings impresses and inspires, both in screen and behind the scenes in the success of its young and diverse crew.

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