The full programme for the 2021 Still Voices Film Festival has been announced.
Still Voices Film Festival is thrilled to announce the full programme for this year’s very special fifth-anniversary hybrid festival. While we are still very much based in Ballymahon, we are utilising larger venues across three counties – Longford, Westmeath, and Roscommon and we look forward to welcoming back live audiences once again in celebration of all things film.
This year’s festival sees a jammed-packed programme of events with a superb line-up of truly amazing short films which will be available both in-person and online over the festival weekend.
Along with our stellar short film programme, there are multiple feature films to indulge in. Kicking off the festival on Nov 4th at 11 am in Mullingar Arts Centre, we have a new initiative ‘Creative Ageing’, which aims to deliver art for all age groups. This year’s film chosen by curator Adrian Duncan Sr, ‘Cinema Paradiso’ is aimed at a more senior audience.
Our Opening Night film, Cavan-based ‘Redemption of a Rogue’ screens in the Rustic Inn Abbeyshrule on Nov 4th at 9 pm.
To celebrate our fifth anniversary, Still Voices are delighted to welcome acclaimed director Terence Davies to the midlands for a special screening of his 1988 masterpiece ‘Distant Voices, Still Lives’ (after which the festival took its name). This in-person event will take place on Nov 5th at 8 pm in the Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone, and will be followed by a conversation between Davies and film critic John Maguire.
The following day, Nov 6th at 4:30 pm, in partnership with Screen Skills Ireland, Davies will participate in a directing masterclass with renowned Irish filmmaker Pat Collins at the Backstage Theatre, Longford. Davies and Collins will discuss the filmmaker’s long and varied filmography, his film-making style and unique sensibility. This event is open to both professionals and non-professionals alike and is a must-see!
Davies will also receive the inaugural ‘Still Voices Visionary Award’ for his significant contribution to the art of cinema.
Family-friendly screenings and our children’s animation workshop also return as well as industry panels for established and budding artists alike.
On Nov 6th at 12 pm in Dead Centre Brewery, Athlone, Casting Director Priscilla John (The Fifth Element, Captain America: The First Avenger, Logan) and actor Antonio Aakeel (Tomb Raider, Dublin Murders, Granada Nights) will discuss casting from both viewpoints. An absolute must for all actors and directors out there.
On Nov 7th in Ballymahon Library at 12:45 pm, there is a unique opportunity to hear from Longford artists, Michael Keegan-Dolan, Karen McGann, and John Connell on what it's like to pursue a career in the arts. Longford author Dani Gill will moderate this amazing event.
Tickets go on sale from October 22nd.
You can check out all the amazing screenings and events happening over the festival weekend in our full programme here.