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Darklight Festival 2014 to take place April 24-27
16 Apr 2014 : Deirdre Molumby
Darklight is a festival dedicated to independent creativity in Ireland. The four day festival demonstrates new cinematic practises and creative technology, celebrating and encouraging new work and giving a platform to emerging filmmakers and artists. It will take place in Smithfield, Dublin, from April 24th to 27th.

Darklight 2014 will dedicate a focus to the film ‘Last Hijack’, a Dutch/Irish/German/Belgian co-production which had its animated sequences produced by Still Films at Piranha Bar studio in Dublin. ‘Last Hijack’ will be screened at the Opening Gala on Thursday 24 April at 8pm for what is the film’s Irish premiere.

There will also be a ‘Last Hijack Animation Workshop’ at which director Tommy Pallotta, animation supervisor Gavin Kelly, and other members of the Piranha Bar animation team, will give a technical workshop and talk about the creative processes that went into the hybrid documentary. Supported by Screen Training Ireland, more information on the event and booking can be accessed here.

One of the 2014 festival’s programmes is ‘What’s Up Doc?’, dedicated to hybrid documentary cinema that explore the boundaries between drama, documentary, fact and fiction. Some of the films shown as part of this programme include the Irish premiere of the Director’s Cut of BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated ‘The Act of Killing’ (followed by a Q&A with director Joshua Oppenheimer), as well as ‘A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness’ and ‘Elektro Moskva’.

There will also be a programme of short films from filmmakers and animators from Yemen, Sweden, Australia, the UK and Ireland, with special guest Conor Finnegan showcasing the short ‘Fear of Flying’. Two more shorts programmes will take place on the final day, Sunday April 27th, of the event. Another programme will be dedicated to ‘New Irish Experimental Docs.’

A ‘VFX & Audio Workshop’ on sound design and composited will be hosted by experts from EGG post-production facilities. Another anticipated workshop is the ‘Darkroom DSLR Hacking Workshop’, with only 12 places available. A ‘Storytelling Hack Jam’ workshop is dedicated to interactive storytelling.

Besides the ‘Last Hijack Animated Workshop’, Screen Training Ireland will also be involved in ‘Oculus Rift Bedamned’, a workshop and discussion group that will teach its participants how to make their own VR headset. Screen Training Ireland will also support another discussion related to virtual reality entitled ‘The Lawnmower Man’ with contributors Eoghan Kidney (director, animator, filmmaker), Owen Harris (game designer and studio head of bitSmith Games), John Buckley (lecturer in modelmaking, design and digital effects and IADT) and director Michael Kinirons.

There will also be a number of discussion panels, and a retrospective on the collaborative pair Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, as well as screenings of new and classic international films such as ‘…Even that Void’ from Norway, ‘Wetlands’ from Germany, Ben Wheatley’s ‘A Field in England’, gangster classic ‘Goodfellas’ and French classic ‘A Bout de Souffle’ (‘Breathless’). Special guests include keynote speaker Anna Higgs of Film4 and Lenny Abrahamson, director of 'Frank' and 'What Richard Did.'

See www.darklight.ie or the festival programme for more information. You can book tickets on entertainment.ie or email info@darklight.ie for booking inquiries.

See a promo video here:

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