Clonmel to host international film festival

An international film festival that has attracted short movies from across the world will take place for the first time in Clonmel this September.

The 'International Film Festival Ireland' will be held in several locations around the town from September 7 to 12.

Announcing the exciting news to The Nationalist, this week, local man Will Nugent told how he had attracted the festival to the town, and how, before it has even been held, it is already more successful than other international film festivals in their first years.

The festival is a real coup for Clonmel, which has swept in at the last minute to take the festival from Galway, where it was to have been held.

While arrangements are still at an early stage for the festival, two venues have already been confirmed - Knocklofty House Hotel and Hotel Minella. According to Will, organisers are on the hunt for two or three more venues where people can gather to watch the films. The venues also need to have a projector and DVD equipment.

Films will be shown from 10am to 6pm on each day of the festival and the week will culminate with an awards ceremony.

So far 220 films have been submitted for the festival - an impressive total that normally takes about three years for a film festival to attract.

The film festival is being run by company Amritsa, who run film festivals in several countries. A full list of the films which have been submitted, and the countries they originate from, can be seen on the company's website:

Mr Nugent said he worked to bring the festival to Clonmel, his home town, for years. At a previous festival he won an award for a short film he made, 'Race the Drop.' At that time he met Binda Singh of the festival and suggested Ireland as a venue.

The festival has the potential to draw a lot of people to Clonmel, he pointed out. There are 32 award categories, with five nominees in each. That alone should draw many of the film makers to the town.

Organisers plan to hold social events around the film showings.

All screenings of all films will be free of charge to the public, and a full schedule of screenings will be published closer to the festival date. People are invited to come along and stay all day watching short films, or to wander around to different screenings.

Organisers hope to expose as many people as possible to short films.


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