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reel treat for film fans as stars set for dublin festival

SOME of Ireland's brightest stars will walk the red carpet next month when the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival showcases the best in the business.

Organisers will screen 135 movies, including 16 short films, 27 documentaries and 13 star-studded galas between February 13 and 23.


The festival was launched last night at the Lighthouse Cinema and afterwards in the Jameson Distillery in Smithfield.

Former Casualty star Pollyanna McIntosh was one of the stars there last night, and she posed for photographers in a vintage red two-piece skirt suit.

Big names are expected at the Irish premiere of John Michael McDonagh's Calvary, which features Aidan Gillen and Brendan Gleeson.

Hollywood legend Richard Dreyfuss, best known for his role in Jaws, and filmmaker and Monty Python founder Terry Gilliam will fly in for the occasion to be honoured for their achievements with this year's Volta Award.

Previous recipients of the prestigious award include Daniel Day-Lewis and Martin Sheen.

Other high-profile guests this year will include actors John Hurt, Jason Priestley, Oscar-winner Brenda Fricker and James Fox.

Jean-Marc Barr, filmmaker Richard Ayoade, directors David Mackenzie and Jonathan Glazer, alongside award-winning screenwriter Peter Morgan, who will give a screenwriting masterclass for aspiring silver screen legends.

A screening of home-grown comedy The Stag, which stars Amy Huberman, Hugh O'Connor, Peter McDonald, Andrew Scott and Brian Gleeson, will bring the festival to a close.