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Shebeen Flick 2016 - Irish Film Festival Berlin

From the 17th to the 20th of March Irish films shown at the Kino Moviemento

March 24th, 2016

From the 17th to the 20th of March the Shebeen Flick festival took place in Kino Moviemento, the oldest operating cinema in Berlin and Germany, showing Irish films both classic and not yet distributed in Germany. Therefore it was an occasion to watch at the same time long and short films, some old and some of the latest productions.

This year the program of the festival alternated long and short films and after the screenings the audience had the possibility to attend the Q&A sessions and engage in conversation with the filmmakers and cast. Furthermore, other special events took place, as for example the drinks reception at the Shebeen Pop-up Bar during the first evening, arranged by the main partner of the Festival Jameson Irish Whiskey.

On Friday the 18th the screening was followed by a live performance from the Irish Singer and Songwriter Simon Fagan of the animated music video “Lost To The Deep”. As mentioned before, during the festival innovation joined tradition, and indeed on Saturday March 19th the Shebeen Flick celebrated the 25th anniversary of the screening of “The Commitments” by playing the best of northern soul at the Shebeen Pop-up Bar all night long.

Otherwise the program included several genres such as Documentary, Animation, Drama and Music Videos ranging from 1988 to 2015. In particular it is important to mention that the digital restoration from 16mm negative elements of the opening film “Bargaintown” has been supported by the Irish Film Institute and by the Goethe-Institut Ireland. The other partners  included the Irish Film Institute (IFI) that promotes Ireland’s film heritage in Ireland and abroad and the Coup Berlin, an agency that combine strategic creative concepts with implemented PR relations, Culture Ireland, Arts Council Ireland and Next Estate GmbH Berlin also supported the event.

The Shebeen Flick was launched in 2010 as a weekly film night in the former Shebeen Chic Bar in Dublin. A total of 32 screenings, showing both features and shorts, took place in Dublin attracting the attention of the media and of Dublin’s film community. After two years, in 2012 Shebeen Flick moved to Berlin with the same pattern, it is also a part of the St. Patrick’s celebrations, which is why it takes place every year in March.


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Caterina Gion, Berlin Global