I caught up with Maurice Galway the founder/CEO and Artistic Director of the Dingle International Film Festival to discuss the strong upcoming programme that will again contribute to make this boutique film festival in the south west of Ireland the ongoing success story that it continues to be.
Maurice agrees that there is a strong local and national presence at this year festival which is paramount to the festivals success and this is evident with the sold out screening of the opening feature The Camino Voyage on Thursday 22nd March (with another screening scheduled for Sunday 25th). An epic 2,500 km modern day celtic odyssey, The Camino Voyage/Iomramh an Chamino is directed by Dónal Ó Céilleachair. and documents five men as they demonstrate the courage, endurance and friendship required to complete the historic voyage.
Friday March 23rd sees the screening of IFTA winning feature Michael Inside as well as a special screening an archive of the work of video journalist and West Kerry native,Seán Mac an tSíthigh. Seán provides provincial, national and international news for TG4 and RTÉ. Also on Friday night at St James Church is a very special treat for Bob Dylan fans with the European premiere of Bob Dylan's Trouble No More.
The final day sees the spotlight shone on local film with the screenings of a collection of Kingdom Shorts at the famous St James Church which is the focal point of a lot of wonderful films over the four days. Ventry resident and Emmy award winner Nuala O'Connor feature directorial debut The Keeper of the Flame which tells the universal story of generations dealing with the consequences of war and civil war; of what is remembered and what is forgotten gets it's World premiere as the closing feature of the festival to wrap up four full days of outstanding film.
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Redoubtable, Western and Sami Blood are three international features that Maurice feels are worth catching while in Dingle for the festival.
There are a wealth of other events taking place over the four days, with the return of the successful Dingle POW WOW which is "aimed specifically at young creatives in the Film and Television industry, and will assist them in gaining knowledge of both film and television". This special event takes place in Ionad an Bhlascaoid Mhóir on Saturday 24th March and will feature such talent as Michael Uppendahl, American Television Director whose work includes Fargo, American Horror Story, Ray Donovan, and Daredevil along with Ray Donovan star Paula Malcomson who plays Abby Donovan in the series. Barry Keoghan, Ireland's rising star of Dunkirk, Black 47 and The Killing of a Sacred Deer will also make an appearance as well as an Actors Panel that consist of Jill Eikenberry (Hill Street blues, LA Law (Golden Globe winner), and Michael Tucker (Hill Street Blues, LA Law).
There is also a Women Direct programme which includes the short films of seven female directors and the younger film fans are also catered for with the screening on Sunday 24th March of the iconic tale We're Going on a Bear Hunt at St James Church!
All these fantastic events, together with the always popular and already sold out "Animation Dingle" along with much more superb screenings and workshops too numerous to mention means Dingle is headed for yet another highly successful festival again this year.
A full list of upcoming events and further details can be seen on the Dingle International Film Festival 2018 website.