Introducing the ‘Meet the Makers’ Deal!
Meet the filmmakers of the latest and best Irish and International films at screenings throughout the Festival. Cork Film Festival welcomes filmmakers from across the globe – come and meet them and join the conversation.
With our new special ‘Meet The Makers’ Deal you can avail of 2 tickets for just €12 for any narrative or documentary feature with a filmmaker’s Q&A*.
*Galas, Cine Concert and Special Presentations not included.
Irish Filmmakers at CFF2019
Tom Waller’s ‘The Cave‘ is a visceral recreation of the real-life story of the soccer team that became trapped inside a waterlogged cave in the summer of 2018. The narrative is approached from the perspective of the rescue team, who often made selfless decisions as they witnessed young lives at stake. Join Tom Waller for the screening and Q&A on Saturday 9th November.
Irish documentarian Paul Duane will join us on Tuesday 12th November to offer his insights after the screening of ‘What Time Is Death?‘ The documentary follows Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty’s (formerly KLF and notorious for filming the burning of a million pounds 23 years ago) latest artistic statement: the plans to build a “People’s Pyramid” filled with human ashes.
Cork’s own Colin Hickey will join us for a Q&A on Wednesday 13th of November following the screening of ‘The Evening Redness in the South‘ which was filmed entirely in Co. Cork. A poetic dialogue-free feature, depicting a specifically Irish existence with delicate lyricism and profound observations.
‘Floating Structures‘ begins in Bavaria with the world’s first metal cantilever bridge and charts a course to Paris, where it encounters the visionary work of Ireland’s Peter Rice. Following the screening on Thursday 14th of November, there will be a panel discussion about the film’s themes and filmmaker’s practice with Director Adrian Duncan, hosted by Dr Dara Waldron, author of “Art, Poetics and Documentary Theory”.
International Filmmakers at CFF2019
As a local festival with global reach, Cork Film Festival offers audiences the opportunity to hear about the production and creative process directly from our international filmmakers who have travelled from all over the globe.
American director Martha Stephens will join us for the screening of ‘To The Stars‘ followed by a Q&A on Sunday 10th November. Set in small-town Oklahoma in the early 1960s, this elegant coming-of-age tale is infused with righteous feminist purpose.
Director Samppa Batal will be answering questions after the screening of ‘A Mother‘ on Thursday, 14th of November. The film is a tale of guilt and reconciliation, following Eeva, a woman just released on parole after a lengthy time in prison, in her attempt to track down her estranged daughter, who was a child when she was sentenced.
Documentary Filmmakers at CFF2019
See the latest international documentaries and hear more about their fascinating subjects from documentarians at Cork Film Festival:
Producer Kyle Martin will join us on Friday 15th of November for a Q&A following the screening of ‘Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project‘, a documentary about African American activist Marion Stokes, who spent 30 years secretly recording every US television channel, and capturing every news event of the late-twentieth century.
Martin Phillipps led his band ‘The Chills’ to the world stage but, plagued by debt and addiction, he found himself back in his home town in New Zealand. ‘The Chills: The Triumph and Tragedy of Martin Phillipps’ follows the frontman as he realises he must fulfil his musical ambitions before it’s too late. Co-director Rob Curry will take part in a Q&A after the screening of fascinating, cautionary tale on Saturday 16th of November.
Dina Naser’s ‘Tiny Souls‘ (Tuesday 12th November) is a striking and empathetic documentary which documents the life of three Syrian siblings growing up in a refugee camp in Jordan and we are delighted to be joined by Dina Naser who will offer her insights in a post-screening Q&A.
Zed Nelson’s ‘The Street‘ is a particularly topical documentary considering the current political climate. Filmed over 4 years, Nelson observes the gradual change in Hoxton Street that has long been a stronghold of working-class East London, as the community is unravelled by gentrification. There will be a post-screening Q&A with the Zed Nelson on Thursday 14th of November.
Artist Films at CFF2019
Journeys have been the basis of director Andrew Kötting’s idiosyncratic documentary work since his feature debut ‘Gallivant’ which screened at Cork Film Festival in 1996. Today’s highlight, ‘The Whalebone Box’ presents Kötting and psychogeographer Iain Sinclair travel from London to the Outer Hebrides to bury a box made of whalebone. Within is possibly experimental cinema’s greatest MacGuffin, though an answer may be found after the end credits. Meanwhile his daughter, Eden, in folk costume, narrates her own fairy tale with our two heroes as mere players. This screening will be accompanied by a screening of ‘In Far Away Land’ (6 mins), a film exploring Eden Kötting’s animated drawings and a post-screening Q&A with Andrew Kötting.
‘Here for Life‘ tells the resilient stories of ten London residents in a collaborative project directed by artist and filmmaker Andrea Luka Zimmerman and Adrian Jackson, founder of Cardboard Citizens, a theatre project that aims to change the lives of homeless people through the performing arts. There will be a post-screening Q&A with Andrea Luka Zimmerman on Wednesday 13th November.