Competition: Win Tickets to ‎John Boorman with Declan Power in Conversation with Seán Rocks

This Friday, 11th November, spend an animated evening with RTÉ Radio 1 Arena cultural guru Seán Rocks and John Boorman, a filmmaker best known for his feature films Deliverance, Hope and Glory, The General, Queen and Country and more. The Oscar-nominated director’s debut novel, Crime of Passion (Liberties Press), is a strangely uplifting black comedy about a fictional director recovering from a failed movie. Boorman was originally approached to write a book about how to make a successful film. He started doing so – but the result struck him as dull and technical. He decided to tell the story another way: in the form of a novel. The cinematic book is the result, proving that solid storytelling transcends all mediums. Declan Power discusses the genesis of his book Siege at Jadotville (Maverick House), a captivating military account of Irish troops’ heroism against-all-odds in the Congo. Power’s long journey to achieve recognition for the veterans of Jadotville has culminated in his book’s adaptation to film as one of the biggest releases of the year by Netflix.

Thanks to our friends at The Dublin Book Festival, we have a pair of tickets to give away.

To be in with a chance of winning email with Boorman in the subject line.

Please include a telephone number. The winner will be contacted on Thursday afternoon.


11th November at 19:00–20:00

Tickets are €10/€8 concession.
Location: Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre


Competition: Win Tickets to ‘The Land of The Enlightened’ + Q&A with Director Pieter-Jan De Pue @ IFI


The Sundance-winning documentary The Land of The Enlightened will be released in the Irish Film Institute on Friday 11th November.  The film’s director Pieter-Jan De Pue will fly into Dublin for a special opening night screening in the IFI where he will take part in a Q&A.

The visually stunning documentary, which won the Special Jury Award for Cinematography (Documentary) at the world renowned Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, charts the complex Afghani war economy told through the eyes of the children who have found themselves caught up in the on-going American occupation.

A gang of Afghan kids from the Kuchi tribe dig out old Soviet mines and sell the explosives to children working in a lapis lazuli mine. When not dreaming of the time when American troops finally withdraw from their land, another gang of children keeps tight control on the caravans smuggling the blue gemstones through the arid mountains of Pamir.

The co-production was produced by Morgan Bushe for Irish production company Fastnet Films (with funding from the Irish Film Board) together with Savage Film, Submarine, Eyeworks and Gerbrueder Beetz Produktion.

Thanks to our fab friends at Wildcard Distribution, we have a pair of tickets to give away to the special opening night screening in the IFI at 18.20. 

To be in with a chance of winning, simply email with The Land of The Enlightened in the subject line. Please include a telephone number.

The winner will be contacted on Wednesday, 9th November.

Tickets are now on sale through the IFI website

Find out more about the documentary at and book tickets in the IFI at


Competition: Win Tickets to ‘Free State of Jones’



Free State of Jones is an epic drama set during the American Civil War and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight (Academy Award®-winner Matthew McConaughey), and his extraordinary rebellion against the Confederate States Army. Bringing together an unlikely band of poor white farmers and runaway slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi, to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Directed by Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasantville) and starring Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle) and Mahershala Ali (House of Cards).

Thanks to our fab friends at Element Pictures we have 5 pairs of tickets to give away to an exclusive preview screening Thursday night (22nd September) at 6:30pm in Movies@Dundrum

To nab yourself a pair of tickets email with Free State of Jones in the subject line.

Please include a telephone number and winners will be contacted at 2pm Thursday, 22nd September.



Competition: Win ‘Mom & Me’ on DVD

Mom Me 2D Pack Shot UK (1)


Ken Wardrop’s award winning Mom & Me is released on Friday, 9th September on DVD and On Demand.

Oklahoma was recently voted the manliest state in the USA.  Radio talk show host Joe Cristiano wants to investigate if the manliest men, in the manliest state in the Union, are willing to call in and discuss their mothers on air.  Director Ken Wardrop weaves an exquisitely sympathetic portrait of what mothers’ mean to their sons in this charming and touching film, showing a vulnerable side of American masculinity that viewers rarely see.

Thanks to our fab friends at Element Pictures Distribution, we have a copy of the DVD to give away. To be in with a chance of winning answer the following question:

Director Ken Wardrop’s 2009 documentary was called His & _____. 

Email your answer to by Wednesday, 14th September when the Film Ireland Hat will get all maternal and select a winner.

Please include an address in your email.


@ElementPictures  #MomandMe


Competition: Win ‘Sausage Party’ Goodies

Sausage Party Merch
To celebrate the release of Seth Rogan’s hilarious new movie Sausage Party, in cinemas on September 2nd, we are giving 5 lucky winners a goody bag with limited edition merchandise from the movie.

Sausage Party, the first R-rated CG animated movie, is about one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store. The film features the vocal talents of a who’s who of today’s comedy stars – Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton, and Salma Hayek.

To be in with a chance to win answer the following question: name one of the two directors of Sausage Party.

Email your answer to by Thurs, 1 st September when the Film Ireland Hat will discover the truth about his existence and select 5 winning sausages.

Cert: 16


Competition: Win ‘Traders’ on DVD



Traders is released on DVD on 12th August 2016.

Traders tells the story of Harry Fox (Scott) who seems to have it all. The luxury apartment, the fancy car but when the company he works for goes bust it looks like he will lose everything. A solution is offered by Vernon Stynes (Bradley) who has masterminded a diabolical, all-or-nothing scheme based in the Deep Web, called Trading. Two strangers empty their banks accounts, sell their assets, put their entire worth in cash into a green sports bag. They travel to a remote location and fight to the death. Winner buries the loser and walks away twice as rich. Vernon believes trading is a no-brainer for anyone who wants to get rich quick. Can Harry resist the lure of a such a high risk gamble? It’s dangerous, it’s illegal, but it could solve all his problems.

Traders is written and directed by Rachael Moriarty and Peter Murphy and stars Killian Scott (Love/Hate, Calvary, ’71), John Bradley (Game of Thrones, Shameless), Nika McGuigan (The Secret Scripture, Mammal), Peter O’Meara (Love/Hate, Charlie) & Barry Keoghan (’71, Mammal).

Thanks to the kind people at Element Pictures, we have 2 DVDs to give away. To grab yourself a copy, answer the following question:

Actors Killian Scott and Peter O’Meara both featured in which RTE drama?

Email your answer to by 5pm Monday, 15th August when the Film Ireland hat will meet entrants at a remote location and fight to the death. The last 2 standing will win themselves a copy of Traders on DVD.

Please include a postal address in your email.




Competition: Win Tickets to Opening Night of ‘Bobby Sands: 66 Days’


The Irish Film Institute welcome director Brendan J. Byrne to the IFI for a screening of his latest film, Bobby Sands: 66 Days on Friday August 5th at 6.30 p.m. Following the screening the director will be joined by special guests to partake in a Q&A.

In the Spring of 1981 Bobby Sands, a Republican prisoner in Belfast’s H Block, began a 66 day hunger strike which drew the attention of the world to his campaign for recognition as a political prisoner. This focus on the Northern Irish conflict would eventually trigger efforts to resolve it. Byrne’s energetic new documentary chroniclesSands’ physical deterioration over the course of the 66 days, focusing on Sands’ beliefs as outlined in his prison diaries, on the divided community into which he was born and the Republican history which informed his politicisation as a young man.

Thanks to our friends at Wildcard Distribution, we have a pair of tickets to giveaway to the special opening night screening.

Email by 5pm Thursday 4th August with Bobby Sands in the subject line to be in with a chance of winning.


Competition: Win ‘Tiger Raid’ Premiere Tickets & Goodies


The tense new Irish thriller Tiger Raid starring Brian Gleeson (Rebellion), Damien Molony (Kill Your Friends), and Sofia Boutella (Star Trek Beyond) premieres at the Galway Film Fleadh next week.

The film follows two Irish mercenaries working in a private security crew in the Middle East.  They have been assigned to kidnap the daughter of a powerful man as part of a major robbery – a Tiger Raid.  One of them has a brutal and unrepentant view of the world, defined by fear and adoration of their invisible but omnipresent boss while the other is recklessly ambitious, hungry to progress through the ranks of the crew.  As the raid progresses, their frenzied world turns in on itself as past misdeeds come to the surface

Tiger Raid is a revelatory journey into the dark hearts of men, full of twists, shocks and surprises, driven by the savage poetry of its dialogue and a breakout performance from Brian Gleeson.

Both the film’s director Simon Dixon and lead actor Brian Gleeson will attend the Galway Film Fleadh screening of Tiger Raid, which takes place in the Town Hall Theatre on Thursday 7th July at 10pm.

Thanks to our lovely friends at Wildcard Distribution, we have a fantastic prize to giveaway of two tickets to the Irish premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh plus two  bags and a fab poster.



To be in with a chance of winning answer the following question:

Who directed Tiger Raid?

Email your answer to by 1pm Wednesday, 6th July when the Film Ireland hat will kidnap all entrants and select a winner.

Tickets for Tiger Raid can be purchased on the Galway Film Fleadh website