Dublin International Film Festival launched

Dublin International Film Festival launched
February 1, 2007
Unpublished (editors did not have access to system at time)
By Cian Ginty

The 5th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival was launched last night by John Carney, the director of Sundance wining ‘Once’.

Friday February 16 will mark the opening of the festival with a screening of Ray Lawrence’s ‘Jindabyne’ starring Irish actor Gabriel Byrne, who is due to attend the screening. The full line up was announced last night and was made available on this site at midnight.

The launched occurred to the backdrop of a full house at Market Bar in Dublin City centre.

The festival will run 100 feature films in four Dublin cinemas – the Screen, Savoy, Cineworld and the IFI. Most of the 100 will be making their debut in Ireland.

Irish films include Sundance winning ‘Once’, the festival’s first Irish language feature ‘Cré Na Cille’, and IFTA-nominated ‘Small Engine Repair’.

The schedule was compiled by festival director and Irish Times film journalist Michael Dwyer (pictured, above). It will be his fifth and final year as director, as he recently announced his intentions to step down after this festival.

The winner and the runners up in the ‘Jameson – Great Taste in Film’ 60-second trailer competition were also announced and screened last night. The winner will receive €3,000 while all three are to be shown on the opening night at the Savoy cinema. Title sponsor, Jameson Irish Whiskey, had invited filmmakers to create 60-second shorts including a Jameson branded Green Directors Chair and a bottle the whiskey.

Irish media outlets have given the festival a large amount of coverage so far, the Dublin freesheet Metro featured a photograph on its front page this morning. ‘Deliver Us from Evil’, the story of an Irish priest Oliver O’Grady who was convicted of paedophile, controversy has gained many column inches.

Tickets can be booked by phoning 01 672 8861, by using the ‘Book Tickets’ section of this website, or at the film festival box-office at Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar.

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