If you want to start a festival, remember that the first one should be a success, otherwise there will never be a second! It should have a good programme, full cinemas, good press coverage and a nice, appealing atmosphere.

Doclands is the first documentary film festival and market to take place in Ireland and it was a success. Therefore there is no reason why it should not be repeated. It had an interesting three-day programme of new Irish documentaries, some international films and meetings, and a big name like Albert Maysles to draw professional attention and remind everyone what it means to take a warm and humble approach to the documentary profession. It all took place in Dublin’s Temple Bar area with headquarters at the excellent Irish Film Centre.

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