Bloomsday Film Festival

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'Whenever I am obliged to lie with my eyes closed I see a cinematograph going on and on and it brings back to my memory things I had almost forgotten.’ - James Joyce. Ireland’s most literary film festival is back for its third year, and a very special one indeed as 2022 is the centenarian celebration of the publication of Ulysses (1922). The film festival was set up to be a celebration of cinema, literature, and artistic innovation, inspired by the long reaching arm of Ireland’s patriarch of modernism, James Joyce. The festival is run in partnership with the Bloomsday Festival & the James Joyce Centre. The festival will run between the 11th - 16th June, online and with live screenings in Dublin at the historic James Joyce Centre and the IFI. Over the previous two years we brought Bloomsday to you with our online programmes filled with Ulyssean cinematic delights in our Joycean Shorts programme. Though we loved the connection this gave us to the global Bloomsday community, it has always been our vision for the BFF to be an exciting live event, and to marry it with other Bloomsday traditions, e.g dressing up, live performances & readings. So this year, fingers crossed, we are very happy to be welcoming live audiences for the first time and hope that the festival will become an unmissable map point on the day’s adventure. So because of this, this year’s festival will be a hybrid event, online & physical. We are opening up the programme this year to include, as well as the Joycean Shorts programme; Irish Literature Shorts, Stream of Consciousness Shorts, Irish Experimental Shorts, Dublin Short Stories, and our new exciting competition ‘The One Minute Odyssey’ (See our website on how to apply). We want to encourage artistic innovation within the medium, and films that seek to push the craft forward, as Joyce did so greatly within his own craft, literature. A programme of winning films will screen in the IFI.

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