Free Events

There's been a wonderful response to Hugh O'Conor's photography exhibition 'Celebrating Irish Talent' which ran during the festival. It's now running on until March 9 in Powerscourt Centre, 59 South William Street.

Photography Exhibition: Celebrating Irish Talent

Monday February 16 – Thursday March 9th
Powerscourt Centre, 59 South William Street

To celebrate the wealth of Irish talent in this year’s programme, ADIFF is delighted to present an exhibition of portrait photography featuring a selection of our homegrown talent. The exhibition will be a mixture of personalities from in front of and behind the camera, shot by Hugh O’Conor, someone who is no stranger himself to our cinema screens. Hugh’s acting career spans more than 30 years but his skills also lie behind the camera as a director and a fantastic photographer.

After a year that heralded a record number of Oscar nominations for Irish film, alongside an equally impressive number of Golden Globe nominations going into 2017, it is fair to say that Irish talent is more than holding its own on the global cinematic stage.

Commenting on the exhibition, Hugh O'Conor said: “It’s been a huge privilege to take these Dublin portraits – they’re just some of the talented Irish actors and filmmakers involved in the festival. All the images were shot on black + white film, with a Hasselblad CM camera that I still haven’t managed to break or lose (yet)... ” 

Image: Andrew Scott (Actor)
Photo: Hugh O’Conor

Free But Ticketed

PLEASE NOTE: These events are free but it is necessary to book tickets via the event page listed below. 

Case Study: Without Name​
Mon 20 Feb // 2.30pm // Light House Cinema

A case study will be presented by the filmmakers of Without Name who will reveal their journey from initial pitch to the Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board as part of the Catalyst scheme to their premieres at TIFF, ADIFF and into Irish cinemas later this month.

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In Conversation With...Terence Davies
Wed 22 Feb // 3.00pm // Pearse Street Library

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear firsthand from one of the most celebrated British filmmakers working today. The award-winning Irish novelist and screenwriter, Roddy Doyle, will host this event. 

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Festival Club Events | Club Chats @ Wigwam

Friday 17 February | Are Music Videos Dead?

TIME: 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Spike Jonze, David Fincher, Jonathan Glazer, Anton Corbijn, and Mark Romanek – all critically acclaimed directors who honed their craft directing music videos. But with the decline of broadcast outlets for music videos, and the fierce competition for exposure on the web, is this medium dead for aspiring filmmakers?

Join producers Jason Foran and Mike Donnell V alongside their guest panel to discuss the current trend of music video production both here and abroad.

Panel: Tony Kearns & Piers McGrail. Hosted by Mike Donnelly V & Jason Foran.

Sunday 19 February | Are Trailers Ruining Movies?

TIME: 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Whether it’s to target a certain demographic or to promote a film in a certain way, trailers can be a constant source of controversy when it comes to big releases. Were the best bits in the trailer, or were those scenes from the trailer not in the film at all. Our panel, including David O’Callaghan will lead the discussion about current strategies around trailers and TV spots.

Panel: Charlene Lydon (Light House Cinema), Jason Flood (Dublin Comic Con) & Niall Murphy (

Monday 20 February | Casting Couch - Recasting Classic Films

TIME: 8:30pm - 9:30pm

If Breakfast At Tiffany's was to be remade who would you like to see play Holly Golightly? Or a millennial Breakfast Club for that matter? Come join in our club game of re-casting classic films with contemporary actors.  

Casting professionals Louise Kiely & Thyrza Ging of Louise Kiely Casting will be on hand to judge the best suggestions.

Wednesday 22 February | It Looked Better on Film

TIME: 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Much has been made of the digital vs film debate so we are inviting a panel of filmmakers and film projectionists to give us their perspective and preferences for working with film or digital.

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Thursday 23 February | Is Piracy & V.O.D. the End of Cinema?

TIME: 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Streaming services are broadening their selection, piracy is a widespread problem, and to many, the prospect of a night out at the cinema is a pricey one. Join our panel as they discuss how viewing habits are changing but why there is still no substitute for the magic of the movies. 

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Friday 24 February | In Conversation With...

TIME: 8:30pm - 9:30pm

An informal chat in the festival club, this is an entertaining evening with an Irish film personality. Previous guests have included Peter Sheridan and Ruth McCabe, who entertained and regaled festival goers about their careers and favourite film moments. Keep an eye here and on our social media pages as to when we will announce this year’s guest.

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Annual ADIFF Film Quiz

Tuesday 21 February 

TIME:  8:30pm - late

Now in its 9th year the annual ADIFF Film Quiz separates the film fans from the film fakers, the Cinema liggers from the Cinema lovers and is ultimately an evening of guaranteed fun and laughs. Generously supported by our Film Distribution partners, the festival volunteers and cinemagoers compete for bragging rights and the coolest film merchandise available. To book your table of 4 please email Michelle on