Submissions are now closed for the 61st Edition of the Cork Film Festival. Please check back again in December.
Submissions are now closed for the 61st Edition of the Cork Film Festival. One of Ireland’s oldest film festivals, the Cork Film Festival plays a rich selection of the best of contemporary global cinema and is always on the look out for interesting new voices. The Festival is Ireland’s premiere Talent Discovery and Development Festival, and has a rich programme of activities for emerging filmmakers.
Since November 2014, the Cork Film Festival has been Academy Awards® accredited, meaning that the winners of the Grand Prix Irish Short presented by RTÉ Cork and the Grand Prix International short qualify for the long list of the Academy Awards® for the Animated Short Film/Live Action Short Film category. The Cork Film Festival is also a BAFTA [British Academy of Film and Television] recognised festival for British Short Film, further enhancing the festival’s international reputation (filmmakers whose British shorts are selected for competition in the Festival’s Grand Prix International short competition can enter their films for BAFTA consideration). The Festival’s juries also submit a short film nomination to the European Film Academy Awards.
As well as playing a rich selection of the best of contemporary global cinema programmed from some of the world’s most interesting Festivals, Cork Film Festival is always on the look out for interesting new voices. The Festival boasts a lively and varied music on film programme, and runs a discussion series which uses films to explore some of the burning issues of our time. The main festival venues are Cork Opera House, Triskel Christchurch and the Gate Cinema. In 2015 the Festival screened 239 films, including 84 features, of which 21 were Irish, from 40 countries. The Festival exceeded 21,000 admissions, a 14% increase on 2014, and welcomed 120 filmmaker guests to the Festival. Both the features and shorts programmes are a mixture of invited (best of Festivals, work known to the Fest, catch up on films released but which have not played Cork, and previews) and submitted films.
In 2014, the Festival inaugurated a new prize for feature length films: the Gradam Spiorad na Féile / Spirit of the Festival Award.