With the final films selected and a host of great workshops line up, the Festival team are ready for action with only two weeks left to goThe organisers at the Fingal Film Festival are delighted to announce 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 panel. The panel consists of BAFTA Winner Writer / Director Aisling Walsh, IFTA Nominated DOP Ciaran Tanham, Shane Collins, Animation Director of Brown Bag Films and finally Tyrone D Murphy, CEO of Universal Film  and Festival Organisation.


The Festival Directors are delighted this years opening film will be Tobias Lindholm’s A Hijacking, starring Pilou Asbaek, Soren Malling and Produced by Tomas Radoor. This film was secured with the support of Eclipse Pictures and will screen at 6.30pm on May 8th at the ODEON Cinema Blanchardstown. Official release date for this film is the 10th 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 an Independent good film.” says Creative Director, Dave Byrne. The full schedule can be found at www.fingalfilmfest.com


“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 Jennie Stacey, Head of Development in Brown Bag Films Animation Workshop, IFTA Nominated Edwina Forkin, Zanzibar Films (Headrush – Story of Occi Byrne) for Producer / Funding Workshop, BAFTA Member Tim Palmer BSC  (Doctor Who, Life on Mars, Cold feet, Silent Witness) Director of Photography Workshop. Actor Stephen Lord is the latest edition to the team of workshops this year. Stephen would be best known for his roles in Shameless and Eastenders. We are also delighted to have BAFTA winner Peter Nicholson taking part in the Directing and Documentary Film Making workshop this year. The line up of guest speakers are incredible this year and we are very grateful to these guys for dedicating their time to the festival says Liz.


Fingal Film Festival has been sponsored by Fingal County Council who have supplied both Funding and Premises, also the Gathering Events, The ODEON CINEMA came on board as our Main sponsor for the second year running . The festival has also received huge support from Blanchardstown Shopping Centre this year along with local enterprises. Without their help and support, this years 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. Hosted by the very talented and funny Jack Wise, the night will have bands, Dj’s, entertainment and of course the awards for the best in each category will be presented during the night. Tickets for the Award Night can be purchased on our website at www.fingalfilmfest.com  As always, the festival organisers want to emphasise, all you need to take part in this festival is an interest in film, our doors are open to all.

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