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Since beginning its monthly residence in Bewley’s Cafe last September, New Volta Film Club has provided ample evidence of a new generation of young Irish Film-makers unwilling to let a lack of funding hinder their craft. Showcasing an eclectic pick’n’mix of new Irish shorts and animations, the events provide young filmmakers with an audience for their work and an opportunity to interact with like-minded individuals that share their passion. Also welcome are those, like me, who can barely figure out the ‘video’ function on a digital camera. Among this months screenings are ‘Lost Cause’ by Emmet Driver, which follows survivors of an apocalyptic deluge, 'Tethered' by David Boyle, about the perils of young love, as well as the second and third installments of Seamus Hanly’s arty oddity ‘Lonely Days’. / Joey Kavanagh
A poor boy wins the oppurtunity to tour the most egocentric and wonderful randy factory of all. It's everybody's pollutionary, anti-constitutionary, pro -infectionery factory of funk!
On their last night in Toronto, two Irish lads mingle at a Parkdale flat party while their other Irish mate struggles to find the venue. Canadian/Irish relations are damaged in a night of sex, alcohol, Gaeilge, bad breakdancing and strained conversation.
A young couple have to cope with unexpected complications in their relationship.
Taryn Barker has lost everything. Her sister has been murdered. When Taryn is drawn to a mental assylum to investigate another death she finds a necklace that reminds her of one she had given her sister and realizes that the two my be linked. Taryn journeys to the darkest corners of the assylum, fighting any evil that gets in her way.
These folks from the Filmmakers Network are organizing screenings on the 6th of March. The shorts program includes Aaron O'Reilly's 'Circus Porcelina' and Emmet Vincent's 'Before I Die', which have both screened at New Volta. If you're free on Saturday it would be great to see them supported at this event.
Following on from the success of the Galway Fringe Fleadh June 2009, FilmmakersNetwork.ie presents Dublin’s first Film Fringe Festival on 6th March 2010, the FilmmakersNetwork.ie Dublin Film Fringe.
The Dublin Film Fringe festival aims to focus on exciting new shorts from Irish filmmakers as well as showcasing classic or unseen shorts from established directors. The festival will take place in sites across the city and we aim to host talks by directors, as well films screened in unusual and diverse locations.
“The Dublin Film Fringe is an opportunity for audiences in the capital to see some of the best shorts from emerging Irish filmmakers,” says Jason Butler from FilmmakersNetwork.ie. “The theme of our mini-festival is ‘D.I.Y.’ We’ll showcase films and filmmakers that display the invention, ingenuity and raw energy required when working independently.”
FilmmakersNetwork.ie is an Irish networking space for people who want to make films. For everyone from novices to busy professionals, it’s a place to make contacts, share opinions, discuss movies, contribute ideas, discover talent, build creative relationships and make films. It’s a not-for-profit initiative and as Ireland’s largest filmmaking community currently boasts over 1500 active members.
While there’s a definite student feel to some of the productions, that shouldn’t be taken as a by-word for a non-starter. The talent is self-evident, as is the imagination, energy and craftsmanship. Whatever these guys may lack in funding and its professional feel, they more than make up for it through their vibrant and reckless enthusiasm, both from the filmmakers themselves, and in the initiative of New Volta’s organizers. The night is billed as a three hour event, so unless there’s 50+ films for your eyeball enjoyment, you can expect a chance to shoot the breeze with emerging film makers and fans alike, with the ever glamorous allure of a sneaky can of Dutch.