The Fingal Film Festival was launched in 2012. It is a new entity which gives local and national emerging film makers a place to showcase their talents and have access to industry professionals. They are open for submissions from October – July. The closing date for submission for the 2015 festival is June 30th. Information on how you can submit your film can be found at http://www.fingalfilmfest.com/submissions/
Throughout the year, Fingal Film Roadshow showcases some of the previous years award winners in a variety of art house venues and film clubs around Dublin and the rest of Ireland. The idea is to bring each of the films to as many people as possible while promoting the various venues and increasing exposure for the filmmakers.
So far Fingal Film Roadshow has teamed up with the Kilmainham Arts Festival and the Maynooth Media Society and this Wednesday they screen a number of award winning and short-listed films in collaboration with the DIT Reel Society.It kicks off at 6.30pm in the Aungier St campus and admission is free.
The roadshow continues this Friday evening at Rua Red in Tallaght. Kick off is at 7pm and tickets can be bought by contacing Rua Red Box office or on the door for ‚Ç¨4. Films being screened include the Fingal Film Festival Best Short Film Award 2014, Skunky Dog; Volkswagen Joe, winner of the Best Fingal Newcomer Award; Shoot, an Irish animation; a US documentary about Syria called Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution and Irish Language Film Taimse Im Chodladh directed by Denis Buckley.
The Axis, Ballymun are also screening a selection of the roadshow films as part of their LIFT Youth festival on Monday 30th March and the end of March also sees a screening in collaboration with the UCD Film Society.
Skunky Dog tells the tragic story of Flick, a nineteen year old alcoholic boy who spends his time drinking and dreaming of a better life. Rising star, Ryan McParland (Good Vibrations, 6Degrees) plays Flick, starring alongside Lacy Moore (Emmerdale, Hollyoaks), who took on the role of a young widow who turns his world upside-down by showing him some much-needed affection. A local mechanic, played by Peter Ballance (Game of Thrones, Laws of Attraction) sees potential in Flick and offers him the odd bit of work, when he can. This position becomes a challenge for Flick as Mick’s sexual orientation is a topic of debate amongst the local community.
Volkswagen Joe is a drama set in a small border‚Äêtown during the height of the “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland. Joe is a dedicated, hardworking mechanic who services cars for both sides of the political divide. Unfortunately for Joe, both communities view his evenhandedness with suspicion and while he’s restoring a vintage Volkswagen for his friend, the local RUC inspector, ¬†a young Republican sees this as the perfect opportunity to make a name for himself. Joe is now forced into an impossible decision of endangering the people he loves by becoming either a collaborator or a murderer.
Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution is a short film about the Syrian struggle for freedom as experienced by a 32-year-old rebel commander, Mowya, and a 24-year-old female journalist, Nour, in Aleppo, Syria. The film clearly and concisely shows why Syrians are fighting for their freedom, told through the emotional words of two powerful characters whose lives have been torn apart by war. Winner of over 60 awards.
A Piece of the Bottom tells the tale of two working-class lobstering families whose feud has reached a boiling point. ¬†When a drifter comes to work aboard one of their vessels, the long-simmering dispute over local sea floor territory erupts into chaos.
T√°imse Im’ Chodladh or ‚ÄòI am Sleeping‚Äô was the winning entry in F√çS√çN 2013, a short film competition. It was directed by Denis Buckley and produced by Ciar√°n Walsh of Curator.ie
The Fingal Film Festival have lots more events planned for the coming months and throughout the rest of the year. If you are a venue and would like to get involved, contact Emma Fagan at email@example.com