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Clare Dunne’s Herself , the Closing Gala at this year’s Dublin International Film Festival  received rave reviews today at Sundance, a possible sign that we may already have the next great Irish film this decade with it only 25 days old. Further to that, the film’s festival success shows how Ireland’s international reputation is continuing to grow; programmers, distributors and viewers alike from all over the world are looking out for Irish talents more and more. The last ten years have seen our profile expand considerably, Hollywood stars like Saoirse Ronan and Colin Farrell are more acclaimed than ever, filmmakers are flocking to our island to make use of our beautiful locations and talented crews, it’s not all sweetness and sunshine but it’s been a good decade. It took a bit of mulling over, so strong was the fear of leaving great work out of a list of only ten, but at last here is Film In Dublin’s celebration of some of the best Irish films of the 2010s, classics that we’ll be going back to again and again.

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Irish animation continues to gain worldwide recognition this year with Jack O’Shea’s A Coat Made Dark being featured at Sundance Film Festival 2016, Brown Bag’s Peter Rabbit receiving it’s fifth Emmy Award and Cartoon Saloon’s feature Song of the Sea being recognised in Belgium’s Magritte awards and the UK’s Empire awards 2 years after its release. In light of all of this commercial and critical success, it is perfect timing for Darren William’s documentary Animation Inc. Ireland’s Creative Industry to show the world the incredible impact that past, present and future Irish creatives have had and will have on the animation industry as a whole.

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