Cultural Ireland – Galway Film Fleadh 2008

Galway is the home of some of Irelands best festivals and the Galway Film Fleadh is no exception. This festival takes place throughout the city and features a huge host of films, both feature length and short. The festival will be taking place from the 8th to the 13th of July so if you have any interesting in movies set your calendars now.

The Galway Film Fleadh in 2008 will be the 20th such annual festival so the organisers have decided to pull out all the stops for this extra special event. The Film Fleadh (Fleadh is Gaelic for Festival) will be run over 6 days from the 8th of July to the 13th. During this Fleadh you will see a number of world premieres, screenings of old classics and a number of tributes.

The main centres of the Fleadh will be the Town Hall Theatre, the city Omniplex and the Cinemobile which is Irelands travelling cinema. Over the course of the Fleadh there will be approximately 70 Irish and International feature films, about 100 short films and roughly 25 documentaries.

The opening event for the Fleadh on the 8th is a screening of Fugitive Pieces, a tale set in Nazi-occupied Poland and tells of the hardships faced by the people during that period. The closing event for the festival on the 13th will be a screening of Bonnesville. This movie, which features the well known actor Jessica Lange, who will be in attendance, tells the tale of a group of friends who go through a second coming of age during a trip across America. Some other big names you can expect to see include Gabriel Byrne, who presents “Stories from Home” an insight into the life of one of the world’s leading actors; and Peter O’Toole who is the subject of this years tribute selection.

Other movies you can look forward to include Surveillance, starring Bill Pullman; The Visitor, Blackout, and some home-grown talent will be featured in such movies as Anton, Alarm, and Vox Humana. There will also be a number of other events such as Masterclasses, Seminars, outreach events, Debates, Public Interview and the Galway Film Fair which is a great place for any budding filmmaker to meet possible financiers.

How to get there: Galway is Irelands 3rd city and located half way up the western coastline. If you are starting from Dublin you simply have to head west on the N4 for about 60kms before turning off onto the N6 which should take you all the way to Galway City. The entire journey is a little over 200kms.

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