Cork Costume Trail, Competitions and more at CIFF2020

Cork Costume Trail, Competitions and more at CIFF2020

CIFF2020 opens this Sunday 8th Nov with 65th Anniversary Gala ‘The Racer‘, an exhilarating dark comedy that packs an adrenalin-filled punch right to the finish line. With only 4 days until the CIFF2020 starting line it’s time to limber-up and book your tickets! Join us for the ‘Grand Départ’ with some live action online ahead of the Irish Premiere and join in the Q&A following the screening.

Capacities are limited for all films so don’t miss out – visit or download the CIFF2020 app to plan your festival experience!

In the countdown to Opening Night there are some exciting happenings at CIFF. Film fans living within 5km of Cork City can walk the Cork Costume Trail which opens today and runs throughout the Festival; the first sessions of the Ignite Documentary Talent Development Programme for 2020/2021 are underway and we have an exclusive “night in for two” competition courtesy of our friends at Farmgate Café. Read on to find out more…

Book Your Ticket for ‘The Racer’




Cork Costume Trail

Need to mix up your evening exercise route? If you live within 5km of Cork City Centre follow the Cork Costume Trail across the city using the CIFF Podcast, featuring interviews with Cork Costume Trail curators Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh and Veerle Dehaene, Cork Public Museum curator Daniel Breen, and introductions by Red FM’s Dave Mac Ardle. Tune in to the CIFF Podcast at each stop for unique insights and behind-the-scenes stories.

The Cork Costume Trail tells the story of the relationship between the actor and their costume, through an interactive city-wide trail of costumes from significant Irish films and major television productions, filmed in Cork or with Cork talent. This curated selection from the Irish Costume Archive Project includes costumes from ‘The Wind that Shakes the Barley’, ‘The Tudors’, ‘Little Women’, ‘Breakfast on Pluto’, ‘Michael Collins’ and ‘Frank’.

Each costume has been specially selected to celebrate its connection to Cork and are available to view throughout the Festival in venue windows to allow for safe, socially distanced visiting.

The CIFF Podcast is available on Apple PodcastsSpotify and Google Podcasts.
Proudly Presented in partnership with the Irish Costume Archive Project, proudly supported by Cork City Council Placemaking Fund and hosted by The Gate Cinema, the River Lee and The Metropole Hotel.


Ignite Documentary Talent Develoment Programme, a joint initiative of Cork International Film Festival & Docs Ireland, is a pilot bilingual talent development programme directed towards emerging Irish and Northern Irish documentary filmmakers embarking on their first or second non-fiction feature film.

This week the 2020/2021 participants begin their first training sessions hosted online by CIFF and led by industry professionals. Over the course of the year, participants will gain a grounding in all facets of developing their project, and will acquire market knowledge of the documentary industry, learning about the current trends in non-fiction film production, and giving them an expansive understanding of the sector.

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Supported by TG4 , Arts Council Ireland, Screen Skills Ireland and Arts & Business NI


Competition Corner

We have teamed up with the Farmgate Café in The English Market, Cork to offer one lucky winner the chance to win a Digital Pass to our 65th Anniversary Gala ‘The Racer‘ and a sumptuous Click & Collect meal for two! Think fire lighting, feet up, and a delicious meal organised!


To be in with a chance to win simply send your answer to the question below to by midday on Friday 6th November.


Question: Name the Director of ‘The Racer

A. Kieron Moore

B. Dearbhla Walsh

C. Kieron J. Walsh

T&Cs: The click & collect meal is a set menu and cannot be changed to accommodate dietary restrictions. The meal must be collected from The English Market Cork on Saturday 7th November. Competition open to entrants living within 5km of Cork City Centre only.