The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) takes place from 14 to 24 February. Supported by the Arts Council, JDIFF is the largest film festival in the country and brings a selection of the best of international and Irish cinema to audiences in Dublin. Over ten days and nights, audiences will have an opportunity to see a diverse range of cinema, engage with festival guests, and participate in Q&As, workshops and discussions. The film festival programme and tickets for all screenings and events are available from www.jdiff.com.
The Arts Council is delighted to be associated with a number of films screening at JDIFF. Premiering at the festival are three films made under the Arts Council's Reel Art scheme which supports film artists to make highly creative documentaries on an artistic theme. The scheme is operated in partnership with Filmbase and JDIFF and each of this year's films takes us on a thought-provoking journey into three very different worlds:
Natan - Friday, 15 February at 18:10 - IFI
In their film Natan, Paul Duane and David Cairns rediscover and rehabilitate Bernard Natan, a forgotten pioneer of French cinema in the early 20th century.
Broken Song - Tuesday, 19 February at 18:10 - IFI
Claire Dix's film Broken Song provides a unique insight into the world of Git, Costello and Willa Lee - three street poets, hip hop artists and songwriters from north Dublin.
Blood Rising - Sunday, 24 February at 19:30 - Savoy
In Blood Rising, Mark McLoughlin follows the artist Brian Maguire as he works with the families of the victims of femicide in Juarez, Mexico to create portraits of the missing women.
Also, premiering at the festival is James Kelly's Fionnuala: Puipeád Beag ar Turas Mór / Fionnuala: Small Puppet on a Big Journey. This documentary follows Fionnuala, a puppet from the Branar puppet theatre company, to Germany for her performance in a production of the Children of Lir. This film was made under the Arts Council and TG4's partnership scheme Splanc! which supports the making of creative arts documentaries for broadcast on TG4.
Fionnuala: Puipeád Beag ar Turas Mór - Saturday, 23 February at 13:00 - Cineworld
Within the shorts programme on Wednesday, 20 February at 18:10 in Light House the following Arts Council supported short films appear:
- The Girl with the Mechanical Maiden - Andrew Legge (made with Project funding)
- Irish Folk Furniture - Tony Donoghue (made under the Frameworks animation scheme - a partnership between the Arts Council, the Irish Film Board & RTÉ)
- Fear of Flying - Conor Finnegan (made under the Frameworks animation scheme - a partnership between the Arts Council, the Irish Film Board & RTÉ)
- After You - Damien O’Connor (made under the Frameworks animation scheme - a partnership between the Arts Council, the Irish Film Board & RTÉ)