The third annual Underground Cinema Film Festival (UCFF) will take place from the 13- 16 of September 2012 in the Royal Marine Hotel Dun Laoghaire.
The Festival will be officially launched in the Pavilion Theatre on Thursday 13 September at 7pm by an Leas Cathaoirleach Stephen Fitzpatrick. Following the launch, the Festival will begin with its opening film, the Dublin Premiere of ‘Portrait of a Zombie’. UCFF will screen over 100 films, 50 Festival Premieres and 3 World Premieres.
In association with the Irish Film Board this year’s special guest will be Jack Sargeant. Jack Sargeant is a renowned author and an authority on underground and cult film and has devised a special programme for the festival. Jack is also curator of Revelation Perth International film festival.
Other special guests include a trio of pure, powerhouse talent, the inimitable Terry McMahon (Charlie Casanova, last year’s opening film), Ivan Kavanagh (Tin Can Man, last year’s closing film) and Conor Horgan (100 Mornings) in a full day devoted to underground/cult/punk-rock film at this year’s festival.
The festival will be divided into four parts this year. The opening day, entitled “Women in Film”, will feature panel discussions with women from every aspect of the industry and culminate in a screening of Kirsten Sheridan’s innovative feature “Dollhouse”. Other guests include, Marion Quinn (32A), Edwina Forkin (Zanzibar Films), actress Olwen Fouere (The Other Side Of Sleep, This Must Be The Place) Other guests TBA
For the first time, UCFF will host a ‘Horror-fest’. In celebration of Bram Stoker’s centenary, they will host a 20th anniversary screening of Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula, as well as other special screenings, guests and exhibitions TBA.
This year’s festival will also include a segment on screen adaptation where writers and directors will discuss the adaptation process from page to screen. The discussion will include Bernard McLaverty (Cal), Colin Bateman (Divorcing Jack) and, schedule permitting, David Caffrey (Divorcing Jack, Love/Hate) as well as other special guests TBA.
Organisers will host a number of free workshops with some of the top professionals working in the industry today, including Vinnie Murphy (Accelerator) and Ciarán Creagh (Parked).
The festival will finish with the festival awards ceremony on Sunday 16 September, presented by An Cathaoirleach Tom Joyce. The awards will then be followed by the World Premiere of the eagerly anticipated feature ‘Derelict’, directed by Frank Kelly and the Official Closing film of the festival.