Cork International Film Festival is Ireland’s first and largest film festival, celebrating its 65th edition in November 2020. We welcome applications to join our Board from enthusiastic individuals with a passion for the arts and with a keen interest in film as an art form. In particular, we welcome professionals with the following knowledge, skills or experience: legal, HR, not-for-profit governance, strategic planning and delivery, marketing and sponsorship, and film practitioners.

If you need any more information about Cork International Film Festival before applying for a Board position, please contact Fiona Clark, CEO, who would be delighted to talk further:


An Introduction
to Board Membership,
Information Pack


To formally apply for a Board position, please submit an application letter for the attention of our Chair, Helen Boyle, c/o the Chief Executive:, with the subject line ‘Board Member Application’. Your application should outline why you feel you would be a positive addition to the Cork International Film Festival Board. Please provide details of relevant experience, any service as a Board Director, Trustee or any other arts/voluntary/community organisation or any commercial organisation, together with your CV & provide two references.


We also welcome expressions of interest for the role of Chairperson. 

If you are applying for the role of Chair of the Board, please see the specific Chair role description and application requirements. Following submission of your application, if Cork International Film Festival would like to take your application further, you will be contacted in the first instance by Board Chair Helen Boyle by telephone. You will then be invited to an interview.


Chairperson Role Description

Application Process (external and internal candidates)

Prospective candidates and existing Board Members who are interested in taking on the position of

Chair are invited to send an application letter (in confidence) to by 5pm on

Friday 7th February 2020. Prospective candidates are asked to include the following information:

  • Set out their approach to supporting and driving the vision of Cork International Film Festival, why they want to be Chairperson and what they believe they can bring to the organisation (Max 500 words or 1 A4 page)
  •  Send a CV together with a short biography suitable for publishing on Cork International Film Festival website, if successful. Please include details of any service as a Board Director, Trustee or any other arts/voluntary/community organisation or any commercial Organisation.
  •  Provide two references

In early February 2020, the out-going Chair will convene a selection panel (comprising the outgoing Chair, the CEO and two nominated Board members who are not putting themselves forward for the position of Chair) to assist and advise on the selection of the incoming Chair.