Festival: Quality lineup announced for the Fingal Film Festival, Sep 26-28

The Fingal Film Festival has announced the full programme for the 2014 festival, which will run Friday September 26th to Sunday 28th. The festival will feature some of the best independent films of 2014 from Ireland and abroad.

On Friday afternoon there will be a screening of Irish feature documentary One Ocean: No Limits,which has been shortlisted in the Best Documentary category, and follows a young novice Irish rower through the highs and lows of rowing across the Atlantic Ocean from Morocco to Barbados as part of a crew of six. That evening, the festival will officially open with the Irish premiere of Gia Copolla’s astonishing debut feature Palo Alto, an unflinching portrait of adolescent lust, boredom and self-destruction, starring James Franco and Emma Roberts.

Saturday’s programme will include award-winning Colombian film Jardín de Amapolas (nominated for best Feature), which tells the story of a farmer and his son forced into the dangerous but lucrative world of cultivating poppies following their exile by rebels. Irish docudrama Áille an Uafáis (A Terrible Beauty) tells the story of the men and women of the Easter Rising – the ordinary Irish volunteer, British solder and innocent civilians caught up in a conflict many did not understand. The Saturday evening feature film is coming of age tale Calloused Hands, another award nominee, the story of talented young baseball player Josh trying to ignore the violence at home and do whatever it takes to rise up out of Miami’s roughest neighbourhood.

Sunday afternoon’s feature will be Iranian drama feature The Corridor, followed that evening by feature documentary Dah Zivota, which is also shortlisted for Best Documentary, and focuses on twelve babies born to the civil war in Bosnia Herzegovina who were deprived of oxygen due to air and ground blockades. The festival will close with Blitzfood, one of three nominated features, a comedy about hate, in which volatile lost soul Perigrin Ship staggers through a nervous maze of self-inflicted disasters.

These feature length films will be accompanied by a programme of short films including animation and Irish language submissions.

In addition to screenings, the festival is offering a number of workshops. Award-winning animation company Boulder Media (The Amazing World of Gumball, Randy Cunningham 9th Grade Ninja) will host the Animation Workshop, led by Emmy-nominated Robert Cullen (Friday 26th September). A workshop on Sound Design and Supervision will be lead by Niall Brady of Screen Scene Post Production House, whose recent film credits include Frank and What Richard Did, and Steve Fanagan of Ardmore Studios and Screen Scene, whose credits include Albert Nobbs, The Guard and Game of Thrones Series 1 (Saturday 27th September).

Tickets can be purchased for all of the films and shorts online now.

Fingal Film Festival was established in 2012 to provide a platform for local, national and international emerging filmmakers, offering encouragement and promotion for new work in a quality cinema environment.

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