Darklight : Reboot shines a light on future-forward film as Dublin’s festival of independent creativity, running from 24-27 April 2014. This year’s festival sees Darklight reboot, return and relocate to Smithfield.  This pioneering festival of independent creativity will transform Smithfield in to a nerve-centre of forward-thinking film, digital storytelling, street games, film screenings, hack jams, visual art, live music, collaborative workshops, discussions and unrivalled parties held across the district’s venues including the Light House Cinema, BlockT, Generator, Third Space and Smithfield Square. Tickets are on sale now at: entertainment.ie/darklightfestival.


The 2014 Darklight Symposium features keynote speaker Anna Higgs of Film 4 leading the discussion with special guests such asLenny Abrahamson, director of ‘Frank’. Theatre Company ‘Make and Do’ will introduce the biggest interactive game of chasing Dublin city has ever witnessed called ‘Journey Through The End of Night’.  Some fresh new additions to the festival line-up include the Cinemobiletaking over Smithfield Square to create an outdoor cinematic experience, screening gamechanging movies such as Scorsese’s mob epic‘Goodfellas’.  And the Thinktank Sunday Brunch on the final day of the festival which allows for festival revellers and guest speakers to mingle, network and exchange their thoughts on the 2014 festival.


Some of this year’s festival highlights announced to-date include the screening of 2014 Oscar nominated, BAFTA Award winning documentary ‘The Act of Killing’ directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, who will also be fielding questions for the post-screening Q&A.  This will be the Irish premier of the director’s cut. Amongst the many Irish premiers to be screened at Darklight are ‘A Spell to Ward off The Darkness’ by Ben Rivers and Ben Russell which includes a post screening Q&A, plus ‘Last Hijack’ and Q&A with director Tommy Pallotta.  Pallotta is famed for introducing startling animation techniques to the worlds of Richard Linklater’s Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly.


Dubbed as Sundance Festival’s “Crassest most outrageous movie” David Wnendt’s ‘Wetlands’ comes to Darklight. The shocking, explorative film has yet to get distribution in the UK & Ireland due to its evocative content. Irish audiences can avail of this one-off chance to catch ‘Wetlands’ in full cinematic splendour at The Lighthouse Cinema.
As Dublin’s pioneering festival of independent creativity, Darklight has been showcasing new ways of making film, art and DIY culture for 15 years – from digital cinema to 3D printing. This year promises to be even more dynamic as the festival explores evolving interactions with new technologies through four different strands. The DIGITAL STORYTELLING strand will take a look at what new technologies, thinking models and platforms are out there for exploring narratives.  The WHAT’S UP DOC? strand showcases the rapidly transforming genre of documentary. Decisive moments in the development of cinema as an artform are celebrated within the GAMECHANGING strand. Finally the award winning SHORT FILM strand shines a spotlight on emerging talent, merging disciplines and incipient artistic vision.

Festival fans can avail of a 40% discount on an Early Bird Season Ticket as Darklight are currently running a Fund:It campaign offering funders the discounted rate. Darklight’s Fund:It campaign can be found at http://fundit.ie/project/darklight-festival.

Ticket Information:

Box Office: BlockT,1­6 Haymarket, Smithfield, Dublin 7 | Opening hours: 24 ­ 27 April, 10am ­ 7pm

Tickets Online: entertainment.ie/darklightfestival | Booking enquiries: info@darklight.ie




THURS 24 April:

  • Opening Gala and Irish Premier Screening of  ‘Last Hijack’


FRI 25 April:

  • Anna Higgs, Film4.0 Keynote Symposium
  • Digital Storytelling Roundtable Discussion
  • Storytelling Hack Jam with Mozilla & Popathon Workshop
  • Anatomy of a Film with Hugh Garry and Lenny Abrahamson Discussion



  • …Even that void: Screening followed by Q&A with
  • Film4.0 Showcase:  Screening
  • The Act of Killing, Irish Premiere of Directors Cut:Screening followed by Q&A with Joshua Oppenheimer
  • The Late Night Work Club Animation: Screening
  • DATA Presents A New Media Nostalgia: Discussion
  • Future Shorts ­ Presented by Happenings & Le Cool Dublin: Screening
  • Goodfellas: Cinemobile Screening
  • ‘Good Fridays’: Party – Hosted by BlockT, curated by Darklight & Beatyard
  • VFX & Audio: Workshop with Egg Post Production
  • Damn Fine Print: Workshops
  • Last Hijack Animation: Workshop with Tommy Pallotta & Gavin Kelly
  • New Irish Experimental Docs: Screening followed by Q&A
  • ‘What’s Up Doc’?: Roundtable Discussion
  • Forsyth & Pollard: A Retrospective and Q&A
  • A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness: Screening followed by Q&A
  • Breathless (À bout de souffle), Jean Luc Godard: Screening
  • The Searchers: Screening
  • Wetlands (Feuchtgebiete): Screening
  • A Scanner Darkly: Screening
  • 8.30pm | Cinemobile  | Ticket: €8
  • Darklight Party 2014
  • Journey To The End of Night: Interactive game of chasing through Dublin




  • Oculus Rift Bedamned! Make your own VR headset: Workshop
  • The Lawnmower Man: A Discussion on Virtual Reality 2.0
  • Sunday Brunch
  • Elecktro Moskva: Screening
  • Wizards Way: Screening, followed by Q&A with directors
  • Storytelling Hack Jam ­ Presentation
  • A Spell To Ward Off the Darkness. Live II: Symposium
  • Space Baby Awards

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