IFB Films at Dingle International Film Festival and Animation Dingle
Posted: 16th March 2018
Running from 22 – 25 March, the Dingle International Film Festival will present the extraordinary talent of Irish filmmakers as the festival hosts a selection of critically acclaimed Irish films and welcomes international stars. Presented in parternship with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, the 2018 edition of the festival depicts Ireland from the perspective of various natives and pays homage to Ireland’s historic and modern culture.
From 23 – 24 March, the Co. Kerry town will also play host to the sixth annual Animation Dingle festival, which will see industry and third level participants join together to celebrate the best in class of animated content. The event is made up of conferences, screenings, workshops, and of course the 2018 Student Animation Awards.
IFB Films at Dingle International Film Festival
Fresh from its world premiere at the 2018 Berlinale, Lance Daly’s Black 47 — set during the Great Famine in Ireland — follows an Irish Ranger, Feeney (James Frecheville),who has been fighting abroad for the British Army. After turning deserter, he returns home to Ireland during the famine. When he discovers what has happened to his family, Feeney swears vengeance and goes on a murderous rampage. His old British Army comrade Hannah (Hugo Weaving) is dispatched to try and put an end to Feeney's uprising
IFTA award-winning feature directed by Frank Berry.
After agreeing to hold a bag of drugs for his friend’s older brother, Michael Healy is sentenced to three months in prison. Unaffiliated on the inside, the impressionable teen is attacked and robbed. As Michael’s life begins to change dramatically, his grandfather Francis gets an intimidating visit from local drug dealers looking for the money Michael has lost. Upon release Michael, now institutionalised into criminality, is forced to put into practice what he has learnt in prison when the dealers pay Francis another visit.
Both written and directed by Aoife McArdle, the film stars the IFTA-nominated Ann Skelly as Candice, a 17-year-old who longs to escape the boredom of her seaside town, only finding solace in her vivid imagination. When a boy she dreams about up in real life, she becomes increasingly entangled with a dangerous local gang. Filmed under the Irish Film Board's Catalyst scheme, Aoife McArdle's stylish debut feature centres around a small Irish seaside community.
Song of Granite
Acclaimed filmmaker Pat Collins brings the dramatic life story of legendary sean-nós singer Joe Heaney—an audacious exploration of the man and his music. With an approach that marries traditional narrative episodes with documentary footage, the film will celebrate the music Joe Heaney created while painting an unflinching portrait of Heaney, the man.
The Silver Branch
The Director Katrina Costello will also participate in our Dingle Pow-Wow.
The Silver Branch is an uplifting and emotional celebration of people and place. It captures the delicacy of the natural world; the heart and soul of a Burren farmer-poet, Patrick McCormack and the ancient rural spirit of Ireland which stands behind him.
Director Olga Černovaitė and Irish producer Jeremiah Cullinane collaborated to produce this feature documentary on the Lithuanian city of Visaginas. In the 1970's, the city was created to service a powerful Soviet nuclear power station, designed and shaped like the wings of a butterfly. It was intended to be a window of Soviet progress to the West. After USSR disintegration, EU membership meant Lithuania had to close the plant, the city’s main industry. 25,000 Russian-speaking townspeople were left with an uncertain future.
The Camino Voyage
Opening this year's festival is Dónal Ó Céilleachair's documentary: an epic 2,500 km modern day celtic odyssey, The Camino Voyage/Iomramh an Chamino. For hundreds of years people sailed from Ireland to A Coruña in Northern Spain and walked the camino to Santiago de Compostela from there. This inspiring crew have done their own version of this historical voyage in a Naomhóg. The film features Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, Glen Hansard, Liam Holden, Brendan-Pháid Ó Muircheartaigh and Writer and Poet; Domhnall Mac Síthigh (1951-2017).
Tickets are sold out.
You can also catch Dónal Ó Céilleachair at our Dingle Pow-Wow event on Saturday 24th March in The Blasket Centre.
Keepers of the Flame — World Premiere
Emmy-award winner Nuala O'Connor's directorial debut will close this year's festival. The Keepers of the Flame tells the universal story of generations dealing with the consequences of war and civil war; of what is remembered and what is forgotten.
Keepers of the Flame delves into the archives of the Irish Military Service Pensions and what emerges is a truly personal retelling of a brutal and divisive period in the birth of a nation and the devastating legacy it left in its wake, for the individuals who took part and their families who suffered long after the fighting ended. More than 85,000 applied for the Irish Military Service Pension. Just over 18,000 received any payment. The film brings to light the diverse experiences of some of the 85,000 ordinary Irish men and women who made pension or dependents allowance claims for having actively served during the violent revolutionary period from Easter 1916 to the end of the Civil War in 1921. Their stories lie in the Irish Military Pension Archives, stack upon stack of applications detailing involvement and actions, thousands of different interpretations of the same events lying side by side.
Director, Nuala O'Connor, Executive Producer, Philip King and writer Diarmaid Ferriter will participate in this year's Dingle Pow-Wow.
A Different Kind Of Day
Directors: Maria Doyle Kennedy & Lenny Abrahamson
Writer: Maria Doyle Kennedy
Producer: Kieran Kennedy
A random encounter between two young adults who have Down Syndrome and a group of youths has unexpected consequences which change the day for everyone.
Director: Thomas Beug
Producer: Jessica Bermingham
West Cork open-water swimmer Stephen Redmond was the first person ever to complete the world-famous Ocean’s Seven Challenge. The Swimmer looks at the beauty and poetry of Stephen’s passion and the lives of the people he has loved and lost.
Take Me Swimming
Director: Claire Dix
Writer: Ailbhe Keogan
Producer: Roisín Geraghty
A son must overcome his conflicted feelings and honour his father’s intentions to keep his mother alive, despite her expressed wish to the contrary.
Director/Writer: Ian Power
Producer: Eoghan Ryan
A Holocaust survivor working in a New York funeral home makes a distressing discovery.
Director/Writer: Ciaran Cassidy
Producer: Aoife McGonigal
Danny ‘Danger’ is a retired journeyman boxer who accepts a last- minute fight. But there’s one problem —it’s his weekend to look after his teenage daughter, Leah. He thinks he has nothing to lose, while Leah thinks he’s a bit of a loser.
Bordalo II: A Life of Waste
Directors: Trevor Whelan & Rua Meegan
Producer: Glen Collins
An intimate portrait of Portuguese street artist, Artur Bordalo aims to highlight the extent of our wastefulness and the impact this has on our environment through his ‘Trash Animals’ sculptures.
Director/Writer: Rioghnach Ni Ghrioghair
Producer: Flaminia Iacoviello
The world is poisoned. A sacrificial population is tasked with carving out a clean passage with neon lights between pockets of surviving civilisation. One ‘runner’ dares to race for her life against all the odds.
Hey Ronnie Reagan
Director: Maurice O’ Brien
Producer: Daniel Hegarty
In 1984, a tiny anonymous Tipperary village was thrust into the world’s spotlight when US President Ronald Reagan arrived to visit his ancestral home. It was said that Ballyporeen would never be the same again.
Director/Writer: Steve Kenny
Producer: Collie McCarthy
A Back To The Future-obsessed traveller boy strives to finish building his own DeLorean replica before his family are evicted from their halting site.
IFB Films at Animation Dingle
Parvana is an eleven-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana disguises herself as a boy in order to support her family. With dauntless perseverance, Parvana draws strength from the stories her father told her, and ultimately risks her life to discover if he is still alive. Equal parts thrilling and enchanting, The Breadwinner is a timely and inspiring tale about the transcendent power of stories, and their potential to unite and heal us all.
Followed with a Q&A with the director, Nora Twomey.
Late Afternoon, written and directed by Louise Bagnall, follows an elderly woman as she drifts back through her memories, existing between two states — the past and the present. The film will receive its New York premiere at Tribeca, screening as part of a special animation programme curated by Whoopi Goldberg. Starring Fionnula Flanagan, Late Afternoon is produced by Nuria González Blanco for Cartoon Saloon.
Centring on an Irish grandmother who takes an unexpected departure from her lonely life, Aoífe Doyle’s Departure is produced by Niamh Herrity at Pink Kong Studios with Doyle also writing the script for the film. Aoife's credits as an animator include Rock-a-Bye Island and The Travels of the Young Marco Polo.
An Island tells the story of a solitary man who sets out to conquer an isolated island. The film is written and directed by Rory Byrne with Ciarán Deeney of And Maps and Plans producing the short. Byrne previously wrote the script for Coda which picked up a host of international awards.
Deposits, directed by Trevor Courtney, written by Adrienne Michel-Long and produced by Michael Algar, tells a story of the Disappeared—the remains of those murdered by the Provisional Irish Republican Army and those killed centuries earlier by the British Redcoats. In common they are buried without trace, but are connected by hopes for discovery. Writer Adrienne Michel-Long previously directed two award-winning IFB shorts: Bye Bye Inkhead (2001) and Luka (2004).
Alan Short and Seamus Malone’s Macarooned features Mac who is ‘macarooned’, hungry and pines for the lush tropical island across the water—if only he can get past Feargal the Shark who happens to be hungry too. Written by Short and Malone, Macrooned is produced by Samantha Plaisted at Whirligig. Malone previously worked with Ardman as an animator on credits including Chicken Run and The Curse of the Ware Rabbit among others.
Starring the voice talents of Ruth Negga, and set in Ireland in the early 1900s, Angela's Christmas is a funny, heart-warming and poignant story about the power of family and the innocent desire of a child to ensure everyone is safe, warm and loved at Christmas time. The film will be presented as part of the ‘Christmas in Dingle’ programme.