Virgin Media has been unveiled as the new sponsor of the Dublin International Film Festival. The company will officially rebrand TV3 next week under the new identity and will reinforce that through this three-year partnership with the Festival.

Virgin media replaces Audi who have been ‘over the door’ for the past three years. Prior to that there was a long-term partnership with Jameson.

The 2019 festival takes place from 20th February to 3rd March 2019. To mark the new sponsorship though the projectors will roll a little earlier with the hosting of the European premiere of Lenny Abrahamson’s new film The Little Stranger at a gala screening on 12th September at The Lighthouse Cinema.

The period drama is based on the novel of the same name by Sarah Waters and features Irish and international acting talent including Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Charlotte Rampling and Will Poulter.

Over the past sixteen years, Dublin International Film Festival has showcased the work of Ireland’s very talented producers, directors, screenwriters and actors. It has hosted over 600 major guests, including winners of the festival’s prestigious Volta Award such as Al Pacino, Julie Andrews, Danny DeVito, Daniel Day-Lewis, Joss Whedon, Brendan Gleeson, Angela Lansbury, Stanley Tucci, Stellan Skarsgård, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ennio Morricone.

“It’s a huge honour for us to have Virgin Media join with us as our new title sponsors,” said Festival director Grainne Humphreys.

“As a festival, we have grown to become one which features a truly global line-up, as well as celebrating the best of Irish film talent, both in front and behind the camera.”

“Virgin Media’s decision to come on board reflects the belief a global company has in what the festival offers and also in the wider Irish film industry.”

“We’re extremely proud to be the title sponsor of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival,” added Paul Higgins, Director of Consumer, Virgin Media.

“This underlines our commitment to foster creativity in film production and television content as Ireland’s leading connected entertainment provider and commercial broadcasting company.”

“In 2019, Dublin will once again become a global showcase for the best films and talent. We want this to be a signal to the world of everything Ireland has to offer as a film industry hub where we are also focused on encouraging home produced content for our own TV channels and services.”

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