World Book Day Screening

Thursday 1st March at 11am: Maynooth Library Co. Kildare.

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2012: Book Smugglers will be screened in 5 Dublin Public libraries as part of the 2012 Seachtain na Gaeilge festival. The dates and venues are:

  • Monday 5th March at 3:00 p.m.: Ballymun Library
    (University of the Third Age Group) (tel. 01-8421890)
  • Wednesday 7th March at 6:30 p.m. Raheny Library
    (booking advised, tel. 01-8315521)
  • Thursday 8th March at 3:00 p.m. Ballymun Library
    (Irish Conversation Exchange Group) (tel. 01-8421890)
  • Tuesday 13th March at 1:00 p.m.: Central Library, ILAC Centre, Henry St. 
    (booking advised, tel. 01-8734333) (screening presented by the director)
  • Thursday 15th March at 11:00 a.m.: Rathmines Library
    (booking essential, tel. 01-4973539)

2 November 2011: Further selections for Book Smugglers. Film was selected at the POFF/Black Nights Festival in Tallinn (26 November), the EPOS International Art Film Festival, Tel Aviv (1-4 February 2012) and the Millenium Festival in Brussels (April 2012).

30 August 2011: Smugglers in Istanbul. Book Smugglers has been selected to the 14th Istanbul International 1001 Documentary Film Festival (Sept. 29 – Oct. 3)

24 August 2011: Broadcast dates for Book Smugglers finalised. The respective transmission dates of Smuigléirí Leabhar, now confirmed, are as follows:

  • Sunday 4 September 2011 at 9 p.m. on BBC-2 Northern Ireland
  • Wednesday 21 September on TG4 at 9.30pm

20 July 2011: Further selections for Book Smugglers. The film has been selected for the Festival of Lithuanian Art and Culture, Gdansk and Lagovo, Poland (7-8 September), the International Film Forum “Arsenals” in Riga, Latvia (10-18 September), the Nordic Film Days festival in Lübeck, Germany (2-6 November), and has also been invited to screen at the Irish Arts Centre in New York City (date TBD)

14 July 2011: Polish prize for Book Smugglers. Audrius Kemežys has won another Best Cinematography award for Book Smugglers, this time at the 40th Lubuskie Film Summer in Łagów, Poland, awarded by the Jury of the Golden Grape Award. Book Smugglers in Polish is Przemytnicy książek, by the way.

6 July 2011: Book Smugglers mailing list. A mailing list button has been added to the Book Smugglers website, allowing subscribers to stay informed of upcoming screenings and broadcasts.

27 May 2011: Silver Crane for Book Smugglers. Director of Photography Audrius Kemežys has won the Silver Crane for Best Cinematography at the 2011 Lithuanian National Film & Television awards. The prize was awarded for his work on Book Smugglers and on Aš perėjau ugnį, tu buvai su manim.

10 May 2011: Book Smugglers selected for Guth Gafa. Book Smugglers has been selected for the Guth Gafa documentary film festival in Gortahork, Co. Donegal, which takes place from 10-14 June. Screening is scheduled for Sunday 12 June at 18:30. On Saturday night, poet Gearóid Mac Lochlainn will take part in the Festival Club Cabaret evening, a mix of music, comedy, and poetry. Information and bookings at

9 May 2011: Book Smugglers screened for Lithuanian President. On the occasion of the national “Day of Resumption of Free Press, Language, and Books,” producer Rasa Miškinyte and performer Albertas Vidžiūnas attended a special screening of an excerpt of Book Smugglers for President of the Republic of Lithuania, Mrs. Dalia Grybauskaite. Photo

6 May 2011: Book Smugglers back to the scene of the crime. Exactly one year after shooting the children’s book smuggling games and re-enactments in and around the Martynas Jankus Museum in the village of Bitenai, on the Nemunas river, Book Smugglers was screened in the barn at the centre of activities – the same barn which once clandestinely housed real book smugglers on their way from Prussia to the Russian province of Lithuania. Attending were the children, parents, teachers, and dignitaries of the communities of Bitenai, Bardinai, Lumpenai, and Pagegai, along with producer Rasa Miškinyte and director Jeremiah Cullinane. Photo

26 April 2011: Book Smugglers on BBC. The 52′ version “Book Smugglers” will be broadcast in May on BBC 1 Northern Ireland – stay tuned for exact date and time.