RHA Gallery to host Dublin Doc Fest

Dublin Doc Fest will take place on the 11th of November in the Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery, Dublin 2.

The short documentary festival, founded by filmmaker Tess Motherway in 2013 uses alternative screening spaces like the National Library of Ireland to showcase the work of filmmakers against iconic Dublin backdrops.

According to Dublin Doc Fest, the festival’s objective is “to create a new platform for short documentary film in Ireland – to give it its own space and context for exhibition – in carefully curated programmes.”

The festival will kick off at 6:00pm and will run until 10:45pm.

The first programme of the documentary will include five short documentaries: Become Invisible (director Edward Costello), Barber Shop Clacton-on-Sea (director Luc Vrydaghs), Se Shin Sa (director Eunhye Hong Kim), The Rock (director Hamid Jafari) and UZU (director Gaspard Kuentz).  

The second programme will begin at 7:50pm and features: (Almost) Freedom (director Puck Lo), Whatever the Weather (director Remo Scherrer), and Different Names for Bullying (director Marco Poggio).

The third programme begins at 8:35pm and includes: The Fourth Kingdom (director Alex Lora-Cercos), Familiar Tale (director Sumie Garcia), Rose Amongst Thorns (director Kris Van den Bulck) and the Sound of Winter (director Tizian Büchi).

The last programme will commence at 10:05pm and includes two short documentaries – All Skate, Everybody Skate (director Nicole Triche) and The Truth About Irish Hip Hop (director Gavin Fitzgerald).

Short documentaries are important for Irish film, and particularly important for emerging filmmakers.

According to Tom Wallis, Marketing and Programming director for Dublin Doc Fest, “Short form documentaries are vitally important for film culture, because this is the genre where a lot of filmmakers hone their craft before getting into feature film production.”

Wallis explained: “Sometimes even experienced filmmakers work in the genre to try out new techniques or to explore pet projects. And yet, there are virtually no commercial outlets for short documentaries, which means few people have access to them. Film festivals like Dublin Doc Fest give these innovative films by emerging talents an audience.”

Tickets are €12 for a student and €15 for a regular ticket and are available on Eventbrite.ie.  A limited number of tickets will also be available to buy at the door.  

By Jenna Cox

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