There’s something for everyone in Dun Laoghaire with the return of the Underground Festival.

The 2011 Underground film festival kicks off this week with a mix of film for professional filmmakers as well as genuine  film lovers. On offer this year is 70 short Irish films, 15 independent features, an Irish language program, a children’s programs and free workshops from some of the country’s best writers, directors and actors including: Una Kavanagh, Noel Brady, Edwina Forkin, Marie Caffrey, Ali Coffey, Vinny Murphy and Ferdia MacAnna to name but a few.

Underground Cinema was founded in 2009 and over the past two years has screened over 300 short Irish films on a monthly basis in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin and London. This year Q&A sessions have been arranged with such renowned figures as director Terry McMahon (Charlie Casanova), actor Mark O’ Halloran (Paul & Adam), director Tom Collins (Kings), actor Emmett Scanlan (Blood, 3 Crosses) and director  Conor Horgan (One Hundred Mornings).

Some of the highlights of this years festival include the Dublin Premiere of Charlie Casanova (opening film) and the multi award winning Tin Can Man(closing film).

For more information on tickets, programming and workshops visit