International submissions open tomorrow (April 20th) for the 15th Audi Dublin International Film Festival through Film Freeway, with entry available to features, documentary, family, animation and short-film until October 2016. The festival runs in Dublin from Thursday, February 16th to Sunday, February 26th, 2017.

Bookended by Sundance, Berlin and the Oscars, the Audi Dublin International Film Festival is essential in promoting Dublin as one of the world’s leading creative cities, in a month which immerses audiences in film worldwide.

Audi Ireland will continue its title sponsorship of the Festival and champion the coveted AUDI-ence Award prize for the 2017 Festival. This year’s prize of an exclusive trip to the 2017 Berlinale was given to Irish director Paddy Breathnach for his powerful and beautifully told Cuban-story, Viva.

ADIFF Legend’s series promises to continue after two successful years of public audiences with icons of stage & screen, Julie Andrews and Angela Lansbury. Fantastic Flicks, the Festival’s family strand, graduates into its sophomore year and the Festival continues its dedication to the importance of Screenwriters through the invitation of international peers such as David Hare (ADIFF 2016 / The Hours) and Robert Towne (ADIFF 2013 / Chinatown) to participate in the Festival’s Behind the Scenes strand.

ADIFF boasts a high volume of submissions every year with entries from over 55 countries. From within her formidable international line-up, Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys, has programmed a range of hidden gems, which have varied from the likes of Polish vampire musicals featuring mermaids (The Lure), to an American Indie tale about unprotected sex with a ghost (Lace Crater). Those making early submissions will be able to apply at a reduced cost.

ADIFF is one of Ireland’s premier cinematic festivals and has built a formidable reputation for delivering the best in international film and film talent to Irish and International audiences each year. Its core elements include a select programme of the most exciting international cinema currently on offer, the best new Irish cinema, a retrospective of much loved and forgotten classics, a focus on screenwriting and unique access to a plethora of international filmmaking talent including actors, writers and directors and behind the scenes talent. An all encompassing event, carefully curated and ranging from the weird and wonderful to the glamorous and exclusive, ADIFF turns the city into a film mecca for cinema-goers and experience-lovers of all kinds.

Soon coming into its 15th year, the Festival has grown to a maturity with a feature programme that charts the very best in new international cinema and a history of guests that include Al Pacino, Julie Andrews, Danny DeVito, Angela Lansbury, Stanley Tucci, Stellan Skarsgard, Richard Gere, Kim Cattrall, Daniel Day Lewis, Claudia Cardinale, Russell Crowe, and Kristin Scott Thomas. In addition there has been a vibrant, ongoing programming of year-round events with Hollywood talents including Amy Schumer, Ben Affleck, Quentin Tarantino, Bryan Cranston, and Ennio Morricone.

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