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February 2006.

February 2006
Welcome to Darklight Festival Update 2006


1. MUSCAILT, NUI Galway, 20th February
2. MOOT IV ‘Focus on Film’ 23rd + 28th February, 2nd March
3. LOVEBYTES 2006, Sheffield, UK, 22nd March

1. MUSCAILT Galway

Múscailt 2006 is the fifth Spring Festival of the Arts brought to you by NUI
Galway.  This Festival features not only the outstanding talents of many members
of the University community, but also top national and international artists
resulting in an explosion of creativity and talent.

Múscailt 2006 takes place from Monday 20th of Feburary until Saturday 25th
Feburary.  The NEW WAVE IRISH SHORTS programme from Darklight 5 (2004) will screen
on 20th February.

For further information contact:

2. MOOT IV The Butler Gallery / Kilkenny County Council Arts Office

The Butler Gallery in collaboration with Kilkenny County Council?s Arts 
Office presents MOOT IV ‘Focus on Film’.

MOOT is a continuous creative process providing a forum for powerful, focused and
inspirational debates and discussion on a variety of subject matters. MOOT IV will
highlight the richness and creativity of Irish film and the challenges faced by
organisations and individuals in terms of access to funding and opportunities for
film release nationally and internationally. MOOT IV will also consider  the
growth of the digital film industry and examine the increasingly blurred divisions
between film makers and artists.

The Arts Office No. 72 John Street at 8 pm
Screening of a selection of digital film shorts from the Darklight Film Festival
and the Young Irish Film makers.
This will be followed by an informal discussion hosted by Mike Kelly (YIFM), Nicky
Gogan  (Darklight Festival Director) and Dog Media Productions. 

Tickets available from The Arts Office, No 72 John Street. Phone: 056 7794135.
Cost ?5. Places are limited tickets on sale from February 14th 2006

Kilkenny Cineplex at 8pm
Screening of ?Leisure Centre? a film short by the Desperate Optimists and ‘Pavee
Lackeen’ by Perry Ogden.
The Desperate Optimists are award-winning fine art filmmakers who represented
Ireland at the Sao Paulo Bienalle, 2004.  ‘Leisure Centre’ is the final film
in their Civic Life series and was shot in Ballymun, Dublin.
The acclaimed feature length film Pavee Lackeen has received numerous awards
including, Winner at the 2005 London Film Festival , Winner of Best Film and
BSE/IFB & NIFTC Breakthrough Talent Award (Perry Ogden) at 2005 Irish Film &
Television Awards and Winner of Audience Award for Best First Feature at 2005
Galway Film Fleadh.

Tickets are available from The Arts Office, No 72 John Street. Phone: 056 7794135.
Cost ?5. Places are limited tickets on sale from February 14th 2006

MOOT IV PANEL DISCUSSION ?reel to digital : focus on film?
Brewery Club, Parliament Street, Kilkenny.  8pm
Admission is free

The panel  will be hosted by Lelia Doolan ? Chairperson, Nicky Gogan ? Darklight
Film Festival, Joe Comerford ? Puddle Films, Jane Doolan ? Mammoth Films/ Film
Consultant Specialist to the Arts Council, Noemi Ferrer ? Irish Film Board and Joe
Lawlor and Christine Molloy ? Desperate Optimists.

Discussion will focus on the following areas:
? Investigating challenges facing independent Irish filmmakers with regard to
commercial film  industry policies
? Blurring the lines – artists as filmmakers ? filmmakers as artists.
? Changing technologies ? the place of digital film in the context of

Further details from: Niamh Finn, Arts Office on + 353 56 7794135
or Louise Allen, Butler Gallery on + 353 56 7761106 (MOOT IV under arts links).

3. LOVEBYTES 2006, Sheffield, UK

Lovebytes 2006, Environments International Festival of Digital Art and Media
20-25 March, Sheffield, UK.

Lovebytes 2006 explores the relationship between physical and digital
environments, featuring live music and multi-media performances, film screenings,
artists’ talks and exhibitions of new media work by artists from around the world.
Darklight’s PET PROJECTS programme from Darklight 5 (2004) will screen at
Lovebytes 2006 on 22nd of March.

For further details please see


Darklight is sponsored by
The Arts Council of Ireland, Nokia, Dublin City Council, Diageo Liberties Learning
Initiative, The Digital Hub, Failte Ireland, Sink Digital Media, Weblink Internet,
Wildlight, Wildwave, Visual Artists Ireland, Screen Training Ireland, Digital
Media Intelligence, IIA, DEAF Festival, Gruel.
Plus many more of our friends and colleagues.