Rathmullan Film Fest is opening a pop-up box office to give people the chance to get their tickets on the day.

The pop-up box office will be open this Sunday (February 17) to coincide with Valentine's 5k Beach Run/Walk in the village.

Most of the kids' events are already sold out and many of the screenings are filling up quickly, so if you haven't gone online to book your tickets yet, then you can buy them on Sunday.

In its second year, Rathmullan Film Fest runs during the mid-term break from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 February. It has a great programme of events to suit everyone - kids, film lovers, soccer fans, environmentalists, wine buffs - and all the experiences are being played out in the local restaurants, schools, bars and restaurants. It's a cinema-free film festival.

In fact, two of the most popular films are screened in churches. Classic 'The Third Man' will show at St Columba's Church of Ireland on the evening of Saturday, February 23, and the festival will close with the screening of Pope Francis - A Man of his Word' the following night in St Joseph's Church.

Scottish actor and Bafta winner Paul Brannigan who played Scotty in Love/Hate is travelling over from Glasgow for the festival and to host a Q&A session at Rathmllan House.

Here are some of the great films and experiences on offer at Rathmullan Film Fest.

Persepolis - Thursday, February 21 from 4.00 to 6.00 pm t An Bonan Bui €5

Based on co-director Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel, this autobiographical animation film (2007, 96min PG-13) charts the period of her life growing up in Iran during the revolution of 1979, the Iran/Iraq war that followed and her time alone in Europe.

Albatross - Documentary and discussion - Friday Feb 22 from 12.00 noon to 4.00 pm in Beachcomber and White Harte. Free

An afternoon of film and discussion about how the immense scale of plastic consumption is affecting our planet. Starting at the Beachcomber bar, for the documentary film Albatross (Chris Jordan, 2017, 97min, PG-12), introduction by Jane Gaston. Post-screening discussion with local groups.

Then join the Rathmullan Coast Care & Green Team for a beach & pier walk followed by some soup at the White Harte.

Soccer Evening - Film and Discussion - Saturday Feb 23 from 5.30 to 8.00 pm Big Paddy's Lounge

Great evening of film and discussion about key issues in soccer today.

Radical Play (7mins) shows how a soccer team in Dublin is helping young women dispel stereotypes about Muslims.

Iron Men (75mins) discusses club modernisation and offers a behind the scenes of West Ham United’s move to a new home after 112 years at Upton Park. Ken McCue, from Sport Against Racism Ireland, Iron Men’s director Paul Crompton and Megan Harding, a physiotherapist working with soccer teams in the north west will be in attendance for discussion.

The Female Eye Shorts Programme - Rathmullan House on Sunday, February 24 from 12.15 to 1.45 pm

In association with Disappear Here Film Festival, watch a selection of award-winning short films shot on location on the island of Ireland, with a female director at the helm. Q&A with Festival Team and one of the filmmakers.

White Footprints (Roisin O’Mahony, 2017, 9min) - Children describe the magic of Christmas and Santa.

Muirgheilt (Tara Hegarty, 2017, 8min) A fisherman's legend says it's bad luck to have a woman on a boat. Fergus, a young Lough Neagh fisherman, is about to find out why.

Riders to the Sea (Orla Walsh, 2013, 5min) A surfing duel breaks out between a male and female surfer off the West Coast of Ireland. Breaking waves, racing heart, and the treachery of Lycra.

Ma (Anne-Marie Kelly, 2018, 9min) We can all empathise with the grief of the Mother of a Murder Victim... Can we empathise with the grief of the Mother of the Murderer? Should we...?

All in Good Time (Bonnie Dempsey, 2017, 15min) - Comic fantasy about two children, one in 1918, the other in 2018, who magically communicate through messages in a bottle and help solve each other’s problems.

The Widow’s Last (Vanessa Perdriau, 2017, 22min) - Historical Drama, set in Ireland during the third year of The Great Hunger. Tells of Kathryn Healy, a hardened peasant farmer who fights to keep her young son alive.


Inspire Events - Films/Discussions/Documentary-making - Sunday, Feb 24 from 2.30 to 4.30 pm at  Rathmullan House

360˚ Documentary-making - Take your film making and video production to a new level with Dr Jamie McRoberts, VR Developer at Retinize. Learn the principles of 360˚ film making and be inspired by a selection of projects using this new and immersive way of telling stories.

Indie Shorts and Q&A - Selection of great short films made by independent filmmakers who will be in attendance for a Q&A session.

Chased (Michele Manahan, 2018, 8min) How would the Irish dance, if we didn’t have ‘Irish dance’? Performed by Ériu Dance Company and choreographed by Breandán de Gallaí in the Wicklow mountains.

What does Irishness Look Like? (Wuraola Majekodunmi, 2018, 7min) What is ‘Irishness’? Many have a stereotypical view of this when it comes to mind. However, there is no one way to look Irish, especially in 2019.

Cut it Out (Elspeth Vischer, 2018, 8min) Four women talk about violence they have experienced working as social workers as items of ‘workwear’ are sabotaged.

When the Rain Ends (Marco Recalchi, 2018, 11min) Far from Britain, a father and son start their new lives in Italy. Making friends here may prove more difficult than either of them think. Starred, produced and co-written by Rathmullan native Jason Matthewson.

Saving Santa (Keith O’Grady, 2017, 17min) A smart and compassionate young girl, dealing with the death of her mother, finds comfort in helping a destitute looking man who bears a striking resemblance to ‘Santa Claus’.

4.15pm to 6.15pm

Against All Odds - How I Got Here with Paul Brannigan

Join us for an inspiring Q&A session with Glasgow-born, BAFTA-winner actor Paul Brannigan who will talk about his tough upbringing, how he got into acting and how to grow/sustain a successful acting career.

Paul starred in the Ken Loach movie 'Angels' Share', in 'Under the Skin' with Scarlett Johansson. He also played undercover cop Scotty on RTE 1's Love/Hate.

For the full programme, and to book online, visit www.rathmullan.ie/filmfest . Or you can get your tickets from the pop-up box office in Rathmullan on Sunday from 12.30 pm.

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