by / October 21st, 2010 /

Darklight 2010: Heroes Edition

Review by on October 21st, 2010

Next week sees the return of Dublin’s Darklight festival, the celebration of the very best in independent, DIY and artist films and State is very happy to be a media partner once more. For it’s eleventh year, Festival Director Nicky Gogan will oversee an exciting Halloween weekend of film, animation, art, music, workshops, exclusive film premiers, screenings of competition winners, surprise guests, and a cracking party at The Grand Social co-hosted by our good selves.

The 2010 Theme is HEROES, and some of the festival’s favorite alumni have invited their heroes to program screenings, workshops and gigs for Darklight 2010. This team of very special programmers are:
animator David O’Reilly; art/music/technology collective Synth Eastwood; independent gig promoters and record label Skinny Wolves; film & animation history lecturer and musician Michael Connerty; digital rights expert and documentary filmmaker Caroline Campbell; and producer extraordinaire Katie Holly.

Here are the details of this year’s festival:

Thursday 28 October from 7pm at Grand Social
Festival Launch Party & Opening Night

The Darklight Festival Launch Event in association with Krombacher and

To kick off the festival in style there’ll be DJs, live music from synth-sensations Le Galaxie as well as Vengeance and The Panther Queen, and the special screening of Sony Ericsson’s Free Your Film winners’ short films as below.

LAUNCH INCLUDES: Sony Ericsson’s ‘Free Your Film’ Screening
Following on from the great success of Darklight’s previous film making challenges, ‘Dublin: The Movie’ and ‘Hotel Darklight’, this year’s Darklight movie making challenge is Sony Ericsson’s ‘Free Your Film’. This competition to find aspiring filmmakers was run by Sony Ericsson and Darklight. They were given a budget of €3000 each to make a short film, to be premiered on the opening night of the Darklight Film Festival.

Four young Irish filmmakers have been selected – Carmel Callan, David Freyne, Jessie Ward, Shane Maher & Anthony Fitzsimons. You can keep track of their progress, as they post production updates to the Darklight blog

Darklight are providing invaluable support from their expert guest producer, Katie Holly from Blinder Films, while Sony Ericsson are providing the HD video camera. The camera comes in the form of the new Sony Ericsson Vivaz, the world’s smallest HD video camera phone.

Friday 29 October 2010 10 – 6pm, Filmbase
Transmedia Symposium in association with Official Industry Partner Irish Film Board/ Board Scannan na hEireann

A day-long event exploring digital and analogue networks as a creative tool for storytelling, as well as a means to reach audiences and finance and distribute films. Led by Lance Weiler, Transmedia Hero, creator of and pioneer of all things digital.

Friday 29 October 2010 2pm, IFI
Michael Connerty Presents: The Strange and Magical World of Czech Animation

A rare screening of 35mm prints of films by the masters of Czech puppet and stop-motion animation: Karel Zeman, Jiri Barta, Jan Svankmajer, and Jiri Trnka. The films, by turns arresting and beautiful, odd and surreal, have huge influence in contemporary animation and include a couple of Oscar-winners.

Friday 29 October 2010 8pm, Grand Social
Skinny Wolves Present: Xiu Xiu & Former Ghosts

The current incarnation of American gothic pop band Xiu Xiu play tracks from their tenth album, Dear God, I Hate Myself, which includes four tracks produced on a Nintento DS. Special Guests include Former Ghosts with Skinny Wolves & Special guest DJs.

Saturday 30 October 1pm, IFI
Michael Connerty Presents: Contemporary Animation, the Best of Annecy 2010

Michael Connerty has picked an unmissable selection from this year’s Annecy festival and thrown in some additional treats. Come and see some incredible films – a number of which picked up awards at the festival – animated music videos, and new work by Max Hattler, Malcolm Sutherland and others.

Saturday 30 October 2010 – 2.30pm, IFI Screen 2
David O’Reilly Presents: A Programme of Early Animation and Animated Rarities

David O’Reilly is an Irish-born Berlin-based animator and winner of the Darklight Audience Award 2008. The Irish Premiere of David’s brand new movie The External World which won the Venice Short Film Nomination for the European Film Awards. It will screen alongside a package of animation gems that David has programmed for Darklight.

Saturday 30 October, 7.00pm IFI Screen 2
Synth Eastwood Presents: Seperado! (Rhys & Jones, documentary, 2010)

A psychedelic western musical in which director Dylan Goch follows Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals, Neon Neon) through the theatres, nightclubs and desert teahouses of Wales, Brazil and the Argentine Andes as he discovers what became of his long-lost Patagonian uncle. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Rhys and Goch.

Saturday 30 October, 11am, IFI
Artist In Focus – Gerard Byrne

This strand of Darklight features the work of exceptional Irish artists who sum up the spirit of independent cinema. In previous years artists have included Vivienne Dick, Paddy Jolley and Willie Doherty. This year the beam of Darklight 2010 will be turned on Gerard Byrne, who will talk through a selection of his work.

Darklight is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.