Film Festival in Dublin this weekend.

A busy weekend for film lovers in Dublin this weekend as both the Fingal Film Festival and the IFI Stranger than Fiction are on in the city. I’m lucky to have films I cut in both.

At 4pm today in Fingal we have a screening of Sarah McCann’s One Ocean No Limits
One Ocean: No Limits is the first Irish documentary on the subject of the extreme sport of ocean rowing, follows a young Irish novice rower through the highs and lows of rowing unassisted as part of a crew of six across the vast Atlantic Ocean from Morocco to Barbados.
The film is nominated for an award in the festival as best feature documentary.
The Fingal Film Festival is now in its third year and they have a pretty impressive line-up this year. Mind you its almost impossible to find the schedule of films on their website and when you do find it you have to squint at it as its basically a jpeg. It’s very frustrating when you’re trying to figure out when your film is actually on. Hopefully they will sort it out for next year

The IFI Stranger than Fiction Festival kicked off last night. The festival is Irelands premier documentary film festival and programmer Ross Whitaker has once again gathered together a stellar line up of documentaries from around the world.
Tomorrow afternoon we have the screening of the new IFB Reality Bites shorts and among those we have the world premiere of Ben Jones documentary ‘Under Open Skies’ which I had the pleasure of cutting. The doc is a nostalgic look at Irelands abandoned outdoor handball alleys and I cannot wait to see it on the big screen where I think it’ll be mightily impressive.

Sunday in the festival also see the World Premiere of Showrunners at 8 but i’ll probably post about that over the weekend.

Peter Bergmann disappears with Audience Award at IFI Stranger than Fiction

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I had a great evening last Saturday at the IFI. The Last Days of Peter Bergmann was having its world premiere along with 3 other Irish Film Board Reality Bites short documentary films. Despite the program starting sufficiently late that we all could have seen the second half of the hurling, there was a great atmosphere in IFI’s Screen 1.

The 4 films that played were all excellent and indeed very different form each other. The talk afterwards was how rare it is to go to such an enjoyable shorts program, where you were treated to very different films and all made to a remarkable high standard.

The film I edited, The last days of Peter Bergmann(Director: Ciaran Cassidy) was up first and it went down superbly and everyone involved in the film was delighted with its reception.

followed by There’s No Charge for the Hat, directed by Tom Burke of Areaman Films

and then there was Emile Dineen’s Rebirth, which was really excellent and I think has the potential to do very well for Emile and it’s producer Aisling Ahmed, whom I enjoyed meeting and chatting to afterwards.

Finally, there was Keith Walsh’s funny and moving “Analogue People in a Digital Age” which brought the house down. I was delighted for my old college buddy Keith and his partner Jill.

Later on Stranger Than Fiction Festival director Ross Whitaker announced the winners of the shorts awards, which were judged from these films and a batch of ten films which had screened earlier in the day. We were all thrilled when “The Last Days of Peter Bergmann” was honoured with the Audience Award. The gong was voted by the public and came with a generous donation from Windmill Lane of €1500 worth of post production. A great prize and a perfect way to top a great screening. Furthermore I was delighted for my buddy Traolach who got a special mention from the jury for his film ‘Gordie’ as it continues its relentless pursuit of awards all over the world. The jury prize went to ‘Rebirth’ and I’m sure it won’t be the last prize it picks up. Here’s hoping Peter Bergmann isn’t finished winning either.