The 2nd IRISH FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA will be launched by H. E. Feilim McLaughlin, Ambassador of Ireland to India in Delhi on April 1st at the India Habitat Centre and runs until April 4th before travelling for further screenings at the National Gallery for Modern Art, Bangalore and Mumbai.
Following the success of the inaugural festival, entitled ‘The Writing Irish’, a celebration of the great Irish writers in film, the event returns with a focus more on the picture than the word, by presenting over 40 feature and short ANIMATED films from Ireland.
Animation has blossomed in Ireland ever since senior Disney animator Sullivan Bluth opened studios there in the late 80s producing the major box office hits The Land Before Time & An American Tail. In the last decade the work of Irish animators has received numerous international awards, including several Oscar nominations, the most recent being Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly for her film Head over Heels, and a win for Dubliner Richie Baneham for his work on the ground-breaking CGI epic Avatar.
The Irish Film Festival of India’s “Drawing on our Experience” offers the Indian audience a first chance to see a varied selection of award-winning animations from the Oscar-Nominated feature The Secret of Kells to the cutting edge aesthetic of U2’s video-maker David O’Reilly. Many of the films screened are by companies who now produce top-rated series for the biggest TV channels in the world including BBC, Disney Junior, and Nickelodeon and many do so in partnership with Indian Studios making animation a rare but clearly successful example of creative Irish-Indian collaboration.
Festival director, Marc-Ivan O’Gorman, a former RTE/Filmbase Short winner (Blood Coloured Moon), has been working in TV & Film in India for 10 years believes animation will go down well in India, saying ‘These films will do what Irish art, indeed what Irish people do best, they will both charm and challenge.’
This event is presented by Cleverality Productions with the support of The Embassy of Ireland India,
The Irish Film Institute, and Culture Ireland.
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