Film Cinema animation on the Dingle Peninsula

Slea Head Dingle Peninsula

"I have been to hundreds of film festivals all over the globe for what seem to be the last hundred years and in my opinion the Dingle Film Festival is the best among them all."

Jimmy T. Murakami (The Snowman, When The Wind Blows)

The Dingle Peninsula has a long association with film, cinema and the movie industry. Some of the greats of the film world have graced this part of the world with movies such as Ryan’s Daughter, Playboy of the Western World, Far and Away and Star Wars - The Last Jedi being filmed here.

The film industry famously set up camp in Dingle Town for a whole year in the late 60’s when the weather refused to cooperate for director David Lean and the whole cast and crew of Ryan's Daughter whiled away a winter waiting.

The Dingle Peninsula, with one independent cinema and a new generation of film makers in residence, has been home to an annual international film festival and an animation festival. Dingle Peninsula is also the venue for Fisín an innovative Irish film scriptwriting competition, whereby scripts in the Irish language are entered in a competition. The winner, who receives a cash prize and equipment use, is expected to return the following year with the finished film.

Dingle Film Festival

Established in 2007 The Dingle International Film Festival which took place annually in March has long been an established date on the film festival circuit. Dingle IFF actively promoted and platformed Irish film, Irish filmmakers and Irish animation, whilst also playing host to major industry players both from Ireland and abroad. Dingle Film Festival was home to the Gregory Peck Award For Excellence in the Art of Film,  with recipients including Gabriel Byrne, Jim Sheridan, Jean Jacques Beineix, Stephen Frears, Laura Dern and The Peck Family. Guests to the festival have included: Maureen O Hara, Cillian Murphy, Aidan Gillen, Jack Reynor, Scott Wilson; Sir Alan Parker, Garrett Brown, Tom Johnson, Barbara Kopple, Ned Dowd, Ben Wheatley, Pat Shortt, Sarah Miles and Saoirse Ronan.

The Phoenix Cinema

With a dramatic white and purple exterior and the look of a classical movie theatre, the Phoenix Cinema is one of Ireland’s only independent cinemas, and has remained largely unchanged throughout the years, retaining its original charm and character. The Phoenix which is the only cinema on the Dingle Peninsula has long been a popular destination both for locals and visitors. Privately owned and family run their Tuesday night ‘Art Film’ night is legendary when they serve tea and biscuits. The Phoenix plays a large role in the cultural calendar of the area with screenings, workshops and premieres as part of festivals and events.


Over the past twenty years, Ireland has gained a reputation as a world leader in the animation industry. The annual  Animation Dingle Festival, brings together industry professionals and third level participants in one of Ireland’s major animation events.

The event is made up of conferences, screenings, workshops, and The Irish Animation Awards with a total of seventeen award categories, including Best Animation, Best Animation for Apps and Gaming and Best VFX in an Animated TV Series or Film.

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