About the Festival
Cork Film Festival is a local, national and international celebration of cinema, running annually in November each year in Cork City. The 63rd edition took place from 9th to 18th November 2018. Award-winning films from the international film festival circuit, new discoveries and cinema classics are selected by our experienced curatorial team to be shown on the big screen in Cork. The Festival showcases the latest and best international and Irish features, documentaries and shorts, and includes programmes for schools, families, a focus on film and mental health (Illuminate) and specialist Industry Days, including Doc Day, cementing the Festival as the destination festival for documentary in Ireland.
Over 80% of the films presented in the Festival are the only opportunity for audiences to see these films on the big screen in Cork and Ireland. In 2018 the Festival screened over 250 films. The Festival reached an audience of over 18,000, with further public engagement online via a combined social media following of 30,000, generating €2.5 million in revenue locally.
The Festival presents nine awards, including Gradam Spiorad na Féile / Spirit of the Festival Award, (presented by The Gate Cinema), Gradam na Féile do Scannáin Faisnéise / Award for Cinematic Documentary, and the Audience Award, (presented by The River Lee). Its awards for Grand Prix Irish Short (presented by RTÉ Supporting the Arts) and Grand Prix International Short are Academy Award® qualifying, ensuring that the winners in Cork automatically join the Oscars’ longlist.
Cork Film Festival takes place across key city-centre venues: The Gate Cinema, (Principal Venue Partner), The Everyman, and Triskel Christchurch, with special presentations in a variety of other city and county locations. The Festival benefits from significant institutional and partnership support. This includes support from principal funder, the Arts Council, Cork City Council and Arts Office, Fáilte Ireland, Screen Ireland, Screen Skills Ireland, Culture Ireland and Creative Ireland, together with substantial media partners the national broadcaster RTÉ, (Principal Media Partner), The Irish Examiner, and Red FM.
The Festival is led by Fiona Clark, Festival Producer and CEO, and in 2017, we welcomed Programme Director, Michael Hayden on board, formerly Head of Programming at the Irish Film Institute and Festival Programmer at the BFI London Film Festival.