The GAZE International LGBT Film Festival has opened, and continues over the August Bank Holiday weekend in Dublin, with 2019 marking the 27th edition of the festival. This year’s event includes a hugely varied lineup of International and Irish films with guest filmmakers, running until August 5th at Light House Cinema.
Guest filmmakers attending the glittering pink carpet on opening night included Dennis Keighron-Foster, co-director of the thrilling and vibrant opening night film Deep In Vogue along with two of the star dancers featured in the film, Jack Neil Dyche and Luke Bromilow who performed for guests following the Irish premiere of the film.
Joe Ingham, director of Invisible Women will be in attendance for the festival screening of the film, which explores the untold story of North West England’s LGBT past over the last 50 years through the lives of two women, one of whom is an Irish runaway.
It is the 8th year that lead sponsor Accenture has been associated with the festival, demonstrating Accenture’s longstanding commitment to and support of the LGBT community in Ireland. This year’s event includes a hugely varied lineup of International and Irish films alongside guest filmmakers, running from August 1st – 5th at Light House Cinema.
This year’s Vanguard Award will be presented on Saturday August 3rd to respected longtime activist Ailbhe Smyth. Mentioned as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2019, Ailbhe is a pioneer for change and equality not only for the LGBT+ community in Ireland and internationally, but also for other social issues.
Sarah Williams, Chairperson of the Board of GAZE, said:
“We’re always thrilled when filmmakers accept our invitation to visit Dublin for our festival so that they can showcase their work and meet with audiences and fellow filmmakers to discuss their films in detail. Without the generous support of our friends at Accenture as lead sponsors, it would be extremely difficult for us to invite the number of filmmakers that we do. Accenture’s commitment to GAZE in recent years has been very much welcomed by our audiences and the community as an imaginative, creative and sincere partnership, without which the festival would not exist as it does.”
“With GAZE celebrating the 27th edition of the festival this year, and Accenture who is 50 years in Ireland this year, we’d like to thank them for championing inclusivity and equality not only within their own organisation, but within the community at large and also of course through their ongoing commitment to GAZE.”
Vicky Godolphin, managing director, Accenture Digital and Pride at Accenture in Ireland sponsor added,:
“I am delighted that we have been supporting the GAZE Film Festival since 2012. Eight years on, the festival has become an incredibly important calendar date for our LGBT+ community in Ireland. It is a weekend that welcomes people of all backgrounds to celebrate and remember the LGBT community through the power of film.”
Screenings are at the core of the GAZE Film Festival programme, with films that have universal themes to speak to all audiences, but it will also include discussions around screenings such as Are You Proud? taking place on Saturday August 3rd at 1pm in Light House Cinema. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and this film and post-screening panel discussion will scrutinise Pride’s radical roots of resistance, its rise in mainstream consciousness and the complexities around its corporatisation. Full details of all the events are available at http://www.gaze.ie , where tickets are also on sale.
The GAZE International LGBT Film Festival is kindly sponsored by Accenture, funded by partners Three, Dublin City Council, The Arts Council, The British Council and is supported by Venue Partners; Light House Cinema, IFI and The Gutter Bookshop. Other additional advertisers and Friends also provide valuable support.
The GAZE 2019 Film Festival takes place at Light House Cinema, Smithfield, until August 5th 2019, with some of the programme also taking place in the IFI and The Gutter Bookshop.