Dublin Feminist Film Festival 2018: Everything You Need To Know

The theme for this year's Dublin Feminist Film Festival is REFRAME/REFOCUS and will focus on female cinematographers.

still from Seen and Unseen which will be screened at Dublin Feminist Film Festival 2018

The fifth annual Dublin Feminist Film Festival, which has established firm roots on Dublin’s cultural calendar, shining a spotlight on women in film, is set to take place in the capital next week from Tuesday, November 20 to Thursday, November 22.

The theme for this year’s festival is REFRAME/REFOCUS and will feature films not only directed by women but also shot by female cinematographers.

This year, the Dublin Feminist Film Festival will focus largely on cinematography following Rachel Morrison’s Oscar nomination for Cinematography for her work on the film Mudbound. Morrison was the first woman ever to be nominated for her work behind the camera in 90 years of Oscars.

“In emphasizing the role of the cinematographer, we aim to expand the notion of who ‘makes’ a film and what ‘Films by Women’ means, while also raising questions about whether and how films shot by women feature a different or other gazes.”

The theme of REFRAME/REFOCUS sees the festival reconsider, specifically, the role of the female cinematographer and how she lights, frames, and moves through the onscreen space that constitutes our visual movie experience.

Thus, every film that will be screened at this year’s feminist film festival will have been directed and shot by women.

2018 is Dublin Feminist Film Festival’s fifth year and will take place in Light House Cinema on November 21 and 22, with booked-out special launch events taking place on November 20 in The Generator Hostel in Smithfield.

Dublin feminist film festival poster for 2018

Tuesday’s booked-out launch events include a talk from Trinity College’s Dr Paula Quigley at 6 pm, who will discuss the often distinctive contribution of women directors and cinematographers to developments in film style and spectatorship.

At 8 pm, filmmakers Deirdre O’Toole and Eimear Ennis Graham will host a talk. O’Toole is a lecturer in the National Film School of Ireland, IADT and has shot feature documentaries, music videos, and dramas, while Graham has produced feature films such as Cold and Shem the Penman Sings Again.

On Wednesday, November 21, the festival’s Shorts Programme will take place followed by a screening of the feature Parklands, starring Cate Blanchett.

Thursday, November 22 will see the Irish premiere of Seen and Unseen, from director Kamila Andini and cinematographer Anggi Frisca. Seen and Unseen is “an elliptical tale that deftly interweaves realism with a theatrical mythology, it examines the trauma facing young Tantri as she and her family nervously await a prognosis for her hospitalised twin brother, Tantra.”

Feature film XXY and documentary Cameraperson will also be shown on Thursday.

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