Date: 11th – 15th of October 2023
About: The 13th edition of OFFline Film Festival has something for all film lovers from October 11th to October 15th in Birr with Irish language features, Made in the Midlands, Fright Night at Kinnitty Castle, a special edition of Food & Film, and over 50 Irish and International short films plus lots more. This year’s opening film is the Irish- language feature is TARRAC by the Offaly duo of Eugene O’Brien and Declan Recks. Screening at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre on Wednesday, October 12th, (8:30 pm), it’s on intimate character study and exciting sports drama set against the stunning landscapes and seas of the Kerry Gaeltacht. An Cailin Ciuin, another Irish language feature, that has being wowing crowds all over the world since its release in May will also be screened in partnership with Film@BirrTheatre on Thursday, October 13th at 8pm. Back in 2019, OFFline opened with a Made in the midlands compilation and it has now become a firm fixture on the programme. The 2022 edition will be on Thursday, October 13th, at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre. Included in the programme will be the world premiere of Whale, a Film Offaly Bursary award winner. The impressive collection also features other live – action shorts made in Offaly and those made elsewhere by Offaly filmmakers. 2022 was also a record – breaking year for short film submissions to OFFline with over 400 sent in for consideration. During the festival, over 50 Irish and international live-action and animation shorts on Friday, October 14th, at The Chestnut and four screenings of live-action shorts throughout the day at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre on Saturday, October 15th. Friday Night is back for the first time since 2019. This time the venue is Kinnitty Castle on Friday, October 14th. This event has sold out every year, so advance booking is strongly advised. Food & Film is also back on the schedule on Friday at The Chestnut.
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