From March 6th – 10th, the Trinity College Dublin film society will be holding the university’s first ever entirely student-run, student-­inspired film festival.

The festival will be showcasing short films made by students from all over Ireland. This will be the first festival of its kind hosted by the university and is intended to ‘provide a platform for aspiring filmmakers to network and enjoy each others’ projects, promoting a sense of community and collaboration among the Irish filmmakers of tomorrow’ (Susannah Hunt, festival organiser).

Over the course of 5 days, DUFF will be screening 5 hours’ worth of short films in a variety of venues across the city centre, including Foley’s Loft, Chaplin’s and Against the Grain.

Films have been submitted from students at IADT, UCD, NUIG, the Bray Institute of Further Education and many, many more.

A number of industry professionals will also be appearing at the festival to speak to the attendees about festival strategy, mistakes to avoid when making short films and the future of the Irish film industry.

Prominent guest speakers include Eibh Collins, who programs shorts for the Galway Film Fleadh (an Academy Award accredited film festival) and Hilary McCarthy and Pauline Cotter, from the Fastnet Film Festival in Cork, another extremely prestigious Irish short film festival.

There will be a range of opportunities for attendees to network with each other and make contacts that will strengthen the Irish filmmaking community in the future, such as ‘Speed Networking’ in Foley’s Loft at 6pm on Monday 6th March. Participants will have to try and ‘sell’ themselves in under a minute to the person seated opposite – a practice they will certainly find beneficial in the future when they find themselves in a similar situation at another festival or networking event.

Awards will be presented to filmmakers in the categories of Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Documentary, Best Director and Best Editing at the Closing Ceremony at Against the Grain (Wexford Street) at 7.30pm on Friday 10th.

Filmmakers will receive 2 week­long passes that will allow them entry into every event, excluding the Closing Ceremony. For everyone else, weeklong passes cost €10 and can be purchased either via the Facebook event page or this link.

A full program and further information will shortly be made available on the DUFF event page and DUFF home page.

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