Dingle International Film Festival

Irish Festival: Dingle International Film Festival announces initial line-up

The Dingle International Film Festival has announced some of the feature and short films that will show at the festival in the beautiful Kerry town this March.

The festival takes place from March 12th to 15th, with the first Irish Animation Awards taking place on Friday 13th March at the Dingle Skelligs Hotel in Dingle. This is Animation Irelands’ inaugural awards ceremony to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding creative talent we have within the Irish Animation, VFX and gaming industries. They aim to recognise and support animation students and acknowledge them with the “Best Student Film” and “Best International Student Film” categories.

Dingle has been home to the Dingle International Film Festival for 9 years and specifically Animation Dingle for the last 3 years and provides the perfect backdrop for the first Irish Animation Awards.

Scannain has seen a  number of these short and feature films, with In This Place, I’ve Been a Sweeper, An Cat, The Weather Report, Skunky Dog, and Our Unfenced Country being among our favourites of the last year.

All the films in the festival have been selected through an open submissions process, and there is still time to enter animated film, and/or Físín and Young Animator of the Year (For TY Students).

Films announced so far:




Live action shorts


A Soldier’s Voice directed by Brendan McCallion

An Cat directed by Helen Flanagan

An Actor Prepares directed by Denis Halligan & Marty Stalker NI

An Obvious Jump directed by Michael Fortune

Another Number directed by Cian O Connor

Cas Timpeall directed by Glenn Gannon

In This Place directed by Tristan Heanue

Isolation directed by James Fagan & Shane Davidson

I’ve Been a Sweeper directed by Ciarán Dooly

Our Unfenced Country directed by Niamh Heery

Rinc directed by Medb Johnstone

Skunky Dog directed by Paddy Slattery

Ticket to Somewhere directed by Liam O Mochain

The Return directed by John Corcoran

The Struggle of Libations directed by Erin Mullally

The Usual directed by Ruth McNally

The Weather Report directed by Paul Murphy

Thumb Wars directed by Lisa Keogh NI


Documentary shorts

Breaking Barriers directed by Alan Cantrell and co-directed by Colin Barrett

First or Last directed by Eamonn Dunne

Keeping Time – A Portrait of Stokes Clocks directed by James O Sullivan

Memory Full directed by Tommy O Donoghue

Mother Love directed by Grainne McGuinness NI

Open Air Stories directed by Eileen Kennedy NI

The Fight directed by Keith Mannix

The Orchard Keepers directed by Bryony Dunne

Two Sugars directed by Tess Motherway

Waterlillies directed by Tanya Doyle


International Shorts

The Way Up directed by Etienne Sievers  UK

El Chófer/The Driver directed by Rubén Prieto Spain

Elgin Park directed by Danny Yourd USA

El Oscuro Viajero/The Traveller in the Darkness directed by Antonio Castaño López, Juan Castaño López Spain

La Rosa del Desierto/Desert Rose directed by Emilio Alonso Spain/French/Arabic

No Tiene Gracia/Not Funny directed by Carlos Violadé Spain

Soledad directed by Fran Moreno Castellano


Béirín Beag Buí directed by Niamh Lawlor, winner of Físín 2015 will also premiere.



Aspie Seeks Love directed by Julie Sokolow (USA)

Endure directed by Vincent McEntee, Larry Mulligan & Kevin McHugh (Ireland)

Guatemala directed by Pia Janning, Til Frohlich (Ireland)

It Came From Connemara directed by Brian Reddin (Ireland)

Outsider directed by Mark McLoughlin (Ireland)

Snow Wars directed by Frank Mirbach (Germany)

The Quiet Hour directed by Stéphanie Joalland (UK)

The festival has also announced a programme of FREE films with Cinemobile. Cinemobile will be offering free screenings to festival attendees as part of its North by Northwest – Films on the Fringe project. Funded by the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme. The selected films are:

Of Those in Peril (Scotland)

The Garden Lovers (Finland)

Of Horses and Men (Iceland)