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For the 12th year, March 22nd to March 25th, Dingle welcomes creatives from across the globe to its can’t miss event – The Dingle Film Festival. A unique, unforgettable experience, that showcases Films, animations and short films over 4 days. With the festival being around the corner, we caught up with Maurice Galway, founder and festival director.
1.How and why did the film festival start in Dingle?
I have always loved film and I make film myself. Back in late 2005, following 5 years with a film festival I founded, I took a 6 month break with my wife and our then 3 young children. We travelled mostly through the South Pacific. During the course of those travels I took time to plan my next move. I knew I wanted to continue in a film festival capacity, so when I returned I set up Dingle IFF in the amazing town of Dingle - knowing that this is such an incredible destination to bring filmmakers to.
2.What makes Dingle Film festival unique?
We coined the phrase, the DIFFerence is Dingle and it truly is. The location is unique; The Phoenix Cinema built in 1937, the 200 year old St. James Church and The Blasket Centre are such unique venues to exhibit film in. On top of that you’ve got award winning hotels, restaurants and bars amongst and all this against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean with the beautiful Conors Pass on one side and the Slea Head Peninsula on the other. Hemmed in by beauty.
3.What does it take for a film to be shown at the Dingle film festival?
Within such a quality environment, we cannot let ourselves down with poor programming or selection. In dingle we pride ourselves in exhibiting quality film. I watch every film that is submitted. The process is rigorous and takes time, but the end result is a showcasing of exceptional films from around the world presented in intimate settings to our audiences. With features, I have built up a strong relationship with various distributors over the years, and this, together with visits to other festivals, is essential. The net result is a selection of quality films being presented with as many of the filmmakers attending as possible. This selection process is done with expertise drawn from our film friends in Ireland, the UK, France and USA.
4.What films are top of your list to see at this year’s film festival and why?
Both our opening and closing films are really important films to me and have very strong local connections. The Camino Voyage is a film documenting the epic journey some local musicians and artists made on a Navoage (traditional boat) and Keepers of The Flame is a world premiere by local director Nuala O Connor.
We have Western and Sami Blood, which won The LUX Prize from The EU Parliament this year and with that you can see the films with both English and Irish subtitles, which is really cool and totally unique to us.
Other great Irish titles include; Michael Inside, (winner of The IFTA this year for Best Feature); Kissing Candice; The Silver Branch; and Song of Granite.
5.You support young Irish film artists, what advice would you give to aspiring artists?
We do support emerging talent. This year our Pow Wow event for them will have a Chinwag and a Banter with actors Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk) and Paul McGann (Whitnail & I); director, Michael Uppendahl (Ray Donovon, Mad Men); and actress Paula Malcomson (Ray Donovon). With the French Embassy we have an opportunity for young filmmakers to work with VR 360. My advice is believe in yourself, your vision and keep working on it, never give up; it might sound cliché but it is about staying with it and believing in your own unique voice – keep looking up and aim high.
6.What’s your favourite film and why?
Hardest question in the world, I love so much film. Recently I watched Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water and I totally loved the film, I love how imaginative it was, like so much of his work. Sally Hawkins was wonderful in the film. I heard Del Toro speak at Annecy International Animation Festival and he is such a creative, right from his first film Cronos, I love his work. Growing up I loved Sergio Leone’s westerns, The Good The Bad and The Ugly and all the others.
7.Who and what films should we watch out for in 2018?
Black ’47 directed by Lance Daly, is a film you are going to hear so much more about later this year. It is a film set during the famine here in Ireland and is already being talked about as one of the most important Irish films ever made. We have a screening of the film here at Dingle IFF.
Attending Dingle IFF is Barry Keoghan, an actor from Dublin, recently in Dunkirk and The Killing of A Sacred Deer and he is a real rising star.
8.Can the general public go to see films?
Absolutely! We programme with the general audience in mind. Simply book online or call into our box office in The Phoenix Cinema.
9.What is the atmosphere like during the film festival in Dingle town?
The town is really buzzing with great fun each night in the festival clubs. You’ll see lots of young filmmakers and animators’ walking around the town with their festival passes on and with so many great celebrities having visited us over the years you never know who you might meet. It’s an easy town to navigate and you repeatedly see people so it all becomes very comfortable, very familiar, very quickly. Everyone becomes a part of the overall.
10.What would you recommend a first timer to the Dingle film festival to do during their visit?
Well they absolutely have to go to see a film in the amazing Phoenix Cinema and another in St. James’ Church, these venues really are a unique place to experience film in.
11.Everyone loves Dingle, but what do you love about Dingle?
I love the scenery and the beaches – I particularly like to swim on Bín Bán beach. I love to hill walk in the surrounding mountains. I love visiting Kilmalkedar Church, looking at the view over Clogher Head and then, of course, enjoying a pint in the far too many excellent pubs to mention!
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