Exhibitions at ADIFF 2018

Cedric Gibbons Exhibition

Friday 2nd March
NCAD Gallery, 100 Thomas St

Dublin-born Cedric Gibbons was the most successful art director in the history of cinema. His team at MGM shaped the sets, props and costumes for more than a thousand lms, contributing greatly to the studio’s reputation as Hollywood’s number one ‘dream factory.’ He conceived the colossal sets of Ben-Hur (1925); the technicolour realm of The Wizard of Oz (1939); and Van Gogh’s world in Lust for Life (1956). Gibbons’ enthusiasm for abstract art and art deco interiors probably did more to promote modernist design than any architect or designer of the era. He won eleven Oscars for his art direction, receiving the famous statuette that he himself had designed.

Gibbons’ life and work will be marked by the Audi Dublin International Film Festival with screenings in various venues; and a foyer exhibition and one-day conference on the role of design in the cinema (Friday 2nd March) at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.


The Cedric Gibbons retrospective includes:

The Big Parade, Mon 26th Feb / IFI 1/ 13.30

Dinner at Eight, Tues 27th Feb / IFI 1/ 13.30

Grand Hotel, Wed 28th Feb / IFI 1/ 13.30

An American in Paris, Fri 1st Mar / IFI 1/ 13.30 

2018 Photography Exhibition: Celebrating Irish Talent

Wednesday 21st February 
Powerscourt Town Centre, 59 William St S

After the resounding success that was Hugh O’Conor’s first solo exhibition of black and white portraits featuring Irish talent in 2017, the Audi Dublin International Film Festival is delighted to continue this creative strand for a second year.

Returning to Powerscourt Town Centre, you are invited to and appreciate a new series of wonderful portraits featuring new and well known faces from Irish film as featured in the 2018 ADIFF programme. Shooting 120 film on his Hasselblad, Hugh’s approach utilising only natural light, yields stunning results. We would eagerly encourage you to pay this exhibition a visit www.hughoconor.com​

Brown Bag Films Behind the Scenes

Feb 21st - Mar 4th
Light House Cinema, Market Square

There are so many people behind the scenes, of any animation production, who must combine their exceptional gifts in order to bring the work to life. Characters begin their lives drawn on paper and often go through hundreds of iterations, with a variety of teams, before they are approved for screen. It’s not often that the talented team of artists, designers, colourists, modellers and art directors get their work seen and appreciated by a larger audience, so it’s with great pride we are happy to showcase this work.

– Darragh O’Connell, Creative Director, Brown Bag Films 

NCAD Exhibition

Feb 21st - March 4th
Light House and Other Venues

To celebrate our move to The Digital Hub in Dublin 8, we have collaborated with a number of local institutions including the National College of Art & Design’s Second Year Graphic Design and Illustration students, who have interpreted a number of Festival films. You’ll find their original designs dotted throughout the festival in this celebration of new film and new talent.

Thirst Street poster by: James O’Connor