*** Irish premier of the Directors cut – The Act Of Killing (with very special guests) *** Irish premiere – A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness (Ben Rivers and Ben Russell) *** Mozilla / Popathon Hack Days – Mozilla Foundation (US) & Philo van Kemenade (UK) and Giles Pradeau (Portugal) of Popathon *** Darklight Symposium with Anna Higgs Film 4.0 and guests *** Journey to the End Of The Night, presented by ‘Make and Do’ – Dublin’s first free street chasing- game of epic proportions *** ‘The Broadcast Imagination’ Panel Discussion with Maeve Connolly, Linda Doyle and Jessica Foley *** Screening of three new experimental documentaries by Pat Collins, Vivienne Dick and Tadhg O’Sullivan with post screening Q&A *** Saturday Night Party Event with Forza Italo, Skinny Wolves and Simon Bird *** Previously unscreened in Ireland – Award winning Sunday Shorts Programme *** Screening of over 200 Original Animated GIFs and Darklight’s Awards Ceremony
Terence Davies Season. Darklight and the IFI presented a season of works from iconic British Director Terence Davies. A total of five Terence Davies films were presented, including House of Mirth, The Long Day Closes and Of Time and the City. Terence took part in a public interview discussing his career as well as introducing the films.
GRABBERS VFX Workshop. Jon Wright (Director) and Paddy Eason (VFX Supervisor) will focus on the post production VFX on Irish monster comedy film Grabbers.
Opening Film ‘Grandma Lo-Fi’. An Icelandic documentary about an elderly outsider musician who started making music in her 70’s, featuring top Icelandic bands discussing her influence on their work, including Sigur Rós, múm and Mugison. Director Kristen Björk Kristjánsdóttir will introduce the screening.
Closing Film ‘Indie Game – The Movie’. With the twenty-first century comes a new breed of struggling independent artist: the indie game designer. Refusing to toil for major developers, these innovators independently conceive, design, and program their distinctly personal games in the hope that they, too, may find success.
Indie Gaming. The best games from the Independent Gaming Festival 2012 are coming to Darklight as well as some never before seen games from international indie game developers.
Kids Programme. Families with young children are well catered for with a dedicated kid’s programme that is sure to keep them entertained and create some budding young filmmakers before the weekend is out. Featuring a workshop in designing your own character for animation and a workshop in stop motion animation, both of which will be taught by the best in their field, as well as animation screenings and kids educational gaming.
HiFi v LoFi >> VFX an in-depth round table discussion with representatives from various sides of the budgetary spectrum discussing their various VFX techniques and tricks, and how all budget levels have a part to play in today’s filmic landscape.
Topics include: the impact of accessible VFX techniques on the filmmaking landscape. Can the draw of VFX in an indie movie make up for the lack of major name stars and other budgetary trappings? Are VFX techniques a way for Indie features to get noticed and find audiences? Projects discussed will be Monsters, Trollhunter, Attack the Block and of course, Grabbers and Lockout.