Offline Film Festival has always been as much about the filmmakers as the films. Our Plan A 2020 festival was to have been a vibrant coming together of people to create, discover, share, and celebrate all there is to love about film, in the beautiful setting of Birr.
But 2020 is not about Plan A’s and we are hoping that it will be sympathetic to Plan B, which has streaming alongside physical screenings planned with military precision to fulfil all the Covid Guidelines and provide a safe environment to be able to enjoy the big screen experience, take part in Q&A sessions and even some very controlled social interactions.
This year we have had more short film entries than ever before, with a healthy representation of Irish Films and a dedicated animation shorts slot with a Show and Tell from this year’s Offline Animation Residents.
Our main theme of Man and Land showcases documentaries that examine the complex questions of land exploitation , the human stories of the communities associated with industrial land use, and the hope for a Just Transition to a more sustainable way of being.
We hope you will join us for Offline Film Festival 2020, either in person or online as we navigate this new world that is as strange as any film, and whose plot twists will keep us guessing till the final credits roll.
Caroline Conway - Festival Manager