11.30am Schools screening
6pm Public screening
#EUandME, a special free screening of five short films exploring key challenges from sustainability, to mobility and rights. Directed by leading filmmakers drawn from across the European Union, #EUandME is a timely exploration of some of the most pressing issues of today. The screening will be followed by a ‘citizens’ dialogue’ – a public panel discussion and debate exploring the issues raised in the films.
- The Loner by Tomasz Konecki (Poland)
Theme – digital issues
Directed by Tomasz Konecki
A man of the wilderness, Jan lives alone in the mountains. But when destiny comes knocking on his door, he must devise a plan in order to follow his heart. Jan is smitten with the woman who delivers him a package, and therefore, subsequently places further online orders simply to speak to her again. The film emphasises the EU's role in providing high speed broadband – even in the most remote areas.
- Party Animal by Yorgos Zois (Greece)
Theme – skills and business
Directed by Yorgos Zois
Alex will do anything he can to keep dancing. Finding himself trapped in a restrictive job, he's suddenly hit by a spark of inspiration. After a night of partying, Alex begins a job in a retirement home which leads him to an idea for a business – modern dance classes in retirement homes. The film emphasizes the EU's role in providing skills and funding to support new businesses.
- The Living Hostel by Matthias Hoene (Germany)
Theme – mobility
Directed by Matthias Hoene
An elderly lady dreams of travelling across Europe. Her grandchildren begin raising the money for her adventure, but their plan has unexpected results. Instead of travelling round Europe, Europe comes calling to her in the form of visitors of different ages and backgrounds from across the Bloc to the newly-established hostel.
- Debut by Dalibor Matanic (Croatia)
Theme – rights
Directed by Dalibor Matanić
A young farmer dreams of becoming a football star. But before pursuing his ambition on the pitch, he must face the truth about who he really is. Ivan kisses a fellow team mate while celebrating scoring a goal. Worried about their reaction, he isolates himself but his friends visit him days later to play football – accepting him for who he is. This film emphasizes EU citizens' right to live without discrimination.
- Oona by Zaida Bergoth (Finland)
Theme – sustainability
Directed by Zaida Bergroth
After becoming lost in a dense forest, a young girl must rely on the assistance of an unlikely friend to find her way home. Following a cooking-related mishap, a young girl ventures into the woods and comes across a wild bear – before returning home to her father.
Presented in partnership with European Commission Representation in Ireland and Eclipse Pictures.