KEYS TO THE CITY weaves together three separate stories : Eoin is a businessman with bills and a mortgage, Paul is a landlord with overdue bank payments and Monika’s minimum wage job is under threat by her boss. As all three struggle for survival they becoming increasingly desperate in their actions hoping to keep their lives and families together and survive in recession -era Dublin.

KEYS TO THE CITY, was the first feature to be produced under the supervision of Filmbase in Dublin and Staffordshire University in the UK and was directed by Laura Way, Chris Brennan and Mel Cannon , and co-produced by Peter Bodie and Trisha Flood and is having its U.S. premier at the festival. The cast includes Rory Keenan (The Guard), Conor Mullen (Holby City); Una Kavanagh (Garage), Natalia Kostrzewa (The Looking Glass) and David Murray (King of the Travellers). KEYS TO THE CITY will screen Saturday, March 2.



Also having its U.S. debut at the festival is Frank Kelly´s DERELICT the story of a group of men, down on their luck, who decide to hold a bank manager’s family hostage while robbing his bank. A dark thriller filled with tension the film is set in a derelict building and focuses on the friction between the kidnappers and the family and between the kidnappers themselves; but things take a frightening turn when it appears that the kidnappers are not alone in the building. With an edgy soundtrack by Dermot O’Mahony what seemed like a simple kidnapping turns into a fight for survival for everyone involved.

Writer/Director Frank Kelly ( Emily´s Song, 140) was so committed to the film that he also edited the film and was the lead fundraiser securing over €6,500 with donations from the Drogheda community, as well as online through Kickstarter. The cast included Michael Bates (The Escapist), Steve Gunn (Titanic: Blood and Steel), Gerry Shanahan (Shackled) , Patrick O’Donnell (The Looking Glass), Elaine Reddy (Slán agus Beannacht), Catherine Wrigglesworth (Railway Children), Rory Mullen (Portrait of a Zombie) and Brian Fortune (Game of Thrones). DERELICT will screen Tuesday, March 5th.




The sci-fi romantic comedy EARTHBOUND will screen Saturday, March 2nd in its first U.S. screening since picking up a Best of the Fest at the 2012 Seattle International Film Festival.

A debut feature by Writer/Director Alan Brennan EARTHBOUND has terrific performances by Rafe Spall ( Prometheus) as a nerdy young man that’s convinced he is a space alien and Jenn Murray the geeky girl of his dreams that walks into his comic book shop one fateful day. Produced by Ripple World Pictures and Paper Dreams Limited. The Director will attend.




Tony Donoghue´s IRISH FOLK FURNITURE will screen opening night, March 1st at the 14th Chicago Irish Film Festival having just won the prize for Best Animation at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

The film uses stop-motion animation to breathe life into old pieces of furniture found rotting in Irish barns and sheds.

IRISH FOLK FURNITURE was produced by Cathal Black . This is the second short film directed by Donoghue to screen at the festival, the first was A FILM FROM MY PARISH : 6 FARMS that won a festival award in 2008.



SANCTUARY is the story Jan, a successful Polish surgeon and his encounter with an intriguing young woman at a conference in Ireland. The film stars Jan Frycz (80 Millions, Little Rose) and Anne-Marie Duff (Magdeline Sisters, Nowhere Boy) and made its international debut at the Galway Film Fleadh.

SANCTUARY Is Norah McGettigan’s first feature film and was produced by Venom Film, Dublin, and Wajda Studio, Warsaw. SANCTUARY will opene the festvial March 1st.