Acclaimed gay writer and actor Mark O'Halloran will officially open GAZE: The 15th Dublin International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, on Thursday 2 August.

This five-day cinema programme, with premieres, new independent features, documentaries, shorts, award winners and experimental films, will take place from 2 to 6 August in the Irish Film Institute, Dublin 2.

An actor, director and screenwriter, O'Halloran wrote and starred in award-winning film 'Adam and Paul'. His highly anticipated new feature, 'Garage', was recently lauded in Cannes.

Other guests that have been confirmed include director Rahman Milani ('Seahorses'); director Lisa Gornick ('Tick Tock Lullaby'); Louis Biedak, the star of 'Lulu Gets a Facelift'; directors Alan Grossman and çine O'Brien with star Fidel Taguinod ('Here to Stay'); director Tom Maguire ('Queering the Pitch'); and Gal Uchovsky, the producer of closing film, 'The Bubble'.

More information on the festival is available online at www.gaze.ie and tickets can be booked via www.ifibooking.ie

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