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.



Huston School at African Film Festival

Rod Stoneman and James Finlan of NUI Galway’s Huston School of Film & Digital Media have travelled to Western Africa for the continent’s largest film festival, FESPACO. Held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, the film festival first started 40 years ago and has evolved into an internationally renowned event.

The team from NUI Galway will continue a long-standing collaboration with the Imagine Film School in Ouagadougou, by running a newsreel workshop for its students. The resulting newsreels will be shown on television and in cinemas throughout Ouagadougou as part of the festival, which runs 28th February–7th March.

For further information about the festival, please visit http://www.fespaco.bf/index_A.html


Amsterdam Art Film Festival

The year 2009 marks the beginning of the construction of the new Filmmuseum and therefore this year’s edition of DOKU.ARTS will concentrate on architecture. From 11–14 June at the Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, around thirty creative documentaries about art and artists will be screened at the fourth edition of the festival.

The festival mainly focuses on films neglected by major international festivals and on cultural productions less often screened by public broadcasters. Directors of all nominated films are invited to be present at the festival. Highlights from the Filmmuseum’s collection are also screened. On Friday, 12th June 2009, the Mediafonds will host a one-day seminar, aimed at professionals, about documentary film and architecture.

For more information please visit www.doku-arts.com


Córdoba Animation Festival Call for Entries

The Association for the Development of the Animation Industry of Córdoba is announcing the call for entries for the 5th International Animation Film Festival of Córdoba, Animacor’09, which will be held from 2–7 November.

A total of €39,000 will be awarded to prize-winners in the course of the festival. The winners will also receive the ‘Carrasquito’ statue.

Animacor’09 screens not only films from European and Latin American countries, but also from South Korea, Iran, Canada, Russia and Japan. The festival will also feature matinee screenings for schools, evening screenings held in the Filmoteca (Film Archives) of Andalusia and exhibitions and workshops devoted to the application of new technologies in animation.

For more information, please visit www.animacor.com


Portuguese International Film Festival

FEST, the International Film Festival Portugal, will take place 21–28 June. The Official competitive section in the festival, aimed at directors up to 30 years of age, has five categories: Fiction, Documentary, Experimental, Animation and Music Videoclip. The Silver Castle competition is also open for feature films from directors for whom this is their first or second work. The festival does not charge an entry fee.

For further information, please click here.


The Secret of Kells and Cherrybomb Premiere at Berlin

Irish films The Secret of Kells and Cherrybomb had their world premieres yesterday at the Berlin International Film Festival.

The Secret of Kells, directed by Tomm Moore and produced by European Producer of the Year, Cartoon Saloon, is a beautifully animated film featuring the voice talent of Brendan Gleeson and Mick Lally and will screen as part of the Generation K plus section of the festival.

Cherrybomb, directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn and written by Daragh Carville has been officially selected as part of the Generation 14Plus programme. It stars Robert Sheehan, Rupert Grint and Kimberley Nixon.

Irish audiences will have an opportunity to see both films during the upcoming Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. The Secret of Kells will close this year’s festival on 22nd February at the Savoy. Cherrybomb screens on 20th February at Cineworld.

Irish talent is well represented at the Berlin festival with a wide number of producers travelling to raise finance for their feature films. A number of emerging Irish filmmakers have also been selected to participate in an exciting international initiative Advance Party II which will develop eight new films from some of the most exciting filmmaking talent emerging from the UK and Ireland. Eight directors were selected and include emerging Irish filmmakers Rory Bresnihan, Ciaran Foy, Oscar® nominee Steph Green and Enda Hughes, who will come together at the festival to work together on eight new scripts.

Other new Irish filmmakers have been selected for the prestigious Berlin Talent Campus at the festival. Filmmakers include Patrick Butler (director/producer), Narayan Van Maele (cinematographer/director), Lauren Mackenzie, (writer/director), Michael Kinirons, (writer/director), John Hayes (director) and Rebecca Daly (director).

An Irish reception at the Festival will take place tonight to celebrate new Irish cinema at the festival and to provide key networking opportunities for the industry delegates.


MUFF Call for Entries

The 6th Mid Ulster Film Festival is due to take place 1–3 May 2009 at The Ulster History Park, Gortin Road, Omagh.

The festival is currently open for submissions. Please note that the closing date for entry of all films is 19th March 2009.

For entry forms please visit www.midulsterfilmfestival.com


Five Minutes of Heaven Wins at Sundance

Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Five Minutes of Heaven, which stars Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt, has won the prestigious World Cinema Directing Award and World Cinema Screenwriting Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

The film, which explores aspects of Northern Ireland’s troubled past, will receive its Irish Premiere on 21st February as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. The screening will be attended by cast members Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt, as well as director Oliver Hirschbiegel and writer Guy Hibbert.