The Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary 3-7 August at Headfort House in Kells, Co Meath with a bumper programme packed with extraordinary films for adults and children from all over the world.
And in a first for an Irish Film Festival, Guth Gafa will unveil a Virtual Reality cinema to showcase some of the most innovative documentary films with the latest technology.
Over the course of the expanded four-day festival, the Guth Gafa Vroom will give audiences the unique experience of the brave new world of immersive cinema.
By just donning a headset, viewers will be immediately transported to the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan or the GPO during the Easter Rising or see the world through the eyes of a young man with Cerebral Palsy.
“Virtual Reality filmmaking is really taking flight and this has been recognised this year by all the top film festivals in the world,” says festival director, David Rane.
“It’s particularly relevant in the field of documentary filmmaking, so we are delighted that Guth Gafa is showcasing some of the newest and most groundbreaking VR short documentaries and bringing some of the filmmakers to Kells to talk about their work.”
Up to 30 filmmakers, including some at the cutting edge of VR technology, will travel from as far away as Australia, South America and the Arctic Circle to converge on the festival village at Headfort House for what promises to be the biggest and best Guth Gafa to date.
Over the course of the four-day festival, Guth Gafa will host upwards on 60 films, including 32 Irish Premieres and one World Premiere.
Whether set in Azerbaijan or Afghanistan, Pakistan or Siberia; Iran or Syria; the films deliver passionate, real life stories of struggle, conviction, resilience and the triumph of the human spirit.
“2016 is a special year for us as we celebrate our tenth birthday with our biggest most ambitious programme to date,” says festival director, David Rane.
“It also marks our third year at Headfort House, Kells and with our earlier August dates we look forward to welcoming what we hope will be our biggest audience yet to this magnificent location to enjoy some of the huge range of films we have on offer.”
The programme is now live on www.guthgafa.com Details of masterclasses, workshops and other special events will be available on the website in the coming days.