Shebeen Flick Irish Film Festival 2018 took place on 15th-18th March in Kino Moviemento in Berlin and on 24th-25th March in Souterrain Kino-Keller in Düsseldorf.
In curating the programme for 2018, we paid special attention to the balance in genre and format but also the balance in gender. We were delighted to see a whopping 234% increase in submissions by female filmmakers when compared to 2017. As a result, for the first time, we were able to achieve a 50-50% gender balance in the selected feature films.
For the first time, the festival included a Virtual Reality experience: SONG OF THE SEA VR, an immersive experience based on the Oscar® nominated animation of the same title by Irish director Tomm Moore. The programme included the wacky 6-part story THE MUSTERING OF THE HARRIER, which is paired with a live performance and requires audience participation – sheer fun.
Over four days in Berlin and a weekend in Düsseldorf, the festival presented a number of gems such as KISSING CANDICE, SCHOOL LIFE and the German Premieres of AMANDA COOGAN: LONG NOW, WITHOUT NAME and the knockout Roller Derby documentary REVOLUTIONS.
Last but not least, we were thrilled to have a significant number of filmmakers attending the festival: Aoife MacAdle, Lorcan Finnegan, Mirjam Strugalla,Charlie Doran, Hugh Cooney, Alan O’Gorman, Paddy Cahill, Pam Cahill, Tess Motherway, Aisling MacNamara, Alasdair Killin, David Greene, Donal Moloney, Ellis Fagan, Joe Hallgate and Tess O’Shea.