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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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With the Light House Cinema reopening its doors earlier this month, its loyal clientele were eager to avail of some of their beloved comfort movie favourites. Stuff to get people excited to get back into a cinema seat again, when they feel safe and willing to do so. The Smithfield cinema have duly obliged and July and August will see them host a ‘Summer of Fun’, all killer, no filler programming to put a smile on your face (behind your mask).

 

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An exhibition showcase of drawings from the making of the Irish animated sensation Wolfwalkers will be making its way to Smithfield later this week. Artist’s drawings from the hit film will be on display at the Light House Cinema when it reopens from Friday, June 25th.

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Nature, some might say, is healing. We have a long way to go before the Covid-19 pandemic can be described in the past tense – if ever – but here in Ireland, as time slowly starts to reshape into having the vaguest semblance of meaning, cinemas are set to reopen. Next Monday 7th June is the big date, with some chains taking bookings already, the IFI returning on the 10th, while the Light House Cinema will be back on the 25th.

 

If you’re feeling safe and ready to return to the cinema over the summer months though, the last year and a half of postponements and cancellations might have you wondering, what exactly is coming out anyway? We’re going to attempt to answer that, with a look ahead to some of the currently slated Irish releases in Summer 2021.

 

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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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Films from Taiwan, mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Tibet and Vietnam will all be shown online as part of this year’s East Asia Film Festival. Now in its 5th year, this celebration of international cinema is well-embedded in the calendar in the fair city of film, but as with many festivals in our current climate, this year it will be made more widely available as it moves all online. The 2021 East Asia Film Festival will be available later this month on the IFI@Home player.

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A film exploring the unsung heroines of electronic music will receive a spotlight this International Women’s Day, thanks to the Irish Film Institute, AEMI and the folks at the Dublin Feminist Film Festival. Writer-director Lisa Rovner’s film Sisters with Transistors combines archive footage, interviews with experts and the stories of women creating in the world of electronic music themselves to reexamine the underplayed innovations by women in electronica.

 

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The Dublin Smartphone Film Festival returns at the end of this month, a celebration of the possibilities for anyone to pick up their phone and start creating great films. Now in its fourth year, this international festival remains dedicated to celebrating works shot on Smartphone and Tablets, encouraging new filmmakers and providing a platform to exhibit stories through a different lens to a wider audience.

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