What’s It All About?
The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) is an annual film festival held in Ireland’s capital city of Dublin. It is a city-wide event and takes place at venues across the Dublin City Centre Cinemas including The Savoy, Cineworld, Screen, Irish Film Institute and Light House Cinema in Smithfield. There are over 120 films that include Irish premieres that are showcased every year.
Every year, the festival presents The Volta Awards to outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the world of film. Named for Ireland’s first dedicated cinema, the Volta Picture Theatre on Mary Street, recipients of The Volta have included Gabriel Byrne, Daniel Day Lewis, Consolata Boyle, George Morrison, Paolo Sorrentino and Thierry Fremaux.
The 12th edition of the festival features over 135 films, including gems that will receive their Irish premieres; a strong strand of music-themed films; the best in short filmmaking with 16 short films screening; 27 intriguing Irish and international documentaries, and 13 star-studded galas of must-see films. Seventeen new Irish feature-length films have also been selected to screen at the festival.
Watch Out For!
Calvary: The Brendan Gleeson-starring Calvary will have its Irish premiere as the opening gala. It tells the story of a priest who must battle the dark forces in his small country town. Directed by John Michael McDonagh, the film also stars Marie Josée Crozé, Isaach De Bankolé, Aidan Gillen, Domhnall Gleeson, David McSavage, Dylan Moran, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Pat Shortt and David Wilmot.
• Grand Budapest Hotel
• Under The Skin
• Rhino Full Throttle
• The Nightshift Belongs To The Stars
• Summer Vacation
• The Flogsta Roar
• Walking The Dogs
Some of the films in the official selection include:
• The Book Thief
• The Militant
• Mother Of George
• Only Lovers Left Alive
• Reaching For The Moon
• New World
• A World Not Ours
• The Lunchbox
• Concrete Night
• t’s All So Quiet
There will also be a few films showcased in the Special Presentation section:
Ron Howard’s movie is based on Peter Morgan’s play, which was based on the 1977 television interviews between British journalist David Frost and the disgraced former president Richard Nixon.
No Limbs No Limits
The film is about Joanne O’Riordan, a girl born with no legs and arms and journey from her home in County Cork to the United Nations in New York, where she delivers a challenge to the most influential women in technology – to build her a robot.
It is a memorable film built around a mesmerising performance by Mia Wasikowska as a would-be lone explorer.
Cas & Dylan
An ailing surgeon and a young writer are thrown together on a memorable journey across Canada in this touching road movie directed by former Beverly Hills, 90210 star Jason Priestley.
Irish comedy The Stag, directed by John Butler and starring Peter McDonald, Andrew Scott, Hugh O’Conor and Amy Huberman, is the Closing Gala on February 23.