Guth Gafa Film Festival Donegal 2013 – The hub of the 7th International Documentary Festival and main screening venues will be in Malin village, and a series of satellite film events will be held in Derry. With a 6 year track record attracting the newest and best award-winning international and Irish documentary films to the North-West, Guth Gafa explores themes of human rights, social issues and the environment.
Location: Malin and Derry
Dates: 16th to 19th May 2013
T: +353 (0)74 918 0810
With family events and workshops for young people running in parallel, and in 2013, satellite screenings and film events in Derry, the 7th Guth Gafa promises to be a great Gathering event. Guth Gafa is proudly presented with the support of Derry-Londonderry City of Culture 2013, the Arts Council of Ireland, Inishowen Partnership LEADER programme and Bórd Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board.
Guth Gafa 2013 will also run a strand of music documentaries, with plans underway to attract some of the recent films made about such legendary artists as The Doors, Bob Marley, George Harrison, Bob Dylan and others. This music documentary strand will also introduce North-West audiences to powerful films, not just about rock stars, but also about more classical musicians and orchestras.
In 2006 the original founders of The Guth Gafa Documentary Film Festival took a major leap of faith and launched what is the only fully bilingual film festival in Ireland. Since that time Guth Gafa has grown rapidly both in reputation and in attendance. Guth Gafa means ‘captive voice’ – ultimately the festival is about imagination and the creative process of film.
One of the cornerstones of the festivals success is its friendly, informal atmosphere. The unique setting means that the film-makers, guests and festival goers get to know each other over the course of the three days. There are no red carpets or VIP badges at Guth Gafa. Everyone mingles together until the early hours at trad sessions in the local, or in the Guth Gafa festival club.
The Guth Gafa festival draws a mix of top films and directors from around the world. Many of the directors give talks on their work. Alongside the screenings and discussions there is normally a special programme for film professionals and students with panels, seminars and masterclasses.
In addition to the films, the festival also holds imaginative arts events for children, late night music gigs for adults and tours to local areas of scenic beauty. The festival also provides a free creche for kids!
The Guth Gafa Festival has now come of age and is respected internationally, not simply as a niche festival, but as a serious player and one of the main film events in the Irish calendar.
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