On Wednesday Galway Film Fleadh launched their exciting new programme for 2014. The festival takes place from the 8th July to the 13th July and celebrates the best in Irish cinema. This year the fleadh will welcome back a whole host of Irish filmmaking talent along with some new faces.

So, what have we got to look forward to at this years festival? A number of premieres will be hosted at this years event including; 'Glassland' by Gerard Barrett starring the lovely Jack Reynor and Toni Collette, 'Get Up and Go' starring some of our favourite characters from Love Hate Killian Scott and Peter Coonan. David Wilmot, James Nesbitt and Game of Thrones' Maisie Wiiliams team together for 'Gold' directed by Niall Herry. An Irish/US production will also be among the new films showcased at the festival starring Michael Shannon and is said to have a mix of 'dystopian Western and Greek Tragedy'. And if that wasn't enough, the world premiere of 'I Used to Live Here' will take place over the week as well.

Speaking at the launch on Wednesday festival programmer Gar O'Brien said, 'The Fleadh is a festival of discovery and we are delighted to introduce new work from Ireland's brightest young talents, while also welcoming back a host of filmmaking talent from around the world to Galway. This year's programme is set to entertain, challenge and engage audiences, transporting you from the mundane to the magnificent with films from Japan to Johannesburg, from Canada to Connemara and beyond. In its 26th year, the Fleadh continues to grow from strength to strength, with premieres of new Irish films each evening, and luminaries of the craft from around the world as our invited guests'.

Now in it's fifth year the festival will also feature a public interview with Brenda Fricker, who will speak about her career and being Ireland's only Oscar-winning actress.Galway Film Fleadh opens with John Carney's new film 'Begin Again' in the Town Hall Theatre on the 8th July. For more information and to buy tickets head on over to the website here.