Submissions are now open for the 2014 Fingal Film Festival, which will take place in Movies@Swords from 26th – 28th September, Pavilions Centre, Swords, Co Dublin. Now in its third year, the Festival has gone from strength to strength, connecting emerging voices in film with industry experts and independent creative filmmakers from around the world.
Emerging and established filmmakers alike can submit their shorts, features or documentaries, animation to the Festival, and those selected will be in the running for the eight prestigious awards announced on the closing night of the Festival.
The Awards categories are: Best Short Film, Best Feature Film, Best Irish Language Film, Best Documentary, Best Student Film, Best Animation, Best Fingal Newcomer and Best International Film. Deadline for submissions is June 30th, for more information see www.fingalfilmfest.com
Commenting on the submissions process Festival Director Liz Kenny said [quote]The increase in quality and quantity of submissions to the Festival year on year has been outstanding. We are very excited about this year’s Festival and the opportunity to enable the international film community and the general public to experience the power of film in our unique festival setting.[/quote]
The Festival is also delighted to announce new sponsors for select Awards:
- TG4 and Film Equipment Hire Ireland are to sponsor Best Irish Language Short Film. The winner will receive €3,000 worth of equipment hire for a 3 day shoot, with the resulting film to be broadcast on TG4
- Canon are to sponsor Best Student Award
The Festival is delighted to announce that award winning Dublin based Animation Company Boulder Media (The Amazing World of Gumball, Randy Cunningham 9th Grade Ninja) will host the Animation Workshop, led by Emmy nominated Creative Director Robert Cullen. Details of other Festival workshops, featuring some of Ireland’s most exciting names in filmmaking will be announced in the coming months, offering emerging filmmakers the opportunity to enhance their skill set through hands-on events and networking opportunities.
The Festival is also screening at various venues throughout 2014 a selection of 2013 Festival favorites and Award winners as part of new initiative Fingal Indi Films on the Move, which kicks off in “ LIFT “ festival in Axis Ballymun this 9th – 16th April, a great opportunity to see some of last year’s highlights.(Go to website for schedule of screenings)
Fingal Film Festival was established in 2012 to provide a platform for local, national and international emerging filmmakers, offering encouragement and promotion for new work in a quality cinema environment. Previous industry experts who have participated in the Festival include multi-award winning animators Brown Bag Films, Bafta winning writer and director Aisling Walsh, former president of the Irish Society of Cinematographers Ciaran Tanham and award-winning producer Arthur Lappin.