Fingal Film Festival (8- 10 May 2013, Blanchardstown)
With the final films selected and a host of great workshops lined up, the Festival team are ready for action with only three weeks left to go.
The organisers at the Fingal Film Festival are delighted to announce finally, most of the line-up for this years programme after months of planning.
In its second year running, Liz Kenny, Managing Director is delighted to announce its new Media panel. The panel consists of BAFTA Winner Writer / Director Aisling Walsh, IFTA Nomintated DOP Ciaran Tanham, Shane Collins, Animation Director of Brown Bag Films and finally Tyrone D Murphy, CEO of Universal Film Magazine and Festival Organisation.
The Festival Directors are delighted this years Opening Premiere film will be Director Tobias Lindholm’s A Hijacking starring Pilou Asbaek, Soren Malling and Produced by Tomas Radoo.
Tobias Lindholm as a scriptwriter has worked with Thomas Vinterberg on the acclaimed THE HUNT (2012) with Mads Mikkelsen in the leading role (winner, Best Actor, Cannes 2012). Since 2010 he has written several episodes for the internationally acclaimed and BAFTA winning BORGEN with Pilou Asbæk
This film was secured with the support of Eclipse Pictures and will screen at 7pm on May 8th at the ODEON Cinema Blanchardstown. Official release date for this film is the 18th May 2013.
“The finalist films selected from the schedule are incredible, we had three times the amount of films submitted last year and the shortlisting has been very tough. We are happy with the final selection and believe there is something for everyone in this years schedule. We are being quite specific in our 2013 schedule layout, ensuring we cater for all age demographic, making the festival more accessible for people who just want to see a good film.” says Creative Director, Dave Byrne.
“The final selection of films are from all over the world. We had a huge response internationally this year. We have also had a huge response from Irish Media colleges this year, as we made it a priority to engage with film students and embed the festival at grass root level with the people who will be the future of Irish Filmmaking.” says Liz Kenny. “Also, the wealth of talent amongst Irish Independents this year has been inspiring, although this made our decision-making a lot more difficult”, says Dave.
Workshops at the festival this year will be hosted by a team from Brown Bag Films one of the team is Jennie Stacey, Head of Development in Brown Bag Films Animatioon workshop, IFTA Nominated Edwina Forkin, Zanzibar Films (Headrush – Story of Occi Byrne) Producing/ Funding workshop, Director of Photography workshop will be hosted by UK’s Tim Palmer , BAFTA Member credits include (Doctor Who, Life on Mars, Cold feet, Silent Witness) The festival is also proud to announce Directors workshop Robert Quinn (BBC’s Roy, IFTA Winning, Rasai na Gaillimhe, Primeval ITV/ BBC America, RTE’s The Clinic). Acting Workshop and Documentary workshops will be announced soon.
The ODEON CINEMA is the festival’s main sponsor 2nd year running, Fingal Film Festival has been sponsored by Fingal County Council who have supplied both Funding and Premises. The festival also received support from the Gathering Event. The festival has also received huge support from local enterprises and without their help and support, this year’s festival would have been extremely difficult to bring to fruition.
Kicking off on the 8th May, the festival will also have equipment demonstration stands, Special F/X Software Stands, Special F/X Makeup Stands. The organisers invite anyone with an interest in anything film, to come in and view what’s going on in our new demo area at Blanchardstown. Access to these stands is free. Tickets to screenings and workshops are very affordable with students, unwaged and OAP rates. Check www.fingalfilmfest.com for more information.
The Awards Night will take place this year in the Crowne Plaza, Blanchardstown on Sunday, 12th May at 8pm. Tickets for this event can be found on www.fingalfilmfest.com or at entertainment.ie/tickets/
As always, the festival organisers want to emphasise, all you need to take part in this festival is an interest in film, our the festival’s doors are open to all.