The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival runs from  3-14 March 2021 and this year comes to you online.

We take a look at the Irish films coming your way at this year’s festival.

Be Good or Be Gone

DIR/WRI: Cathal Nally

Set over the course of 4 days in contemporary Dublin, the film follows the story of Ste and Weed, two petty criminal cousins, who receive temporary release from Mountjoy prison.

CAST: Les Martin, Declan Mills


To The Moon

Tadhg O’Sullivan

A cinematic ode to the moon, made in large part from archival sources combined with literary fragments and bound together by an original score.


Boys from County Hell

DIR: Chris Baugh WRI Chris Baugh, Brendan Mullin

Boys from County Hell @ DIFF

A crew of hardy road workers, led by a bickering Father and Son, must survive the night when they accidentally awaken an ancient Irish vampire.

CAST: Jack Rowan, Nigel O’Neill, Louisa Harland


I Never Cry

DIR/WRI: Piotr Domalewski

Ola must travel to Ireland to bring her father’s body back to Poland after he died working at a construction site.

CAST: Zofia Stafiej, Kinga Preis, Arkadiusz Jakubik


Father of the Cyborgs

DIR: David Burke, Seán Ó Cualáin

A famous neurologist Phil Kennedy made global headlines in the late 1990s for implanting wire electrodes in the brain of a ‘locked-in patient’ to control a computer cursor with their mind. Compared to Alexander Graham Bell in The Washington Post, Kennedy became known as ‘The Father of the Cyborgs’. Travelling to South America in 2014, he made further headlines when tiny electrodes were implanted inside his brain in order to continue his research.

This film examines the ethical quandaries of self-experimentation and a future where technology and human brains combine.



DIR: Ivan Kavanagh 

When a young boy falls ill to a mysterious illness, his mother must decide how far she will go to protect him from terrifying forces in her past.

CAST: Emile Hirsch, Andi Matichak, Luke David Blumm


Deadly Cuts 

DIR/WRI: Rachel Carey

Deadly Cuts

A black comedy set in a working-class Dublin hair salon where the stylists become accidental vigilantes and community heroes as they take on the gang members and gentrifiers threatening their community.

CAST: Aidan McArdle, Angeline Ball, Ericka Roe, Lauren Larkin, Pauline McLynn, Shauna Higgins, Victoria Smurfit


The festival will also present programmes of Irish and international Shorts, including Screen Ireland Short Film Selection.

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