Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

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Jameson Dublin International Film Festival
Location Dublin, Ireland
Founded 2003; refounded 2007
Festival date March
Language English and others

The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival is a film festival held every year in Dublin, Ireland.


The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival was established in 2003. It was revived by Michael Dwyer, renowned international film critic and The Irish Times Chief Film Correspondent, along with David McLoughlin, film producer. The duo had started the initial Dublin film Festival in the 1980s when Mc Loughlin was still an undergraduate in Trinity College Dublin. The festival was established to present an opportunity for Dublin's cinema-going audiences to experience the best in Irish and international cinema.

"Dublin has remarkable film attendance per capita, among the highest in Europe, certainly the highest in the EU," Dwyer said in a 2003 interview. "It seems absurd that the city didn't have an international film festival."[1]

The festival secured €25,000 in funding from the Arts Council of Ireland for planning purposes the first year which has since increased to over €100,000. Jameson Irish Whiskey continues to be the title sponsor of the festival providing significant support each year and backing the festival with a major marketing campaign. The festival is currently[when?][specify] in the third year of a three-year sponsorship agreement with Jameson.[citation needed] The festival is also supported by a number of significant partners including The Irish Times, FM104, Conrad Hotel, Cineworld, McConnells, MSL Mercedes-Benz, Windmill Lane and Cine Electric. Other funders include The Irish Film Board, Dublin City Council, Fáilte Ireland and a number of Cultural Institutions including the Goethe Institut.

In 2007, the festival introduced a career achievement award, the Volta Award, to celebrate individuals who have made a significant contribution to the world of film. In the same year the festival also introduced the Audience Award recipients of which include Once and the surfing documentary Waveriders.

Festival venues include the Screen Cinema, Hawkins Street; Cineworld, Parnell Street; the Savoy Cinema, O'Connell Street and the Irish Film Institute, Eustace Street. In 2008 Movies@Dundrum was used as a venue. In 2009 the Light House Cinema, Smithfield was added as a venue.

2008 saw a significant change to the festival's executive with Gráinne Humphreys replacing Michael Dwyer as Festival Director and Joanne O'Hagan assuming the role, formerly held by Rory Concannon, of chief executive officer. Michael Dwyer assumed the position of Chairman of the Dublin International Film Festival Board with David McLouglin stepping down.

Over 38,000 admissions were recorded for the 2008 festival for ticketed events. Non ticketed events include a citywide installation Dublin on Screen to celebrate Dublin's cinematic heritage. The initiative featured films shot on location in Dublin and screened on the very spot that they were shot on.

The festival has come to be regarded as an important event for the cinema of Ireland, bringing together film-makers, actors, producers and other celebrities from Ireland and around the world. The festival continues to be committed to supporting film and in 2008 initiated a significant International Screen Writing Award, Write Here, Write Now. The winner of the award was announced at the 2009 festival which took place from 12 – 22 February 2009.


The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival introduced the Volta Awards in 2007. The award is named after Dublin's first cinema, the Volta Picture Theatre, established by author James Joyce in 1905.[2] Awards are given for career achievement and audience favourite. Critics' awards were first presented in 2009. The Michael Dwyer Discovery Award' was created in 2010 after his death to honour Irish people working in film.





The 2010 festival was held from 18 to 28 February 2010.

Career Achievement Awards:[7]

Audience Award: His & Hers

Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards:[8]


The 2011 festival was held from 17 to 27 February 2011.

Career Achievement Awards:

Audience Award: Benda Bilili!

Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards:


Volta Awards:

Audience Award: The Raid: Redemption

Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards:


The 2013 festival ran from 14–24 February.

Volta Career Achievement Awards:

The Dublin Film Critics Circle selected the following winners:[12]

Jury Prizes were awarded to:


The 2014 festival ran from 13–23 February.

Volta Career Achievement Awards:

The Dublin Film Critics Circle selected the following winners:[13]

Jury Prizes were awarded to:


The 2015 festival ran from 19–29 March.

Volta Career Achievement Awards:

The Dublin Film Critics Circle selected the following winners:[14]

Audience Awards went to:

Special Jury Prizes were awarded to:

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