Irish Film Institute -Guests confirmed for special events at IFI Stranger Than Fiction Festival

Guests confirmed for special events at IFI Stranger Than Fiction Festival

IFI Press Release: 18th September 2013

Guests confirmed for special events at IFI Stranger Than Fiction Festival 

Four exciting panel discussions are taking place at this year’s IFI Stranger Than Fiction Festival (26th-29th 2013) that will give new perspectives on documentary-making from inside the industry. Whether you’re aiming to break into the industry for the first time, to learn how to make a documentary company thrive internationally or connect with audiences and build a fanbase there’s something for you. There’s also a chance to discuss how to effectively use archive material in building documentaries. All four special events are presented in partnership with the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann.

Panellists have just been confirmed and comprise some of the most active and respected documentary directors and producers working in Ireland including Nicky Gogan (Still Films), Emer Reynolds (Here Was Cuba), Richie O’Donnell (The Pipe), Andrew Freedman (His and Hers) among many others as well as some of the international guests filmmakers presenting features at the festival such as Havana Marking (Smash & Grab) and Jeanie Finlay (The Great Hip Hop Hoax).

For full line-ups see the listings below and for more details about the special events and the IFI Stranger Than Fiction Festival visit

CONNECTING WITH AUDIENCES – €5 – Friday Sept 27th 10.30am

Host – Patrick O’Neill

Guests – Jeanie Finlay (The Great Hip Hop Hoax), Mike Cockayne (Hardy Bucks), Nicky Gogan (Pyjama Girls, Black Ice), John Wallace (Showrunners)


Host – Alan Maher

Guests – Havana Marking (Smash & Grab), Cathal Gaffney (Give Up Yer Aul Sins), Andrew Freedman (His & Hers)

BREAKING INTO DOCS – FREE- Saturday Sept 28th 11am

Host – Aoife Kelleher

Guests – Maurice Sweeney (Saving The Titanic), Richie O’Donnell (The Pipe), Aisling Ahmed (Horses), Sean Ó Cualáin (Men at Lunch).

CREATIVE WITH ARCHIVE – FREE – Saturday Sept 28th 12.30pm

Host – Rachel Lysaght

Guests – Andrew Gallimore (Cyclone), Nick Ryan (The Summit), Raelene Casey (IFI Archive), Emer Reynolds (Here Was Cuba)

Interview opportunities with Stranger Than Fiction Festival Guests (by appointment with the IFI Press Office)

Jeanie Finlay – Director of The Great Hip Hop Hoax, and participant in How to Connect with Modern Audiences

Havana Marking –Director of Smash and Grab about the Pink Panther Crime Syndicate and participant in Building an International Documentary Company

Inigo Westmeier – Director of Dragon Girls, winner of Best International Film at Hot Docs Festival

Isolda Heavey – First-time Irish director of Where the Blue Flowers Grow

Dónal Ó Céilleachar – Director of Sean-nós documentary Aisling Gheal

John Murray and Emer Reynolds – Directors of Here Was Cuba

Gerry Gregg – Director of Close to Evil

Tomi Reichental – Holocaust Survivor. Featured in Close to Evil

Tickets for all IFI Stranger Than Fiction films and panel discussions are on sale NOW at the IFI Box Office on 01 679 5744 and can also be booked on where you can find out full details all the films and events in IFI Stranger than Fiction.

For more information about IFI Stranger Than Fiction or to request images or interviews with guests please contact Patrick Stewart at the IFI on 01 679 5744 or email

IFI Stranger Than Fiction is proudly supported by Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Goethe Institut, the Danish Embassy Dublin, Phantom 105.2 and The Sunday Times.

The IFI acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council.


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