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IRELAND’S OLDEST FILM FESTIVAL AND CORK’S FLAGSHIP ANNUAL CULTURAL EVENT, THE CORK FILM FESTIVAL ILLUMINATES AND DELIGHTS THE REBEL CITY EACH NOVEMBER. IN 2016 THE FESTIVAL CELEBRATES ITS 61ST EDITION, TAKING PLACE 11-20 NOVEMBER.

The Festival is the true home of film in Cork; we are dedicated to showcasing a richly diverse programme of the very best Irish, independent, and international cinema.

Film has never been so important – arguably contemporary culture’s most relevant, popular and influential art form and one of the most powerful vehicles we have to understand other cultures. Cork Film Festival champions this, embracing film in its widest form, and celebrating film, music and ideas. As well as playing a rich selection of the best of contemporary world cinema, the Festival has a lively and varied music on film programme, and a timely event series which uses films to explore some of the burning issues of our time.

The Festival operates out of The Everyman, the Triskel Christchurch, and the Gate Cinema. In 2016 there will be over 200 films screened – including more than 70 features, 52 documentaries and over 100 shorts, from 55 countries. Competition includes awards for features, shorts and documentaries, with prizes totalling €7,500. For over 80% of the film presented, the Festival is the only chance to see them on the big screen, in Cork.

There have been a number of developments for the 2016 Festival:

  • RTÉ returns for the second year as the Cork Film Festival’s Principal Partner, working with the Festival to raise its profile across all RTÉ platforms in the biggest festival association between RTÉ and Cork City.
  • The Festival has announced a new expanded partnership with the Irish Film Board (IFB), resulting in a brand new initiative, Doc Day, a day-long symposium examining the industry of factual filmmaking.
  • Since 2014, the Cork Film Festival is Academy Awards® accredited. The winners of its Grand Prix Irish presented by RTÉ Cork and Grand Prix International will now qualify for the long list of the Academy Awards® for the Animated Short Film/Live Action Short Film category.
  • The Cork Film Festival will host the Irish premier screenings of the shortlist of three of the EU Parliament’s LUX prize films in November.
  • The Festival is delighted to announce the Award for Cinematic Documentary, sponsored by Ford, further cementing the Festival and Cork as the premier destination for factual filmmaking in Ireland.
  • The Festival has programmed two Industry Days, and will welcome over 100 filmmakers from UK, Europe and beyond to join the 50 Irish filmmakers who benefit from the training.
  • Cork Film Festival is supported by the Arts Council, as Principal Funder, together with Cork City Council.

The Festival is grateful to all its funders, sponsors, supporters, partners, and Festival Friends for their continued support.