Programme 2017

CLARE ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL 2017                

FESTIVAL OPENING                             8PM FRI                 BARD ROOM        ALL WELCOME!

The Islands and the Whales                                                84 mins                Documentary

Director Mike Day

The pilot whale hunters of the Faroe Islands believe that hunting is vital to their way of life, but when a local professor makes a grim discovery about the effects of marine pollution, and the seabirds populations collapse, environmental changes threaten to change the community and their way of life forever.

“Day captures the awesome visual power of the land as sweeping cinematography shows the Faroe Islands shrouded in mist and suspended in time. The film gains impressive access to the community, which proves particularly advantageous for obtaining footage of the whale hunt. The immersive aural tracks let the wind blow and the birds squawk as the film depicts a land worth preserving. The soundtrack affords a sense of being present on the Faroe Islands and right in the thick of the fight.” POV Magazine

ICELANDIC SHORTS Icelandic Film Centre                12 PM SAT                BARD ROOM


Grýla                            6    

Cubs                             19    

Rainbow party           15    

How Far She Went   13    

                                       53 mins    




Introduced by Paul Casey Director Ó Bhéal plus Q&A afterwards   

01 – Marie Craven – One Dream Opening Into Many       

02 – Bau Zhu – Red Line Haiku        

03 – Suzie Hannah – Known Unto God        

04 – Marie Craven – Joining the Lotus Eaters        

05 – Corbin Louis – Saddle        

06 – Kuesti Fraun – SMARTUSER        

07 – John Weselcouch – DADA        

08 – Jason Lam – Us Right Now        

09 – Celia Parra – Kneading language        

10 – Patrick O Shea – Peter And The Wolf        

11 – Urs Mader – We-are-the-ones-who-were-born        

12 – Pádraig Burke – A Demonstration        

13 – Manuel Vilarinho – Chamada Geral        

14 – Marie Craven – Dictionary Illustrations (Winner)        

                                                                                                            46 mins    


IRISH SHORTS                                              4 PM SAT                 BARD ROOM

Dead air             Emmet O’Brien                                                                   7

In a world ruled by Zombies, has the last living human found his true calling?

Lilly                    Graham Cantwell                                                                22    

The film tells the story of Lily, a girl with a secret, on the cusp of becoming a young woman. With her best friend, the fiercely loyal and flamboyant Simon, she navigates the treacherous waters of school life. When a misunderstanding with the beautiful and popular Violet leads to a vicious attack, Lily is faced with the greatest challenge of her young life.

When The Butcher stopped ordering meat          Laura Gaynor         13    

Observational documentary out one mans true calling.

The Apparel             Ronan Cassidy                                                              16    

Joseph is a 40 something whose life has taken a turn. Moved into emergency accommodation with an unkempt 20 something, he clings to the last vestiges of the life he knew and the status of his job as curator of an art gallery.

Variaciones                    Martín Klein                                                             7    

Overwhelmed by pain, a woman must face her past or fall down definitely.

                                                                                                                             65 mins   

KIDS SURPRISE MOVIE                             6 PM SAT                  BARD ROOM

Free kids surprise movie screening with Lindsay. Bring a parent along…

FEATURE FILM                                             8 PM SAT                  BARD ROOM

Between Land and Sea                                                                87 mins    

Ross Whitaker

A year in the life of an Atlantic surf town.        

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Ross Whitaker (When Ali Came to Ireland, Saviours, Unbreakable: The Mark Pollock Story), Between Land and Sea is a year in the life of an Irish surf town at the mercy of the Atlantic Ocean.

This observational feature – at times intimate, at times epic – embeds itself in the Big Wave surf community to present a thoroughly engaging and visually stunning portrait of the ever-changing life at land’s end.

The decisions we make early in life can have consequences more far-reaching than we imagine when we make them. Young surfers dedicate their lives to the ocean, consumed by the excitement and beauty on offer but how can they balance that with the inevitabilities of later life – money to earn, mouths to feed?

Against the backdrop of Ireland’s stunning west coast, this film digs deep into the day to day lives of the surf community, taking the audience beyond the bluster of the typical adrenaline fueled film to create a very real portrait of those who choose the surf lifestyle

Directed by Ross Whitaker and featuring some of the biggest waves and best surfers in Ireland – as well as a thrilling cameo by Hawaiian legend Shane Dorian –Between Land and Sea succeeds in being exhilarating while giving a moving, humourous and thought-provoking account of the ocean-going natives of West Clare.

Ross Whitaker: “I’m delighted to be bringing Lahinch and its folk to screens around Ireland as I found it to be a surprisingly special place. I set out to make a different kind of surf film, one that went beyond the hype of some surf films to find the quiet truth of what it means to choose to be a surfer, how it impacts your entire life in myriad different ways. Living at the edge of the Atlantic in Ireland’s wild west is hard – rain is heavy, winds are strong and waves are monstrous. But for the right person it’s a cold paradise living along that incredible coastline.”   

GALA CONCERT                                            10 PM SAT              COMMUNITY CENTRE 

Frankie Gavin and De Dannan                                                    Tickets €20     


MAYO SHORTS                                              1 PM SUN                  BARD ROOM

Become Invisible          Edward Costello                                        10    

Told through two unique voices (Veronica Bolay & Ger Reidy), ‘become invisible’ explores the seductive & dramatic nature of Mayo’s landscape, revealing the tragic consequences that can arise when rural isolation and artistic pressure collide.

An Mhallacht                       Cóilín Ó Scolaí                                     17    

Mayo are once again in the GAA All Ireland Final: Dr Donal Green has his loyalties tested when he discovers that one of his comatose patients is the last living player from the infamous cursed Mayo team of 1951.

With a cast that includes TV and Film actors such as Seamus Hughes, Marcus Lamb, Peadar O Treasaigh, Peadar Cox, Yvonne Ni Laife and Aindrias De Staic, this dark comedy drama revolves around two brothers and how the Mayo GAA Curse of 1951 affects their daily lives – pushing them to the point where they go against all they believe to be true.

The Fireman and the nurse        Gemma Doorly                         15

Award Winning short, directed by Writer/Actor Gemma Doorly, produced by Ronan Murphy (Engraved). It’s 1994 teenagers Anna and Paul fall in love at a school disco. 20 years later it’s going to take some imagination to stay ‘happy ever after’. Funny, poignant, heartbreaking – ‘The Fireman and the Nurse’ explores the nature of marriage and the lengths people will go to save their relationships.

​Starring Bairbre O’Toole (Falling for a Dancer, Fair City) and Tony Murphy (Charlie Cassanova) and introducing talented young actors Adam O’Malley and Vanessa Byrne from the Mayo Youth Theatre.”    

The long wet grass             Justin Davey                                           14    

As dawn breaks over a remote lakeside in the West of Ireland, a car comes to a halt and a man all in black exits. He opens the car boot and we find there a terrified, barefoot woman. As he leads her to the edge of the lake they start to argue and we discover that they have been there before as children. 

With haunting original music by Academy Award Winner Markéta Irglová. THE LONG WET GRASS, a short film starring Anna and Paul Nugent, directed by Justin Davey with DP Lakshika Serasinhe, based on The McGowan Trilogy by Séamus Scanlon.

                                                                                                                     59 mins    

MAYO FILM EVENT                                      3 PM  SUN                  BARD ROOM

Introduced by writer and director Kevin Henry from Castlebar with Q&A afterwards        

Soulsmith                                                        83 mins   

Soulsmith follows the journey of playwright Ed Smith (Matthew O’Brien) who, once successful in the Dublin theatre scene, has become frustrated with his work, his life and the state of contemporary society, critiquing everything from social media to ineffective politicians. After his father dies, Ed returns home to Mayo, taking this time to clear his head and rediscover his path.        
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ALL film events are FREE and we would love to see you there!       

Thanks to Mayo County Council, Sailors Bar Bard Room, Clare Island Lighthouse, Anna at the Mill and to all who have helped in any way and that includes the Audiences.