Enjoy a free programme of Irish film shorts to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, in partnership with Cork City Council

This year, to celebrate our national holiday, Cork International Film Festival is delighted to partner with Cork City Council to present a special St. Patrick’s Festival programme of Irish film shorts. There may be no parade again this year however fans of Irish culture can still enjoy a free selection of film treats from us as part of Cork City Council’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival, available to watch on our Digital Platform from Saturday 13th to Wednesday 17th March.

From heart-warming stories of a mother’s love to an Irish dancing drama, there will be something to delight and entertain you in the comfort of your own home. The programme will also be followed by a Q&A with some of the filmmakers.

The Irish short film programme includes: 



Dir. Shaun O’Connor, 2018

When he manages to destroy the town’s beloved Virgin Mary statue, Charlie O’Connor does the only thing he can do: he frames his older brother.


Dir. Emma Wall, 2018

Set in 1978, Pat tells the story of a lonely music lover who keeps in touch with her son in New York through the only phone box in the village. 


Dir. Jessica Kennedy, John McIlduff, 2012

Motion Sickness is a dance film exploring ideas of need, rejection and escape. The film is a collaboration between award-winning choreographer Jessica Kennedy and award-winning filmmaker John McIlduff.


Dir. Directed by Sarah-Jane Drummey, 2019

On the day of a regional Irish dancing competition, an Irish couple struggles to come to terms with their child’s gender identity. 


Dir. Steve Kenny, 2017

A ‘Back To The Future’-obsessed Traveller boy strives to finish building his own DeLorean replica before his family are evicted from their halting site. 


Dir. Shimmy Marcus, 2013

Hannah Cohen can’t wait to make her Holy Communion. The only problem is she’s Jewish! A heart-warming tale about a little girl and the universal desire to fit in.


Dir. Megan K Fox, 2018

It’s the first disco of the Gaeltacht, and one thirsty 15-year-old is determined to get the shift against all odds. 

This special Cork St. Patrick’s Festival programme is available to watch any time from 9am on Saturday 13th March to 12 midnight on Wednesday 17th March 2021. Capacity is limited, booking essential to view.