Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland is delighted to welcome the programme launch of the 22nd Dublin International Film Festival, which will take place in Dublin this year from Thursday, 22nd February to Saturday, 2nd March.
Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys said:
I feel it’s a very special line-up of films in this year’s programme, from the wonderful season of African films to the fascinating strand of documentaries to the incredibly diverse and exciting range of new work from Irish filmmakers. We are honoured to open with the World Premiere of TWIG, this fantastic Dublin set film will kick off a packed 10 days of film screenings, public events, talks, panels and parties. Our international and industry guests will share their insights with our audiences and our new Hub space The Complex will bring all these events together under one roof. Exciting Times.”
The Festival will once again celebrate the power of Irish storytelling with a wide variety of new features, including 5 Screen Ireland supported feature films – from the World Premiere of Marian Quinn’s anti-war epic Twig on Opening Night to the Irish Premieres of Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor’s tense Baltimore, Matthew Brown’s drama Freud’s Last Session, Alan Friel’s sci-fi thriller Woken and Pat Collins’ John McGahern adaptation That They May Face The Rising Sun, closing the festival on 2nd March. These films will be joined in the line-up by a selection of Irish documentaries, including the Screen Ireland supported tale of cheerleading Eat / Sleep / Cheer / Repeat, and by a variety of short film programmes, including two Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland curated short film programmmes and the World Premiere of four new Virgin Media Discovers films. Find out more about these screenings here.
Alongside these Irish highlights, an extensive international programme will present films from countries as diverse as Japan, Mongolia, Turkey, Georgia, Germany, Brazil, Italy, Spain and more, with a particular focus on Canadian and African cinema.
DIFF will host a number of events including panel discussions with International Film Programmers, Screenwriters, and Cinematographers; networking events and the IFCO Centenary Lecture Series in association with the National Archives exploring the role censorship played in Irish cinema history. Other industry highlights include a Creative Futures Academy student workshop with Steve McQueen at UCD and Masterclasses with Guy Maddin and Kevin Macdonald during their respective visits.
Two VOLTA career achievement awards will be presented to Isabelle Huppert and Steve McQueen over the course of the festival.
Discover the full programme and book tickets now at diff.ie.
About Dublin International Film Festival
Dublin International Film Festival (DIFF) is Ireland’s premier film event, dedicated to presenting the best in contemporary and classic world cinema. It brings the world to Ireland and showcases Ireland to the world. With a rich history spanning several decades, DIFF showcases a diverse selection of films, hosts industry events, and fosters a vibrant film culture in Dublin.
Over the past 22 years, it has screened more than 1,600 international films from over 52 countries. The Festival has hosted over 600 high profile guests, including Al Pacino, Angela Lansbury, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Danny DeVito, Ennio Morricone, Joss Whedon, Julie Andrews, Kristin Scott Thomas, Stanley Tucci, and Stellan Skarsgård.
Dublin International Film Festival 2024 is supported by its Principal Funder the Arts Council; Industry Partner Screen Ireland; it’s new Premium Partner Tanqueray 0.0%; Hotel Partner The Merrion; Events Partner The Complex; Hospitality Partner The Mercantile; Media Partners RTÉ, Peal & Dean, Screen International and Film Ireland; Programme Supporters Virgin Media, Creative Futures Academy (CFA), Department of Foreign Affairs, Dublin City Council, access>cinema, Limelight Communications, IFCO, Wells Cargo, Volvo, and Outer Limits.