The Offaly town of Birr played host to film lovers and filmmakers for the 3rd OFFline Film Festival.
According to Festival Director, Gary Hoctor, “Not only are attendance figures up on last year for both screenings and workshops, but the festival has been wholly embraced by the wider community - leading to a great celebratory atmosphere.”
The highlight for many this year was the opening night screening of Sherlock Jnr with live piano accompaniment. Once again, the OFFline Filmmaking Challenge brought a great energy to the town with nine teams from all across Ireland and abroad scrambling to shoot and edit short films around Birr in a matter of days.
The winning short ‘Vuur’ will go on to be screened at the 2013 Galway Film Fleadh. “The heartening thing was to see so many young people involved,” enthused Eugene O’Brien, one of the judges of the Filmmaking Challenge and facilitator of the screenwriting workshop that took place.
OFFline Film Festival is supported by the Arts Council and Offaly Local Development Company.
More information can be found at www.offlinefilmfestival.com