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Inaugural Dingle Distillery International Film Festival to take place this November
29 Aug 2022 : News Desk
Dingle Distillery International Film Festival
Ahead of its inaugural edition this November, Dingle Distillery International Film Festival has revealed a cash prize of €5,000 for best up-and-coming short film director at the upcoming festival.

Entries are open for filmmakers to submit their work to this year’s festival, which will be officially launched in September and has already been endorsed by multi-Oscar nominated actress Saoirse Ronan. “I don’t think there’s a better place to have a film festival than in Dingle,” Ronan states in a video supporting the launch of the new Dingle festival.

The Dingle Distillery International Film Festival runs in Dingle, Co Kerry from 11th November – 13th November 2022.

The film festival is set to take place in various locations around Dingle, a place steeped in cinema tradition thanks to local institutions like the Phoenix Cinema and the breathtaking landscapes that attracted directors such as David Lean and Ron Howard as well as Disneys Lucasfilm to the area. The festival will screen nine feature-length films in competition, with nine more screened outside of competition. Nine feature-length documentaries will also be presented in the Documentary category.

With innovation and diversity in storytelling at the heart of the festival, a cash prize of €5,000 has been generously donated by Dingle Distillery for the best short film by a young, up-and-coming talent. With prizes also up for grabs in the feature and documentary zones, filmmakers can apply here and submit their entries before 30th September, 2022. The festival will also host a number of talks and workshops aimed at established and up and coming filmmakers, including a Masterclass by renowned director John Sayles.

“I am very, very excited to see what the new Dingle Distillery International Festival is going to do. It’s being organised by some of the best people in the Irish film industry and the film industry as a whole and I think because of that they are going to get very exciting people to come in and do talks and workshops and curate films and things like that,” says Saoirse Ronan.

“I don’t think there is a better place to have a film festival than in Dingle, it is an incredible town, the community are amazing. You can always get a nice pint and a nice bit of lunch, and I am just really excited to see what new Irish talent is going to be showcased there as well. So yeah, I can’t wait to go to the Dingle Distillery International Film Festival,” Ronan added.

“We are delighted to continue to support the arts, and look forward to a very successful Dingle Distillery International Film Festival,” says Elliot Hughes, Managing Director of Dingle Distillery.

Click here for more information about the festival and how to enter.

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