Panellists announced for IFI Stranger Than Fiction 2013

MED-077-Jimmy-It-is-now-or-neverFour exciting panel discussions are taking place at this year’s IFI Stranger Than Fiction Festival (26th-29th 2013) that will give new perspectives on documentary-making from inside the industry. Whether you’re aiming to break into the industry for the first time, to learn how to make a documentary company thrive internationally or connect with audiences and build a fanbase there’s something for you. There’s also a chance to discuss how to effectively use archive material in building documentaries. All four special events are presented in partnership with the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann.

Panellists have just been confirmed and comprise some of the most active and respected documentary directors and producers working in Ireland including Nicky Gogan (Still Films), Emer Reynolds (Here Was Cuba), Richie O’Donnell (The Pipe), Andrew Freedman (His and Hers) among many others as well as some of the international guests filmmakers presenting features at the festival such as Havana Marking (Smash & Grab) and Jeanie Finlay (The Great Hip Hop Hoax).

For full line-ups see the listings below and for more details about the special events and the IFI Stranger Than Fiction Festival visit



CONNECTING WITH AUDIENCES – €5 – Friday Sept 27th 10.30am

Host – Patrick O’Neill

Guests – Jeanie Finlay (The Great Hip Hop Hoax), Mike Cockayne (Hardy Bucks), Nicky Gogan (Pyjama Girls, Black Ice), John Wallace (Showrunners)




Host – Alan Maher

Guests – Havana Marking (Smash & Grab), Cathal Gaffney (Give Up Yer Aul Sins), Andrew Freedman (His & Hers)


BREAKING INTO DOCS – FREE- Saturday Sept 28th 11am

Host – Aoife Kelleher

Guests – Maurice Sweeney (Saving The Titanic), Richie O’Donnell (The Pipe), Aisling Ahmed (Horses), Sean Ó Cualáin (Men at Lunch).


CREATIVE WITH ARCHIVE – FREE – Saturday Sept 28th 12.30pm

Host – Rachel Lysaght

Guests – Andrew Gallimore (Cyclone), Nick Ryan (The Summit), Raelene Casey (IFI Archive), Emer Reynolds (Here Was Cuba)


Tickets for all IFI Stranger Than Fiction films and panel discussions are on sale NOW at the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477 and can also be booked on where you can find out full details all the films and events in IFI Stranger than Fiction.


Stranger Than Fiction Festival Winners

Last weekend saw the 9th IFI Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival once again inspire, inform and entertain Dublin filmgoers with a diverse programme of Irish and International documentaries. Many of the screenings were completely sold out and the IFI was buzzing all weekend with thousands of festival-goers, and special guests that resulted in a massive 23% rise in box office income compared to 2009’s festival.

Three short films walked away with awards from the prestigious Short Film Programme. Two prizes were awarded by a jury of industry experts, whilst the Audience award was chosen by the public. If These Walls Could Talk, a haunting documentary about Ireland’s closed psychiatric institutions directed by Anna Rodgers, won the Best Irish Short award. Boat Dreams, directed by Sasha Andrews, which looked at four DIY boat restorations, won the prize Best International Short. The winner of the Audience award was Bye Bye Now by Aideen O’Sullivan and Ross Whitaker which humorously and poignantly charts the decline of the Irish Phone Box.