Win Tickets to Jameson Cult Film Club Screening of ‘Rocky’



For two nights only, the Jameson Cult Film Club will have the privilege of witnessing the greatest exhibition of guts and stamina in the history of the ring.  On the 40th anniversary of its release, ROCKY will bound onto the screen for two bouts of the Jameson Cult Film Club on Wednesday July 6th and Thursday July 7th at a surprise venue in Dublin.


Tickets are free from, simply register your details for the chance to win, but Film Ireland have a pair of tickets up for grabs for you to the screening on July 7th in Dublin!


The secret location has been overhauled to feature classic scenes from the movie, including Rocky’s well-trodden training ground and the city’s famous ‘Rocky Steps’.  While live actors bust a gut with one armed press ups and pack a punch on meat carcasses in perfect timing to Rocky’s on screen action, the club features unexpected theatrics along with a full size boxing ring for the cult classic’s final clinch.


So grab the Paulie to your Rocky and answer the question below for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the Jameson Cult Film Club in Dublin on Thursday 7th July, the ultimate film experience of the summer.


What is the name of the world champion boxer that Rocky gets the chance to fight?

  1. Zeus
  2. Apollo
  3. Artemis


Email your answer to before 2pm Monday 4th July when the Film Ireland hat will deliver a knockout blow and select a winner.




All entrants must be over 18 – ID must be presented if requested.

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Competition: Win Tickets to ‘The Truth Commissioner’ + Q&A



Set in a post-troubles Northern Ireland, The Truth Commissioner follows the fictional story of Henry Stanfield (Roger Allam), a career diplomat who has just been appointed as Truth Commissioner to Northern Ireland.

Co-starring Barry Ward (Jimmy’s Hall), Sean McGinley (The General), Conleth Hill (‘Game of Thrones’), Ian McElhinney (‘Game of Thrones’) and Tom Goodman Hill (The Imitation Game), the story revolves around the lives of three men who are directly or indirectly involved in the disappearance, 20 years earlier, of the 15-year-old Connor Roche. Though Stanfield starts bravely, he quickly uncovers some bloody and inconvenient truths about those now running the country; truths which none of those in power are prepared to have revealed. Everyone claims to want the truth, but what is it going to cost, and who is going to pay for it?

Directed by Declan Recks  and adapted from David Park’s award-winning novel ‘The Truth Commissioner’ by Eoin O’Callaghan,the film looks behind the rhetoric surrounding the Northern Ireland peace process and was filmed on location in Belfast, Derry and Dublin.

The film was produced by David Collins for Samson Films, and Eoin O’Callaghan and Kevin Jackson for Big Fish Films with funding from Northern Ireland Screen, the Irish Film Board, BBC Northern Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

The Truth Commissioner will be released in Irish cinemas by Wildcard Distribution on Friday, 26th February.

Thanks to the fine people at Wildcard Distribution, we have 2 pairs of tickets to give away to a special opening night screening at the IFI with Q&A at 6.30pm on Friday, 26th February.

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

Barry Ward starred in which 2014 Ken Loach film?

Email your answer to by 5pm Thursday 25th February when the film Ireland will resolve all conflicts and select the winners.




Competition: Win Tickets to ‘We Are Moving – Memories of Miss Moriarty’ @ ADIFF


We Are Moving – Memories of Miss Moriarty is an intimate portrait of Joan Denise Moriarty, a visionary who overcame enormous odds by doggedly following her dream of bringing ballet to every corner of Ireland. A pioneer of early 20th century Irish dance, Joan Denise Moriarty dared to create a uniquely Irish form of ballet inspired by her love of nature and Irish folklore. Her life’s work has been largely overlooked since her death. A divisive figure, she was accused of fabricating her professional dance training and of misrepresenting herself as a vanguard of Irish ballet. Her personal life has also been subject to much scrutiny over the years and remains a contentious issue for those who knew her. Despite such controversies, Joan Denise Moriarty has left behind a remarkable legacy of dancers and dance lovers who may never have found ballet without her influence. This is a celebration of Joan Denise the artist, the dancer, and the woman who was best known, loathed, and loved as Miss Moriarty.

The screening is followed by a Q&A with director Claire Dix

We have 2 pairs of tickets to give away to the screening at the IFI on Monday, 22nd February 2016 at 6:00PM . 

To be in with a chance of winning email with We Are Moving in the subject line. The winners will be announced at 5pm Sunday, 21st February. Please include a contact number in your email.

We Are Moving – Memories of Miss Moriarty was made through Reel Art, an Arts Council scheme designed to provide film artists with a unique opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries on an artistic theme.


Competition: Win ‘Grimsby’ Goodies

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To celebrate the release of Grimsby on February 24th, the fine assassins at Sony have given us 3 bags full of limited edition goodies from the movie to give away. Each pack contains a t-shirt, a heat reveal mug, sideburns and spy binoculars, we’ll also throw in a pair of Grimsby underpants for the lucky winners!

Oscar® nominee and Golden Globe winner Sacha Baron Cohen – creator of Borat, Bruno and Ali G – is back with a new character: Nobby Butcher, a terminally unemployed but fun-loving football fan who is forced to save the world.

Nobby has everything a man from Grimsby could want – 9 children and a girlfriend he loves more than anything (Rebel Wilson). There’s only one thing missing in his life: his little brother, Sebastian (Mark Strong), from whom he was separated as a child. After 28 years of searching, Nobby has finally tracked his brother down in London – unaware that he’s an MI6 assassin. After a disastrous reunion in which Nobby accidentally ruins Sebastian’s life and puts them both on the run, they uncover a plot to destroy the world. In order to save humanity, and his brother, Nobby has to embark on a global mission and undertake a complete transformation from lovable idiot to sophisticated secret agent.


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

Sacha Baron Cohen was nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for which film?

Email your answer to by 5pm Monday when the Film Ireland hat will select the winners before destroying the world. Please include an address in your email.






Competition: Win Tickets to ‘Further Beyond’ @ ADIFF



In Further Beyond, Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor take as their point of departure the compelling 18th Century figure, Ambrose O’Higgins, and attempt to retrace his remarkable journey from Ireland to Chile. Key locations in O’Higgins’ life – a lake in Sligo, a field in Meath, the port of Cadiz, the sea, and the edge of a snow-covered mountain in the Andes – are visited and reflected upon in the hope that something might be revealed, as if these very locations might contain clues.  Having long dreamt of making a biopic of O’Higgins, this wayward and wry documentary is the filmmakers’ attempt to realise this dream through a personal voyage into the idea of the cinematic location.  However, as they speculate on the idea of place and what O’Higgins embodies, the filmmakers continually get sidetracked by a competing story of immigration and displacement. Gradually, and not without humour, these intertwining narratives uncover ideas about the transformative powers of travelling, as looked at through the peculiar prism of the Irish experience. (Filmmakers’ statement).

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

We have 2 pairs of tickets to give away to the screening at the IFI on Friday 19th Feb 2016 at 6:00pm. 

To be in with a chance of winning email with Further Beyond in the subject line. The winners will be announced at 5pm Thursday, 18th February. Please include a contact number in your email.

Further Beyond was made through Reel Art, an Arts Council scheme designed to provide film artists with a unique opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries on an artistic theme.


Reel Art: Further Beyond (Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor) screens at IFI on Fri 19th Feb 2016 at 6:00PM



Competition: Win ‘A Doctor’s Sword’ on DVD

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The feature documentary A Doctor’s Sword is available to purchase on DVD in stores and online from today, Friday 20th November.

The film is the almost unbelievable tale of a young man from Cork who trained in UCC (Dr Aidan MacCarthy) and survived some of the most harrowing episodes of World War II (including the atomic bombing of Nagasaki), and his family’s search to uncover the origin of the Japanese Samurai sword which he brought home, and which now resides in MacCarthy’s Bar in Castletownbere.

Dr Aidan MacCarthy stands as one of the most incredible survivors of World War II. He survived Dunkirk and was later captured by the Japanese in Java, he spent almost four years as a prisoner of war and was less than a mile from the epicentre of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki.

He was the first non-Japanese doctor to assist civilians in the aftermath of the atomic bomb and when Japan surrendered Aidan was given a Samurai sword by the camp commandant – be the reason was shrouded in mystery for almost 70 years. Aidan’s daughter Nicola travels to Japan in an attempt to discover the origin of the ancestral sword. On her journey Nicola discovers much more about her father’s incredible story and about the war from both the Allied and Japanese sides. Recreated through animation, interviews and archive with a full orchestral score, this is a story of forgiveness and humanity at its highest level.

Thanks to our friends at Wildcard Distribution we have a copy of the DVD.

To win yourself a copy of the DVD answer the following question:

Who directed A Doctor’s Sword?

Email your answer to before Monday, 30th November when the Film Ireland hat will unleash its katana and select a winner.

A Doctor’s Sword can be purchased on DVD in stores including Golden Discs and Tower Records, the Triskel Arts Centre in Cork and the Irish Film Institute in Dublin, MacCarthy’s Bar in Castletownbere and also online on Amazon and the Wildcard Distribution website.


Competition: Win ‘Get Up & Go’ on DVD

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Get Up & Go starring Love/Hate’s Peter Coonan and Killian Scott is now available to purchase on DVD in stores throughout Ireland including Golden Discs, Tower Records and the Irish Film Institute as well as online on Amazon and the Wildcard Distribution website today, Friday 13th November.  It is also currently available for download across a range of digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Google and Wuaki.

Written and directed by Brendan Grant, Get Up & Go sees the Love/Hate duo reunite for a slacker comedy which chronicles a hectic 24 hours in the life of would-be comedian Coilin (Scott) and frustrated musician Alex (Coonan).

When Alex’s girlfriend tells him she’s pregnant, he refuses to allow her to derail his long-held plan to escape to London. Meanwhile the hapless Coilin is striking out on stage and off, as he attempts to get his faltering comedy career off the ground and win the heart of his dream girl. With time ticking down to Alex’s departure, the mismatched pair will be forced to confront the reality of their childhood dreams of artistic greatness while their lifelong friendship is tested to the limit.

Along with Coonan and Scott Get Up & Go stars Gemma-Leah Devereux (Stitches, Dartmoor Killing), Sara Lloyd-Gregory (Doctors), Emma Eliza-Regan (Love Eternal, Darkness on the Edge of Town) and Sarah McCall (Wide Open Spaces).

Set against a backdrop of famous Dublin locations, pubs, and clubs, Get Up & Go shows a youthful and vibrant side of the city, a world of schemers and dreamers, struggling artists and musicians, all striving to make it in post-boom Ireland.

With a soundtrack that features some of Ireland’s foremost musicians including Adrian Crowley, The Villagers, and Jape, and cameos from many of the leading lights of Dublin’s alternative scene (David Kitt, Mik Pyro) Get Up & Go gives on-screen expression to the hotbed of musical talent that exists in the capital.

Thanks to the good people at Wildcard Distribution we have a copy of the DVD to give away. To be in with a chance of winning answer the following question:

Who does Peter Coonan play in Love/Hate?

Email your answer to before 5pm Monday, 23rd November when the Film Ireland Hat won’t really feel like doing anything but will pick a winner.

Get Up & Go is available on DVD in stores and online and for download on iTunes, Amazon, Google and Wuaki.



IFI French Film Festival Competition: Win tickets to Focus on ‘70s French Cinema


Bringing the crème de la crème of French cinema to Ireland, and now bigger and better than ever, the IFI French Film Festival returns for its 16th edition from November 18th to 29th with a massive 35 screenings (including 16 Irish premieres), a national tour of key titles across Ireland and a stellar line-up of guests that include Palme d’Or winner and acclaimed director of Rust and Bone, A Prophet and The Beat that My Heart Skipped, Jacques Audiard.

Audiences can expect a superb programme of brand new French cinema at the IFI French Film Festival over 12 exciting days, including work from Emmanuelle Bercot, Arnaud Desplechin, Philippe Garrel, Guillaume Nicloux, Jérôme Bonnell and, Festival Guest of Honour, Jacques Audiard. There will be a focus on the 1970s with three remarkable films, and a retrospective on one of France’s most respected directors, Audiard, including a masterclass with the man himself. Those living outside of Dublin can experience the drama and thrill of the Festival also as a selection of films will tour nationally in collaboration with access>CINEMA.

Celebrating 16 years as the leader of French cinema in Ireland, the IFI French Film Festival continues to delve deep into this world-class film culture to bring new releases, classics and star guests to Ireland, growing year on year so that this Festival remains a vital part of the cultural scene both in Dublin and throughout Ireland.

As part of this year’s IFI French Film Festival the IFI have a focus on ‘70s French cinema with 3 features that were almost never afforded a theatrical screening, and are showing in 35mm

The Red Circle on Saturday 21st November 2015 at 13.30  

We Won’t Grow Old Together on Saturday 28th November 2015 at 13.00  

Serie Noire on Sunday 29th November 2015 at 15.30  

Grace à l’immense générosité des membres de l’lFI, nous offrons à l’heureux gagant deux places de cinema pour chacun des 3 films.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets for each screening answer the following question:

Who directed The Red Circle?

Email your answer to before 2pm Tuesday, 21st November when the Film Ireland Chapeau will select a winner.