Working within the festival team, at such an early stage of the festival calendar, you can really see the broad spectrum of cultural arts events and organisations that stretch across Dublin. Yesterday Reel Art with the Arts Council initiated its annual funding scheme for 2016, by holding a talk in Filmbase with Fionnuala Sweeney, Head of Film at the Arts Council, Alan Fitzpatrick, Managing Director, Filmbase, and our very own General Manager, Jackie Ryan. The scheme is designed to provide film artists with a unique opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries on a artistic theme, with support from the three organisations. It is a hugely successful project, that allows the filmmaker great independence and artistic freedom, with a budget of €70,000-€80,000.
September 19th will see the city light up with a plethora of arts on Culture Night. And with Tiger Dublin Fringe coming to a close and Dublin Theatre Festival about to kick off, it's heartening to see the nurture and encouragement from such diverse platforms.
Another interesting event this weekend is the Indian Film Festival of Ireland, taking place from the 19th - 22nd September. The festival has always had a love of Indian Film, with The Gangs of Wasseypur showcasing in the 2013 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. We are delighted to celebrate this weekend of Indian film with our International friends.
Sebastian Stephenson of the Indian Film Festival of Ireland says: "We have an amazing line up this year; our opening film is fresh off the festival circuit, called Mardaani, it follows the story of a senior inspector in Mumbai who takes down the local mafia after her own daughter is taken by the mafia. Don't miss this. Our programme is being released over the next few days. Pick it up around Dublin or follow our Facebook and Twitter for a download. See you there!"
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Sarah Ahern - Audience Development OfficerDiscussion