Cork International Film Festival February 2020 Newsletter: Spring has Sprung!

Spring has sprung and we’re back on the international film festival circuit, scouring the globe for the best features, documentaries and shorts to bring to Cork this November 5th – 15th. Closer to home, we expand our new film and mental health outreach programme ‘Intinn‘ to TY students in Limerick, Kerry and Waterford, as well as Cork. As Awards season reaches its pinnacle, we take a look at the CFF2019 highlights amongst the contenders. Find out more about funding opportunities for filmmakers and how you can join our team to shape the future of the Festival


CFF2019 BAFTA Winners & Oscar® Contenders Direct from Cork!

Taika Waititi’s ‘Jojo Rabbit’ took home the Award for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 73rd BAFTA Awards. This wild and whip-smart comedy captivated a sold-out Everyman Theatre at CFF2019 and has earned six nominations for next week’s Academy Awards®. CFF2019 highlight ‘Le Mans ’66’, based on the remarkable true story of the visionary car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and fearless driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale), won the BAFTA Award for Best Editing and has four Oscar® nominations including Best Picture.

If you missed the Irish Premieres of these BAFTA Award winners and Oscar® contenders last November in Cork, catch them in cinemas nationwide now!


CIFF on the International Film Festival Circuit

Our programming team is back on the film festival circuit, finding the latest films and new discoveries to present at our 65th anniversary edition in Cork.


The CIFF Programming Team will be attending the 70th Berlin International Film Festival from February 20 – March 1. Director of Programming, Anna Kopecká, is looking forward to starting her first international film festival circuit with CIFF in Berlin:  “We’re starting our festival travels in Berlin because it is one of the most important market places of the year and a great starting point for the CIFF 2020 film hunt. In 2020, the whole film industry is looking with excitement towards Berlinale because it will be the first edition under new artistic director Carlo Chatrian, former artistic director of Locarno Film Festival. Chatrian is replacing German film critic and programmer Dieter Kosslick who was in the role for the last 18 years. Main competition and programme revealed during the last few weeks confirm an expected shift of Berlinale towards auteur driven cinema as we know it from Cannes Film Festival. What an exciting start of this year’s festival circuit.”

Catch 3 CFF2019 Shorts at VMDIFF

Closer to home, our Friends at Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival are giving you a second chance to see CFF2019 Grand Prix Irish Short winner ‘Ciúnas’. Writer/Director Tristan Heanue has been nominated for the Aer Lingus Discovery Award alongside Director Shaun O’ Connor whose short ‘A White Horse’ also screened at CFF2019. Dublin will be treated to a real taste of Cork with Brendan Canty’s ‘Christy’ which premiered at the Screen Ireland World Premiere Shorts at CFF2019. The video of scenes outside the premiere at The Everyman where members of the local cast gave a live performance of their single ‘Yeah Boy’ has since gone viral – look out Dublin!


‘Intinn’ Youth Film Mental Health Programme Comes to Schools Across Munster 

In 2019, Cork International Film Festival extended its unique annual film and mental health programme ‘Illuminate’ to young people through a new film and mental health programme, ‘Intinn’, supported by Creative Ireland and ESB Energy for Generations Fund.

Following the hugely successful pilot, ‘Intinn’ is now being rolled out to Transition Year students in Cork, Limerick, Kerry and Waterford. If you’re a principal, second level teacher or youth worker, please submit your expression of interest to find out more about when we’re coming to a regional venue near you and how to book your students into this unique programme.

1,000 students applied to be part of the pilot programme in 2019 and over 300 TY students and teachers from schools throughout Cork City and County participated in the pilot events which enabled young people to explore mental health, wellbeing and personal resilience, inspired by film. Coinciding with World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th, students attended a screening of ‘I Used to Live Here’ by award-winning director Frank Berry (‘Michael Inside’, ‘Ballymun Lullaby’) which sensitively deals with the experiences of a 13 year old girl youth and the rise of suicide clusters in her area. The film was followed by a Q&A with Director Frank Berry, and students then participated in wellbeing workshops, led by mental health professionals from UCC, School of Nursing and Midwifery, and Jigsaw.

Submit an Expression of Interest:


Join the Board of Cork International Film Festival

Are you an enthusiastic and driven professional with a passion for the arts and keen interest in film as an art form? We’re welcoming applications to join our Board and expressions of interest for the role of Chairperson. We particularly welcome applications from professionals with knowledge, skills or experience in law, HR, not-for-profit governance, strategic planning and delivery, marketing or sponsorship, and film practitioners.

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Funding Opportunity

Arts and Disability Connect is a scheme open to artists and filmmakers with disabilities. This scheme is designed to support creatives with disabilities to make new and ambitious work and access training and mentoring opportunities. Closing: February 24 2020.

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Competition Time: CFF2019 Highlight ‘A Hidden Life’

Based on real events, CFF2019 highlight ‘A Hidden Life’ eulogises the barely acknowledged heroism of Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian farmer who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. ‘A Hidden Life’ is a work of substance and significance from Terrence Malick, one of the world’s greatest living filmmakers. We’ve teamed up with Triskel Arts Centre to give you a chance to win 2 tickets to see his latest epic on Monday, 24th of February.

To be in with a chance to win, simply send your name and the answer to the following question to by February 20:
‘A Hidden Life’ is directed by:

A) Sam Mendes
B) Terrence Malick
C) Taika Waititi