The “Festival at Home” edition of the Wexford Documentary Film Festival is now launched and will run until the end of October 2020.
WDFF is a not-for-profit film festival, screening local, national and international films with a focus on works that explore social, political and environmental issues, including films that relate to maritime life and coastal communities.
With so many festivals postponed or curtailed due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Wexford Festival team were determined not to let our loyal followers miss out this year. The team worked hard all summer to make the festival happen this September. However, the new Covid-19 restrictions recently imposed by the government meant the festival plans were no longer possible.
It was a bitter disappointment, after all the hard work that had been done. We knew all along there was the possibility that the festival may not happen, so we had a Plan B. We figured if people couldn’t come to the festival this year, well then, we’d bring the festival to them!
In response the festival has created a unique and novel event called Festival at Home.
People in County Wexford can order a film selection from the festival programme and have it delivered directly to their doorstep for free by the festival team. An important aspect of our festival has always been about the community coming together and we didn’t want to lose that personal touch and connection with our audience.
This year’s “Festival at Home” programme contains some amazing home-grown films, including a selection from Wexford. Films cross a wide variety of genre from documentary, animation to experimental artist film. Some of the short films featured in the programme were made entirely during lockdown – demonstrating the spirit and ingenuity of the filmmakers.
The festival programme engages with very timely, relevant, local and global issues in society. Films include “Following The Ninth” a story about the power of music and human resilience in dark times by filmmaker Kerry Candaele, and “Nae Pasaran”, a film that charts the power and impact of international solidarity.
Our short film programme and 3 minute film challenge, have always proved to be festival favourites. This year’s short film theme is “The Artist as Activist”, which filmmakers have explored across different genres, from experimental film, animation to drama, with subjects ranging from minority cultures to the absurdity of the art market.
The “Festival at Home” program will be available to audiences living in Wexford County who will be able to book films on our website and have them delivered free of charge to their doorstep by our team. Keoghs crisps have kindly donated some tasty gourmet popcorn treats which will be delivered with the film !
We have four different film boxes some include options for films on DVD or on a USB stick. You can book one box per household.
Box 1 USB stick featuring a selection of International, Irish and Wexford short films including submissions from our 3 minute film challenge.
Box 2 DVD featuring the films “Nae Pasaran” and “Landline”
Box 3 DVD featuring “Following the Ninth and a selection of Irish short films
Box 4 USB stick featuring “ Following the Ninth” and a selection of Irish short films.
Boxes can be booked online, and films will be delivered in the weeks following booking. We will contact you through the details you have supplied on our booking form to arrange delivery. Please note we can only deliver to County Wexford.
Like many other live cultural events around the country and across the globe, we’ve had to make changes to our plans in response to the global pandemic, taking on board safety concerns and restriction. For now, our plans for a full festival programme are paused, however we look forward to a time when we will gather together for a shared cinema experience again.
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