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Opening Doors Film Festival

Opening Doors Film Festival

The Opening Doors Film Festival is Ireland’s first homeless film festival and has been organised to engage cinema audiences on the issue of homelessness and stir debate and conversations on its impact on our society. The festival will be hosted by the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield, Dublin 7. 

The festival runs from Monday 8th October until Wednesday 10th October.

The programme kicks off on Monday with a screening of a View from the Basement, RTE’s documentary which tells the story of Fr Peter McVerry, the founder of Peter McVerry Trust. The screening will be preceded by a short story of a person housed by Peter McVerry Trust. The documentary will be aired at 7pm. Tickets are available here.

Join us on Tuesday for a screening of Sean Baker’s acclaimed The Florida Project. A deeply moving look at childhood, the follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her friends. Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her mother Halley is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter. The film starts at 6.30pm. Tickets are available here.

On Wednesday we are hosting a special screening of Rosie. Starring Sarah Greene, this new film is written by Roddy Doyle and produced by Paddy Breathnach. It tells the story of a family who became homeless after their landlord sells their rented home. The film will be followed by panel discussion with moderator Miriam O’Callaghan and panellists Fr Peter McVerry, Roddy Doyle and Paddy Breathnach. The event starts at 6.30pm. Tickets are available here

All proceeds from tickets sales will be donated to Peter McVerry Trust.

School screenings

From Monday 8th until Wednesday 10th October Peter McVerry Trust will be running our schools’ engagement and education programme at the
Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield. This programme combines a series of educational activities, talks and short films to offer students a real insight into the issue of homelessness and the work
of Peter McVerry Trust.

Schools and classes can sign-up to attend a two-hour session on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.
To sign up for our schools’ programme contact us at info@pmvtrust.ie or call us on 01 823 0776

Restricted screenings – Sunday 7th October

On Sunday 7th October Peter McVerry Trust’s film festival will kick off with cinema screenings for families impacted by homelessness and who are currently receiving support from Peter McVerry Trust across our family hubs.

These screenings will feature family movies provided to us by Element Pictures.