Darklight Festival announce Guest of Honour: Terence Davies

Darklight Festival 2012:
HiFi Vs LoFi >> Game On!

Darklight Festival goes national for the first time in August 2012
with a month long tour around Ireland, followed by a four day festival in Dublin.
Tour Dates: Sligo 4th Aug | Birr 8th Aug | Kilkenny 18th Aug
Dublin Festival: August 23rd – 26th @ The Factory, Grand Canal Dock

Darklight Festival, which celebrates independent, DIY, animation and artist films, has announces that in partnership with the IFI, their Guest of Honour is iconic British Director Terence Davies (The Deep Blue Sea, The House of Mirth, Distant Voices Still Lives). Also attending the Dublin festival is Oscar Nominated Irish Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey (Avengers Assemble, Anna Karenina, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Atonement).

The festival theme HiFi Vs LoFi >> Game On! will take an in-depth look at visual effects in film from the micro to the supersized budget. Darklight will also be delving into the gaming industry, from the most popular titles to the world of indie game design and the interconnections between games, film and animation.

For the first time, Darklight is going national this year to bring the best local talent to the big screen. Darklight On Tour will visit Sligo, Birr and Kilkenny and team up with local filmmakers, festivals and musicians for a curated day-long event of screenings, discussions, workshops and music in each town, before hitting Dublin for a four day celebration of the best Irish and International filmmaking talents.

Nicky Gogan, Darklight Festival Director said;
“As a follow on from New Indie Voices last year, which focused on emerging talent from all over Ireland, we decided to take Darklight on the road, bringing the best of Darklight country-wide and forging further connections with Irish filmmaking communities.”

Tour Highlights include:
· Screenings of ‘New Indie Voices’, a selection of the best shorts at Darklight 2011 (Sligo, Birr & Kilkenny)
· Discussions and screenings of work from Marian Quinn and Tommy Weir (Sligo)
· Nicky Larkin, Gareth Daly and Paddy Slattery discuss filmmaking in the Midlands alongside screenings of their work (Birr)
· Adrian Merigeau Director of Old Fangs will be giving a show and tell of his work (Kilkenny)

Dublin Festival Highlights include:

Terence Davies Season. Darklight and the IFI are proud to present a season of works from iconic British Director Terence Davies. A total of five Terence Davies films will be presented over the weekend, including House of Mirth, The Long Day Closes and Of Time and the City. Terence will take part in a public interview discussing his career as well as introducing the films.

Grabbers VFX Workshop. Jon Wright (Director) and Paddy Eason (VFX Supervisor) will focus on the post-production VFX on Irish monster comedy film Grabbers.

Opening Film ‘Grandma Lo-Fi’. An Icelandic documentary about an elderly outsider musician who started making music in her 70s, featuring top Icelandic bands discussing her influence on their work, including Sigur Rós, múm and Mugison. Director Kristen Björk Kristjánsdóttir will introduce the screening.

Closing Film ‘Indie Game – The Movie’. With the twenty-first century comes a new breed of struggling independent artist: the indie game designer. Refusing to toil for major developers, these innovators independently conceive, design, and program their distinctly personal games in the hope that they, too, may find success.

Indie Gaming. The best games from the Independent Gaming Festival 2012 are coming to Darklight as well as some never before seen games from international indie game developers.

Kids Programme. Families with young children are well catered for with a dedicated kid’s programme that is sure to keep them entertained and create some budding young filmmakers before the weekend is out. Featuring a workshop in designing your own character for animation and a workshop in stop motion animation, both of which will be taught by the best in their field, as well as animation screenings and kids educational gaming.

Full programme and screening times available on darklight.ie 

Darklight is primarily funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

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One Reply to “Darklight Festival announce Guest of Honour: Terence Davies”

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