CIFF Newsletter – What’s on in July 2021

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We’re half way through the year already and the CIFF team are busy planning an eclectic programme of wonderful films and unique events for our Festival in November. Keep an eye on our website for role recruitment opportunities in the coming weeks as we expand our Festival team. In the meantime, we have lots of news and updates for you this July.

A reminder that our film submissions late deadline is fast approaching: make sure to enter your feature, documentary or international short film by 16th July. For documentary makers, applications for Year Two of the IGNITE Documentary Talent Development Programme with our partner Docs Ireland, Belfast, have now opened. If you are an Irish or Northern Irish filmmaker embarking on your first or second non-fiction feature film, this could be the programme for you.

Our congratulations to all those nominated for this year’s IFTA Film and Drama Awards which will take place virtually and broadcast on Sunday, 4th July. We’re delighted that nods include CIFF2020 alumni, read on for details.

As film festivals continue apace this summer, we will be making our way to the 74th Festival de Cannes this month to watch and select the very best European and international cinema to bring to Cork in November. Our friends at the Galway Film Fleadh & Fair will host this year’s event from July 20th to 25th and we wish the Fleadh every success!

For more information and the latest filmmaking and industry news and opportunities, see below.

CIFF2021 Film Submissions – Late Deadline Reminder

Our late deadline for film submissions (features, feature documentaries, international shorts, international documentary shorts) to CIFF2021 is fast approaching. We champion new voices and recognise filmmakers’ achievements through our 10 Awards (3 Academy Award® qualifying). Deadline: 16th July, 2021 (Image: Castro’s Spies)


IGNITE – Call for Year Two Applications

Call for Year Two applications

Are you a documentary filmmaker interested in applying for the second year of the IGNITE Documentary Talent Development Programme?

IGNITE is a cross-border talent development programme directed towards emerging Irish and Northern Irish documentary filmmakers embarking on their first or second non-fiction feature film. After the enormous success of Year One of the scheme during which six feature documentary projects from emerging filmmakers were developed through training, workshops and one-to-one mentoring, we are now calling for applications for Year Two. The closing date is Friday, September 3rd 2021.


IFTA Film and Drama Awards 2021


Our congratulations to all those nominated for this year’s Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) Awards in Film and Drama, particularly those we were privileged to present at CIFF2020, including Cathy Brady’s beautiful debut ‘Wildfire’ (with nods for leads Nora-Jane Noone and Nika McGuigan and a Rising Star nomination for Cathy Brady); Cartoon Saloon’s wonderful ‘Wolfwalkers’; Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy and Maeve O’Boyle’s passionate documentary ‘The 8th’ (image above right); and Luke Daly and Nathan Fagan’s Irish short, ‘Flicker’, Winner of the Grand Prix Irish Short (Academy Award®-Qualifying Category) at CIFF2020, presented by RTÉ; as well as Paddy Slattery’sbrilliant ‘Broken Law’ which we screened as part of the CIFF Film Club last July.

The 2021 virtual IFTA Awards Ceremony will be broadcast on Virgin Media One at 10pm on Sunday, 4th July. Best of luck to all nominees.

Unique City Stays at our Festival Accommodation Partners


If you are planning a weekend getaway this summer, make sure to check out our wonderful Festival Accommodation Partners in Cork City – The River LeeMaldron Hotel ShandonMontenotte HotelTrigon Hotels, and Maldron Hotel South Mall. Their ongoing support and solidarity with Cork International Film Festival and the arts and culture community has been second to none. Whether it’s a relaxing luxury spa break or a family-friendly holiday spot you’re looking for, you’ll find it in one of these fabulous hotels.

Explore our treasure trove of Festival memories in the CIFF Digital Archive

Immerse yourself in a treasure trove of precious materials – photographs, programme covers and posters from previous Festival editions over the last 65 years – in Cork International Film Festival’s unique Digital Archive. Developed in partnership with the Department of Digital Humanities at University College Cork, it provides a unique snapshot of modern film history and tracks the history of modern film and Cork. Proudly presented in association with Founding Archive Partner University College Cork.

News & Opportunities

The closing date for the Arts Council’s Agility Award is 5.30pm, Thursday 8th July. This award aims to support individual professional freelance artists and arts workers at any stage in their careers to do one or more of the following: develop their practice; develop their work; develop their skills; create new work; present new work. This award was developed to support people following the COVID-19 crisis and is open to all.

Film Network Ireland (FNI) are hosting an online event for the film and TV community which includes round table discussions on topics such as directing, producing and cinematography as well as networking sessions, following a retrospective on TV drama ‘Love/Hate’. 7pm, Tuesday, 27th July.