My French Film Festival

From 16 January to 16 February 2015, film lovers in Ireland will have access to the complete selection from this, the world’s first online festival of French cinema.

The selection

Eight feature films and 10 shorts, subtitled in 13 languages, will compete online for a one-month period. The selection includes two Belgian films in competition, and one classic movie and two French-language Canadian films screening out of competition.

The jury will be led by French director MICHAEL GONDRY.

Irish audiences can watch all of the films on; Irelands only independent Video On Demand platform.

The short films are free! The feature films can be purchased as a pack (€9.99) or singly (€1.99) elsewhere.

The Full list of festival films can be viewed here



Dublin Fringe Festival’s Film Collection on Volta


Volta, the Irish video on demand website, has partnered with Dublin Fringe Festival to create the Dublin Fringe Festival Film Collection. The selection of films, available now to stream or download from, presents stories of underdogs, whistle-blowers, trailblazers and dream-makers and were chosen by the festival team in the lead up to the 19th annual Dublin Fringe Festival this September.

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Exploring a range of contemporary issues from different perspectives, the collection, like Dublin Fringe Festival, presents fresh ideas, new voices and old masters, explosive stories and riotous adventure.  A mix of new & classic drama and documentary ranging from Ken Loach’s Carla’s Song to the French documentary Entre Nos Mains explore themes of social justice while Nick Broomfield’s Driving Me Crazy and the LCD Soundsystem concert documentary Shut Up and Play The Hits take you backstage into two wildly different artists’ worlds.

The diverse collection also includes Michael Haneke’s Amour, a raw, unflinching examination of the strain an elderly couple’s relationship undergoes when one of them suffers a stroke. An international box office hit, it won the Palme d’Or and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

The most successful Irish film of 2012, What Richard Did, is joined by Pat Collins’ magnificent Silence, Ian Palmer’s Knuckle and Irish co-production Dreams of a Life. Two films by Irish production company Still Films also make the list: Seaview, which explores the lives and difficulties of residents at Mosney, now operated by the Irish government as a holding centre for asylum seekers, and Pyjama Girls, which traces the explosive micro-dramas of pyjama clad teenage life against the bleak backdrop of Dublin’s inner-city flats.

Tom Lawlor, Volta Marketing Manager said “Our partnership with Dublin Fringe Festival marks a new opportunity for Irish arts lovers to find films which capture the diversity, excitement and artistic excellence that Dublin Fringe Festival is synonymous with.”

Róise Goan, Director of Dublin Fringe Festival said “The diversity and exceptional quality of Volta’s film collection was an amazing canvas to make a selection from. The films we have chosen represent some of the themes and ideas that the 2013 edition of Dublin Fringe Festival will explore. These films have inspired us and we hope that they will inspire, delight, challenge and entertain you too”.

Previous collections by Light House Cinema and Le Cool Dublin are already available on the site, with more to come from Project Arts Centre, GCN, Nialler9,, and many others.

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Volta and le cool Dublin launch Volta Collections


Volta, the Irish video on demand website, has partnered with le cool Dublin to officially launch Volta Collections, a new programming strand available on the popular film streaming site from today, Tuesday February 26th. Taking their cue from their selective culture guide, le cool Dublin have cast their discerning eye over the Volta catalogue and chosen an eclectic selection of films that span a multitude of genres and countries.

See the full le cool Dublin collection here:

Both home-grown and international, the le cool Dublin Volta Collection includes everything from Norwegian coming-of-age romps to innovative documentaries and genre-bending indies, with the common thread being that they all embody the le cool ethos of being creative, under-the-radar and worthwhile. Coinciding with the Europe-wide release of new Indonesian film Postcards from the Zoo on VOD, the le cool Dublin Volta collection includes this remarkable new film described as “an unclassifiable work of striking originality” by Screen International, among many other titles.

Tom Lawlor, Volta Marketing Manager said “We’ve long relied on le cool Dublin to decide what to do when we’re not watching films and we’re delighted to work with them on this new Collection. They’re the perfect partner to officially launch our new programming strand with and we hope their fans will enjoy their selection of films, particularly Postcards from the Zoo.”

Michael McDermott, le cool Dublin publisher said “We’ve found Volta to be a wonderful resource and platform for viewing an eclectic range of films and we’re delighted to work with them on this Collection. We like Volta’s goal of broadening the audience for Irish and independent films and partnerships like these give their titles a new, discerning, cultural audience who we know will enjoy them.”

The le cool Dublin Collection includes Chilean Sundance hit The MaidLeos Carax’s utterly beguiling and brilliantly bonkers Holy Motorstense chess documentary Bobby Fischer Against The Worldthe Irish hit Sensation starring Domhnall Gleeson as an entrepreneurial brothel owner; Life During Wartime,Todd Solondz’s savagely funny satire of middle class mores; the devastatingly haunting, animated classic When The Wind Blows and Exit Through The Gift Shopthe documentary about and by the street artist Banksy.

In the coming months collections will be chosen by some of Ireland’s most inventive and popular publications, festivals, venues and personalities and will feature their favourite films from the Volta catalogue of Irish and international independent films. Previous collections by Light House Cinema and Amnesty Internationalare already available on the site, with more to come from Dublin Fringe Festival, Project Arts Centre, St. Patrick’s Festival, GCN, Nialler9 and many others.

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Volta announces content partnership with Artificial Eye


The Irish Video on Demand platform Volta today announced a new content partnership with leading UK Distributor Artificial Eye, coinciding with the VOD release of Holy Motors, which is now available to stream or download on


Volta (Best E-Commerce Website, 2012 Irish Web Awards) offers an online catalogue of Irish and international independent films to a nationwide audience. The partnership with Artificial Eye, one of the UK’s leading distribution companies, will bring a host of new releases and classic titles to the popular ‘pay as you watch’ video-on-demand site.


Artificial Eye titles already available on the site include Holy Motors, the Leon Carax hit of Cannes 2012 which stars Denis Lavant, Kylie Minogue and Eva Mendes, 360 which stars Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins and Rachel Weisz and Life During Wartime directed by Todd Solondz, starring Ciarán Hinds and Allison Janney.


Recent releases which will be added to the site include the 2013 Academy Award Best Picture Nominee Amour, directed by Michael Haneke, Sally Potter’s Ginger & Rosa (Christina Hendricks, Annette Bening) and Alps, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth). The Artificial Eye catalogue also includes titles such as Code Unknown, Funny Games, The Piano Teacher and Hidden by Michael Haneke, Antichrist and Melancholia by Lars von Trier, Of Gods And Men, The Maid and Waltz With Bashir among many others.


Speaking of the partnership, Andrew Lowe, CEO of Volta said “We are proud to partner with Artificial Eye and host their excellent collection of films on Volta. Our objective is to bring the best of Irish and independent cinema into homes across the country and the titles available to us through this new partnership represent a great opportunity for Irish audiences to watch internationally acclaimed films at home. This is a great step forward for Volta and we look forward to announcing more great additions and partnerships in the coming months”.


Philip Knatchbull, CEO of Curzon Artificial Eye, says: “We’re delighted to have a deal in place with Volta, and to have our films available to their audience across Ireland.”


Artificial Eye joins Film 4, Momentum Pictures, Revolver Entertainment, Pathé, Dogwoof, Element Pictures Distribution and many other Irish and international distributors whose titles are available to watch through the Volta website and the recently launched Volta Facebook App.


Volta Facebook App Now Available

(The Guard)

Volta, the Irish video on demand service for Irish and international independent film,  announced the launch of its Social Viewing Facebook App, in addition to the existent online platform. The Facebook app is the first of its kind for an Irish company and allows consumers nationwide to stream, share, gift and rate the full Volta catalogue of films from directly within their Facebook account.


Launched in January by Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Volta is an initiative of Element Pictures. Speaking about the new app, Andrew Lowe, Director of Element Pictures said: We have developed this Facebook app together with our European partners in the Eurovod Federation to strengthen our offering and position in the market and to enable our customers share their passion in film with their friends.  We want to harness the unique power of Facebook to enable our users to build a nationwide community around Volta and to have fun with their friends sharing their choices in film.  We are very encouraged by the feedback to date on this app, and we look forward to introducing other innovations to Volta over the coming months.”


The social viewing app allows film fans to instantly stream titles from the Volta catalogue while logged into their Facebook account. A central feature allows users to share films with their friends and make a rental purchase as a gift for a friend.  App users can discover and choose films in many ways: tailored lists based on titles previously viewed by their friends, the most popular titles among the Volta Facebook community and also films based on the user’s current ‘likes’ and interests on Facebook.


A key consumer benefit of the service is the instant access to independent films for regional audiences: often, independent films are released in Dublin for a limited theatrical run. Volta brings a huge catalogue of recent independent titles which haven’t been shown outside art-house cinemas in Dublin to all broadband connected homes in Ireland.


A key part of Volta’s offering is ‘day and date’ releases; films available on Volta on the same day as their theatrical release. The recently released Irish film SILENCE is an example of one such release, and UK films THE ISLAND PRESIDENT and TOWN OF RUNNERS were also available on Volta on the same day as in cinemas. These films and more such releases will also be available on the Volta Facebook App.


Recent additions to the catalogue include Irish hits like THE GUARD, SENSATION, PARKED and THIS MUST BE THE PLACE, along with a collection of other Paolo Sorrentino films, and international hits like SHAME and WOMAN IN BLACK. The LCD Soundsystem documentary SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS will also be available on Volta soon.



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Jimmy Deenihan T.D, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht launches Volta in Dublin

Element Pictures today launched Volta, a new Irish video on demand service featuring the best of Irish and international independent films. Volta was officially launched by Jimmy Deenihan T.D, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The Minister was joined at the event by Andrew Lowe and Ed Guiney of Element Pictures and guests including representatives from the Irish Film Board and the Irish film industry.

Volta is unlike any other video on demand services currently available in Ireland, in that it focuses on Irish films and the best of independent world cinema, with titles to rent from €3.99 and to purchase from €6.99. There are no subscription fees and users can stream or download films in full. Volta is also unique in bringing selected films to the site ‘day-and-date’ with their theatrical release (on the same day that they are available in cinemas).  New films on the service are otherwise made available at the same time as the DVD release. It is currently the only Irish VOD platform showing The Guard and other Irish highlights include The Secret of Kells, Garage and As If I’m Not There with more added weekly. Recent Irish films including Sensation and Parked will join the catalogue soon, alongside classic Irish films like The Wind That Shakes the Barley. Volta is working closely with leading Irish and U.K independent producers and distributors to add future content to Volta’s growing offering. Hundreds of top international titles alongside independent features are also available on the site.

Volta also plans to partner with RTÉ to acquire premium RTÉ produced drama that will feature on the service in the future.  The addition of Irish produced content of this quality is testament to Volta’s support of the Irish television and film production sector.

Minister Deenihan, who spoke of the significance of the service for Irish consumers and the Irish film industry said ‘This unique new service will bring the best of Irish and international independent films to a much wider audience than was previously possible. As part of the Element Picture group, Volta marks a major shift in the development of online platforms for film consumption in Ireland. Developments such as this will provide the Irish film industry with a distribution channel which has the potential to reach hundreds of thousands of homes in Ireland. The impact Volta will have on the film industry is likely to be significant, especially in its efforts to combat film piracy.’

Speaking at the launch, Andrew Lowe said ‘We are delighted to launch Volta, the first Irish owned Video On Demand service in the Irish market.  As an active production, distribution, and, since the re-launch of the Light House cinema in Dublin’s Smithfield, an exhibition company, we are uniquely placed to present and promote the best Irish and international independent cinema in a convenient and cost effective way. We are launching Volta now as advances in technology and broadband infrastructure make the service technically viable, changes in the retail sector make it essential to create a space where specialist cinema can be discovered and consumed, and there is an onus on the industry to provide safe and legal alternatives to pirated films. We are very pleased to launch Volta with The Guard available exclusively on our service.’

The site also features editorial content with exclusive articles, interviews and behind the scenes footage from many of the films available. The search and filter features allow users to browse films by director, cast, crew, year, country of origin or keyword, a unique feature unavailable elsewhere. Consumers can browse the full catalogue of before entering any personal or payment information and the Volta CinePass offers significant savings for those who pre-purchase rental credits.


George Morrison to Receive a VOLTA

Renowned Irish documentary maker and archivist George Morrison will receive the lifetime achievement award, the VOLTA, at the 2009 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (12–22 February 2009).

The 50th anniversary screening of Morrison’s 1959 masterpiece Mise Éire will take place as part of the festival on Tuesday 17th February at 8.30 pm in Cineworld.

The film will be introduced by Ceann Comhairle, John O’Donoghue, who will present George Morrison with the VOLTA on behalf of the festival.

To book tickets for this special event please click here.