Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2022 announces new virtual guests and other industry events

blank media Dublin International Film Festival is delighted to announce a host of new additions to the program, including an exclusive online chat with award-winning actor and Festival regular Andrew Scott; as well as an online industry masterclass with acclaimed director Susanne Bier (In a better world, The night manager), the first female director to win a Golden Globe, a Primetime Emmy and a European Film Award.

We were delighted with the response to our 20and Anniversary festival program from new Irish feature films to the comedy selection, cult films and the extensive showcase of world cinema and now we’ve added some extra elements and guests. We are delighted and honored to present a very special anniversary conversation with the famous Andrew Scott who shares his memories of showing films at the festival and much more in a wide-ranging conversation about Irish cinema and the importance of seeing films At the movie theater. Our Directors Masterclass will celebrate the career of award-winning Danish director Susanne Bier – hosted by our very own Neasa Hardiman.

Grainne Humphreys, Festival Director

Accustomed to the Festival, he attends the screenings of his films by Anton Tchekov The dualup to The deer and handsome devilAndrew Scott will join festival director Gráinne Humphreys in an online conversation about his distinguished career and to celebrate Festival 20and Birthday.

Also marking the 20andAnniversary journalist Tara Brady has written an oral history of the festival with reminiscences from attendees and audience members, looking back at some of the Festival’s hilarious and heartwarming moments over its 20-year history.

A highlight of the Industry programme, the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival will present an exclusive online filmmaking masterclass with Oscar-winning Danish director Susanne Bier, hosted by acclaimed Irish director Neasa Hardiman. Bier’s films are often set in a large-scale global context, their focus is intimate, carefully exploring explosive emotions and the complexity of family ties. This unique combination is part of the formula that made her Denmark’s first female director and a global powerhouse.

Always popular industry events, this year’s casting event will see top casting directors Maureen Hughes, Shakyra Dowling, Susan Shopmaker, Barry Coyle and Manuel Puro take part in a live online panel discussion on how they navigate the industry in a post-covid world, cast your favorite movies and how to spot a star.

Raising Films Ireland, supporting and defending the rights of parents and guardians in the screen industries, will present the groundbreaking findings of its first report at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival. The Pursuit Of Change interviewed over 450 professionals and reveals how a ‘lost generation’ has been forced to choose between a career and a family life due to a lack of flexibility and prejudice. The research team led by Raising Films Ireland board member Dr Susan Liddy (MIC, University of Limerick) included Dr Anne O Brien (University of Maynooth) and Fergal Rhatigan (University of Maynooth). The day’s panel will include Anna Rogers (director/producer), Lenny Abrahamson (director), Jody O’Neill (playwright), Macdara Kelleher (producer).

Continuing the Festival’s outreach to local communities, the Screen 8 This year the program has been extended to older people from the Dublin 8 community who, with the guidance of filmmaker Paul Farren, have created their own short film which will premiere at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival on February 25. In addition, the Older Film Critics initiative, facilitated by journalist Esther McCarthy, will create an informal educational space for more mature people to engage with international cinema and older/classic and independent authors. Participants from both initiatives will be joined by public health officials for a panel discussion on seniors on screen about the importance of screen representation and the positive mental and physical effects of cultural engagement.

This year, the Festival will present a small selection of films with HOH subtitles, or “closed captions”, this additional capacity is to ensure that the widest possible audience can participate in the Festival. HOH subtitles refer to subtitles specifically intended for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These subtitles are shown on the screen during specially advertised screenings. The film selection is as follows: Roise & Frank, Nitram, The worst person in the world, Bergman Islandand My old school (second screening).

The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival and NCAD have collaborated in recent years on a bespoke poster exhibition for the screening of films as part of the Festival, NCAD Poster Exhibition. The highly imaginative and original approach to the film posters showcases the breadth and variety of the Festival, as well as the Irish and international nature of the programme. This year, the exhibition will be presented at Light House Cinema from 21stFebruary for the duration of the Festival.

The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2022 box office is now open at www.diff.ie

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