Investing in Future Audiences for Film
The Cork International Film Festival is the largest film festival in Ireland and one of the Cork’s most significant and popular annual cultural events. The Festival’s audiences increased by 32% from 2018-2019 to over 20,000 people and the Festival will mark its 65th anniversary edition in 2020.
Culture is central to human development. Film uniquely embeds culture into everyday life and so the Festival enhances the quality of civic life in Cork. As the defining art form of the modern age, film endures because of its relevance, popularity and its democratic nature. Film also changes and evolves.
Cork Film Festival provides a space to challenge perceptions, provoke debate and influence film culture in Ireland and beyond.
We are a catalyst, bringing people together for a shared experience, activating debate, empathy, anger, understanding, emotion, happiness or sadness, the lifeblood of emotions of a community and a city.
We provide a platform for filmmakers who might not otherwise have an opportunity to show their films in Ireland by helping them build new audiences and creating exposure for their work. We support the development of film, and film literacy, through the exhibition of outstanding work selected from international festivals, distributors, and filmmakers locally and globally.
We enable filmmakers to meet their audience, and a dialogue to happen. This is valuable for all stakeholders – the audience, the wider industry, our partners, and the media. We support Irish filmmakers by platforming and promoting their work, facilitating their professional development opportunities, and through our schools and family programmes, we further invest in and encourage the cinema audience of the future.
The Festival represents this dynamic conversation with our audiences – the filmmakers who make the work, the industry who enable us to share that work, and above all the paying public, from young people exploring the world through film for the first time, to the committed cinephile. All are essential in shaping a programme of fact and fiction that is uniquely available in Cork.