The festival features guests from the world of film and television including Award Winning Actress and Cinemagic Patron Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird, Brooklyn, Atonement); the new wave of Irish filmmakers is represented with Aoife McArdle (Kissing Candice) and Frank Berry (Michael Inside) and animation will be under the microscope with exciting events and screenings with award-winning studios Cartoon Saloon (The Breadwinner, Song of the Sea, The Secret of Kells) and Aardman Animations (Early Man, Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep).

To launch the festival this week a number of exciting film previews for schools and young film fans have been programmed that include animated adventure The Oddsockeaters; Todd Haynes family mystery drama Wonderstruck and Anders Walter’s astonishing feature debut I Kill Giants.

TALKING PICTURES:
A series of film screenings and talks with filmmakers and film professionals offering advice and top tips for young people with an interest in a career in film or about to enter the film industry.

Screenings include Irish comedy/horror Grabbers plus Q&A with Producer David Collins, gritty revenge drama Bad Day for the Cut plus Q&A with writer/producer Brendan Mullin; Academy award nominated animation Loving Vincent plus Q&A with artists Séamus O’Labhradha and Sandra Hickey; coming of age drama Just Charlie plus Q&A with director Rebekah Fortune and Lady Bird plus Q&A with award winning actress and Cinemagic patron Saoirse Ronan.