Speaking at the launch, IFI Director Ross Keane commented:
We’re delighted to be embarking on a new partnership with the Belltable which will bring the best of IFI programmes and films to new audiences in Limerick. IFI National tours programmes around the country throughout the year, but we’re excited to now have a permanent hub at Belltable, offering weekly IFI programming at this magnificent venue.
The introduction of the IFI’s programme to Belltable signals an expansion of the venue’s hugely popular film programme, which has grown since Marketa Dowling’s appointment as Programme Manager in April 2016.
Also commenting on the launch, Dowling added:
We are really excited about our partnership with the Irish Film Institute. Our audiences will benefit hugely from IFI’s expertise and experience of programming top quality arthouse cinema. We are proud to be presenting the weekly IFI@Belltable programme, bringing the best in cultural cinema into the Mid-West.
The Belltable partnership is a welcome addition to an already busy January programme for IFI National.
In collaboration with mental health charity First Fortnight, IFI National will screen Maya Forbes’s Infinitely Polar Bear in eight locations across the country during the month. Starring Oscar-nominated actor Mark Ruffalo, the film focusses on a father with manic depression looking after his two daughters, and will screen at venues including the Town Hall Theatre in Galway, Dunamaise Arts Centre in Laois, and the Riverbank Arts Centre in Kildare.
Also continuing into 2017 will be the Local Films for Local People (LFLP) project, which sees collections of local-interest films from the IFI Irish Film Archive brought back to the communities in which they were made. Now in its fourth year, LFLP has already visited venues in Kenmare, Thurles, Manorhamilton, and Ennis. Already confirmed for 2017 are screenings in Connemara, Cavan, and Wexford.
To book tickets for IFI@Belltable, log on to www.limetreetheatre.ie.