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IFFI 53, 2022, 07: Ratings of films seen or partly seen

IFFI 53, 2022, 07: Ratings of films seen or partly seen Major-India-Hindi-Director Sashi Kiran Tikka: ** ½ Fatima-India-Hindi-Sourabh Kanti Dutta: *** Hatibondhu-India-English-Kripal Kalita: ** ½ Anhonee-India-Hindi (1973)-Ravi Tandan: ** ½ Parinda-India-Hindi (1989)-Vidhu Vinod Chopra: *** Alma and Oskar-Austria-German-Dieter Berner: *** Perfect Number-Poland-Polish-Krsyztof Zanussi: ** Cold as Marble-Azerbaijan+France-A...

She Said, Review: One Movie Magnate, 82 Female Victims

She Said, Review: One Movie Magnate, 82 Female Victims An Agatha Christie detective movie, released in 1961 was titled Murder She Said. In 2022, it is not murder she said, but another heinous crime, and the ‘she’ is not one woman but 82 victims of a movie bigwig in Hollywood (actually Indiewood). Unlike the fiction film of yore, this film is based on solid fact, as chronicled by the best-seller book, She Said, and borne out by the Me Too movement worldwide, with minimum fictionali...

Dublin Feminist Film Festival 2018

Dublin Feminist Film Festival has established firm roots on Dublin’s cultural calendar, shining a spotlight on women in film. DFFF promotes and celebrates female filmmakers, hoping to inspire and empower others to get involved in filmmaking.

This involves considering women on-screen, but also behind the camera, through the dual-aspect of celebrating and showcasing fantastic female filmmaking, as well as demonstrating that women make compelling and complex characters and subjects.  DFFF is a celebratory couple of days and our commitment to inclusive art is reflected in the programme each year, showcasing a range of work, from documentary to drama, short form to feature, films from different places and representing different perspectives, as well as work by women-of-colour.


The theme for #DFFF2018 is REFRAME/REFOCUS. Rather than foreground particular topics, our programme this year will feature films not only directed by women, but also shot by female cinematographers. In emphasising the role of the cinematographer, we aim to expand the notion of who 'makes' a film and what 'Films by Women' means, while also raising questions about whether and how films shot by women feature a different or other gaze.


In 2018 something remarkable happened: Rachel Morrison garnered an Academy Award nomination for Cinematography for her work on the film Mudbound. At first glance, this might not seem so out of the ordinary. Over the last four decades, women have regularly and increasingly been nominated for and won international awards for production roles that had previously been male-only domains. Not so with cinematography, however. Morrison was the first woman ever to be nominated for her work behind the camera in ninety years of Oscars! Awards aren’t everything of course. But historically speaking, cinematography has been the most difficult filmmaking role for women to break into.

And yet for the past several years, some of the most visually exciting films in world cinema have been shot by women. Long-standing talents like Ellen Kuras, Agnés Godard, Caroline Champetier, and Mandy Walker have in recent years been joined by a huge influx of international cinematographers like Quyen Tran, Nanu Segal, Reed Morano, Morrison, and many more.

For the Fifth Dublin Feminist Film Festival, we have decided to highlight the role of the female cinematographer. In coming to this decision, we thought about it from several different angles. Does a woman’s camera “see” differently? If much of what makes film so compelling is the visual, can a film be “by” its cinematographer as much as its director? And institutionally and structurally speaking, why has the field of cinematography in particular been so reluctant to accept women into its ranks?

Thus we present REFRAME/REFOCUS, wherein we hope to reconsider, not simply the role of the cinematographer in general, but very specifically the role of the female cinematographer and how she lights, frames, and moves through the onscreen space that constitutes our visual filmic experience.

To that end, all the films we screen this year – features and shorts – were directed and shot by women. As part of the festival, we’re also featuring a talk by an esteemed academic on female cinematography, and a roundtable discussion with two Dublin-based female cinematographers.

It’s important to celebrate the work of Rachel Morrison, and we heartily congratulate her on her achievement. However, as we continue to reconsider the fantastic work that female cinematographers are doing around the world, we hope it will become increasingly clear that one nomination in ninety years simply isn’t good enough.

Dublin Feminist Film Festival 2018

Dublin Feminist Film Festival has established firm roots on Dublin’s cultural calendar, shining a spotlight on women in film. DFFF promotes and celebrates female filmmakers, hoping to inspire and empower others to get involved in filmmaking. This involves considering women on-screen, but also behind the camera, through the dual-aspect of celebrating and showcasing fantastic female filmmaking, as well as de

SCRAPPY to play Charlie Chaplin Film Festival in Ireland!

"Scrappy", a social issue film helmed by Dawn Westlake, based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem of the same name by her father, Donald G. Westlake, has been selected to the Charlie Chaplin Film Festival in Waterville, Ireland for August 23-26, 2018. "Scrappy" will play in the Social Commentary section of the festival which unspools on Friday, August 24th at 6pm. "Scrappy" was shot on location in Pine Mountain, CA, USA by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelo...

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Poland Picks Skolimowski's 11 Minutes as Oscar Entry for Best Foreign Language Film

  After a five-year hiatus, veteran Polish film director Jerzy Skolimowski is back on the scene. At the age of 77, Skolimowski seems more energized than ever. His latest film, 11 Minutes, an Irish/Polish co-production, wowed audiences in September when it debuted at the 72nd Venice Film Festival and received a special commendation from the festival's Youth Jury. The film also enjoyed packed screenings and favorable buzz at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival, where it was fe...

Dublin - DISFMF Official Selection 2014

KIKO’S PARADISE , directed by Paco Gisbert, 9min, Spain 2014(Animation) RECOIL , directed by Richard Keaney, 20min, Ireland 2014(Drama) NAIVE , directed by Marie Enthoven , 11min, Belgium 2013 ,(Drama) EVERY DAY IS A SMALL LIFE , directed by Albane Fioretti &Lou-Brice Léonard , 27min, France 2014(Drama) LIFE IN THE TIME OF ADVERTISING , directed by David Bokser&Matt Berenty, 8min, USA 2013,(Animation) TORN , directed by Karen McGrath , 6min, Ireland 2014,(Comedy)...

"Games People Play" to have World Premiere at Chaplin Comedy Fest!

"Games People Play", the latest film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. and writer/director Dawn Westlake, will have its world premiere at the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Fest in Waterville (County Kerry), Ireland on August 22, 2014. Starring Westlake, David Razowsky, and Mark Jacobson, the film was shot on the Canon C500 by Jon Carr. Editing, visual effects and color correction was also performed by Carr who did the night sky and stars time-lapse seen globally on the current Coldplay ...


OFFline Film Festival

OFFline Film Festival offers the audience a range of film activities such as workshops, screenings, filmmaking and opportunities to meet with film directors in talk-back sessions. 

Films from around the world are screened during the five day festival at numerous venues throughout the town of Birr. Workshops catering for many elements of film such as special effects make-up will take place. 

The winners of the festival's 72-Hour Filmmaking Challenge are guaranteed a slot at Galway Film Fleadh and a prize fund to the value of €4,000 including film rental equipment and cash.


John Ford Ireland Film Symposium 6th - 9th June 2013

Dublin will be a hive of activity for budding filmmakers, movie lovers and fans of Ford films. Kicking off with an Opening Night Extravaganza, and a series of rare Ford Screenings, Panel Discussions; Public Interviews with Film Directors, Music for the Screen events and performances, special Outdoor Screenings, Writers Hub and Directors Hub and a chance to get up and close and personal with 'all things Ford'... 2012 proved a phenomenal success with guests Dan Ford (grandson of John Ford); Film Director and Writer; Peter Bogdanovich; Kyle Eastwood and Band; David Holmes; Academy Award Winning Editor, Joel Cox (Mystic River); John Boorman, Neil Jordan, Jim Sheridan, Pat McCabe, Brian Kirk and many more...... John Ford Ireland 2013 will prove to be just as exciting, with Filmmakers from around the globe participating in a series of events, for any film buff or film fan, this Symposium & Festival is a MUST ...stay tuned to see details as they are announced and to avail of your Season Pass. As John Ford once said 'I make pictures but I don't like talking about them'....come to John Ford Ireland in 2013 and you will discover that there are a lot of people who DO like to talk about John Ford pictures; a man responsible for some of the most enduring films in cinematic history, who still holds the record for most Oscar wins for a Director. You will find there is quite a lot to talk about...

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Director: Sean Lackey.

Freshly Squeezed Film Festival Opens in Dublin

Imagine a festival that would give film students and recent graduates the chance to showcase their short films. And imagine if this festival was open to students from all over the world to submit their films, regardless of language or genre.Well, some very innovative and creative people in Dublin not only imagined it, they did it. And thanks to their efforts, 40 young film makers are having their work shown on the big screen this weekend in Dublin at the inaugural Freshly Squeezed International ...

An Interview With Composer and Musician Kyle Eastwood at the John Ford Ireland Film Symposium

Acclaimed jazz musician and composer Kyle Eastwood is in Dublin this weekend, performing at the Button Factory and taking part in the programme of events at the inaugural John Ford Ireland Film Symposium, participating in the panel discussion “Music for the Screen”. Eastwood's compositions have been featured in numerous films, including Mystic River (2002), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Gran Torino (2008) and Invictus (2009), among others. He has ...

An Interview With Film Historian and John Ford Biographer Joseph McBride at the John Ford Ireland Film Symposium

Eustace Street in the Temple Bar district of Dublin, home of the Irish Film Institute, has been a busy place this weekend, as the inaugural John Ford Ireland Film Symposium presented a variety of screenings, lectures and academic panel discussions devoted to the prolific Irish-American film director, whose influence continues to loom large, nearly 40 years after his passing.Afficionados of Ford's work have come from all over Ireland, continental Europe, North America and as far away as Australia...

Peter Bogdanovich Packs the House at the John Ford Ireland Film Symposium

    The Irish Film Institute was the place to be Friday night, where renowned director Peter Bogdanovich gave a public lecture and interview as part of the inaugural John Ford Ireland Film Symposium in Dublin. Mr. Bogdanovich, who has written extensively about Ford's directorial career, regaled the audience with a variety of stories and personal anecdotes about the director. Earlier in the day, Mr. Bogdanovich also introduced a screening of his highly acclaimed document...

John Ford Film Symposium in Dublin, June 7 - 10

Both Ingmar Bergman and Orson Welles called him their favorite director. On set, John Wayne called him “Coach”. Jimmy Stewart referred to him simply as “Boss”. In a career that spanned over 60 years, few directors have rivaled John Ford in terms of creative output, popular success, critical acclaim or overall influence on the craft of cinema. And from June 7th to 10th, Ford fans and scholars will converge on Dublin for the inaugural John Ford Ireland Film Symposium, organized by the Iris...

Submission Call for the 4th Annual YFIFF

First off, apologies for the delay on updates via Fest21... Its been a busy few years and running a festival as a one-man-army is no easy task! Now though, heading into our 4th year, I'm happy to announce that we are bigger and better with more to offer at the fantastic underground festival - the Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival. Kicking off in Sept from the 7th - 9th, our 4th year see's us settle in the beautiful Strand Cinema of East Belfast. Northern Irelands oldest cinema and ho...

The BUFF Blog (November 2011)

From Top Boy to Wuthering Heights, the much vaunted and much celebrated prominence of cultural diversity in British film and TV shows no signs of abating and continues to rouse and excite cinema buffs both here and abroad. In a month which has already seen Sket, Demons Never Die & Death in Paradise entertain the masses, there is much to take in – including yet more awards for David is Dying; introducing the newest member of the BUFF board, journalist and filmmaker Jessie Grace Mellor; an...

Henry & Sunny

Director: Fergal Rock.
In a time of unprecedented economic depression, mass unemployment and civil unrest, one group has borne the brunt of society’s scorn – the clowns. Henry & Sunny is the bittersweet tale of Henry, an unemployed clown, in love with the famous soap opera actress, Sunny Carmichael. He writes her letters daily yet fear of rejection prevents him from disclosing his return address. Sunny, stifled by a sycophantic showbiz world, reciprocates Henry’s feelings but is tragically unable to reach him. Beautifully photographed in high contrast black & white, Henry & Sunny is a melancholy tale of true love against all odds.


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