After the success of our post last week, Lalie Crowley on Galway Film Fleadh, we thought we would have a look at more interesting film festivals.

This year, Dublin Feminist Film Festival is back for its seventh year. 

The mission statement of Dublin Feminist Film Festival is “to celebrate female filmmaking in all its many forms”. For DFFF, this means platforming films where women are both in front of and behind the camera. We have to say; it’s nice to see festivals with similar goals to Her International Film Festival gain so much traction!

Hosted by the Irish Film Institute, the festival runs this weekend. From Friday the 20th to Sunday the 22nd. The IFI is showing a programme centred on female filmmakers. The festival programme also reflects a desire not just to showcase Irish filmmakers, but filmmakers from across the globe.

Some films will be screened in person at the IFI, and some will be available online. See the programme here.

Some highlights include:

Wildfire (directed by Cathy Brady, 2020) stars Nora-Jane Noone and the late Nika McGuigan. Set in Northern Ireland, it is the story of two sisters who work to unearth the truth of their mother’s past.

Wildfire will be screened in the IFI on Saturday the 21st of August.

Afterward (Ofra Bloch & Bassam Aramin, 2020) is a documentary that looks at the hidden trauma of victims in different conflict and post-conflict regions. The filmmaker, Ofra Bloch, travels to Germany, Israel and Palestine in an attempt to reckon with some uncomfortable truths and move forward.

Afterward is available to rent on IFI@Home.

Maternal (Maura Delpero, 2019) is a drama about Lu, a teenage mother, and her baby. They live in a refuge in Buenos Aires run by nuns. The film explores the journey of motherhood as it is for marginalised women.

Maternal is available to rent on IFI@Home.

And that’s just three films from the programme – there are many other brilliant films being shown. We know we’ll be attending!