GAZE Launches & the 25 Greatest Music Docs


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Gaze Film Festival Launches

Last Thursday the 25th June, just before Pride, the GAZE film Festival launched their exciting new programme. Bigger than ever before, the annual LGBT festival is now in it’s 23rd year. There is an energetic pulse to this year’s programme: the marriage referendum has just past, GAZE submissions are at a higher rate than previous years and the total number of films has increased to 40 films.

We are also delighted that our Festival Director Grainne Humphreys has been ask to host a Q&A with director Jeffrey Schwarz for the Closing Gala and Irish Premiere of Tab Hunter Confidential. The GAZE film festival runs from the 30th July - 3rd August in the Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield. The full programme is available online at

To Read - The 25 Greatest Music Docs of all Time

In previous years the DIFF audiences have selected fantastic music documentaries such as Los Wild Ones and the unforgettable Anvil! The Story of Anvil for the Audience Award. The Telegraph have put together a comprehensive see-before-you-die list, have you seen them all?  Click here for more.

A Few of my Favourite things…

Festival Friend Padraic Coffey, writer for A Fan of Words, interviews Grainne Humphreys about her favourite film, book and album. They discuss the deceptive simplicity of Bonnie & Clyde, a fascinating perspective on Russia’s various cultures in Natasha’s Dance and reminisce on a time without complexities through the The Best of Blondie. Click here for more.

Submissions Open

Submissions for feature films and documentaries over 60 mins are now open for DIFF 2016.

We have a highly competitive submission process, with hundreds of entries from which a select choice will make the catalogue. Last year our submissions unearthed some wonderful gems such as August Winds, a beautiful tale of young love in Brazil.

Enter now through Film Freeway and avail of the early bird submission fee. Stay tuned for more news on our shorts submissions…

Now in Cinemas

- A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

If you see only one Iranian vampire western this year, make it Ana Lily Amirpour’s stunningly stylish and original debut.

- Cinderella

Disney’s spectacular live action version of the classic fairy tale is directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars Lily James and Cate Blanchett.

- Force Majeure

A husband’s act of cowardice begins to poison his relationships with his family in this dark psycho-comedy-drama from Ruben Östlund (Play).

- Fortune’s Wheel

Tells the extraordinary story of Irish lion tamer Bill Stephens, whose act went disastrously wrong when one of his animals escaped in 1951.

- Glassland

Toni Collette and Jack Reynor star in this award-winning drama about a young man sucked into the Dublin gang world.

Coming Soon

- Eden

A young DJ struggles to make it big in Mia Hansen-Løve’s stylish homage to the French club scene.

- The Salt of the Earth

Wim Wenders co-directs this Oscar-nominated tribute to the extraordinary life and work of Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado.