CIFF Festive Film News this December ūüé¨ūüéĄ

As we get into the festive swing and bid farewell to 2021, we at CIFF are looking to brighter days ahead with plenty of cinematic treats to enjoy this season and exciting events coming up in January 2022.

Our fantastic venue partners have lots of film treats to keep festive spirits up, as well as excellent award-winning films that you may have missed at our Festival in November. Read below for more highlights and news updates.We are already planning for another ambitious and diverse Festival for next November, as well as a year-round programme of films and outreach events, including our Intinn film and mental health programme, reaching over 4,000 young people.If you are able to support, a donation, no matter what the size, will help us continue to provide this unique wellbeing programme at a time when it is needed most. Your support enables us to continue to harness the power of cinema to inspire creativity, raise awareness and expand horizons, and it is enormously appreciated Рthank you.


The¬†Gate Cinemas¬†(Cork, Midleton and Mallow) are screening the award-winning¬†Lamb¬†from¬†director Valdimar J√≥hannsson and a recent sell-out at CIFF2021. Also¬†showing are family films¬†Encanto,¬†Clifford the Big Red Dog,¬†A Boy Called Christmas, and Christmas classic,¬†Elf¬†(at Midleton and Mallow), as well as Steven Spielberg’s¬†West Side Story¬†and Ridley Scott’s¬†House of Gucci¬†and lots more. (Image: Jed Niezgoda)¬†Book Now

The¬†Triskel Arts Centre¬†is offering a fantastic array of yuletide favourites such as¬†It’s a Wonderful Life¬†and¬†The Muppet Christmas Carol. Throughout January, you will have the chance to catch Festival hits such as C√©line Sciamma’s¬†Petite Maman, Valdimar J√≥hannsson’s¬†Lamb,¬†Julia Ducournau’s¬†Titane, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s¬†Memoria. (Image: Jed Niezgoda) Book Now


Thank you for all your feedback and considered responses to our CIFF2021 Audience Survey which will help us plan for the year ahead and our 67th edition in 2022. We’re delighted to announce that the winner of our survey prize is Linda Farrell from Kilcully, Cork. Linda will receive a CIFF2022 Festival Friend membership and enjoy a delicious dinner for two followed by a screening in the Cameo Cinema Club at our partner hotel, the 4-star¬†Montenotte Hotel¬†in Cork City.

Stuck for a Christmas stocking filler? Haven’t found the perfect gift yet? Be inspired by an extensive range of fabulous gifts, crafts and Irish-designed and -made goods available in store and online at lots of cultural venues throughout Cork. There are ample ideas at¬†Nano Nagle Place Design Shop (pictured above), Glucksman,¬†Crawford Art Gallery,¬†The Everyman Cork, and¬†Cork Craft and Design, to name a few. Happy shopping!


Cork International Film Festival is thrilled¬†to partner once again with¬†the Embassy of France in Ireland as part of their¬†Night of Ideas¬†programme by presenting a digital screening on Thursday, 27th January 2022. Keep an eye on our social media platforms as we¬†announce the film and booking details over the coming weeks.The 7th¬†Night of Ideas¬†will address the theme of ‘(Re)building together’ which has been chosen to explore the resilience and reconstruction of societies faced with singular challenges, the solidarities and cooperation between individuals, groups and states, the mobilisation of civil societies and the challenges of building and making our objects. This¬†Night of Ideas¬†will also be marked by the beginning of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union.


CIFF2022 Submissions will open on Monday, 10th January 2022, with the Early Bird Deadline of Friday 11th March. We look forward to receiving your new and inspiring features documentaries and short films. (Image: As Easy as Riding a Bike (Dir. Ronan Burke), CIFF2021 Submission)

Our friends at First Fortnight have just announced their film and event programme for the First Fortnight Mental Health Art & Culture Festival 2022, taking place across the island of Ireland from 2nd to 16th January 2022. Book Now


CIFF curated and presented¬†two programmes¬†of Irish and international shorts at this year‚Äôs¬†Kort Film Festival¬†in Leuven, Belgium, which ran from 3rd to¬†11th¬†December. Our first programme focussed¬†on female Irish filmmakers of the first decade of this century, and included works by Cathy Brady (Small Change, pictured), Juanita Wilson (The Door), and Kirsten Sheridan (Patterns). Highlighting short films from¬†a¬†new generation of filmmakers, the second programme included¬†The Last Organist¬†(Paddy McConnell),¬†In Velvet¬†(Jessica Kennedy, Maeve Kennedy) and¬†Broken: A Lockdown Story¬†(TJ O’Grady Peyton).

As Ireland’s representative for the¬†European Film Academy (EFA) Short Film Award, we were delighted to collaborate with the EFA in hosting a livestream of the 34th¬†European Film Awards¬†on Saturday, 11th December. Recent CIFF title,¬†Flee¬†directed by¬†Jonas Poher Rasmussen,¬†was awarded both European Documentary 2021 and European Animated Feature 2021 (also nominated for a Golden Globe). Other Festival favourites winning EFA awards include Sebastian Meise’s¬†Great Freedom¬†(Cinematography and Original Score), Julia Ducournau’s¬†Titane¬†(Hair & Make Up), Eskil Vogt’s¬†The Innocents¬†(Sound) and Valdimar J√≥hannsson’s¬†Lamb¬†(Visual Effects).