The Story Behind the Surprise Film

In 1985, the late Michael Dwyer launched the first Dublin Film Festival. The inaugural festival had a diverse programme that contained such future classics as Heimat, Insignificance and The Official Version. Only after the programme had gone to press, did he and fellow founder Myles Dungan discover that they were one film short. With characteristic flair, Michael Dwyer turned this potential mishap into one of the most beloved slots in the festival; the Surprise Film.

In the 32 years since the first Surprise Film, the structure of the festival has changed only slightly. Each year, the Surprise Film is shown amid great speculation and no one – not even the projectionist – knows the film’s title until the first few frames on screen slowly reveal its true identity.

So, as usual, no clues for this year’s title but join the discussion on Twitter. Follow us at @dublinfilmfest and tag your suggestions #ADIFFSurprise

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Often met with laughs, whoops or groans, the Surprise Film has been a staple of the Festival since 2003. Check out the list of previous ADIFF Surprise Films below:

2017 Get Out
2016 Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot
2015 Good Kill
2014 Muppets Most Wanted
2013 Welcome to the Punch
2012 This must be the Place, El Casa de Mi Padre
2011 Cedar Rapids
2010 Greenberg
2009 Hamlet 2
2008 The Escapist
2007 300
2006 The Jacket
2005 The Squid & The Whale
2004 Starsky & Hutch
2003 Buffalo Soldiers

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