Celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2017, the Dublin International Film Festival is Ireland’s premier film event. Screening foreign and Irish films at a variety of venues in the city, the festival is a gathering place for international directors and actors - Tilda Swinton, Quentin Tarantino and Al Pacino are among those who have walked Dublin’s red carpet. Having screened over 1,500 films since its inception, the festival presents awards in several categories, including the Discovery Award, rewarding emerging Irish talent, and the Volta Award which is given to those who have made a significant contribution to film. In addition to the screenings, the festival features panel discussions, Q&A sessions and public interviews.
The Dublin International Film Festival takes place from 16th to 26th February 2017. A packed itinerary of films is planned with screenings at venues including the Irish Film Institute in Eustace Street, the Light House Cinema in Smithfield and The Savoy in O’Connell Street. You can buy tickets for the festival at the official festival website. If you’d like to see as many films as you can throughout the ten-day festival, it may be worth your while buying a Season Festival Pass for €175 which allows you entry in to every screening. Alternatively, individual tickets are available per film.
One of the highlights of the Dublin festival is that it features many different types of film and caters for a wide and varied audience. If you’re planning to attend the festival with a young family, you’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of movies to keep them entertained too. A whole section devoted to Young People is on offer and you’ll find animations such as ‘My Life as a Courgette’ and French Canadian flick ‘Snowtime!’ for your amusement. Also included in the Fantastic Flix family programme is ‘The Secret Garden’ chosen by this year’s festival curator, children’s author Dame Jacqueline Wilson.
If you’re travelling to Dublin for this renowned film festival, book the very best rental accommodation for you! If you book with Eventful Stays, you can choose to stay in city centre apartments, bed and breakfasts, cosy studios, spare rooms or houses - all close to the festival venues.
There are plenty of things to see and do in the Irish capital so make sure you leave enough time to have a good look around. Check out Trinity College, Christ Church Cathedral and take a walk along the gorgeous Cliffs of Moher. Why not take a tour around Croke Park if you’re a rugby fan.
To find out more information about this exciting film festival, please head to the official festival website where you’ll be able to see which films are being screened, find out which directors and actors will be part of the Q&A sessions and buy tickets for the film festival.