Dingle Film Festival to screen six premieres

Marian O'Flaherty

PREPARATIONS are well and truly underway ahead of the 2014 Dingle International Film Festival (DIFF) which runs over St Patrick's Weekend.

During its eight years, DIFF has managed to attract the likes of Cillian Murphy, Saoirse Ronan, Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Frears and Sarah Miles to Dingle and this year promises to be no different as details of the official DIFF programme for 2014 was launched this week.

From March 14 to 17 the Dingle Film Festival will screen 26 feature films - including six premières – plus 51 short films.

Festival guest Robert Law - the creator of seminal satire series 'Spitting Image' - will be in Dingle during a special screening of the BBC's Arena production, 'Whatever Happened to Spitting Image'.

Music will form another theme with screenings of 'Through the Picture Window' (where Dick Carruthers will introduce his exposition of Julian Lennon), 'Folk' by Terry Sara in St. James Church and 'We are the Best!', the tale of three 13-year olds who, despite having no instruments, decide to form a punk band.

For the second year running Ireland's animation industry will turn its focus to Dingle as Dubliner Richie Baneham, an Oscar winner in 2010 for his special effects work on 'Avatar', will receive the 'Murakami Award' in recognition of his contribution to the industry. A new award, 'Young Animator of the Year', which is aimed at Transition Year students, will also be presented during the festival. Newry native, director Tom Moore who was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film in 2010, will be another big name making his way to Dingle as he screens scenes from his latest project, 'The Song of the Sea' for the first time.

DIFF will also maintain a strong focus on the Irish language in a programme of shorts film to be screened in An Lab, Ionad an Bhlascaoid in Dún Chaoin will host a programme of documentaries entitled, 'Stories That Need To Be Told' while a series of Kerry-made short films will have a their own special screenings. These include 'Secrets of the Hidden Valley' by James Pembroke (Currow), 'Destiny of the Dingle Train' by Murt Mulcahy (Camp), 'Waiting for You' by Lisa Fingleton (Ballybunion), 'Roger Casement: A Character of Contrast' by Alan Cantwell and Justin Flynn (IT Tralee), 'The General's Daughter' by Molly O'Dwyer (Dingle), 'An Intimate Soul' by Cristiano Paradiso (Dingle), 'Toy Soldiers' by Michael Hayes (Kilcummin), 'Smack Box' by Michael Kelly (Castlegregory) and 'Maggie' by Aodhagan O'Riordan (IT Tralee).

The winners of DIFF's competition for screenwriters working as Gaeilge, FÍSÍN will be announced during the festival. In addition, on St Patrick's Day morning a screening of 'Rí an Pharóiste', the film made by Louise Ní Fhiannachta on the life of Kerry football legend Páidí Ó Sé, will take place with an introduction by Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh.


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