The Dublin International Film Festival is back for 2016 with a new sponsor in the form of Audi. So it's called ADIFF this year, and it's starting today!
The 2016 festival will bring over 80 films to Dublin cinemas between the 18th and the 28th of February with a range of classes from world renowned talent and some very special guests. The likes of Richard Gere, Neil Jordan, Claudia Cardinale, Ben Wheatley, Jack Reynor and Aidan Quinn will be in town for various events, with many taking part in special Q&As for their projects. In addition Dame Angela Lansbury will be presented with a Volta award for her contributions to the art and will take place in a special public interview at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.
Venues across Dublin will open their doors to multitudes of film fans with features from 27 countries around the world. And it all starts with a local effort from Once director John Carney called Sing Street - a delightful musical set in Ireland in the 1980s which will kick off proceedings in style.
We're also looking forward to the likes of High-Rise, Anomalisa, Kung Fu Panda 3(!), Hail Caesar!, Viva, Green Room and Victoria - many of which won't be in Irish cinemas for weeks or months. There are also rep showings of Beauty and the Beast, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Manchurian Candidate and Michael Collins celebrating its 20th anniversary with a newly remastered release.
It's a unique opportunity to see these films with some of the filmmakers in attendance and you can find more information and buy tickets on the diff.ie website.