The 2014 Dingle International Film Festival takes place between 14th and 17th March and will hosted at both The Phoenix Cinema & St. James’ Church in the iconic coastal town located on the Dingle peninsula.
The festival promises to showcase the best of indigenous and foreign film making amid the wonderful atmosphere and location of Dingle. The Dingle International Film Festival is a boutique film festival offering visitors exceptional viewing experiences with a high quality of stars & talent in attendance.
The Gregory Peck Award is presented annually to recognise significant achievements within the film industry with well known recipients including Jean-Jacques Beineix, two-time Oscar nominated Stephen Frears, six-time Oscar nominated Irish director Jim Sheridan and Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne.
One of the chief venues for screenings during the festival is the Phoenix Cinema which was constructed in 1937. The originally construction was carried out by the Houlihan brothers, who had to burn peat to power the two Italian projectors in the cinema. Films can also be viewed in high quality HD in St. James’ Church which is now almost 200 years old.
The festival will be opened with the première of an Irish/UK film which will be followed by a Gala night with a performance by the same band who have opened two Cannes Film Festivals. Organisers are delighted to announce that this year there promises to be an extended family programme.
Conveniently situated on the South West Coast of Ireland which happens to be on the recently launched Wild Atlantic Way, Dingle is home to a significant Irish speaking community steeped in the arts and silver screen. The west Kerry fishing town is often widely recognised as the principal Irish film location for David Lean’s classic Ryan’s Daughter.
The Dingle International Film Festival is a truly unique event in the Irish film industry’s calendar when attendees can often brush with some recognisable faces from Hollywood who often make the trip to Ireland for the event. Former guests include Oscar nominated Irish actress Saoirse Ronan, Sarah Miles and Sir Alan Parker, two-time Emmy winners Lisa Albert & Marc Flanagan, two-time Oscar winner Barbara Kopple, Oscar winner Garrett Brown, Hollywood screen writer Leslie Dixon, Hollywood legend Maureen O’Hara, Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen and Cillian Murphy star of Inception and The Dark Knight Trilogy.