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Dublin International Film Festival

The Dublin International Film Festival, known for sponsorship reasons as the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival (VMDIFF), is a film festival held in Dublin, Ireland, since 2003.

Dublin International Film Festival
LocationDublin, Ireland
Founded2003; reestablished 2007
Festival dateFebruary/March
LanguageEnglish and others
Websitediff.ie

HistoryEdit

Dublin International Film Festival was established in 2003. It was revived by Michael Dwyer, international film critic and The Irish Times Chief Film Correspondent, along with David McLoughlin, film producer. The duo had started the initial Dublin film Festival in the 1980s when Mc Loughlin was still an undergraduate in Trinity College Dublin. The festival was established to present an opportunity for Dublin's cinema-going audiences to experience the best in Irish and international cinema.

"Dublin has remarkable film attendance per capita, among the highest in Europe, certainly the highest in the EU," Dwyer said in a 2003 interview. "It seems absurd that the city didn't have an international film festival."[1]

The festival secured €25,000 in funding from the Arts Council of Ireland for planning purposes the first year which has since increased to over €100,000. Jameson Irish Whiskey was the title sponsor of the festival providing significant support for many years and backing the festival with a major marketing campaign; it was called the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF). The festival was also supported by a number of significant partners including The Irish Times, FM104, Conrad Hotel, Cineworld, McConnells, MSL Mercedes-Benz, Windmill Lane and Cine Electric. Other funders include The Irish Film Board, Dublin City Council, Fáilte Ireland and a number of Cultural Institutions including the Goethe-Institut.

In 2007, the festival introduced a career achievement award, the Volta Award, to celebrate individuals who have made a significant contribution to the world of film. In the same year the festival also introduced the Audience Award recipients of which include Once and the surfing documentary Waveriders.

Festival venues include the Screen Cinema, Hawkins Street; Cineworld, Parnell Street; the Savoy Cinema, O'Connell Street and the Irish Film Institute, Eustace Street. In 2008 Movies@Dundrum was used as a venue. In 2009 the Light House Cinema, Smithfield was added as a venue.

2008 saw a significant change to the festival's executive with Gráinne Humphreys replacing Michael Dwyer as Festival Director and Joanne O'Hagan assuming the role, formerly held by Rory Concannon, of chief executive officer. Michael Dwyer assumed the position of Chairman of the Dublin International Film Festival Board with David McLoughlin stepping down.

Over 38,000 admissions were recorded for the 2008 festival for ticketed events. Non ticketed events include a citywide installation Dublin on Screen to celebrate Dublin's cinematic heritage. The initiative featured films shot on location in Dublin and screened on the very spot that they were shot on.

The festival has come to be regarded as an important event for the cinema of Ireland, bringing together film-makers, actors, producers and other celebrities from Ireland and around the world. The festival continues to be committed to supporting film and in 2008 initiated a significant International Screen Writing Award, Write Here, Write Now. The winner of the award was announced at the 2009 festival which took place from 12 – 22 February 2009.

In 2016, the original sponsors, Jameson, were replaced by Audi after thirteen years of sponsorship. The festival was then called the Audi Dublin International Film Festival (ADIFF) and the new sponsorship deal lasted three years.[2]

In 2018, Virgin Media committed to sponsoring the festival for three years, starting in 2019.[3]

AwardsEdit

The festival introduced the Volta Awards in 2007. The award is named after Dublin's first cinema, the Volta Picture Theatre, established by author James Joyce in 1905.[4] Awards are given for career achievement and audience favourite. Critics' awards were first presented in 2009. The Michael Dwyer Discovery Award' was created in 2010 after his death to honour Irish people working in film.

2007Edit

2008Edit

The 2008 festival was held from 15 to 24 February 2008.

 
Screen Cinema decorated for the 2008 JDIFF

2009Edit

2010Edit

The 2010 festival was held from 18 to 28 February 2010.

Career Achievement Awards:[9]

Audience Award: His & Hers

Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards:[10]

2011Edit

The 2011 festival was held from 17 to 27 February 2011.

Career Achievement Awards:

Audience Award: Benda Bilili!

Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards:

2012Edit

Volta Awards:

Audience Award: The Raid: Redemption

Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards:

2013Edit

The 2013 festival ran from 14–24 February.

Volta Career Achievement Awards:

The Dublin Film Critics Circle selected the following winners:[14]

Jury Prizes were awarded to:

2014Edit

The 2014 festival ran from 13–23 February.

Volta Career Achievement Awards:

The Dublin Film Critics Circle selected the following winners:[15]

Jury Prizes were awarded to:

2015Edit

The 2015 festival ran from 19–29 March.

Volta Career Achievement Awards:

The Dublin Film Critics Circle selected the following winners:[16]

Audience Awards went to:

Special Jury Prizes were awarded to:

2016Edit

 
Cast of Sing Street at the 2016 Dublin International Film Festival. Left to right: Percy Chamburuka, Mark McKenna, Kelly Thornton, Ben Carolan, Karl Rice, Conor Hamilton.

The 2016 festival ran from 18–28 February.

Volta Career Achievement Awards:

The Dublin Film Critics Circle selected the following winners:[17]

AUDI-ence Awards went to:

Special Jury Prizes were awarded to:

ADIFF Discovery Awards went to:

2017Edit

The festival ran from 16–26 February.

Volta Career Achievement Awards:

The Dublin Film Critics' Circle selected the following winners:[19]

Special Jury Prizes were awarded to:

AUDI-ence Award:

ADIFF Discovery Awards went to:

  • John Connors, actor on The Secret Scripture and Breathe
  • Niamh Algar, actor on Without Name, Pebbles and Gone
  • Vincent Gallagher, writer/director on Second to None and Love is a Sting [21]

2018Edit

The festival began on 22 February. Its ending was extended to 12 March due to the "Beast from the East" snowstorm.[22]

Volta Career Achievement Award:

  • Paul Schrader, writer and director
  • Vanessa Redgrave (missed 2017 ceremony due to illness)

The Dublin Film Critics Circle selected the following winners:[17]

Jury Prizes were awarded to:

ADIFF Discovery Awards went to:

Short film awards:

AUDI-ence Awards went to:

Fantastic Flix Children’s Jury Awards

2019Edit

Virgin Media Ireland was the sponsor for the 2019 festival, which was held 20 February – 3 March.[25]

Volta Awards:

Short film awards:

Audience Awards went to:

Discovery Awards went to:

Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival Documentary prize:

Dublin Human Rights Film Award:

Children's Jury Awards:

Young Programmer’s Choice Award:

The Dublin Film Critics Circle selected the following winners:

2020Edit

Submissions are open for the 2020 festival.[30]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Fricker, Karen (6 February 2003). "Dublin gets new film fest". Variety. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Audi Announced as new title sponsor of Dublin International Film Festival Festival News, Cinema Listings, Cinema Tickets, Gift Vouchers, Daily Deals – Audi Dublin International Film Festival". Archived from the original on 15 August 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  3. ^ Slattery, Laura. "Virgin Media rolls out red carpet for Dublin International Film Festival". The Irish Times.
  4. ^ The Voltas Archived 17 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Jameson Dublin International Film Festival; retrieved 29 November 2007
  5. ^ Festival Launches Awards With Oscar Hopeful Archived 16 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine , Jameson Dublin International Film Festival; retrieved 29 November 2007
  6. ^ Dublin International Film Festival, Internet Movie Database; retrieved 29 November 2007
  7. ^ a b c Donald Clarke (2 February 2009). "Spooky kids and serious vampires". Archived from the original on 17 October 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2009. (subscription required)
  8. ^ "Oscar-nominated 'Doubt' opens Dublin Film Festival". 2 February 2009. Archived from the original on 17 October 2012. (subscription required)
  9. ^ JDIFF announce recipients of this year's Volta Awards Archived 27 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine, Filmbase; retrieved 24 February 2010
  10. ^ "Fading light on film festival". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on 13 August 2011.
  11. ^ "Festival, critics give out gongs".
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  13. ^ http://filmbase.ie/news/index.php/2012/02/27/winners-at-the-2012-jameson-dublin-international-film-festival/[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ JDIFF 2013: Winners at the 2013 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival Film Ireland, 26 February 2013.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ http://www.jdiff.com/news/article/dublin_film_critics_circle_announce_jury_award_winners_at_jdiff_2015/[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ a b "Winners at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival Festival News, Cinema Listings, Cinema Tickets, Gift Vouchers, Daily Deals – Audi Dublin International Film Festival". Archived from the original on 25 January 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  18. ^ "#ADIFF16: Winners announced for Audience, Short Film, and Discovery Awards – Scannain". 29 February 2016.
  19. ^ "The DFCC Awards at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival". The Irish Times.
  20. ^ "The Farthest Wins the AUDI-ence Award at ADIFF17 – Audi Dublin International Film Festival".
  21. ^ "Discovery Award – Audi Dublin International Film Festival". www.diff.ie.
  22. ^ "Home – Audi Dublin International Film Festival". www.diff.ie.
  23. ^ Niall (5 March 2018). "#ADIFF18: Award winners announced for 2018 Audi Dublin International Film Festival".
  24. ^ "ADIFF 2018 Discovery Awards, Shorts Awards, the Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards and the Fantastic Flix Children's Jury Awards Announced". www.screenireland.ie.
  25. ^ "Virgin Media Announced As New Title Sponsor for Dublin International Film Festival" (Press release). 20 August 2018. Archived from the original on 15 September 2018. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  26. ^ https://www.diff.ie/festival/awards/volta
  27. ^ "Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2019 Award Winners Announced - Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival". www.diff.ie.
  28. ^ Clarke, Donald. "Jessie Buckley and Hugh O'Conor scoop Dublin film festival prizes". The Irish Times.
  29. ^ "Review of Irish Film @ DIFF 2019: DIFF Shorts #4 – Film Ireland". filmireland.net.
  30. ^ Healion, Karla. "Submissions for VMDIFF 2020 are open now".

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