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Renewed Partnership with Darklight Festival Which Takes Place This Weekend

22nd Aug 2012
Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) is delighted to be an official industry partner once again of the Darklight Festival, Ireland's premier festival celebrating independent, DIY, animation, VFX and artist film.

This year's festival which takes place 23rd - 26th August is themed ‘LOFI VS HIFI - GAME ON'.  Through screenings, talks and workshops the festival will take an in-depth look at visual effects in film from the micro to the supersized budget.  It will delve into the gaming industry, from the most popular titles to the world of indie game design and the interconnections between games, film and animation.

One of the highlights of the festival is the Terence Davies Season where the iconic director will take part in a public interview discussing his career and five of his films will be presented over the weekend including House of Mirth, The Long Day Closes and Of Time and the City.

The Oscar Nominated Irish Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey (Avengers Assemble, Anna Karenina, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Atonement) will host a HiFi VFX Masterclass with Jake Morrison and will talk through the technical and creative processes behind Avengers Assemble.  Seamus will also take part in an in-depth discussion about his career and work on recent and upcoming projects.

Patrick O'Neill, IFB Industry Affairs Executive will chair the panel discussion HiFi v LoFi - Game On!, where the experiences of working with high profile international games will be contrasted to the underground world of indie game development.  The panel will also discuss convergence between the film and gaming industries, and how innovative and challenging games can reach an audience.

Screenings during the festival include the IFB funded feature films GRABBERS directed by Jon Wright and Michael Grigsby's WE WENT TO WAR which will both screen on Friday.  

In 1970 Michael Grigsby made one of the first films about soldiers coming home from the Vietnam War entitled I Was A Soldier. Now, over 40 years later, merging footage from his original film with present day WE WENT TO WAR continues their story and explores what happens to young men after their endeavours to serve their country are forgotten.

GRABBERS tells the story of the quiet Erin Island community which is invaded by giant squid-like creatures from the sea, known as "grabbers", who start picking off the villagers. Washed up local policeman O'Shea is forced to sober up and team up with uptight, teetotal policewoman Lisa to protect the island's population from the tentacle, fang-jawed, barb-tongued creatures.   Director Jon Wright and VFX Supervisor on the film Paddy Eason will hold a workshop on Saturday discussing the creative, technical and budgetary challenges that were involved in bringing Kevin Lehane's script to the big screen.

The weekend is jam-packed full of screenings, workshops, exhibitions and discussions with special workshops and screenings for kids.

The Darklight Film Festival takes place Thursday 23rd - Sunday 26th August. 

Full programme and screening times available on http://t.ymlp251.net/mbafabuhuapabafamwjs/click.php.

Tickets available via entertainment.ie/darklight and IFI box-office http://t.ymlp251.net/mwapabuhuaiabatamwjs/click.php

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