IFI Documentary Festival 2016: Shorts Programme

Director: Various

83 mins, Digital

This year’s short film programme captures the pulse of the traditional documentary scene, drawing on new shorts from filmmakers living in Ireland. Portraiture is quite possibly the most popular and accessible form of documentary filmmaking and it is a form that is thriving in Ireland. Here we see some of the most interesting and unique portraits taken through the eyes of some of Ireland’s gifted documentary filmmakers.

The programme includes Edward Costello’s Become Invisible a haunting picture of an artist and rural isolation; Paddy Cahill’s Sean Hillen, Merging Views, a personal and informative view of the artist at work; Bryony Dunne’s Gasper about a Slovenian man living deep in the Irish countryside; Closed Wounds, Lanka Haouche Perren’s reflection on children in a Mental Asylum in Belarus; Michael Lavelle’s succinct portrait of Bob Crowley Stage Designer; Hanan Dirya’s Diving Within, a portrait of a Malaysian woman’s journey of self-discovery and Gregory Dunn’s Toasted – a quirky profile of a Swedish print-maker. (Notes by Dean Kavanagh).


Become Invisible

dir. Edward Costello

A visual detailing of an artist and rural isolation.

2016, 10.30 mins

Sean Hillen, Merging Views

dir. Paddy Cahill

A personal and informative view of artist Seán Hillen at work.

2016, 10.30mins


dir. Bryony Dunne

Domestic rhythms of a Slovenian man living deep in the Irish countryside.

2016, 25 mins

Closed Wounds

dir. Lanka Haouche Perren

Chernobyl aftermath in a childrenʼs Mental Asylum in Belarus.

2014, 11 mins

Bob Crowley Stage Designer

dir. Michael Lavelle

A succinct and engaging portrait of artist Bob Crowley.

2016, 3.30 mins


dir. Gregory Dunn

A profile of Swedish print-maker Lars Nyberg’s other interest…

2015, 20 mins

Diving Within

Dir. Hanan Dirya

A Malaysian woman’s journey of self-discovery 

2015, 10.30 mins

There will be an Audience Award courtesy of Screen Scene 0f one day’s free grade and one day’s sound mix. Best Short supported by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board.

This event is screening as part of IFI Documentary Festival 2016 (September 22- 25)

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