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Dingle International Film Festival This Patrick’s Weekend
05 Mar 2013 : by Kevin Cronin
The Dingle International Film Festival will be held 15th - 18th March
Dingle International Film Festival will be held 15th - 18th March

The Irish film community is set to descend upon Dingle from 15th to 18th March, as the town celebrates the seventh year of the Dingle International Film Festival with screenings of over forty Irish and international shorts.

‘Blood Rising’, a feature-length documentary directed by Mark McLoughlin, will open the festival, telling the poignant story of the mothers of Juarez in Northern Mexico whose daughters were murdered by drug-cartels. The documentary follows the efforts of internationally-renowned Irish artist Brian Maguire as he makes portraits of two young factory workers who were murdered.

On St Patrick's Day morning at 8am, following the early morning parade, the Phoenix cinema will kick off the film festival with a screening of local documentary-maker Brenda Ó’Shúilleabháin's ‘Men of Ventry’.

The Irish animation industry will also be well represented this year with the Dingle festival establishing its own animation award in honour of Jimmy Murakami, the legendary animator behind the timeless adaptations of Raymond Biggs childrens' books 'The Snowman' and 'When the Wind Blows'. A former Oscar nominee now living in Dublin, Jimmy will be the first recipient of the award which will become a regular feature of the festival in future years.

A number of different tickets will be available for the festival ranging from the Rocket Ticket - covering screenings of the Beatles ‘Magical Mystery Tour' and Led Zeppelin's 'Celebration Day' – and the Literature Ticket comprising screenings of seven book-based films including the European premiere of 'Live Forever: The Ray Bradbury Odyssey'.

Highlights of the final day of the festival, covered by the Dingle All Day Ticket, will include 'Dreamtime Revisited' focusing on Kerry philosopher John Moriarty; the presentation of the Físín award for Irish language filmmakers; and a screening of Tor Cotton's cinematic profile of Fungi 'The Dolphin's Gift'.

The Dingle International Film Festival will conclude with a special film tribute to the late great Paidi Ó Sé, drawing upon footage made available by RTÉ and local filmmaker Brenda Ó'Shúilleabháin.

Senator David Norris will conduct an interview with artist Pauline Bewick following the premiere of a film about her work ‘Yellow Man, Grey Man’ at the Phoenix cinema on St Patrick ’s Day evening.

The festival is directed by Maurice Galway, who is credited with bringing many celebrities to Dingle over the years including Cillian Murphy, Saoirse Ronan, Stephen Frears, Gabriel Byrne and Maureen O'Hara.

Tickets are now available online at bookings@dinglefilmfestival.com

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