Fingal Film Festival
Blanchardstown is a little way out of Dublin but easily reachable by bus or train and you may want to head there this May for the Fingal Film Festival. This small but perfectly formed film festival offers screenings, premiers and workshops for newly emerging and independent film-makers. A real treat for arty film lovers.
Here are some of last year’s winners:
Substitute Teacher – Best International Film
A shy, pregnant woman newly single from the father of her baby takes up a job as a Substitute Teacher. She makes an unexpected connection with one of her students that helps her re-evaluate her whole life and think differently about being a mother.
Luminaris – Best Animated Film
When the sun hits window shutters they open, workers are pulled to their jobs by sunlight and everything is controlled by light. The visually stunning animation Luminaris is a story of one man and his dream of a better world.
Is This It? – Best Short Film
Ireland gets a look in with a winner in the Best Short Film category. Is This It? is a touching film about sibling love and loss.
The Pier – Best Feature Film
Another Irish winner, The Pier, is also a heart warming story of a shattered family, struggling to deal with loss. You may spot a few famous faces in the cast like Karl Johnson and Gerard Hurley, who also wrote and directed the film.
Beyond Right and Wrong – Best Documentary Film
This one is not for the faint hearted as Beyond Right and Wrong is a set of interviews between aggressors and the families of their victims. The stories are from all over the world – Rwanda, Palestine and even Northern Ireland. You may want a few tissues handy.
Blanchardstown has a great shopping centre if you are between screenings or fancy a break.