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Picture House - DIFF 2015’s Outreach Programme

14.04.15

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For the past 4 years the Dublin International Film Festival has brought a little bit of its programme to hospitals and care centres, that would otherwise not be able to participate in the festival’s 11 day celebration of cinema in the city.

This year saw the inclusion of seven fantastic films from our shorts programme with Jordanne (Zak Ravi), Big Bird (Jan Boon), Cead Ghra (Brian Deane), An Ode to Love (Matthew Darragh), Rockmount (Dave Tynan), How I Didn’t Become a Piano Player (Tommaso Pitta) and the Oscar-Nominated and DIFF’s Audience Award-Winning Boogaloo & Graham (Michael Lennox).

Picture House, is one of the hidden gems of the festival and brings art and vitality to spaces and audiences outside of city life. It's a celebration of creativity and participation and one of the highlights of DIFF. We are humbled that audiences new and old attend the festival every year so we can continue to grow and nurture project’s like Picture House, with your patronage.

When customers bought tickets to the festival many opted to make a voluntary donation. That donation funds the vibrant parts of the festival where we don't charge a box office, such as the Picture House programme. Thank you sincerely to all who helped make this happen.

A huge part of the outreach programme has been the participation of of Oscar-Winning Irish Actress (My Left Foot), Brenda Fricker, as the programme’s patron. Brenda, is a generous supporter of the project and has been involved with it since it’s inception:

Picture House is… hands down… one of the brightest things about this festival. I've seen it make the people we bring it to laugh, cry and remember. It engages them in a get together otherwise beyond their reach. I am complimented to be a close part of something that is so vital to a marginalised segment of our society.

This year we worked with seven lovely venues, dedicated to bringing this project to life. These venues brought more to the project than we could’ve expected by giving of their own resources and creativity, generating awareness and not to mention, providing popcorn and (in once instance) an ice-cream van! All thanks to the collaboration of the wonderful staff from:

- Cairdeas Day Care Centre

- St Patrick’s Mental Health Services

- St Luke’s Hospital

- St Mary’s, Phoenix Park

- Mater Private Hospital

- Post Acute Care Services, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, located in Fairview Community Unit

- Raheny Community Nursing Unit, under the management of Beaumont Hospital

It is invigorating to see the engagement of the Picture House audiences with the programme and hear the reactions of long term patients and services users. A lot of them haven’t visited a cinema in years it can transform what has become for some people temporary and permanent homes, into a new space with a little bit of that movie magic that we know and love.

We look forward to building Picture House over the years to come with support from our collaborators and you, the audience.

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