Films, a panel, and a poet showcase at Bloomsday Film Festival

Join us at this year's Bloomsday Film Festival in Dublin, running June 11th to June 16th at the James Joyce Centre and the Irish Film Institute, for a host of fun events!

June 13th:

We're kicking things off at the James Joyce Centre with a free panel at 1:30pm. Amy Holmes, our Executive Director, and filmmaker and frequent collaborator Matthew Thompson will discuss our films, mission, and process, accompanied by screenings of poem films featuring poets Moncho Alvarado, Gabriel Gbadamosi, and David Keenan, plus actors Rhianne Barreto and Patrick Fusco.

Stick around for two screenings of short poetry films, which include several of our films selected for the festival, plus viewings of films made jointly with the Festival and JJC.

Poetry Shorts 1 at 3pm will feature selected films "GOLDEN IN THE MORNING CRANE OUR NECKS" by CAConrad, "On Platforms and in Plate-Glass Waiting Rooms" by Leontia Flynn (both dir. Matthew Thompson), and "The Everglades" by Campbell McGrath (dir. Eric Felipe-Barkin), as well as the premiere of Jade Jordan's reading of Nithy Kasa's "On the very last note of the cadence" (dir. Thompson).

Next up, Poetry Shorts 2 at 5pm includes selected films "The Forgotten Dialect of the Heart" by Jack Gilbert, read by Elizabeth Marvel (dir. Thompson); "What If the Sound of the Humpback Whale Lived in My Mouth?" by Yaddyra Peralta (dir. Felipe-Barkin); and "Dream Diary" by Yanyi (dir. Thompson). Also appearing are jointly-made films of "At the Sign of the White Horse" by Paula Meehan, read by Caitríona Ennis (dir. Thompson), and "You City, You Boyfriend" by Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan (dir. Mo O'Connell).

Still from "GOLDEN IN THE MORNING CRANE OUR NECKS" by CAConrad, dir. Matthew Thompson

June 15th:

Don't miss the final day of festivities at the James Joyce Centre, when two more poem films created with the Festival will debut. "An Ode to Tony MacMahon's Den" by Stephen James Smith (dir. Luke De Brún) will appear at 1pm as part of Dublin Short Stories, while "Tilly" by James Joyce, read by Jade Jordan (dir. Thompson), will be shown in Joycean Shorts at 3pm.

Lastly, we're pleased to be sponsoring a poet showcase at the awards ceremony at the Irish Film Institute, which begins at 8pm. Produced with Poetry Ireland, the showcase at 9pm will feature readings by poets Simon Costello, Anna Doran, and Rafael Mendes.

Learn more about these special programs here!