Small Axe and 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen will be among the guests for this year’s wholly online Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival [VMDIFF], which takes place from 3 to 14 March.

The Oscar winner will take part in a special interview with Irish filmmaker Mark O’Halloran.

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“Since my first film, Hunger, I have formed many special bonds with my Irish collaborators,” said McQueen.

“I look forward to talking to Mark about storytelling, and to a virtual visit with my friends in Ireland.”

The full programme for the online festival will be announced on Wednesday, 3 February.

“We had planned a hybrid festival for March 2021, however in deference to the regulations presently in place and in recognition of the difficulties facing so many, the 2021 VMDIFF will now take place entirely online on our festival platform Eventive,” said festival director Gráinne Humphreys.

“We look forward to the opportunities and new audiences, which we hope will attend the festival this March.

“We are thrilled to welcome Steve McQueen and the many fantastic film talents and films in this year’s festival programme. We look forward to a time in the near future when we will be in a cinema together again.”

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