Call For: GIFs for Darklight

Illustration: Adeline Pericart


Darklight are inviting creators to submit their own original animated GIF artworks for consideration for screening during Darklight Festival’s 2014 edition.  A shortlist of selected original works will be showcased at a special screening, and the winner will be announced at the Darklight Party, Saturday 26 April 2014.

To submit your original animated GIF for consideration in this competition, please send the file as an attachment to  with the subject line ‘GIFted’.   Please include your name, short biography and country of residence with this submission.  If your GIF is too large to send via email, please send via or  The submitted GIF must be your own creation.


The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 12 March, 6pm.


Shortlisted GIFs will be screened at Darklight – Festival of Independent Creativity, 24 – 27 April 2014.


For further enquiries, please contact Darklight at

Call For: Festival Manager for Darklight


Illustration: Adeline Pericart

Darklight invites applications for the position of Festival Manager to promote, organise and develop the festival and its on-going activities.

The successful candidate will have a strong track record in event management including social media, be highly motivated, capable of working on their own initiative and have excellent administration, organisation, communication and IT skills. A background in digital media as well as social media is highly desirable. The ability to manage finances, prepare funding applications, and establish an on-going sustainable fundraising profile and programme is a pre-requisite.

This position is for one year, which will include a period of part-time commitment and full-time work in the period leading up to the annual festival. A salary, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position and the experience of the candidate, will apply.

Interested candidates are invited to submit their CV and expression of interest by 10 September to Nicky Gogan, Festival Director, email


Competition: Win a Season Pass to Darklight Festival 2012

We have 2 Season passes to give away thanks to the fine people at Darklight.

This year’s festival promises to be an amazing feast of independent, DIY, animation and artist films, alongside some excellent talks and workshops.

Check out for details of this year’s programme

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

Who is this year’s Darklight Guest of Honour?

email your answer plus a contact number to

Winners will be notified on Tuesday afternoon, 21st August

This year’s Darklight Festival will take place 23- 26 August in The Factory, Grand Canal Dock.

Tickets for this year’s festival can be booked online via and the IFI (for selected Terence Davies screenings only). Ticket prices: €7.50 per event Ticket Deals: 5 events for the price of 4!! Season Ticket: €66 – access to every screening, talk, workshop and parties (excludes VFX Masterclass) Kid’s workshops are free!


Terence Davies Retrospective

Darklight and IFI Present Terence Davies | Aug 24 and 25 | The Factory and IFI
Darklight and the IFI have teamed up to present a Terence Davies Retrospective.  Screenings will take place Friday and Saturday in both the IFI and The Factory, including a Q&A with the legendary director in IFI Friday as well as an In Coversation with Terence Davies and Donald Clarke in The Factory on Saturday.  Full information on the retrospective available Tickets can be booked through and

Darklight Festival 2012 Present: GAME ON!

36 Hours: One Theme: One Winning Team
Starting Friday August 24th
Darklight is hosting our very first competitive GameJam event in 2012! A Game Jam is a fixed amount of time where people, usually in teams, come together in a shared space to make a game from start to finish.
Anyone can get involved; Programmers, illustrators, musicians, artists, writers. For 36 hours teams will each work on building a game around a common theme. The theme is super-secret and will only be revealed just before the competition starts!
Games will be judged by a local, home-grown games company and a Fabulous Prize will be given to the winners!

Panel discussion, Friday August 24th 2pm
A discussion contrasting the experiences of working with high profile international games to the underground world of indie game development. Join Irish and international gaming experts and developers as they discuss the design, building and distribution of some of their projects. Featuring Heidi Egger (Marino/Kaveleer), Ollie Clarke (The Cat That Got The Milk) and Andrea Magnorsky (BigCat Games and Irish indie game bundle project). The discussion will be moderated by Patrick O’Neill (Irish Film Board)

Indie Game: The Movie
7pm, Sunday August 26th
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. Irish Premire.
Best of Independent Game Festival 2012
All Weekend: 24th – 26th August
Play and see the absolute best in indie games from IGF 2012. Plus an exclusive gaming premier from those brats that brought you The Cat That Got The Milk.
Venues & Ticket Information:
DUBLIN Aug 23rd – 26th – Locations: The Factory, Grand Canal Dock and the IFI, Eustace Street
Tickets are on sale now from
Game Jam: For further information or to enter to enter Game Jam, email the name of at least one participant and the name of your team to
About Darklight
Darklight is Ireland’s premier festival celebrating independent, DIY, animation, VFX and artist films. Darklight 2012 promises to be an exciting weekend of film, animation, art, music and workshops.
The 2012 theme HiFi Vs LoFi >> Game On! will take an in-depth look at visual effects in film from the micro to the supersized budget. We 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.
Since its inception in 1999, Darklight has provided an opportunity for artists and filmmakers to share their work and experiment with new technologies and it has emerged as one of the most important art events of the year.
For full programme see


Avengers Assemble Masterclass in Visual Effects & Seamus McGarvey In Conversation

Darklight Festival in association with FAS Screen Training Ireland present

Avengers Assemble Masterclass in Visual Effects:
“From Shooting to Computing”
With Seamus McGarvey (DOP) & Jake Morrison (VFX Supervisor, Marvel)
Friday August 24th | 3.30pm – 6.30pm | The Factory

Followed by
In Conversation With Seamus McGarvey, presented in association with the Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA)
Saturday August 25th| 1pm | The Factory

From Shooting to Computing

Seamus McGarvey and Jake Morrison, key members of the team behind the multi-billion dollar hit, Avengers Assemble, talk through the technical and creative processes behind the third highest grossing film of all time.

From prep to shoot: How to ensure the best possible results for the post production stage of the production. Shooting 2D for 3D, working on in-camera effects, filming green screen, lighting, 360 tracking shots, plus the best ways to prep for high end VFX.

Seamus and Jake will bring us through the special relationship of the DP and VFX Supervisor. Taking scenes from the film, they will walk through how they came to their creative decisions, trouble shoot technical problems, talk about solutions and workarounds. How, often the same problems arise when shooting on a mega budget, as do on lower budget films, and finding the solutions can be the same.

The Masterclass will be hosted by Award winning Cinematographer PJ Dillon (The Runway, Her Mother’s Daughter, 32A), who recently premiered charming retro Sci-Fi film Earthbound

Seamus McGarvey In Conversation

A rare opportunity to hear Seamus talk about his creative process as a cinematographer, perfect for film fans who want to gain an insight into the filmmaking experience from a less technical point of view. Seamus will take part in an in-depth discussion about his work on titles such as We Need To Talk About Kevin, Atonement, and the soon to be released Anna Karenina.

The common theme that connects the entire Darklight programme this year is creative collaboration and the symbiotic relationships that exist between directors and cinematographers, musicians, animators, VFX supervisors and developers. After talking to Seamus a number of times in the lead up to the festival, we know this is going to be a very special event. Darklight are delighted to welcome this celebrated and critically acclaimed cinematographer to the festival.

Full programme and screening times available on

Darklight is primarily funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Darklight wish to thank the Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) and Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board for their help in programming these events.

Avengers Assemble DVD is in shops Friday, September 14th


Call For: Volunteers for Darklight

Illustration: Adeline Pericart

Darklight is currently recruiting enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to assist with this year’s festival, which takes place 23 – 24 August in the Factory, Grand Canal Dock & the IFI.

Available roles include front of house, ushering and technical support. Volunteers are essential for making the festival run smoothly and are hugely appreciated. So, if you’re interested and want to be involved in Ireland’s premier festival celebrating independent, DIY, animation and artist films, email volunteers at for more information


Call For: Darklight calling all DIY VFX Enthusiasts!

Darklight 2012: LoFi vs HiFi –> Game On!
24 – 26 August 2012, The Factory, Grand Canal Dock
Darklight is Ireland’s premier festival celebrating independent, DIY, animation and artist films.
Darklight is looking for submissions for this year’s Darklight Festival from DIY VFX aficionados.
Have you produced a film with your own approach to in-camera / post production VFX ? Perhaps you had your own homemade green screen shoot? Or even made your own Sci-Fi monsters out of pipe cleaners and lego? Analogue or digital –  Darklight want to see work from all innovative filmmakers out there who have used homegrown techniques to produce VFX for your productions.
Submission Information 
You can submit your work via email or by post. You can send youtube / vimeo links etc to info at darklight dot ie.
Alternatively, you can post DVDs to Submissions, Darklight Festival, The Factory, 35a Barrow Street, Ringsend, Dublin 4
Best of luck!