The Dublin International Film Festival is Ireland’s premier event taking place in February each year. It has built a formidable reputation for delivering to audiences the very best in international film and film talent.
Its core elements include a select programme of the most exciting international cinema currently on offer, the best new Irish cinema, a retrospective of much loved and forgotten classics, a children’s strand “Fantastic Flix”, a focus on screenwriting and unique access to a plethora of international filmmaking talent including actors, writers and directors and behind the scenes talent.
An all-encompassing event, carefully curated and ranging from the weird and wonderful to the glamorous and exclusive, DIFF turns the city into a film mecca for cinema-goers and experience-lovers of all kinds.
Soon coming into its 17th year, the Festival has grown to a maturity with a feature programme that charts the very best in new international cinema and a history of guests that include Al Pacino, Julie Andrews, Danny DeVito, Paul Schrader, Angela Lansbury, Eric Bana, Stanley Tucci, Stellan Skarsgard, Richard Gere, Kim Cattrall, Daniel Day-Lewis, Claudia Cardinale, Russell Crowe and Kristin Scott Thomas. The festival also offers a vibrant programme of year-round events which have attracted talents such as Amy Schumer, Ben Affleck, Quentin Tarantino, Bryan Cranston and Ennio Morricone. The Dublin International Film Festival is sponsored by Audi, with principal funding from The Arts Council.
The Dublin International Film Festival’s principal funder is the Arts Council and it is also in receipt of funding from official industry partner, the Irish Film Board. Key partners and funders include hotel partner The Merrion Hotel, print transport partner Wells Cargo, post-production partner Windmill Lane, Fáilte Ireland, social listening partners Olytico, digital out-of-home provider Orbscreen, official food ordering app Just Eat and media partners Entertainment.ie, 98FM, The Times & The Sunday Times and micromedia.ie.