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IFI Celebrates 60th Year With New Events Programme
06 Jan 2005 :

2005 marks the 60th Anniversary of the Irish Film Institute preserving, presenting and promoting cinema culture in Ireland. To celebrate this milestone, a special programme of events will take place throughout 2005 involving each area of the IFI; IFI Cinemas, IFI Education, and the Irish Film Archive.

Director of the IFI Mark Mulqueen said, ‘After 60 years we can proudly say that the Irish Film Institute is now one of the most active cultural bodies in Ireland. With this substantial events programme for 2005, in celebration of this major anniversary, the IFI can promote the many areas it encompasses including IFI Education and the Irish Film Archive. We delight in providing the best possible arthouse and world cinema experience to Irish audiences and have many ambitions for the future, principally our designation as the national cultural institute for cinema in Ireland. ’

The Programme of Events will include:

• Live concert and screening of Irish Destiny
A live screening and concert of ‘Irish Destiny’ (1926); one of the greatest and most historically significant silent films made in Ireland. This newly-restored print will be accompanied by orchestration written and lead by Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, as part of the Cork 2005 City of Culture programme in June. It is an important and thrilling historical record, containing as it does actual footage of the Black and Tans and the burning of Cork. The Irish Film Archive, as part of the IFI is proud to be the sole holder of this feature film.

• Irish Cinema Showcase at the Czech Film Festival
The Archive is creating a programme of Irish cinema for the Czech Film Festival at Uherske Hradiste. One of the largest retrospectives ever of Irish Cinema abroad, it will also be a showcase for other aspects of Irish culture such as music and visual arts with guests expected to include The Frames, Seamus Heaney and Jim Sheridan. An extensive programme of features, documentaries, shorts and archive films will highlight the range diversity and quality of Irish film from the silent era to the present day.

• Irish Film Archive Exhibition
Heritage week Archive Exhibition for IFI 60th Anniversary; an exhibition of material from the Irish Film Archive's paper collections including, photographs, stills, archive documents, letters and programmes illustrating the range of activities under taken by the IFI over the last 60 years.

• IFI Cinemas Programme 2005
IFI Cinemas will continue to hold their well established and celebrated series of film festivals including the 11th annual Viva Spanish Film Festival, the Australian Film Festival, the hugely popular annual Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Festival and Market, and Horrorthon; Ireland’s only celebration of horror and fantasy film.

• IFI Membership Drive
IFI Cinemas will also launch a major IFI Membership drive in 2005, to promote the benefits of the IFI’s incredibly affordable membership scheme (just €20 a year) and to increase public support of Ireland’s only cultural body for film.

• IFI Education 2005 programme
IFI Education is committed to providing challenging opportunities for people outside the formal education system who have a life-long interest in film. A series of IFI Education evening courses will take place during 2005, kicking off in February with a new evening course which will centre round the rich traditions of Italian cinema; ‘La Dolce Vita.’ IFI Education also runs a highly successful and established film programme for primary and second level schools. It will launch its Spring programme in late January, which will kick off with two very popular titles from France and Germany for second level students: ‘Bon Voyage’ and ‘Das Wunder von Bern’. IFI Education reaches almost 17,000 students annually, in both primary and secondary schools, mainly transition year and leaving certificate students. During the 2003/2004 school year 120 events were held, both within the IFI and nationally. IFI Education also holds ‘Reel Magic’; a summer film school for children and young people taking place in July - August, giving them the opportunity to make their own film.

• Irish Film Archive Screenings
The Irish Film Archive is producing a series of Anniversary Archive screenings, kicking off with ‘Dementia 13’, Francis Ford Coppola’s homage to horror pictures, produced by Roger Corman and shot over three weeks at Ardmore Studios and on location in County Wicklow in 1963. The Archive is also contributing to ‘Cork on Film Archive’ for the City of Culture programme. Magical early images of Cork dating from 1900 were recently discovered in the Mitchell and Kenyon collection of Cork footage and will be screened throughout 2005.

The IFI’s new January-February free programme is now available from the IFI and online. For further information on the see: www.irishfilm.ie



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