The ever-popular IFI Family Festival returns to Temple Bar this July with a fantastic selection of films and events to suit all ages.
The Irish Film Institute (IFI) hosts its annual Family Festival which this year runs from Thursday 16th, to Sunday, 19th July. There is an action-packed programme which of course includes numerous screenings of films, but also workshops for budding actors and future stars of the movie industry!
The festival gets underway on Thursday, 16th July at 5:30pm with A Major Emotion Commotion. This special opening night event will take place in the IFI foyer, is open to all and admission is free. The idea behind the event is to explore our emotions — what makes us happy, what makes us mad, what makes us sad, what happens when we hide our feelings and when we let them out!
Following on directly after this we have the Gala Opening of the festival at 6:30pm, with RTÉjr’s Clara Murray. This is a special preview of Inside Out, courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Ireland, which only opens nationwide on July 24th. The film introduces us to the emotions of Riley – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness, who live in Headquarters, the control centre inside Riley’s mind. They help advise her through everyday life as she moves from the Midwest to San Francisco. The programme also includes animated short Lava from Pixar Animation Studios.
Other movies that will feature during the festival include The Legend of Longwood (6pm on July 18th) which follows Mickey Miller, a 12-year-old New Yorker whose arrival in a small town in Ireland coincides with the return of the legendary, evil black knight; Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot (11am, July 19th – Cert: G) which was a hit book with children and has now been adapted for the screen; Crow’s Egg (6pm July 17 – Age: 10+) about two young boys in an Indian slum who get fixated on giving a slice of pizza a try; Fiddlesticks (1pm, July 17th – Age 5+), a live action comedy that shows what happens when a very average town goes absolutely bonkers! Check out the programme on the IFI Family Festival website for full details of all screenings.
There are also workshops on the programme which include Poster Print (11am-1pm, July 17 – Age 7-9) where you can design your own film poster, Adventure Venture (11am-3pm, July 18 – Age 8-12) which helps you produce a trailer for an imaginary adventure film, and Legendary Picture Books (11am-2pm July 19th – Age 9-12) with illustrator Mark Wickham.
Tickets to films cost €5 (€15 Family Tickets: 2 Adults + 2 Kids) and are available online or from the IFI Box Office by calling 01 679 3477. Workshops cost from €12 to €20 and places must be booked in advance, due to limited space. Please call 01 612 9445 or 01 612 9436 to reserve.
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