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Dingle International Film Festival LineUp for March 2018
16 Mar 2018 :
Dingle International Film Festival prepare for great screenings for 22 – 25 March 2018.

Dingle International Film Festival are preparing for their annual event, scheduled to take place next week, 22 – 25 March 2018.  Here are some of the Highlights for some great screenings:


Black ’47 – Feature Film
Feeney (James Frecheville) is an Irish ranger who has been fighting abroad for the British army. After turning deserter, he returns home to Ireland during the famine. When he discovers what has happened to his family, Feeney swears vengeance and goes on a murderous rampage. His old British army comrade Hannah (Hugo Weaving) is dispatched to try and put an end to Feeney’s uprising.

Gala Screening with Dingle Distillery Reception.

Director Lance Daly and actor Barry Keoghan will attend.
8pm on Saturday 24th March at the Phoenix Cinema. Click here for tickets.


Keepers of the Flame – World Premiere
Keepers of the Flame, the new feature-length documentary by Emmy Award winner Nuala O’Connor, in her feature directorial debut. Keepers of the Flame tells the universal story of generations dealing with the consequences of war and civil war; of what is remembered and what is forgotten.

Keepers of the Flame delves into the archives of the Irish Military Service Pensions and what emerges is a truly personal retelling of a brutal and divisive period in the birth of a nation and the devastating legacy it left in its wake, for the individuals who took part and their families who suffered long after the fighting ended. More than 85,000 applied for the Irish Military Service Pension. Just over 18,000 received any payment.

Gala Screening with Dingle Distillery Reception.

Director/Writer Nuala O’Connor, Writer Diarmaid Ferriter, Executive Producer, Philip King, Producer Tina O’Reilly, DOP Colm Hogan will attend the screening for a Q&A.
7.30pm on Sunday 25th March at the Phoenix Cinema. Click here for tickets.


Michael Inside – Feature Film
IFTA award winning feature directed by Frank Berry.
After agreeing to hold a bag of drugs for his friend’s older brother, Michael Healy is sentenced to three months in prison. Unaffiliated on the inside, the impressionable teen is attacked and robbed. As Michael’s life begins to change dramatically, his grandfather Francis gets an intimidating visit from local drug dealers looking for the money Michael has lost. Upon release Michael, now institutionalised into criminality, is forced to put into practice what he has learnt in prison when the dealers pay Francis another visit.

Gala Screening with Dingle Distillery Reception.

Director Frank Berry will attend.
8pm on Friday 23rd March at the Phoenix Cinema. Click here for tickets.


The Camino Voyage – Feature Film
Dedicated to the memory of Domhnall Mac Síthigh (1951-2017).

Due to popular demand, Dingle IFF have announced a second screening of this extraordinary documentary. An epic 2,500 km modern day celtic odyssey, The Camino Voyage/Iomramh an Chamino is directed by Dónal Ó Céilleachair.
Five men demonstrate the courage, endurance and friendship required to complete the historic voyage. This documentary features Breanndán ó Beagaloich, Glen Hansard, Liam Holden, Brendan-Pháid ó Muircheartaigh and poet Domhnall Mac Síthigh.

12pm on Sunday 25th March at the Phoenix Cinema. Click here for tickets.

(Opening night screening is sold out)


Seán Mac an tSíthigh – Presentation
The West Kerry native will present an archive of his work from the last decade. Seán provides provincial, national and international news for TG4 and RTÉ. The video journalist works alone, combining the skills of reporter, camera operator and editor. He has also captured and edited impressive news items using only his mobile phone. Before joining RTÉ, the reporter completed a masters in place names and folklore in UCC and spent a period working as a heritage officer in the Iveragh Gaeltacht. His unique style of news storytelling has earned him numerous awards, including the European reporters’ cup and the prestigious CIRCOM European regional television awards.

Seán will present a newsreel of selected reports. We can expect fascinating local news stories that have included, digging sheep out of snow, major storm events and artists painting with cow dung; intimate portraits of fascinating characters with remarkable stories; international reports, from gun laws in America’s ‘deep south’ to the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean.

Director Aodh Ó Coileáin will chair the Q&A with Seán Mac an tSíthigh.

7pm on Friday 23rd March at St. James’ Church. Click here for tickets


Kissing Candice – Feature Film
Producer Andrew Freedman will introduce the the Film.

Both written and directed by McArdle, the film stars the IFTA-nominated Ann Skelly as Candice, a 17-year-old who longs to escape the boredom of her seaside town, only finding solace in her vivid imagination. When a boy she dreams about turns up in real life, she becomes increasingly entangled with a dangerous local gang. Filmed under the Irish Film Board’s Catalyst Scheme, Aoife McArdle’s stylish debut feature centres around a small Irish seaside community.

5pm on Saturday 24th March at the Phoenix Cinema. Click here for tickets.


The Song of Granite – Feature Film
Acclaimed filmmaker Pat Collins brings the dramatic life story of legendary sean-nós singer Joe Heaney—an audacious exploration of the man and his music. With an approach that marries traditional narrative episodes with documentary footage, the film will celebrate the music Joe Heaney created while painting an unflinching portrait of Heaney, the man.
“Pat Collin’s Irish-language feature is awkward, original and surprising throughout.” – Donald Clarke, Irish Times

8.30pm on Saturday 24th March at St. James’ Church. Click here for tickets.


Lost & Found – Feature Film
Film will be introduced by director Liam O Mochain
Lost & Found is a feature film with seven interconnecting stories set in and around a lost & found office of an Irish train station.  All segments are inspired by true stories, share a theme of something lost or found and characters that come in and out of each other’s lives.


Gustav – Short Film with feature
Will is a young man with a bright future. He has a good job and a loving girlfriend.  He wakes up one morning with a strange tune in his head. But what is it? And where did it come from? The tune continues unrelentingly into his working day, until Will is forced to take drastic action.  He has no choice, he must sleep!

8.30pm on Friday 23rd March at St. James’ Church. Click here for tickets for Lost and Found and Gustav.


The Silver Branch – Feature Film
The Silver Branch is an uplifting and emotional celebration of people and place. It captures the delicacy of the natural world; the heart and soul of a Burren farmer-poet, Patrick McCormack and the ancient rural spirit of Ireland which stands behind him.

The story is centred around Patrick and the land he farms, a place where Mesolithic tombs, famine villages and present day small rocky fields are like jewels telling of our long human story on these hills.

Patrick longs to farm in the quite pace his ascendants did. But his life gains a different momentum when he’s called to Battle in the Supreme courts to decide on the fate of this iconic wilderness.


Native – Short Film with feature
An emigrant returns to his native land after many years abroad in search of the family and home he had left in his youth. The film stars Patrick Bergin (Sleeping with the Enemy).

Director Katrina Costello and Producer Ken O’Sullivan of The Silver Branch will be in attendance, along with Native Director Linda Bhreathnach and Producer Marina Donahue.

6.30pm on Saturday 24th March at St. James’ Church. Click here for tickets for The Silver Branch and Native.


Butterfly City – Feature Film
Film will be introduced by director.

Director Olga Černovaitė and Irish producer Jeremiah Cullinane collaborated to produce this feature documentary on the Lithuanian city of Visaginas. Both will attend the screening.
In the 1970’s, the city was created to service a powerful Soviet nuclear power station, designed and shaped like the wings of a butterfly. It was intended to be a window of Soviet progress to the West. After USSR disintegration, EU membership meant Lithuania had to close the plant, the city’s main industry. 25,000 Russian-speaking townspeople were left with an uncertain future.

4.45pm on Saturday 24th March at St. James’ Church. Click here for tickets.


Físín Event
Dingle International Film Festival offers an open invitation for submissions of a short film proposal in the Irish language. This is the only event in Ireland that offers rewards for Irish scriptwriting. The project targets and encourages filmmaking in Irish. The competition has a cash prize of €5,000 to the overall winner. The winner will also receive €2,000 worth of film equipment hire from Vast Valley Ltd. Vast Valley Ltd. provide equipment and support for feature films, TV drama and commercials. They supply cameras, lenses, accessories and grip equipment.

Rachaidh an bua-phits ar aghaidh chun a scannán a dhéanamh le duais airgid €5,000 mar aon le luach €2,000 d’fheara scannánaíochta ó Vast Valley. Ba mhaith linn buíochas a ghabháil chomh maith le Gerard Stembridge agus le Brenda Ní Shúilleabháin as Deireadh Seachtaine Forbartha Físín a riaradh i mí na Samhna, agus gan amhras lenár bpainéal measúnaithe, Nuala O’Connor, Marina Ní Dhubháin, Paul Webster agus Ciara McKenna.

10am on Sunday 25th March at John Benny Moriarty’s. This is a free event.


Log onto to the Festival Website:  http://www.dinglefilmfestival.com/news/

Click here for tickets.

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