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Disappear Here Film Festival in Donegal to host Ireland's first 'socially distanced' Film Festival
17 Sep 2020 : News Desk
Disappear Here Film Festival
The film festival will take place in Ballyliffin, Donegal from the 25th-27th of September.

The increasingly popular 3-day event has been steadily making a name for itself on the film festival circuit over the last four years and the organisers now plan to bring an impressive array of new films to their loyal audience in Ballyliffin.

Discussing this year’s event, Festival Director Michael McLaughlin said:

“The pandemic has been devastating for the film industry, particularly in production, for actors and crew, etc. While it is now starting to creep back into action, festivals like ours rely on the presence of an audience to witness this work on the big screen. Life is constantly throwing us curveballs and we simply have to adapt. Human beings are great at that!”

“Our team at the festival believe strongly in the value of culture and creativity, and we see our event as an important culture component locally and as a continuing platform for filmmakers. We needed to make this event a physical one in 2020 to help restore audience confidence in gathering in public spaces and to feel safe and comfortable in doing so.”

This years’ programme includes the opening film is Ken Loach’s powerful family drama Sorry we Missed You on Friday 25th.

First-time Irish feature film Directors also can be seen across the weekend: Tim Hanon’s romantic comedy, Justice for One, and closing film Be Good or Be Gone, directed by Cathal Nally.

The documentary strands this year contain The Ring that Tied the Room Together, a look at the sometimes comical yet fiercely competent professional wrestling circuit in Ireland. Who the F**K is Charlotte? also screens; A Gaelic Football Story in America, following a team of American women competing at very highest level against Irish All-Stars in Ireland’s national sport.

With most festivals going online this year, Disappear Here Film Festival will have a significant online element to compliment the physical event. Workshops and Masterclasses are back with regular collaborators, the Donegal Film Office, Cinemagic, and Changemakers.

“Add to these our always impressive collection of short films, many shot during lockdown and all dealing with important topics like rural isolation, domestic abuse, and climate change,” McLaughlin added. “It was also great to see so much student work submitted from colleges here in Donegal and Derry, and further afield from the National Film School in IADT.”

With most festivals postponing or cancelling this year, Michael says they were determined to proceed as long as government guidelines allowed it. “We just need people to come now. What we promise is a safe, relaxed and comfortable experience watching great films on our big screen. Without our audience, this event simply won’t survive. From an organisational point of view, creativity always finds a way, even when the odds are stacked against it. We were determined to encourage and support that as it’s needed now, more than ever”

Click here for the full programme details and ticket info.

Disappear Here Film Festival takes place in Ballyliffin, Donegal from 25th-27th September.

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