The Founded in 2003, the Dublin International Film Festival sets the agenda of the year with its programme of outstanding Irish and international film. (DIFF) has announced that Virgin Media will be the festival’s new title sponsor. The term of the title sponsor partnership is for three years beginning with the 2019 festival which takes place from February 20th to March 3rd 2019.
Over the past sixteen years, Dublin International Film Festival has showcased the work of Ireland’s very talented producers, directors, screenwriters and actors. It has hosted over 600 major guests, including winners of the festival’s prestigious Volta Award such as Al Pacino, Julie Andrews, Danny DeVito, Daniel Day-Lewis, Joss Whedon, Brendan Gleeson, Angela Lansbury, Stanley Tucci, Stellan Skarsgård, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ennio Morricone.
The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival will bring the world’s best films to Dublin in its spectacular 17th edition that will include world premieres and a total of over 110 features. Known for its own creativity and entertainment, Virgin Media will now be associated with Ireland’s premier film festival, and through its sponsorship will also foster local Irish indigenous talent in the filmic arts.
To celebrate the announcement, the first collaboration will see the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival host the European premiere of Lenny Abrahamson’s new film The Little Stranger at a gala screening on 12th September next at The Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin. The darkly mysterious period drama is based on the novel of the same name by Sarah Waters and features Irish and international acting talent including Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Charlotte Rampling and Will Poulter.
Lenny Abrahamson, Academy Award-nominated director of Room, will be in attendance at the premiere of The Little Stranger alongside cast members Domhnall Gleeson and Ruth Wilson.
It’s a huge honour for us to have Virgin Media join with us as our new title sponsors. As a festival we have grown to become one which features a truly global line-up, as well as celebrating the best of Irish film talent, both in front and behind the camera. Virgin Media’s decision to come on board reflects the belief a global company has in what the festival offers and also in the wider Irish film industry.
Grainne Humphreys, Director – Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival
We’re extremely proud to be the title sponsor of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival. This underlines our commitment to foster creativity in film production and television content as Ireland’s leading connected entertainment provider and commercial broadcasting company. In 2019, Dublin will once again become a global showcase for the best films and talent. We want this to be a signal to the world of everything Ireland has to offer as a film industry hub where we are also focused on encouraging home produced content for our own TV channels and services.
Paul Higgins, Director of Consumer – Virgin Media
Founded in 2003, the Dublin International Film Festival is renowned for its promotion of Irish and international film. Featuring an extraordinary red carpet line-up of on-screen talent and guest filmmakers, the festival offers unique access to a plethora of filmmaking talent and transforms Dublin into a hub of glamour, creativity and film appreciation. The festival enjoys an international reputation and is considered a vital launch-pad for Irish titles and an important showcase of world cinema for discerning audiences.