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Eventival
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Town Hall Theatre
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iSupply
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Available for all sizes of jobs, from one-off single documents to large scale, large quantity print runs of banners, brochures, posters, pull-ups and other printed materials.

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Galway Rowing Club
Festival HQ (after party venue)

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Design Associates
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The Connacht Hotel
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10% discount to all accommodation booked through the Fleadh use promo code “DIRECT” to avail. Click here to book online now.

The Connacht Hotel is a popular Galway hotel, located on the main Dublin road as you enter Galway City Centre. The hotel has a great advantage of extensive free parking and a regular bus route close by the hotel entrance with direct access to the city centre and business parks.

Due to its prime location, The Connacht Hotel is the accommodation choice for many people who visit Galway, for business and pleasure. Within close proximity to the city centre, tourist attractions, hospitals and Galway’s largest corporate business parks and industrial estates.

The Connacht Hotel has recently launched a new lunch menu and its spacious and comfortable restaurant is ideal for groups of any size. Bar Solo is a popular bar with locals and residents alike serving a top selection of drinks including an extensive cocktail menu. Active Fitness the leisure centre in the Connacht Hotel is Galway’s only 24 hour gym. In addition to the gym itself Active has a fantastic swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room for guests.

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Róisín Dubh
Late Bar/Venue

Undoubtedly one of the best music and comedy venues in the country, we bring established talent to the city while also providing a stage for emerging artists. With a great atmosphere, wonderful staff, and a real commitment and passion to music and comedy, it’s one of the best places to see the best national and international acts around.

Róisín Dubh has long been the home of comedy in Galway. Many great acts including Stewart Lee, Phill Jupitus & Rich Hall, list it as being one of their top 10 venues in the world.

For over 12 years, Strange Brew has been running on Thursday nights. One of Ireland’s longest running club nights, it has been instrumental in providing a stage to the more alternative spectrum of artists that would not have a platform to play otherwise in a town where most venues prefer to take an easier, blander approach to live music. Many of the most successful alternative acts in Ireland today, such as Two Door Cinema Club, Villagers, Le Galaxie, Delorentos, Jape & And So I Watch You From Afar, all started out playing free shows at Strange Brew in Roisin Dubh on Thursday.

Roisin Dubh is one of the most Popular Late Bar in Town – for good reason.

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Hyde Bar and Gin Parlour
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An ultimate dining experience like no other!

is an exciting addition to the Galway social scene. After conducting extensive research we have created a venue unlike any other in the city. Hyde is elegant stylish and refined, just like the customers we are here to serve. Outstanding service is our core value.

The best form of marketing is word of mouth and we intend to deliver a product that speaks for itself, from a genuinely and heartfelt welcome when you enter this building, right through your dining or drinking experience.

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Thomas Woodberry's Wines
Fine Wines

We are about wines with personality – wines that can be enjoyed any time with or without food.

It is important for us to stock wines that are about value for money, meeting certain prices; if that means sourcing wines direct from winemakers and producers – that’s what we do. Our range has developed over the last 10 years, additions to our range reflecting both traditional and innovative producers.

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Tigh Neachtain
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Stocking a large and varied selection of drinks at the bar, from little known craft beers to rare and vintage whiskey’s and scotch we are positive there is something for everyone at Tigh Neachtains. And if you're looking for something special we also stock our own home brewed beers which we hope you will love as much as we do. To learn more about our beers click here.

Here at Tigh Neachtains we are always getting involved with something, we love supporting local cultural festivals and groups. We are big advocates for arts and music and we live to celebrate the wonderful offerings from some of the best home grown talent there is! View our up-coming events here.

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An Púcán
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We are an award winning pub and a well-known traditional music venue, just off Eyre Square, where you can find a session every day of the week. The ideal place to visit if you want that authentic traditional Irish bar.

Well known for its excellent food and selection of drinks, An Púcán boasts it’s own whiskey a collaboration with Teeling Whiskeys amongst its selection of over 210 whiskeys and its very own Gin, called Eglinton Gin. The venue has one of the most impressive outdoor areas of any bar in the country, known locally as The Garden, this area has quickly become the place to be seen in Galway.

A late night venue at the weekend with great live bands, it’s one of the most popular places to watch sport with ten tv’s including two large screens it’s the place to follow your favourite team.

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Caribou
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This trendy craft beer bar is one of the best places to get in early and hang out with your mates. There’s a trunk full of board games to break out across the tables, and the massive craft beer selection on tap is always changing, featuring breweries from across the world.

They've got a bar food/nibbles menu which which pairs perfectly with a cold pint of craft beer! They also have your pub standards like Heineken, and spirits.

For a seriously cool and friendly pub with an upbeat, youthful vibe, Caribou should be your go-to.

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Gaslight Bar & Brasserie
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Boasting an unrivalled location overlooking Eyre Square, the fabulous Gaslight Bar & Brasserie at Hotel Meyrick offers the perfect solution for Lunch, Dinner or light bites before or after screenings. Visit their website.

With its vibrant atmosphere; cool, comfortable vibe; abundance of natural light and views out over Eyre Square to watch the world go by, it’s your perfect base for this year’s Film Fleadh

Enjoy honest, delicious food options, paired with an expertly chosen wine list and an innovative cocktail menu.

Enjoy Lunch options from €7.95 for our Daily Soup & Sandwich Special, or 2 course Evening Meal from €23.00 per person. Or indulge yourself and enjoy our limited edition Cocktail Afternoon tea :€25.00 per person. Available from 1p.m. - 6p.m. daily.

The Gaslight opens daily from 10.30am till late. Contact 091 564041 to book.

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Brasserie on the Corner
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Located on the corner of Eglinton & Mary Street offers the very best in upscale casual dining with dishes that are expertly prepared and presented simply in a buzzing, yet relaxed atmosphere. Serving the best sea-food dishes created from the freshest fish, top quality locally-sourced steaks, vegetarian dishes crafted from the finest local seasonal produce, every taste tells a story at Brasserie on the Corner. Menus have been carefully created by award winning head chef, Joe Flaherty using the best quality ingredients from local producers such as Renvyle Mussels, Gannet’s Fishmongers & McGeough’s Butchers. This is food with a sense of place from Galway’s great natural larder.

The restaurant also offers an extensive drinks menus with over 40 wines from boutique vineyards around the world, mouth watering cocktails and whiskies.

Brasserie on the Corner opens daily from 11am until 10pm

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McGinn's Hop House
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We’ve put a lot of love and effort into creating McGinn’s and we really hope you get to enjoy the fruits of our hard work. The reclaimed interior and our wood fired pizza oven took a lot of graft but it has all paid off.

We had a blast on opening night and every night since… come and see something just a little bit different right in the heart of Galway city. We think you’ll love it!

Great Drinks
We’ve got whiskeys, gins, craft beers and more. We have 19 draught taps to quench that mighty thirst of yours. We are loving McGinn’s cocktails too so get on down and try some for yourself.

Great Food
McGinn’s is most proud of its Wood Fired Pizzas. But don’t be fooled – we got a lot more than that. We have Granny McGinn’s famous brekkie every morning as well as tasty lunches and wood fired snacks all day.

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We have a really cool reclaimed interior with furnishings from just about every corner of the globe. We’ve got the pizzas, the beers, the cocktails, the sports and more… all we need now is you!

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Corrib Tea Rooms & Guesthouse
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Fresh, locally inspired daily menus bursting with flavour served in a beautiful setting overlooking Galway’s famous Salmon Weir

Step back in time and join us in Corrib House Tearooms for breakfast, lunch, teas and coffee. The beautifully restored Georgian Townhouse is the perfect place to unwind and relax overlooking Galway’s famous Salmon Weir . Corrib House opened its doors to the public in October 2011 and has steadily become a favorite hangout of both locals and tourists alike.

The emphasis here is on fresh, simple and local dishes at reasonable prices. The daily changing menu reflects this with everything made in house each morning. Corrib House serve a selection of breakfast options from 9.30-12am and lunch is available from 12:15 to 3 with an ever changing selection of delicious cakes and treats laid out on our front counter until 5pm daily, such as sponge cake with fresh cream and jam, carrot cake with a lime mascapone icing, caramelized almond squares, gluten free brownies to name just a few.

We are passionate about our coffee and are the only cafe in Galway to carry the distinctive Fixx coffee blend. All beans are ethically sourced from coffee farms dedicated to natural methods of cultivation and quality. All waiting staff undergo professional barista training.

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Gemelle's
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Gemelle’s is a cosy family run restaurant in the heart of the Latin Quarter of Ireland’s favourite city, Galway.

Paulie Donnellan, the owner and head chef of Gemelle’s is a local Galway businessman who opened his first restaurant in Middle Street. To celebrate the birth of his twin daughters Paulie moved to Quay Street in 1998 and renamed the restaurant Gemelle’s – Italian for twins. With his son Dylan and the twins, Amie and Sarah, Paulie has ensured that the restaurant stays run by the family, bringing a personal touch to everything done in the restaurant.

Born and reared in Galway, Paulie has seen many changes in the city, however, community spirit has always loomed large in his business ethics. Paulie has vowed to support small local businesses in the food and drink industry.

He sources his product from Galway based suppliers as well as small family run businesses from all over the country. Having been recently refurbished the restaurant brings a mix of old and new school to the table. With an extensive ‘Wine on Tap Menu’ and a range of craft beers Gemelle’s caters for everyone.

Gemelle’s never fails to disappoint on value, every night of the week, making sure that enjoyment is at a maximum.

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Handsome Burger
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The Handsome lads have had Galway drooling for burgers from the moment they stepped out on the market scene, and now they’re here to stay.

They started with just a grille and a marquee, and now they’ve graduated to a proper kitchen with a big burger-hungry following. Find them at their recently opened restaurant on Dominick Street.

Their menu is small, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have an easy time deciding. The original Handsome special steals hearts with sticky fried onions, special sauce, homemade pickles and a juicy local beef patty, perfectly paired with homemade potato salad or chips fried in beef drippings. And their veggie Bhaji Burger is popular with vegetarians and burger-lovers alike for its Indian-style goodness. That’s only a taste!
Properly sound, locally sourced and always delicious.

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28th Galway Film Fleadh, July 2016

Programme of screenings & events
View Fleadh programme archivesMore about the Galway Film Fleadh

30th Galway Film Fleadh 10th – 15th July 2018

Creative Control (Opening Film)

Creative Control
(Opening Film)

Holding the Man

Holding the Man

Student Showcase

Student Showcase

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

On Football

On Football

Fire at Sea

Fire at Sea

Fukushima, Mon Amour

Fukushima, Mon Amour

Food & Shelter

Food & Shelter

New Irish Shorts – Way Out West

New Irish Shorts – Way Out West

Little Men

Little Men

Uncle Howard

Uncle Howard

IFI Local Films for Local People

IFI Local Films for Local People

The Last King

The Last King

A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story

A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

The Duel of Wine

The Duel of Wine

The Commune

The Commune

Dead Along The Way

Dead Along The Way

Weiner

Weiner

Property of the State

Property of the State

Suntan

Suntan

The Randomer

The Randomer

Awaiting

Awaiting

Barista

Barista

New Irish Shorts 1

New Irish Shorts 1

The Mine

The Mine

Those Who Jump

Those Who Jump

New Irish Shorts 2

New Irish Shorts 2

The Wall

The Wall

My Friend From the Park

My Friend From the Park

Eyes of a Thief

Eyes of a Thief

Summertime

Summertime

All Eyes and Ears

All Eyes and Ears

L’Accabadora

L’Accabadora

Rebel Rossa

Rebel Rossa

Outcasts by Choice

Outcasts by Choice

Little Cinema Showcase

Little Cinema Showcase

Barista competition

Barista competition

In View

In View

Imagine Waking Up Tomorrow And All The Music Has Disappeared

Imagine Waking Up Tomorrow And All The Music Has Disappeared

South

South

Atlantic

Atlantic

Tiger Raid

Tiger Raid

Short Films Panel

Short Films Panel

The Automatic Hate

The Automatic Hate

The Plants

The Plants

New Irish Shorts 3 – Human Rights Docs

New Irish Shorts 3 – Human Rights Docs

Armi Alive!

Armi Alive!

New Irish Shorts 4

New Irish Shorts 4

Deargdhúil: Anatomy of Passion  Poems of Máire Mhac an tSaoi

Deargdhúil: Anatomy of Passion Poems of Máire Mhac an tSaoi

Fís na Fuiseoige (The Lark’s View)

Fís na Fuiseoige (The Lark’s View)

The Judas Iscariot Lunch

The Judas Iscariot Lunch

World Cinema Panel

World Cinema Panel

The War Against Women in Eastern Congo

The War Against Women in Eastern Congo

Isonomia

Isonomia

Diving into the Unknown

Diving into the Unknown

The Land of the Enlightened

The Land of the Enlightened

Re|Fresh

Re|Fresh

Absolution

Absolution

Bobby Sands: 66 Days

Bobby Sands: 66 Days

Creative England Shorts

Creative England Shorts

A Date for Mad Mary

A Date for Mad Mary

Irish Filmmakers Panel

Irish Filmmakers Panel

Brakes

Brakes

Twice Shy

Twice Shy

The Young Offenders

The Young Offenders

Lost in France

Lost in France

Born and Reared

Born and Reared

A Dark Song

A Dark Song

collective: unconscious

collective: unconscious

Barash

Barash

A Stronger Voice for Women

A Stronger Voice for Women

New Irish Shorts 5

New Irish Shorts 5

Author: The JT LeRoy Story

Author: The JT LeRoy Story

Hotel Dallas

Hotel Dallas

New Irish Shorts 6

New Irish Shorts 6

Revolutions

Revolutions

Yarn

Yarn

See it – Be it!

See it – Be it!

The Girl King

The Girl King

Koudelka: Shooting Holy Land

Koudelka: Shooting Holy Land

History’s Future

History’s Future

Cheer Up

Cheer Up

Staid

Staid

It’s Not Yet Dark

It’s Not Yet Dark

After ’16

After ’16

Mom & Me

Mom & Me

The Weather Inside

The Weather Inside

A Poem Is A Naked Person

A Poem Is A Naked Person

Moon Dogs

Moon Dogs

The Siege of Jadotville

The Siege of Jadotville

Aloys

Aloys

The Alchemist Cookbook

The Alchemist Cookbook

Kiki

Kiki

Cardboard Gangsters

Cardboard Gangsters

New Irish Shorts 7 – Documentaries

New Irish Shorts 7 – Documentaries

These Daughters of Mine

These Daughters of Mine

Rara

Rara

The Midwife

The Midwife

New Irish Shorts 8 – Animation

New Irish Shorts 8 – Animation

InnSæi – The Sea Within

InnSæi – The Sea Within

Crash and Burn

Crash and Burn

Deconstructing Dani García

Deconstructing Dani García

An Afternoon with Jim Sheridan

An Afternoon with Jim Sheridan

Further Beyond

Further Beyond

One Minute Film Festival

One Minute Film Festival

24 Weeks

24 Weeks

We Are Moving

We Are Moving

The Last King (rescheduled)

The Last King (rescheduled)

Sanctuary (closing film)

Sanctuary (closing film)

Introduction

For one week in the summer the entire Irish film industry descends on our “Cannes on the Corrib”, alongside filmmakers, talent, financiers and more from every corner of the world. They share ideas, collaborate and watch films in the uniquely welcoming, intimate and informal atmosphere that only a Galway festival experience could provide. More important, however, are our audiences which come from Galway, all over Ireland, and from almost every point of the globe, to see the best in new Irish and world cinema. With a packed programme featuring more than 150 films from more than 30 countries around the world, including 16 world premieres, they will not be disappointed.

We are thrilled to welcome some very special guests to the Fleadh this year, including legendary Irish director Jim Sheridan, actress Ruth Negga (who will be the subject of our actors’ masterclass), and screenwriter Kirsten Smith (10 Things I Hate About You, Legally Blonde) who will host our screenwriting masterclass. There are many more filmmakers and film talent attending, though perhaps most exciting is the increased number of female-directed films and female filmmakers we present as part of our focus on Women in Film.

Programme highlights include a focus on Finnish cinema, featuring work that covers everything from cave-diving and cheerleading, to Sweden’s 17th century “queer Queen Kristina and her lady love” and desperate World War II romances. We also have a full menu of films looking at food and drink; a showcase of the best cinema made in, by and about Galway; a complete set-list of the best music documentaries from around the world, and of course the best in short film, and new Irish and world Cinema.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Arts Council of Ireland and all of our Board, venues, sponsors, financiers, friends, and everyone else we have come to think of as part of our ‘Fleadhmily’ for helping us deliver this programme. We are backing the bid. Let’s make Galway the European Capital of Culture!

On The Box

A selection of Irish made-for-television documentaries. Admission to each film is €5.00.

World Cinema

Each year, we strive to marry the best in Irish film with some of the best international titles vying to tell audiences their story. This year’s selection awaits your senses.

New Irish Cinema

Each year, we compile some of the very best in New Irish Cinema from across genres as varied as romance, war, action, documentary, comedy and the weird and strange.

Feature Documentary

Each year, we host a fantastic selection of fascinating documentaries from around the world. Check the list below for a range of titles bound to expand your horizons.

Short film

More information on 2016’s short film programme can be found here.

Talking film: Panels and discussions

During each festival we present a series of panel discussions that will interest filmgoers and filmmakers alike. Held in a number of venues around the Fleadh, these panels are free so that everybody has a chance to learn from the experiences of our filmmakers. Audience members are encouraged to contribute and most panels will have a Q&A element. Topics cover issues pertaining to the craft, such as the art and commerce of the short film, and a series of panels on women in film and much more.

Women In Film

In 2015, women accounted for a mere 9% of film directors, up 2% from 2014 but identical with 1998. In other roles, women comprised 11% of writers, 26% of producers, 20% of executive producers, 22% of editors, and 6% of cinematographers. This is obviously not good enough, not just in terms of representation in the film industry but also in the types of stories reflected on our screens. A 2016 Equality and Human Rights Commission Report notes that “A male dominated industry leads to male focused films, leaving women not only under-represented amongst directors but under-represented in the art and stories themselves.”

This year the Fleadh has committed to pushing female film talent and female-centred stories into the foreground. We are proud to announce that 38.5% of our World Cinema and Documentary programme is made up from films directed by women. While this is a good start, and well above the industry average, our commitment to achieving diversity among our filmmakers will be an ongoing process until 51% of films (or more) are made by women.

With this in mind we are excited to present two masterclasses by leading female film talent. Limerick-raised Ruth Negga, fresh from the Cannes success of Jeff Nichol’s Oscar-tipped Loving and her starring role in AMC’s new comic-book adaptation Preacher, will be the subject of this year’s acting masterclass. Meanwhile Kirsten Smith, screenwriter of 10 things I Hate About You and Legally Blonde, will be on hand to deliver our screenwriters masterclass.

Similarly we are excited to present a series of panels and discussions that will explore the role of women in film. These include “See it – Be it! Putting Women in the Picture”,a panel of women filmmakers, representatives from the Irish Film board and the equality committee of the Writers Guild and the Screen Directors Guild which will shine a spotlight on women in the Irish film industry, and our own Women in Film panel which will introduce you to some of the amazing filmmakers and films at the Fleadh this year.

Focus On Finland

Finland has a rich and storied cinematic pedigree. Like Ireland, it boxes well above its weight when it comes to the international film scene. Finland’s cinematic output is well regarded at home – it boasts one of the best domestic box-office takes in Europe – but films from Finland also travel to cinemas and festivals all over the world, and it is something of a powerhouse when it comes to international co-production. This year, the Fleadh is proud to collaborate with The Finnish Film Foundation to shine a spotlight on some of the best in contemporary Finnish cinema.

Features include Finnish film legend Mika Kaurismäki’s The Girl King, an energetic historical biopic that puts a modern slant on the story of Queen Kristina, who scandalized Sweden with her rebellious political and sexual behavior; The Mine, a tense environmental thriller that shows just how easy it is to be corrupt despite good intentions; The Midwife, a visually sumptuous historical thriller about a wartime romance between a Finnish nurse and a Nazi officer; and Armi Alive!, Oscar-winner Jörn Donner’s wonderful “meta film” which centres around the preparation of a play about Armi Ratia, a famous Finnish design entrepreneur who struggled against her family, banks, and conventional ideas of beauty in the 60s and 70s. The Irish-Finnish co-production Absolution is a tight domestic thriller in which a hit-and-run accident triggers a nightmarish spiral of guilt and revenge.

On the documentary front we are proud to present Diving into the Unknown, a remarkable story of a life-threatening mission and unconditional friendship, in which a group of Finnish cave divers try to bring their dead friends home. Finally, the tragi-comic documentary Cheer Up follows Finland’s worst cheerleading team as they struggle with teenage angst and constant failure.

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Human Rights

We are firm believers that cinema not only has the power to shed light on abuses of human rights, and the brave work done by those who strive to better this situation, but also the power to affect real change in the world. This year’s programme of Human Rights Cinema focuses on some of the most pressing concerns from around the world today, including the current European refugee crisis, the aftermath of the war in Afghanistan, and the damage caused by conflicts in Israel/Palestine and the North of Ireland.

Titles include the subtle and powerful documentary Fire at Sea, in which life on the Italian island of Lampedusa is shaken by waves of refugees; and Those Who Jump which provides a raw glimpse into the lives of African migrants hoping to make it into Europe by scaling a barrier between Morocco and the outlying Spanish city of Melilla. Eyes of a Thief, meanwhile, is a thriller exploring the effects of physical and psychological violence on the people compelled to live with it, while Koudelka: Shooting Holy Land follows the titular photographer as he travels through Israel and Palestine capturing a landscape divided by walls and barbed wire. Mental and physical walls also play a big part in Born and Reared (which explores male identity in post-conflict Northern Ireland) and The Wall (which juxtaposes sectarian divisions in North Korea and Northern Ireland).

Land of the Enlightened is a seamless blend of fiction and documentary focusing on the beauty of war-tormented Afghanistan. And our Human Rights strand of short documentaries offers snapshots from conflict zones, border crossings and refugee camps.

Mixtape: Music, Movies and Mavericks

The Fleadh was founded with something of a fiercely independent, DIY, and dare we say it, punk rock attitude at its core. And so it’s with a great sense of excitement that we present this year’s selection of music documentaries featuring some of the most fearlessly independent spirits in music and music film.

Outcasts by Choice follows The Outcasts, who formed in Belfast in 1977, kick-started the Northern Punk Explosion, and rejected sectarian violence. A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story takes us inside the longest running music show in TV history. It’s packed with the greatest music from Texas and beyond, with performances from Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ray Charles, Beck, Alabama Shakes, and Radiohead.

Imagine Waking Up One Morning And All Music Has Disappeared follows one of the most enigmatic and uncompromising figures in contemporary music, Bill Drummond, as he searches for new voices for his choir – in the open fields or in a factory, in a classroom or in a pub. It is a journey towards a “ground zero” in terms of music – a point at which we can try to invent it anew, together, innocent…

Featuring Mogwai, Franz Ferdinand, The Delgados, Arab Strap and more, Lost in France follows fan-favourite Scottish record label Chemikal Underground Records as they re-live the experience of travelling to a once-off gig in rural France in the 90s.

Finally, A Poem is a Naked Person is Les Blank’s free-form documentary about singer-songwriter Leon Russell. Filmed between 1972 and 1974, this singular film has attained legendary status – but it has not been released until now.

Eat, Drink, Love Film

We are proud to present a tastefully curated menu of some of the most mouth-watering and thought-provoking food and drink films from around the world. This strand celebrates Galway’s emerging status as the culinary capital of the Wild Atlantic Way, as well as challenging the way we think about food and sustainability.

To begin, we recommend a pairing of vino and kino, with a synaesthetic screening of The Duel of Wine, a humourous little number of good vintage which stars real-life celebrity sommelier Charlie Arturaola. Both he and producer Lino Pujia will be on hand to introduce new wines during the screening.

Galway filmmaker Risteard Ó Domhnaill provides our main course, with a special screening of his film Atlantic in Galway Harbour. Guests will be welcomed with a reception featuring local craft beer and local seafood served by Stephane Griesbach of Gannet Fishmongers. Following the screening, there will be a Q & A with O’Domhnaill, Griesbach and Michael O’Meara, author of Sea Gastronomy.

After this you may need a digestif! Barista introduces the world to the competitive espresso-making circuit, profiling five enterprising young baristas as they vie for a national title. Join us for our own baritsa competition at Badger and Dodo at 4.30pm on Thursday.

Finally, it’s time to pay compliments to the chef, and chef Dani García is ready to welcome you into his kitchen… presuming he still has one. Deconstructing Dani García follows the titular Spanish haute cuisine chef as he reinvents himself following the closure of his two-Michelin-star restaurant.

Bain taitneamh as do bhéile!

Galway Is Film

As well as bringing the best in world cinema and film talent to Galway, we delight in showcasing Galway to the world of film. Aside from its reputation as the cultural heart of Ireland, Galway is very much a city of film. One of only 8 UNESCO-designated Cities of Film worldwide, the development of the film sector in Galway has been nothing short of staggering – it’s worth over €72 million to the local economy and provides over 600 full-time jobs.
First off, we are proud to present work from west-of-Ireland-based filmmakers in the Way Out West short film programme. Similarly, we welcome the return of the Galway Film Centre’s One Minute Film Festival, and we will once again screen a “best of” showcase from Galway’s premiere grassroots short film event, Little Cinema Galway.

The Irish Film Institute returns with a whole new diverse programme of films about Galway from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Amateur films of holidays in the west of Ireland play alongside 1950s public information films featuring Dr. Noel Browne and the building of TB sanatoria; the life of a Connemara farmer in 1941 contrasts with aerial footage of Ireland by Scottish aviatrix Winnie Drinkwater.
We will also present a very special screening of local filmmaker Risteard Ó Domhnaill’s Atlantic, which examines the political, economic and environmental threats to the Atlantic Ocean. (See above for more details.)

Our closing film, Sanctuary, is a wonderful, unique feature from Galway’s Blue Teapot Company. Employing a large cast of actors with intellectual disabilities, the film tackles issues such as the right to intimacy.

Out On Film

Once again we are proud to bring a programme of the best in LGBTQI cinema from around the world to our audiences in Galway. We kick things off with the European premiere of Jewel’s Catch One. In 1973, bar-owner Jewel Thais-Williams, created a disco for those seeking refuge from both racial discrimination and homophobia in the black community. It was one of the first black gay clubs in America, and everyone from Sammy Davis Jr. to Chaka Khan performed behind its darkened windows.

Uncle Howard is the story of New York filmmaker Howard Brookner, whose work (buried in William S. Burroughs’ bunker for 30 years) captured the late 70s and early 80s cultural revolution. In this revelatory documentary, Brookner’s nephew, Aaron, explores the legacy of a life cut short by AIDS.

Catherine Corsini’s Summertime is a sumptuous and unapologetic romance set in early 70s France. Farmers’ daughter Delphine moves to Paris to break free from the shackles of her family. Her encounter with Carole who is actively involved in the stirrings of the feminist movement turns their lives upside down. Likewise, albeit set in contemporary Israel, Barash follows a schoolgirl as she struggles painfully towards liberation from her family. She finds salvation in the arms of a new arrival at school who sets her heart beating.

Finally, 25 years after Paris Is Burning, which uncovered the drag scene and voguing balls of 1980s New York, this celebrated underground culture pulses with fresh energy once again in Kiki, which explores the thriving voguing culture that provides an outlet for self-expression for at-risk LGBTQ youth of colour.