The inaugural Mullingar International Film Festival in February 2020 will raise funds for T.E.A.M. (Temporary Emergency Accommodation Mullingar), who deliver frontline support services for homeless women and children in the Irish Midlands.
Mullingar International Film Festival is a one-night celebration of award-winning independent Irish and international short films in the Mullingar Park Hotel.
The Mullingar International Film Festival will feature a number of award-winning short films by well-regarded Irish and International Filmmakers, some of which will be premiering in Ireland at the event. The Festival will also feature the local premiere of the award-winning film, “I Created You” by Mullingar filmmaker Noel McIntyre, profiling the work of renowned woodcarver Richie Clark. Shot in Mullingar, the film features an original score performed by the RTE National Concert Orchestra and has been screened in Film Festivals in 11 countries across 5 continents, winning 6 awards on the International film Festival circuit.
Through our funding recipient T.E.A.M., festival attendees will be directly helping local families impacted by homelessness, whilst also inspiring local artists and filmmakers with this new cultural platform in Mullingar.
Our guests will be welcomed at the Mullingar Park Hotel with a cocktail reception at 7.00 p.m., followed by the film screening programme at 8.00 p.m. on Thursday 20th February. Be there.
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The 7 films to be featured at the Film Festival area:
I CREATED YOU: directed and written by Noel McIntyre. Local première. Profiling renowned wood-carver Richie Clarke as he crafts a sculpture of King Malachy, High King of Ireland for Belvedere House and Gardens on the shores of Lough Ennell in Mullingar.
TIN CAN: written and directed by Pat Battistini, Hollywood. Irish première. The story of JC, an illegal child immigrant from Mexico who lacks US citizenship. He has persevered and prospered working as a rodeo clown for years, but is down on his luck near the Mexican border where he risks getting kicked out of the only country he knows.
FIRST DISCO: written and directed by Helen O’Reilly (Ireland), with Jim Sheridan as executive producer. It’s 1983 and Kelly Harrison is experiencing her first crush and going to her first disco, and she gets landed with a mouthful of ‘train tracks’ braces right before her big night.
THE BLIZZARDS – BEHIND THE MUSIC: directed by Jeff Doyle. Local première. Director Jeff Doyle and crew followed The Blizzards and their manager, Duncan Browne, for a year, capturing exclusive backstage action to create this mockumentary – the likes of which has not been seen since Spinal Tap!
THE FAMILY WAY: written and produced by Roisin Kearney (Ireland). The Murphy family are at a crossroads; their two daughters are about to fly the nest. Mammy and Daddy are considering selling the family home and downsizing… until two pregnancy tests are found in the bathroom drawer. But who’s pregnant?
THE VASECTOMY DOCTOR: directed by Paul Webster (Ireland). The story of Dr Andrew Rynne, the first vasectomy doctor in Ireland, reproductive rights activist and a controversial figure in the 1970s and 80s. Rynne survived an attack in his clinic by an armed gunman, who he later met and forgave.
ANGELS GUARD THEE: starring John (Banjo) Quinn and Brian Fortune (Ireland). Two ageing ex-paramilitaries meet for the first time in almost 30 years. Over the course of a weekend, the pair attempt to reconnect, reminisce and heal old wounds, but the secrets of the past won’t let the present lie.
More information on the films featured here