"Who would have thought of making a film during lockdown - sure where would you get it?"

Anne McCusker speaks about the making of 'Waiting', a short film being shown this week as part of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival.

The film is set in a doctor's waiting room, and looks at the interaction between the characters who are all waiting for an appointment, for results or maybe just for a chat.

Screen 8, a community driven film-making programme for the people of Dublin 8, is a collaboration between The Digital Hub and the festival.

In the past it has worked with schoolchildren, but this year the project worked with the over 60s in the community.

The movie was made between November 2021 and January 2022 with many of the participants meeting in groups for the first time since the pandemic.

'Waiting' was written and directed by Paul Farren.

Fiach Mac Conghail, CEO of The Digital Hub, said: "We value the creative engagement we have with Virgin Media DIFF as one of our companies at The Digital Hub. Our creative collaboration with them in supporting our Liberties community in telling their unique story through film-making is exciting.

"Some of our cast and crew are familiar to The Digital Hub through other programmes, including our D8 Surfers Club, so it is a privilege to see that sense of community translate to Screen 8."

Gráinne Humphreys, Festival Director at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival, said: "Screen 8, now in its third year, has been a tremendous success for both the festival but also the development of film-making in the Dublin 8 area.

"A switch to working with the over 60s from the area has added a new dynamic to the programme, one which I think will really shine through on screen."

'Waiting' is part of the festival’s Community series, and the film itself will premiere at the Light House Cinema on 25 February.