Dingle Film Festival Report


Dingle Film Festival, 17-20 March 2011

Right from the opening night I could tell that the 5th Dingle Film Festival was a success. We had established ourselves in our new box office in the warm and friendly staffed Dingle Bay Hotel and everyone involved in the festival had walked earlier in the day in the Paddy’s Day parade.

We were now in The Phoenix cinema with a packed house, it was the world premiere of We’ll Always have Dingle, (a doc about the festival itself), and the newly appointed Minster for Tourism, Culture and Sport, Jimmy Deenahan was about to offically open the festival. Sitting in the audience, among the full house were some wonderful guests already in town including: Jean-Jacques Beineix, (Betty Blue director) Micheal Ryan, (producer The English Patient), Sophie Fiennes, returning for the 4th time, Anthony Wall, (BBC Arena), and our wonderful sponsors Tor Cotton, (Dingle businesswoman) and Kevin Moriarty, (MD of Ardmore Studios). It was simply wonderful to sit and watch We’ll Always Have Dingle sitting beside The Minister and to listen to the positive and very generous responses from the audience.

Following the screening I was invited to the front of house for a Q&A, the film’s Director, Geoff Wonfor; Writer/Producer, Dianne Namme; DOP, Eugene O Connor; Producer, Debbie Vandermullen; Production Manager, Eric Mofford who had all travelled to be there on the night. For Geoff ‘…it was a dream come true’. We all then retired to Lord Baker’s for the after party where the chat and energy was high until the early hours of the morning.

‘It was really wonderful to be in Dingle. SO many thanks. Its a very cool festival that you have going there, and I love the cinemobile!’
Sophie Fiennes

The Friday was a full-on day with an end-to-end programme of events. The day began with a cable snapping in the hydrolics system of the Cinemobile down in Caherciveen. An engineer arrived from Galway and the cinemobile was up and running on The Marina in Dingle for Conor Horgan’s excellent The Beholder and award winning short Deep End Dance which Conor introduced. (The IFB Shorts programme was resceduled to Saturday evening).

Meanwhile in The Phoenix Cinema there were great numbers for Eric Mofford’s talk on ‘Creative Producing’ and very stong feedback from Son of Babylon, a film that really moved people and had them talking all weekend. Almost every short in our afternoon programme was represented in The Phoenix and Jimmy Murakami and Sé Merry Doyle were on hand to introduce their feature Non-Alien. Mark O Halloran gave a warm and informative introduction to the retrospective screening of Adam & Paul while the feature Reduce the loss of life which was shot last year on the Dingle Coast Guard played to a full house in The Cinemobile and was followed by a Q&A with the film crew and coast guard. Turtle’s Tail: Sammy’s Adventure had a good family turn out while again Enemies of The People and Howl had people talking later that night.

‘Thanks so much for an amazing three days. it was totally charmed. I couldn’t have enjoyed myself more.’
Lisa Albert, Mad Men

Following a fun and a real get-to-know-you photo shoot on the pier earlier, Jean-Jacques Beineix received The Gregory Peck Award from Anthony Wall that night in The Phoenix. Jean-Jacques gave such a heartfelt and emotional speech about his life and work, mentioned ‘the intelligent design’ of the award and closed by saying “Tonight I have the illusion that I succeeded. I will belong to the company of people that will say: ‘I Will Always Have Dingle’.” Later the club listened to the very best of traditional music with Tommy O Sullivan and Éilís Kennedy. Arriving at the club people noticed UISCE a visual arts series of projections onto the old ice plant (curated by Chris Hurly, Cork Film Centre).

On Saturday Jean-Jacques joined Sophie Fiennes and Sé Merry Doyle in the most beautiful of venues, An Díseart, surrounded by Harry Clarke Stain Glass Windows in the Chapel and the charismatic Michael Ryan chaired the event. They imparted some highly intelligent information from their experiences in the business. Despite the heating not working and panel members slowly but surely wrapping their coats around themselves, there was nothing but a warm and fun atmosphere in the space, with each and every person riveted to the conversations and experiences being shared. Orla Clancy from Media Desk Ireland, our partner in this event, said a few words to begin the session.

‘The spirit of the festival and the beauty of Dingle itself make it unique and your energy and skill propel it forward brilliantly.’
Michael Ryan, Producer, The English Patient

Michael Ryan also chaired the morning session with Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe; this was a very informative session with an excellent house attending. Along with detailing their history and successes Ed & Andrew talked about their new company VOLTA, Ireland’s first video-on-demand platform and also discussed their latest production The Guard, with accompanying film clips. A little welcome rain on the day pushed the numbers up on the excellent Gasland, In Sunshine or in Shadow, West is West, Client 9, and Littlerock. Sophie Fiennes introduced and gave a Q&A to her exquisite film Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow to an audience almost full of local (many internationally acclaimed) artists. Philip King conducted a Q&A with Anthony Wall following the World Premiere of Produced by George Martin.

And then, drum roll, I had the pleasure of welcoming Maureen O Hara into The Phoenix Cinema again to a packed-out house. We had a chat together with the audience; Maureen told stories of her family and her time on The Quiet Man, renowned jeweller Brian de Staic presented her with a piece of local jewellery and Éilís Kennedy sang ‘Innisfree’ while Maureen sang along. Sé Merry Doyle then joined us to introduce his excellent film Dreaming The Quiet Man and Maureen stayed with everyone to watch the film. The festival club which followed, ‘Havana Night’ in The Dingle Bay hotel, was absolutely brilliant with much dancing to the sounds of DJ Rob and later to the sounds of the morning birds.

‘What a great time we all had. You’d nearly make another film quickly as to have it shown in Dingle 2012.’

Sé Merry Doyle

Ah that Sunday feeling, all is right with the world and everyone is happy and all has gone so smoothly. We opened the day with a full house for the family movie Eleanor’s Secret, a free screening sponsored by Dingle Business Chamber and, what is more, Murphy’s Ice Cream were there giving out free ice cream. This was followed by the very beautiful and extraordinary Beautiful People. The film was introduced by both its Director, Elzbieta Szoka and producer, Sam Adelman who flew in from New York for its European Premiere.

The creative writing panel was chaired by the very talented Conor Horgan, which brought us back to the Chapel in An Díseart. This time the heating was on full blast and the atmosphere electric. The sun streamed in through the work of Harry Clark and all was so right with this time and space, this ‘being here’. The line up on this panel was seriously strong and the information imparted so valuable to any writer. We had both Lisa Albert, (Mad Men) and Marc Flanagan, (back to the festival for the 3rd year) who have both won 2 Emmys and a Writer’s Guild Award each, the highly productive producer Edwinda Forkin, Richard Scobie (who is going into production with his script 66 Degrees North) and 2-time IFTA winner Mark O Halloran. What a workshop! And it was kindly supported by Fás: Screen Training Ireland, Sorcha Loughnane from STI was there.

Chico & Rita got a great house and is such a stunning film. A film that got so much praise on Sunday, What We Leave In Our Wake, was followed by a Q&A chaired by Alan Maher from The Irish Film Board with the film’s Director Pat Collins and Executive Producer, Philip King. This was one of three events supported by The Irish Film Board.

Éamon de Buitléar presented the winner of Físín, Cathal Ó Cuaig, a cheque of €3,000 and Cathal has already begun work on making what I am sure will be a super short film in the Irish language for next year. Comhghairdeachas le Cathal agus go dtí gach éinne den cheathrar eile a chuir isteach ar an gcomórtas.

‘I am privileged to have had an involvement in this excellent festival’
Brenda Shúilleabháin

The festival closed with Treacle Jr, an independent film by Jamie Thraves who was there to introduce the film with its star Aidan Gillen. The audience loved this film and stayed some time after with Aidan & Jamie for a Q&A. Tom McCarthy’s was the venue for a well-deserved pint and some great trad music to wind things down and chat to the wonderful Lisa Albert and many other guests still in town.

What is hard to capture is the energy all these guests bring to the town of Dingle. One can have a great conversation with such great filmmakers at any and every minute of the day. There are so many opportunities to have a coffee or a pint or indeed a world-class meal in the company of these great guests. Even a meal with your own friends and family that may be attending the festival with you, in Dingle the food is exceptional and the conversation buzzing. I am delighted to see all this taking place, in parallel with a great festival programme. It is worth noting that the local business community were so delighted with the festival this year, many hotels and restaurants were completely booked out whilst pubs and cafes were packed throughout the weekend. The Cinemobile and Phoenix along with An Díseart were so often at capacity.

‘Film goers punters and business community all impressed!’
John Benny Moriarty, Dingle Business Chamber

Now I hope at this point, that is to say after 5 years hard work, our funders will see us as a serious cultural force/entity on this island; with real ambition and the much needed drive to create and build a true international event that will always hold true to itself and its place. That is not to say we are not thankful to The Arts Council, Ealaín Na Gaeltachta, Fás, Úderas Na Gaeltachta and others already mentioned for their current support. I look forward to meeting new guests and new people along with welcoming back the festivals dear friends who just keep coming back to us – our best and most encouraging endorsement.

Buíochas mór le gach duine a thug tacaíocht dúinn agus a bhí inar measc anseo sa Daingean. Táim ag súil le sibh a fheiscint arís an bhliain seo chugainn. Thank you to all who have supported us and for being here in Dingle.

Maurice Galway CEO/Artistic Director


‘Mad Men’ writer at Dingle Film Festival

Lisa Albert, writer and producer on the TV series Mad Men, is coming to Dingle Film Festival to discuss Creative Script Writing at the Chapel in An Díseart.

Lisa Albert was born in New York City and worked briefly in publishing then began her television career in 1986. She started writing half-hour comedy, transitioned through dramedy and has spent the last several years writing drama. Her TV credits include Murphy Brown, Major Dad, Living Single, Hannah Montana and Mad Men. Lisa has won 3 Emmy Awards and A Writer’s Guild Award.

Joining Lisa on the panel to discuss the subject of script writing is her friend Marc Flanagan, winner of A Writer’s Guild Award and 2 Prime Time Emmys. Marc wrote and produced The Tracy Ullman Show and this is his third time returning to the festival. Mark O’Halloran of Adam & Paul and Garage fame will also be in attendance.

Also on the panel is Richard Scobie with his first feature script 66 Degrees North and will be joined by his producer of the script Edwina Forkin, head of Zanzibar Films.

The Dingle Film Festival is running from 17–20 March, for more details visit www.dinglefilmfestival.com


Dingle Film Festival offers €5,000 in cash prizes for Irish language Short Film Proposal

Dingle Film Festival offers €5,000 in cash prizes for Irish language Short Film Proposal

The Dingle Film Festival is delighted to announce ‘Físín’, a call to filmmakers to submit a short film proposal in the Irish language. The competition has a cash prize fund of €5,000 and €1,000 worth of lighting equipment hire sponsored by Cian de Buitléar’s company Teach Solas.

Five filmmakers will be selected to travel to the next Dingle Film Festival which opens on St. Patrick’s day 2011. Each of the five will be treated as festival guests and will be given the opportunity to pitch their proposal to a panel and a live audience in The Phoenix Cinema during the festival. A wonderful panel has been put together, including the iconic Eamon de Buitléar, local writer Louise Ní Fhiannachta, who now writes for TG4, local writer Marina Ní Dhubháin and head of Ealain Na Gaeltahta, Micheál Ó Fearraigh.

The opportunity has been put together by the festival to encourage the writing of film scripts in the Irish language. Tor Cotton, one of the festival sponsors came up with the idea:

“As an ardent supporter of the Dingle Film Festival I asked Maurice (the festival director) why he wasn’t screening much, if ever, ‘as gaeilge’ in order to reflect the festival’s location in the Corcha Dhuibhne Gaeltacht. The reply I got saddened and alarmed me, it couldn’t be true. Were there really virtually no films being shot through Irish? There must be some and I am sure there are some, only a few mind.” Tor went on to say “Just as I am shy to speak and thus progress my Irish, it may be that others are cautious about taking the risk to develop their films through Irish. However unlike my toe in the water of the language, the risk of making a bad film is equal in either tongue, I hope to speak more Irish and to see more films ‘as gaeilge’. It seemed a logical conclusion to be constructive rather than critical and set up a competition to encourage film making through Irish.”

The competition is aimed at people who combine a special interest in film alongside a commitment to the Irish language. The festival is keen to see proposals from all local dialects. This opportunity is open to any individual or group from transition year students right through to professionals. The application form is available to download at www.dinglefilmfestival.com or you can email fisin@dinglefilmfestival.com. The closing date for entries is January 31st 2011.

The winning pitch at the festival will receive €3,000 cash prize and €1,000 worth of rental lighting equipment and will return to Dingle with their finilised film in 2012. . Four of the pitches will receive a cash prize of €500 and each filmmaker will receive a personalised commemorative leather notebook designed by Conor Holden.

The Dingle Film Festival, home to The Gregory Peck Award and who’s guests have included Gabriel Byrne, Cillian Murphy, Jim Sheridan, Sir Alan Parker, Saoirse Ronan & Sarah Miles, will have its 5th edition next March opening on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th and running until Sunday March 20th 2011.

For further information please contact Festival Director, Maurice Galway:

on 00 353 (0) 87 9139962 or email maurice@dinglefilmfestival.com.



Rebecca Kemp Reports from the 2010 Dingle Film Festival

Michael O Sullivan (The Phoenix), Cillian Murphy and Maurice Galway (Artistic Director, Dingle film Festival) at 'Perrier's Bounty' on the opening night of the Festival.
Michael O Sullivan (The Phoenix), Cillian Murphy and Maurice Galway (Artistic Director, Dingle film Festival) at 'Perrier's Bounty' on the opening night of the Festival.

Dingle Film Festival

18–21 March 2010

This year’s Dingle Film Festival wasn’t the only show in town paying homage to the movies. The festival enjoyed the unique position of having the camera turned on it for the filming of Geoff Wonfor’s documentary We’ll Always Have Dingle. There aren’t too many film festivals where you’ll stumble upon Ice Cold in Alex being recreated for a film crew in the local pub, but this is Dingle.

Festival organisers piled the pressure on themselves this year by moving their usual slot in September back six months to March. Whilst this must have seemed an impossibly tight timeframe to confirm special guests and secure prints, the move paid off with an impressive line-up by any international standards, and one that included six Irish film titles.

Cillian Murphy opened the festival for the screening of his latest film Perrier’s Bounty, and was joined by Stephen Frears who also made the trip from London to receive the Gregory Peck Award for Excellence in the Art of Film. Frears entertained a capacity crowd at Dingle’s Phoenix Cinema in his customary understated manner and told of his friendship with Peck, which started when the actor called him after seeing The Snapper.

Stephen Frears receiving The Gregory Peck Award. Photo by Elaine Kennedy.
Stephen Frears receiving The Gregory Peck Award. Photo by Elaine Kennedy.

Director and producer Geoff Wonfor (The Beatles Anthology) attended the festival last year and loved it so much he returned this year to make a documentary. The device of recreating classic movie scenes was used as a tribute to Dingle’s link with films like A Quiet Man, Ryan’s Daughter and Far and Away. His title comes from Humphrey Bogart’s line in Casablanca: ‘We’ll always have Paris,’ and Wonfor intends to submit it to the Sundance Film Festival.

An impressive achievement by festival director Maurice Galway, in conjunction with Brian Nolan of FÁS TV & Production Unit, was securing the first gathering of RED camera users in Ireland. In addition to a seminar on the pioneering technology, Galway organised the modification of Dingle’s Phoenix cinema to show Conor Horgan’s One Hundred Mornings shot on RED. Scaffolding was installed in the cinema to accommodate the 4k projector required to display RED’s superior picture resolution (4000 pixels per inch).

A panel discussion on the future of film in Ireland included Teresa McGrane from the Irish Film Board, Kevin Moriarty from Ardmore Studios, film producer Ed Guiney and director Paddy Breathnach, who also gave a Q&A after a retrospective showing of I Went Down. A nod to the gangster genre connected showings of A Prophet, Perrier’s Bounty, I Went Down, Public Enemy and Bugsy Malone – where the audience came dressed up as spivs and molls. Documentaries Houston, We Have a Problem and Crude both looked at the oil industry, whilst Mugabe and the White African documented the plight of white farmers in Zimbabwe. Otto Schlindwein’s Descendants explored the tradition of unaccompanied song in Ireland followed by live performances from Éilis Ni Chinnéide and Rosie Stewart. Other Irish films included Margaret Corkery’s black comedy Eamon and Conor McDermottroe’s look at a broken childhood in Swansong: Story of Occi Byrne. BBC director and producer (and regular DFF attendee) Anthony Wall introduced his documentary on the life of Harold Pinter, and considerable time and effort went into getting Andrew Zuckerman’s documentary Wisdom shown at the festival with the accompanying photographic exhibition exhibited at Siamsa Tíre gallery in Tralee. The festival closed with a nice tribute to Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon, breaking a twenty-year gap since the film was last screened in Ireland.

Memorable moments during this wonderfully unpretentious film festival include Beatles fan Cillian Murphy listening intently to Geoff Wonfor’s tales of the fab four, Mary Coughlan giving an impromptu bar performance of Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, and the uninitiated staring in bewilderment at festival goers and organisers re-enacting scenes from Titanic, Casablanca, A Street Car Named Desire and Some Like it Hot for Wonfor’s documentary.

Andrew Wright (BBC Arena), Marc Flanagan (The Tracey Ullman Show) and Anthony Wall (Creator BBC Arena) in Currens Bar, being filmed for Wonfor's documentary 'We'll always have Dingle'.
Andrew Wright (BBC Arena), Marc Flanagan (The Tracey Ullman Show) and Anthony Wall (Creator BBC Arena) in Currens Bar, being filmed for Wonfor's documentary 'We'll always have Dingle'.

Dingle Film Festival is fast developing itself as a new space for people who love film and an important platform those who work in the industry. This and Wonfor’s unique documentary are surely a sign that Dingle Film Festival is an emerging contender with class.

Rebecca Kemp, 2010


Dingle Honours Frears

Oscar®-nominated director Stephen Frears is to be the recipient of this year’s Dingle Film Festival The Gregory Peck Award: For Excellence in the Art of Film.

The director’s films include The Queen, Mrs Henderson Presents, The Van and My Beautiful Launderette. He has also won a BAFTA for Dangerous Liaisons and his TV adaptation of The Snapper.

Frears will be in Dingle on Saturday 20th March to accept the award at a special ceremony at Dingle’s Phoenix Cinema. The ceremony will be hosted by Dingle Film Festival director Maurice Galway and will include an interview with Stephen Frears.

Gabriel Byrne and Jim Sheridan are previous recipients of the Gregory Peck Award, which recognises special achievements in filmmaking and was established in conjunction with Gregory Peck’s family.

The festival runs 18-21 March. For further information, please click here,


Dingle Film Festival hosts Ireland’s first RED Users Gathering

Dingle Film Festival will welcome RED to the first annual Irish Red Users’ Gathering in Dingle on Saturday March 20th in The Phoenix Cinema.

Dingle Film Festival welcomes Alan Piper, Operations Director of RED Europe, who will be showcasing the newly upgraded RED One Camera, with Mysterium-X Sensor, as well as premiering RED’s 4K M-X Show Reel on JVC’s new 4K Projector, supplied by HoloVis UK, another first for Ireland.

The festival are also delighted to welcome Laura Castelli from ASSIMILATE who will be showing their real-time 4K grading solution – SCRATCH.

To compliment this unique event the Dingle Film Festival are compiling an Irish 4k Show Reel and are looking for suitable RED material, preferably 4K, to be included in the Show Reel.

If you would like to submit footage for consideration, please contact brian.nolan@fas.ie for more information as soon as possible.

In keeping with the RED theme the festival is also delighted to welcome Apple to Dingle where they will be presenting Final Cut Studio – RED workflow seminar. This two-hour seminar will guide you through the basic workflow of using RED footage with Final Cut Studio. Footage will be taken into Final Cut Pro, passed through to Color and back to Final Cut Pro again as advantages of Pro Res and RED raw footage are discussed. The presenter will be on-hand with a Euphonix MC Color Control to show the advantages of working on Color with this control surface.

Continuing with this amazing line-up Dingle Film Festival will also present The Power of Sound with double Oscar® winner, Tom Johnson and Easy DCP with Heiko Sparenberg.

Brendan Tuohy will chair a discussion on ‘The Future of Film in Ireland’. The Irish Film Board has recently set up a group to look at developing a strategy for the future of the Irish Film and Audiovisual Industry. This group is drawn from the industry itself and the relevant Government Departments and agencies. It is hoped that the group will chart a strategy to double the size of the sector over a period of about five years with an increased emphasis on exports.

Dingle Film Festival would also like to give a special welcome to the many Irish Apple Authorised Training Centres and Trainers that will visit Dingle for their 2010 AATC/e Irish conference.

These seminars have been organised by the Dingle Film Festival, in conjunction with The FÁS: TV & Video Production Unit, Tralee.

For further information Contact: Brian Nolan, FÁS: Tralee TV & Video Production Unit,  brian.nolan@fas.ie, 066-7149679


Maurice Galway, CEO/Artistic Director, Dingle Film Festival, Maurice@dinglefilmfestival.com, 087 9139962

The 2010 Dingle Film Festival runs from 18th to 21st March 2010 throughout venues on the scenic Dingle Peninsula.The Dingle Film Festival is now in its fourth year, and has already played host to many well known names from the film industry, including Sir Alan Parker, Gabriel Byrne, Sarah Miles, Saoirse Ronan, Garrett Brown and Jim Sheridan.



Writing Comedy For The Screen: IFB Event at Dingle Film Festival

The Irish Film Board is supporting this year’s Dingle Film Festival (10–13 September), which has a special focus on comedy in film.

Industry events billed for the festival include a special panel event entitled Don’t Make Me Laugh which will specifically explore the art of writing comedy for the screen and a special presentation of IFB award-winning comedy short films. This year the festival is presenting a programme of new and archive films from Ireland and around the world as well as workshops, discussions and seminars over the duration of the weekend.

Don’t Make Me Laugh will be chaired by IFB Development Executive Andrew Meehan and panelists will include Emmy award-winning screenwriter Marc Flanagan; stage, radio, screen and TV writer Pearse Elliott, (Man About Dog); and producer Ned Dowd. The seminar will explore the challenges of writing comedy for the screen, different ways of developing character, the role of TV in developing talent as well as looking at what makes comedy travel. The panel will take place in the Festival Marquee, Garden Café on Friday 10th September.

Following on the theme of comedies there will be a special screening of award winning Irish short comedies on Sunday 13th September at 11am in The Phoenix Cinema.

For more information please click here: www.dinglefilmfestival.com/


Gabriel Byrne to receive Gregory Peck Award at Dingle

Gabriel Byrne has been announced as the first recipient of the Gregory Peck Award for Excellence in the Art of Film at the 2008 Dingle Film Festival. Byrne, who is nominated for an Emmy Award for his role in HBO’s In Treatment, will be in Dingle to receive the award.

Kevin Moriarty, MD of Ardmore Studios, will present Byrne with the award following a special screening of A Conversation with Gregory Peck on the Friday night of the festival in The Phoenix Cinema. Its producer, Cecilia Peck and director Barbara Kopple will introduce the film to the audience. Irish poet Medbh McGuckian has written a poem on Gregory Peck, which she will recite at the event. Mr. Pecks wife, Veronique and son, Anthony will also be travelling from LA for the occasion.

To close the festival Cecilia Peck will introduce a special screening of her father’s definitive role as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird for which he was awarded the Oscar® for Best Actor.

The festival will run 11–14 September, please click here for more details. www.dinglefilmfestival.com