Illustration: Adeline Pericart
The third annual Underground Cinema Film Festival (UCFF) will take place from the 13th– 16th of September 2012 in the Royal Marine Hotel and the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire.
We are delighted to announce that in association with the Irish Film Board this year’s special guest will be Jack Sargeant. Jack Sargeant is a renowned author and an authority on underground and cult film and has devised a special programme for us. Jack is also curator of Revelation Perth International film festival and we at Underground are honoured to forge a link with such a prestigious festival. Jack will be joined by Paul Fraser (My Brothers), as well as being a talented director, Paul’s screenwriting collaborations with Shane Meadows (This is England) is the stuff of modern cinematic legend.
Other special guests include a trio of pure, powerhouse talent, the inimitable Terry McMahon (Charlie Casanova, last year’s opening film), Ivan Kavanagh (Tin Can Man, last year’s closing film) and Conor Horgan (100 Mornings) in a full day devoted to underground/cult/punk-rock film at this year’s festival.
The festival will be divided into four parts this year. Our opening day, entitled ‘Women in Film‘, will feature panel discussions with women from every aspect of the industry and culminate in a screening of Kirsten Sheridan’s innovative feature Dollhouse. Some of the guests on this day include, as well as Ms. Sheridan, Marion Quinn (32A), Edwina Forkin (Zanzibar Films), actress Olwen Fouere (The Other Side Of Sleep, This Must Be The Place), Other guests TBA.
We are extremely excited to announce that, in association with the Bram Stoker estate and Barnabus Bailey Greatest Show Unearthed USA and with the support of the Victorian Vampire Society UK, for the first time we will host ‘Horror-fest’ at UCFF.
In celebration of Bram Stoker’s centenary, we will host a 20th anniversary screening of Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula, as well as other special screenings, guests and exhibitions TBA. In conjunction with Barnabus Bailey GSU, a Web-based Horror Host programme in the USA, UCFF will run a special horror film competition.
This year’s festival will also include a segment on screen adaptation wherein writers and directors will discuss the adaptation process from page to screen and we are proud to have Pat O’Connor (Cal, Dancing at Lughnasa, Circle of Friends), Bernard McLaverty (Cal), Colin Bateman (Divorcing Jack) and, schedule permitting, David Caffrey (Divorcing Jack, Love/Hate) joining us, as well as other special guests TBA. We will also host a Director’s Choice panel where our guest directors will choose scenes from their favourite films and discuss the influence that these films have had on their own filmmaking.
The UCFF team are incredibly proud of our packed programme this year. Along with our usual screenings of short and feature films, we will host a number of free workshops with some of the top professionals working in the industry today, including Ferdia MacAnna (High Kings), Vinnie Murphy (Accelerator) and Ciarán Creagh (Parked) to name but a few.
For more information, to down an application form and copy of the festival rules and to book tickets please log on to: www.undergroundcinema-filmfestival.com
Submission Deadline for Short and Feature Films 31st July.
Submission Deadline for the ‘Horror-fest’ 25th August.