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Dingle International Film Festival

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Dingle International Film Festival
Founded byMaurice Galway
AwardsGregory Peck Award

The Dingle International Film Festival (DIFF: Irish Gaelic: Féile Scannán Idirnáisiúnta an Daingin) was a film festival held annually in March that took place between 2007 and 2019 in Dingle, Ireland.


Established in 2007 by Maurice Galway, the festival screened a number of films over the years, including the World Premiere of We'll Always Have Dingle, a documentary about Galway founding the festival. The film played in 2010 and again in 2011. Galway won the Gregory Peck award at the festival in 2019.[1][2]

Notable guests have included inventor Garrett Brown, Gabriel Bryne, Laura Dern, Ned Dowd, Aidan Gillen, sound engineer Tom Johnson, Sarah Miles, Cillian Murphy, Barry Keoghan, Barbara Kopple, Maureen O Hara, Sir Alan Parker, Jack Reynor, Saoirse Ronan, Jim Sheridan and Scott Wilson.[3][4]

Festival closing[edit]

The festival closed its doors for financial reasons in July 2019.[5] The Animation Dingle Film Festival, an "offshoot" of DIFF, will continue.[6] The 2020 presentations, scheduled for 20–21 March 2020, was cancelled due to COVID-19 but winners were announced via a live-stream awards announcement presented by JAM Media.[7]


The Gregory Peck Award for Excellence in the Art of Film[edit]

The family of iconic Hollywood actor Gregory Peck presented a career achievement award at the festival. Peck's great grandmother Catherine Ashe hailed from Annascaul in the Dingle Peninsula.[8][9] Peck was a cousin to Thomas Ashe, founding member and battalion commander of the Irish Volunteers during the Easter Rising who later died in prison as the result of a hunger strike.[10]

Notable recipients at Dingle IFF are Gabriel Byrne, Jim Sheridan, Jean Jacques Beineix, Stephen Frears and Laura Dern. In 2014, the Peck family began presenting the award at the San Diego International Film Festival in the actor's native hometown. Other recipients include Alan Arkin, Patrick Stewart, Annette Bening, Keith Carradine and Laurence Fishburne.[11][12]

Animation awards[edit]

In 2015, the festival held an awards ceremony in association with Animation Ireland. Recipients of the Murakami Award have included Jimmy T. Murakami, Richie Baneham, Tomm Moore and Don Bluth and Gary Goldman.[13]

Non-competition events[edit]

The Irish Film Board has hosted a selection of critically acclaimed Irish films.[14]

Classic films like Ryan's Daughter (1970) have opened the festival.[15]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "Dingle International Film Festival announces Gregory Peck Award For Excellence in the Art of Film recipient Maurice Galway | Dingle International Film Festival". RadioKerry. 29 June 2019. Archived from the original on 19 August 2019. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Film star Gregory Peck's son to present award in Dingle". Radio Kerry. 29 June 2019. Archived from the original on 17 July 2019. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  3. ^ "About us | Dingle International Film Festival". 26 May 2019. Archived from the original on 26 May 2019. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  4. ^ Murphy, Niall (22 February 2018). "#Festival: Irish Film at Dingle International Film Festival 2018". Scannain. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  5. ^ McDermott, Stephen (13 June 2019). "One of Ireland's best-known film festivals has been forced to close its doors over a lack of funding". TheJournal.ie. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Final curtain falls on under-funded Dingle International Film Festival". kerryman. 22 June 2019. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  7. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (24 March 2020). "Animation Dingle Winners Announced in Streamed JAM Media Event". Animation Magazine. Archived from the original on 25 March 2020. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  8. ^ "The Gregory Peck Award: For Excellence in the Art of Film. | Dingle International Film Festival". Archived from the original on 25 February 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  9. ^ "American Cousin: Gregory Peck". 1 March 2017. Archived from the original on 1 March 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Gregory Peck's family reconnect with Ireland". www.irishexaminer.com. 25 June 2019. Archived from the original on 24 October 2020. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  11. ^ McNary, Dave (10 September 2014). "Alan Arkin, Michelle Monaghan Set for San Diego Film Festival Honors". Variety. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  12. ^ "San Diego Int'l Film Fest marks Gregory Peck centennial with cinema excellence award Sept. 29 in La Jolla - La Jolla Light". 29 September 2016. Archived from the original on 29 September 2016. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  13. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (20 March 2019). "Animation Dingle Welcomes Nora Twomey, Bonnie Arnold for Stellar 7th Edition". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  14. ^ Murphy, Niall (22 February 2018). "#Festival: Irish Film at Dingle International Film Festival 2018". Scannain. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  15. ^ "'Ryan's Daughter' returns to Kerry for the Dingle International Film Festival". www.irishexaminer.com. 11 March 2016. Archived from the original on 16 May 2021. Retrieved 4 October 2019.

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