A major revamp of the Fingal Film Festival’s annual event is underway with a summer weekend packed with film, comedy and live music. Taking place on the 11th & 12th August, the new summer festival format will be hosted in the open air venue at Swords Castle, Co. Dublin with outdoor screenings, live music, stand-up comedy and late night DJ’s.
As the preparations get underway for the 2017 Fingal Film Festival, the team have decided to revamp its annual format to raise a greater awareness of independent films, by attracting other festival goers that are usually drawn to music or comedy events.
Although the festival has seen a significant audience growth over the last few years, we believe it is our responsibility as festival organisers to ensure we reinvent ourselves, by attracting larger audiences with a bigger venue this year, ensuring our participating filmmakers’ work is exposed to a wider demographic, says Festival Founder Liz Kenny.
It is imperative we make the festival more appealing to non-filmgoers by holding an event that resonates with all ages. We believe the “Film Festival” themed event on its own alienates an audience, as they feel it’s for experienced filmmakers and filmgoers alike, says Creative Director Dave Byrne. In fact, it’s the opposite. Everybody loves film and our aim is to expose audiences to the Independent film concept, whilst offering a fun packed weekend.
A full schedule of events will be rolled out in the coming months and promises to attract audiences from all over Ireland and abroad.As the festival is now open for submissions, the organisers are encouraging filmmakers from Fingal and beyond to submit their films for consideration, as this year will be one of the biggest Independent Film Festival events of 2017.
For more information on how to submit your film, for the following categories – Best Fingal Newcomer – Best Animation – Best Short Film – Best Student – Best Documentary – Best International – Scannan Gaeilge Is Fearr – Outstanding Achievement in Media. Please visit www.fingalfilmfest.com and subscribe for updates Submit directly go to http://www.fingalfilmfest.com/2017-submissions/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org