Cork International Film Festival’s mission is to present Ireland’s most exciting, diverse, and ambitious annual film festival, connecting and stimulating audiences and artists through a carefully curated selection of the best films, to create a unique shared cultural experience, rooted in Cork, open to the world.

CIFF is a local, national and international celebration of cinema, running for twelve days in November each year in Cork City and online via our Festival Digital Platform in November.

CIFF Digital Archive

Proudly presented in association with Founding Archive Partner University College Cork.

Cork International Film Festival’s unique archive, a treasure trove of precious materials tracking the history of modern film and Cork, amassed over 65 years, has been developed in partnership with the Department of Digital Humanities at University College Cork. A unique snapshot of modern film history and the history of Cork’s development, the archive is available to view online at containing photographs, programme covers and posters from previous Festival editions over the last 65 years.

The launch of the digitised archive in September 2020 mounts a public call-out for further contributions of items and oral histories. Members of the public are invited to share your stories, photographs and Festival memorabilia with the archiving team by completing the contact form here.

View The Archive

IGNITE Documentary Talent Development Programme


IGNITE is a bilingual talent development programme directed towards emerging Irish and Northern Irish documentary filmmakers embarking on their first or second non-fiction feature film. 

During the first programme six feature documentary projects from emerging filmmakers were developed through training, workshops and one-to-one mentoring. The pilot programme also included targeted career development for the participating filmmakers.

IGNITE is a joint initiative of Cork International Film Festival & Docs Ireland, supported by TG4, the Arts Council of Ireland, Screen Skills Ireland, Screen Skillnet, Northern Ireland Screen and Arts & Business NI.

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CIFF Library

A curated selection of Short Films available year-round for free in Ireland’s smallest cinema, the CIFF Library.

This year the Library is available to view online on the Festival Digital Platform:

View The Library
View Cork International Film Festival Year-Round film guide.

Browse 65th CIFF 2020 Programme

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