The LEGO® Batman Movie announced for the launch of Fantastic Flix, the Audi Dublin International Film Festival’s children and young people’s strand

Dublin 10th January 2017… A sneak preview of one of the most hotly anticipated films of 2017, The LEGO® Batman Movie, has been announced for the launch of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival’s Fantastic Flix strand for 4-16 year olds. The launch screening is set to take place on Saturday 4th Feb 2017 at 11.00 at Movies@Dundrum, with the added excitement of a family-friendly pre-screening festival party at the cinema. Fantastic Flix brings the best cinema for children and young people from around the world to film fans in Dublin from 4th -25th February.

Coming to cinemas in Ireland on 10th February from Warner Bros. Pictures, The LEGO Batman Movie joins a special selection of films from visiting children’s author Dame Jacqueline Wilson, along with the Golden Globe-nominated animated film My Life as a Courgette, and Michaël Dudok de Wit’s The Red Turtle (co-produced with Studio Ghibli) as a key highlight of ADIFF’s Fantastic Flix strand.

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure.  But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if Batman wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Will Arnett reprises his starring role from The LEGO Movie as the voice of LEGO Batman, aka Bruce Wayne. Zach Galifianakis (Muppets Most Wanted, the Hangover films) stars as The Joker; Michael Cera (TV’s Arrested Development) as the orphan Dick Grayson; Rosario Dawson (TV’s Daredevil) as Barbara Gordon; and Ralph Fiennes (the Harry Potter films) as Alfred.

The Audi Dublin International Film Festival’s Fantastic Flix conjures up the world of cinematic wonder for the next generation in its packed festival of children’s films from around the world. Activities include workshops, short film selections, the Fantastic Flix Children’s Jury and other special events. Fantastic Flix runs from 4th – 25th Feb 2017 in cinemas across Dublin, including official venue partners Movies@Swords, Movies@Dundrum, Omniplex Cinema Rathmines and The Ark.
The Dublin International Film Festival is sponsored by Audi, its principal funder is the Arts Council and it is also in receipt of funding from the Irish Film Board. Key partners and funders include hotel partner The Merrion Hotel, print transport partner Wells Cargo, post-production partner Windmill Lane, social listening partners Olytico, digital out-of-home provider Orbscreen, official food ordering app Just Eat and media partners Entertainment.ie, 98FM, The Times & The Sunday Times and micromedia.ie. Fantastic Flix partners include IFCO, Channel 4, The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Ireland and The Ark. Official venue partners are Omniplex Cinema Rathmines, Movies@Swords and Movies@Dundrum. The Illustrated Mum is a GRANADA MEDIA CHILDREN’S Production for Channel 4 Television.

Tickets for Fantastic Flix (4th-25th February 2017) are now on sale at www.diff.ie or call 01 687 7974 for general tickets, groups, and school bookings.

Media Contact: Patrick Stewart: ADIFF Publicity Manager on press@diff.ie | Tel + 353 (0)1 662 4620 | +353 (0) 83 003 4595


Fantastic Flix Schedule

The LEGO Batman Movie (Launch)
11.00, Saturday 4th Feb- Movies@Dundrum

The Red Turtle, (10+) Opening
18.30 Friday 10th Feb – Omniplex Cinema Rathmines

The Illustrated Mum (with post-screening Q&A with Jacqueline Wilson)
12.00 Sat 11th Feb, Movies@Dundrum

The Secret Garden (with intro from Jacqueline Wilson)
12.00 Sun 12th Feb, Light House Cinema

Mandy (with intro from Jacqueline Wilson)
10.30 Mon 13th Feb, Light House Cinema

Zip & Zap and the Captain’s Island
10.45, Mon 13th Feb – The Light House Cinema, Smithfield

Kai
12.50, Mon 13th – The Light House Cinema, Smithfield

Fantastic Flix Shorts
10.45, Sun 12th Feb – The Light House Cinema, Smithfield

Abulele, (8+)
12.15, Tues 14th Feb – Movies@Swords

Snowtime! (4+)
10.30, Wed 14th Feb – Omniplex Cinema Rathmines

Louis & Luca – The Big Cheese Race, (5+)
10.45, Tues 14th Feb – Movies@Swords & 12.15, Wed 15th Feb -Omniplex Cinema Rathmines

Girl Asleep, (15+)
13.50 Wed 15th Feb – Omniplex Rathmines & 12.45 Thurs 16th Feb – Movies@Dundrum

My Life As a Courgette,
11.50 Fri 17th Feb – Omniplex Rathmines

The Stinky & Dirty Show + Behind the Scenes Presentation
11.00, Fri 17th Feb – Omniplex Cinema Rathmines

Foley Workshop: Creating Sounds for the Screen
14.30, Sat 18th Feb – The Ark

In Loco Parentis
14.00, Thurs 23rd Feb – The Light House Cinema, Smithfield

The Breadwinner Storyboard Workshop
14.30, Sat 25th Feb – The Ark

The main programme for the Audi Dublin International Film Festival will be announced on 18th January 2017.

About The LEGO® Batman Movie

The LEGO Batman Movie is directed by Chris McKay, and produced by Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Roy Lee, who worked together on The LEGO Movie. The screenplay is by Seth Grahame-Smith and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers and Jared Stern & John Whittington, story by Seth Grahame-Smith, based on LEGO Construction Toys and based on characters from DC Entertainment. Batman was created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger; Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Jill Wilfert, Matthew Ashton, Will Allegra and Brad Lewis serve as executive producers.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group, in association with LEGO System A/S, a Lin Pictures / Lord Miller / Vertigo Entertainment production, The LEGO Batman Movie will open in theaters worldwide beginning February 10, 2017. It will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
http://www.legobatman.net

BATMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.
LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Minifigure and the brick and knob configuration are trademarks of the LEGO Group. © 2017 The LEGO Group. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

For more information about “The LEGO Batman Movie”, please contact Nick Costello nick.costello@warnerbros.com

About Audi Dublin International Film Festival (16-26 Feb 2017)
The Dublin International Film Festival is sponsored by Audi, its principal funder is the Arts Council and it is also in receipt of funding from the Irish Film Board. Offering unique access to a plethora of filmmaking talent, the festival transforms Dublin into a hub of glamour, creativity and film appreciation.

Over the past fourteen years, the festival has hosted over 550 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.

The festival has screened world cinema from 52 different countries, a total of almost 1,500 films, of which 300 were Irish features including Irish premieres of Sing Street, Once, Ondine, In Bruges, Calvary, The Stag and The Secret of Kells. The festival’s young people’s programme Fantastic Flix is expanding each year, engaging schools and families and building a new generation of film fans.

About Audi
Audi is Ireland’s leading premium car brand. Vorsprung durch Technik combines progression, sportiness and sophistication, and is at the core of Audi’s car-building philosophy. Audi leads the way in technological and engineering excellence, pioneering new innovations, such as quattro®, for a truly unique driving experience.

The Dublin International Film Festival is sponsored by Audi, its principal funder is the Arts Council and it is also in receipt of funding from the Irish Film Board.
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