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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.

For the last few years the Bleeding Pig Film Festival has a passion for bringing independent film to the local community. The main focus is on Irish short film, with the odd international twist thrown in also. Since starting on 2016, the Bleeding Pig Film Festival has showcased some of the best talent in the local Fingal area to, as well as more well known and award winning films, sharing a diverse, creative voice with the audience. Through Q&As and the intimacy provided by its traditional setting of Keeling’s in Donabate, it aims to bridge the gap between filmmaker and film fan in the fair city of film. Next month, the festival returns, with a prominent Irish feature added to the ranks of its shorts.

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It’s easy to be cynical when it comes to movies for kids, especially during the summer. A succession of safe, loud, obnoxious films are nearly always lined up for the school break months, lingering at the box office until well into September. Even the quality ones with craft and ambition put into them can feel like IP-introductory exercises, maintaining brand awareness in the first two quadrants into infinity and beyond. But be cynical no more! (Maybe get a bit of lunch in and lighten up…)

The IFI Family Film Festival, the Irish Film Institute’s annual event of cinema catered to young viewers, returns in July with a programme of international treats to entertain film fans of all ages, whatever the weather.

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Culture Night returns to Ireland this Friday 21st September and once again it’s time for film fans throughout the county to get cultured, with a ton of events across the arts to enjoy. Venues and public spaces across the country are once again opening their doors to free evenings of entertainment. With live music, poetry, plenty of workshops, galleries and of course, film screenings, Culture Night 2018 is shaping up to a can’t miss night of entertainment. The usual suspects like the IFI and the Light House Cinema are involved once again, the always exciting spectacle of films being projected at Barnardo Square returns this year, and there are plenty of events all over for film folk to get inspired and tap into the wider world of Irish culture. We’ve put together an A-Z of events that may be of interest to film fans in Dublin this year for you to check out, along with what’s on, when, where and the websites. Happy hunting!

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The Bleeding Pig Film Festival returns for its third edition from Monday 10th to Wednesday 12th September in its usual venue Keelings Pub in Donabate and there are some exciting new changes afoot this year. This year’s edition of the film side of the Donabate cultural event is committed to embracing women in film, with a focus on ‘F-Rated’ films.

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The kids may be back in school but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a good family day out at the movies before the autumn season really kicks in. The Irish Film Institute has you covered with starting from this Friday with a fun-filled festival of family-friendly films. The IFI Family Festival 2018 is packed with movies and events to foster the young film fans in your life, from August 31st to September 2nd.

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The unusually-named but culturally relevant Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival returns for ten days of fun in Donabate this September, which also means that the Bleeding Pig Film Festival is back, bringing it’s own 3 day festival-within-a-festival of short films, with the lineup announced today.

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One of the highlights of the calendar every year in the fair city of film, the GAZE LGBT Film Festival is shaping up to have one of its most packed programmes yet. There’s loads to see and do during the festival, which takes place this year from the 2nd to the 6th of August, but we’ve picked out a couple of highlights for you to help you plan your own festival schedule. Narrowing it down to six picks was hard enough, considering how many intriguing screenings and events are taking place (we originally had five and just had to add more), but these are some of the most can’t miss moments during a great weekend to come.

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Yesterday saw the beginning of the 2017 Ranelagh Arts Festival, a celebration of the arts in all their forms right in the heart of Dublin’s southside. Located right across from the Luas line at the Arts Centre in Ranelagh Village, the festival, now in its 7th year, has over the years featured local artists and musicians, performances by children from the area, poetry, plays, film, history and photography. Internationally recognised artists that have been part of Ranelagh Arts include Paul Brady, Maura O’Connell, John Banville, Anne Enright, Anthony Cronin, Ken Doherty, Donal O’Sullivan and our the screen legend Maureen O’Hara. Running until the 8th of October, there are plenty of events to see and take part in, which you can read more about here, but we at Film In Dublin are happy to see Irish films and local talent being showcased over the next few days and wanted to make sure you knew about it too.

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This year saw the introduction of a new film festival in the ranks of Dublin’s long list of varied film programming. The Dublin Sci-Fi Film Festival showcased genre filmmaking new and old in Smithfield this May. Film In Dublin were happy to be in attendance at the inaugural edition of the festival, with myself serving on the jury for the festival’s shorts programme. DSFFF is looking to expand even further in 2018, and have opened submissions now to filmmakers looking to submit their science-fiction shorts and features to potentially be shown when the festival returns to Smithfield next year.

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