The 2008 Darklight Film Festival, celebrating all that’s good about film, animation, art and technology, takes place from June 26th – 29th.
Darklight is Ireland’s premier festival for filmmakers, animators and artists whose work explores the convergence of art, film and technology.
Digital filmmaking techniques have become increasingly universal, they have revolutionised contemporary filmmaking practice and contributed hugely to the liberation of animation. In response to this the Darklight programme has become focused on work that challenges; concepts, visual aesthetic, narrative, access, methods of production and dialogue through these contemporary filmmaking techniques.
Darklight exhibits work that pushes these boundaries and displays creative excellence. Our mission is to nurture new talent and to create new possibilities for the imagination.
Between the screenings, symposia (symposiumses?), workshops, seminars and assorted film related events there’s far too much on the schedule to do any justice here, but highlights include Crispin Hellion Glover‘s Big Slide Show live, alongside screenings of It is Fine. Everything is Fine! and What is It?, a screening of 1982 nerd fantasy / cult classic Tron (and a workshop with Tron visual effects guru Ken Perlin beforehand), a focus on Warp Films, including a workshop with actor Paddy Considine and, perhaps most exciting of all (well for me anyway), an exhibition of classic computer games. For the duration of the festival there will be screenings of 15 second films in a custom build two seater cinema in the recently reopened Light House Cinema. Darklight will close with an "experimental documentary portrait" of Dublin, created in only 72 hours by Darklight curator Lenny Abrahamson and friends.
As you’d expect, tickets for some of these events are moving quite quickly. Make sure to take a look at the whole Darklight programme (pdf) for full details on the festival. Darklight are also looking for volunteers to assist with the festival, so why not give them a shout if you can lend a hand?