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The Reel Africa

The Reel Africa Film Festival is a free-of-charge three-day film festival featuring a selection of recent African cinema. The festival has been funded by Irish Aid as part of the nationwide schedule of events to mark Africa Day on May 25th 2008.

In recent times, there has been an upsurge of theatrical films set in Africa, e.g., Blood Diamond, The Last King of Scotland, The Constant Gardener and Hotel Rwanda, thereby fuelling the public’s imagination in African culture, politics & society. Films shown as part of The Reel Africa Film Festival are films made by African directors about African themes.

This festival will allow students of film nationwide, along with interested members of the public to experience African film in an intimate setting, with the opportunity to meet directors and partake in seminars & discussions about their work.

The Reel Africa Film Festival is taking place in Dundalk Institute of Technology from
May 22nd-24th. DKIT campus is the ideal location for such a festival, with numerous venues available for film screenings. In recent years, the campus has been extended and boasts two Black Box Theatres along with numerous state of the art lecturing theatres in which screenings, seminars and discussions will take place. Excellent transport links also exist to Dundalk via rail & road and the college is only a 40 minute drive from Dublin airport via the M1.

Visits & seminars from African directors will form an important part of this festival, allowing the audience unique & intimate one-on-one access to the film-makers.

A student short film competition is also taking place in conjunction with the festival. See the competition page for more details.

For more information please contact Sarah McCann, Festival Director, at


Dundalk Institute of Technology Irish Aid Africa Day May 25
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