The Silk Road International Film Festival (SRIFF) is held annually in Dublin, Ireland. This year it will take place around the Chinese Lunar New Year.

Founded in 2012, the SRIFF is fast becoming an international acclaimed film festival. Past guests have included world renowned filmmakers such as Director Béla Tarr (The Turin Horse, Satantango), Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (Reds, The Last Emperor, Apocalypse Now) and Cinematographer Mahmoud Kalari (A Separation).

This years Honorary guest Director Abel Ferrara (King of New York, Bad Lieutenant, Pasolini, Welcome to New York, Tommaso) will attend the 8th edition to receive the Silk Road International Film Festival Honorary Award at the Lord Mayor of Dublin’s Mansion House during the official opening ceremony. Abel Ferrara’s film Tommaso starring Willem Dafoe, screened at the prestigious international film festival Cannes Film Festival in 2019, will screen at the Irish Film Institute followed by a Q&A with Chris O’Neill on Tuesday 22nd January.  SRIFF will hold a masterclass with Abel Ferrara in Trinity College Dublin on Thursday 23rd January introduced by Michael Lee of Film Ireland, supported by Screen Skills Ireland.

The festival will screen an exclusive array of world cinema showcasing a rich diversity of  over 90 films from 40 international countries between the 21st to 25th January across the city of Dublin. Screening highlights include The Tiger Who Came For Tea (UK),  Tomasso (Italy), Beijing into Songs (Brazil/China), The Swing Maker (China). Also we’re excited to be screening a number of chinese films as part of  a collaboration with the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival. SRIFF is supported by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China & Shanghai International Film Festival under the Belt & Road Film Festival Alliance. Main sponsors of SRIFF include Dublin City Council, Trinity College Dublin, ODEON cinema,  DubHub, NolaClan, O’Hara’s Irish Craft Beer, the Silk Road Cafe and The Merrion as the official hotel partner. SRIFF is supported by RTE Supporting the Arts.

*Tickets available online www.silkroadfilmfestival.com 

(*All screenings at Brooks Cinema, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City Hugh Lane are FREE, tickets available online and at door subject to availability)