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27 Nov 2015 : Seán Brosnan
The Boston Irish Film Festival has extended their deadline until December 15th, 2015
The Fingal Film Festival has opened submissions for their 2016 festival, the Boston Irish Film Festival has extended its’ deadline and two Irish language films selected for Babel.

Fingal Film Festival announce opening of 2016 submissions

The end of this year sees the beginning of the submission process for the fifth instalment of Fingal Film Festival’s annual event, which will take place in the month of September 2016.

After a successful 2015 event, the Festival team are preparing for 2016 and will roll out their full schedule over the next six months. Festival Managing Director, Liz Kenny said: “Our 2015 event saw bigger screening and workshop attendances, proving that the Fingal Film Festival is the best Independent Festival to have your work seen by large audiences and is a fantastic platform for emerging filmmakers from Ireland and abroad.”

Creative Director Dave Byrne adds: “Our focus for 2016 is to create a Festival that is diverse in content, offering and interactive experience with filmmakers and cinemagoers alike during next year’s event. A challenge I and the team are looking forward to.”

As part of the centenary celebrations in 2016, the festival will be dedicating a slot in the schedule for all subjects relating to the 1916 Rising. Any filmmakers creating content in any of the mediums screened at the festival is encouraged to submit for possible inclusion in the Fingal Film Festival 2016.

The categories for 2016 are as follows:

  • Animation
  • Irish Language
  • International Films
  • Short Films
  • Documentaries
  • Feature Films
  • Student Films
  • Fingal Newcomer Media Award – (Director / Writer / Producer / DOP ( Living in Fingal Area) )
  • Outstanding Achievement in Media Award - (Director / Writer / Producer / DOP / Journalist ) This award will be given to any filmmaker who breaks new ground in any of the categories or creates a new way of storytelling

For more information on how to submit your film, please visit www.fingalfilmfest.com or email pr@fingalfilmfest.com.

The Boston Irish Film Festival Call for Entries extended

Irish Film Festival, Boston’s Call for Entries for the 16th Annual Irish film festival has been extended. The film festival takes place March 10th to 13th, 2016 in Somerville, MA and the regular submission deadline is now December 15th, 2015.

Discounts for IFTN members are available as well as later submission dates through withoutabox.com. Full details can be found at www.irishfilmfestival.com.

Festival Producer Siobhan Fanning said: “Due to the unprecedented number of requests from Irish filmmakers this year, we have extended our regular deadline to December 15th, 2015, with later submission dates available under the Withoutabox.com forum till the end of the year. We are also happy to view Works in Progress/Rough Cuts. We understand a lot of projects are still in the making for the 2016 celebrations of Independence.”

Entries are being accepted in three categories: the Breakthrough Feature Award which honours those filmmakers who’s feature films represent the Best of Ireland and the Irish on Screen, the Global Vision Documentary Award is given to work that challenges, highlights or explores global issues with a unique Irish perspective. The Short Fiction/Doc/Animation category awards a piece of work that represents the best of Irish Film a hundred years after Independence. The winning film in this short category will headline our “Sixteen in Sixteen” short film program at the festival in March 2016. Winners in each category will receive flight and accommodation to attend the event, as well as various other prizes awarded by festival partners and sponsors and meetings with distributors. Awards will be presented during the festival following a special screening of the winning films.

The BIFF Awards were inaugurated in 2003 to honour those filmmakers whose work represents the very best of Ireland and the Irish on screen. Irish cinema has emerged as a dynamic global phenomenon, expressing a culture focused on the island of Ireland but spread out to all four corners of the globe.

Two Irish language films included in Babel Film Festival

Two Irish language films have been selected for the 2015 Babel Film Festival in Sardinia.

‘Spiorad na Samhna’, about the origins of Halloween and ‘Rúbaí’, about a girl who declares herself an atheist before her First Communion.

Babel is the only festival promoting the use of 'minority languages' in film making around the world. This year, there are 79 films, with 44 'minority languages', ranging from Cree, Innu and Kurdish to Sámi, Swahili and Yazidi, including European languages like Basque, Welsh, Catalan, Ladin, Occitan and Sardu.

The festival director says these languages "are more oriented to a poetic vision of the world and are closer to the life of communities, the frame that makes life worth living day after day.”

‘Spiorad na Samhna’ (Spirit of Samhain) traces origins of Ireland's biggest Halloween Carnival in Derry back to troubled years of 1980s. It also traces origins of Halloween itself to the Celtic festival of Samhain. Dr. Jenny Butler from the Folklore Department of University College, Cork narrates this strand. Dessie Baker directs.

In ‘Rúbaí’, a comedy-drama, an eight year old girl declares she is an atheist before her First Communion and refuses to participate. ‘Rúbaí’ faces emotional blackmail, religious and philosophical debate and out and out intolerance in today’s supposedly diverse and modern Ireland. ‘Rúbaí’ was directed by Louise Ni Fhiannachta.

A session on "Norwegian Cinema and Minority Languages" will also be of interest to Irish people. It looks at state of Sámi and Kven in mainstream film making there. Finn McAlinden's 'The Secret Language' investigates Kven, a language only officially recognised by Norway in 2005. He quotes linguist, Georg Sauerwein: "If you take the mother tongue from a people; you take away their confidence, their creativity and their identity – and in the end you take their will to live." His film investigates the "consequences when your parent’s language is not only forbidden, but is actively being eradicated.”

More information on the Babel Film Festival can be found at: http://www.babelfilmfestival.com/programma-2015/.

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