Clones Film Festival 2012 coming soon
Clones Film Festival is gearing up for this year’s event and Opening Night will take place on Thursday, 25th October in the Lennard Arms Hotel, Clones.
Over the weekend, films will be screened, as usual, in a specially constructed 100-seat cinema in the Lennard Arms ballroom, in the Cinemobile on the Diamond and in the beautifully restored Courthouse.
Opening Night will be an exciting affair for fans of the recent RTE ‘Storyland’ challenge as CFF will screen all episodes of The Begrudgers and Trouble Times Three, which came 1st and 3rd places in this year’s competition.
The Begrudgers was directed by Philip Doherty and edited by Finn Keenan and stars Shane Carroll and Ray Fitzsimons as Nobby and Snout. Trouble Times Three was written by Declan Reynolds & Eoin Cleland and produced by John McKeown and stars Declan Reynolds and Pat Deery.
Members of cast and crew of both commissions as well as Monaghan star of the gripping RTE drama Love/Hate Aoibhinn McGinnity will be in attendance to officially open Clones Film Festival 2012.
New Irish history documentaries unveiled at CFF
Our history afternoon on Saturday 27 October will feature two new documentaries. One by Paddy Hayes, Am An Ghátair, Times of Trouble – stories from the War of Independence and the other Ballaí Dhoire, a history of the walls of Derry produced by Deaglán Ó Mocháin, and featuring Éamonn Ó Ciardha, historical advisor on the documentary, who will attend the screening.
Themed Evening – Cycling – Friday, 26th October
In honour of Clones Cycling Club’s ever-growing and welcome impact on the town, CFF will host a cycling-themed evening on Friday, 26th October with invited guests from the cycling world and a screening of ‘Road To Roubaix’. This film takes moviegoers along for the epic one-day, 112 year-old professional road race Paris-Roubaix, which features over 160 miles of the most difficult terrain the riders will encounter all season. The film includes interviews with the biggest names in cycling: Tom Boonen, Fabian Cancellara, Juan Antonio Flecha, Sean Kelly, Jean-Marie Leblanc and many more.
Other programme highlights
Other CFF gems this year include screenings of Lenny Abrahamson’s recent release What Richard Did; This Sporting Life in honour of our poster boy Richard Harris to mark the 10th anniversary of his passing; The Ballad of Honky McSwaine; Samsara; Monsieur Lazhar; The Raid; Le Havre; The Kid with a Bike; Breathing and multi-Oscar winning favourite The Artist.
CFF will also offer the usual mix of children’s films on Saturday and Sunday mornings in the Cinemobile, short film programmes on Sunday afternoon, and of course the ubiquitous ‘Francie’ awards on Closing Night, Sunday, 28th October, where the winners of our 48-hour short film challenge will be announced. Once again, 5 teams of filmmakers will come to Clones and shoot, edit and screen their short film in the nailbitingly short timeframe of 2 days. Winners of our other short film competitions will also be announced on closing night. Tickets for the closing night awards always sell out fast – you have been warned!
Festival Club Every Night
Not forgetting to mention that CFF will once again have a nightly live music Festival Club in The Front Lounge of the Lennard Arms, kicking off on Opening Night with Belturbet boys ‘The Shuckdodgers’, ‘The People’ on Friday night and Clones Film Festival troubadors ‘Hacienda’ on Saturday night.
Full programme details will be available to download shortly on www.clonesfilmfestival.com