Cork International Film Festival to present selection of Irish short films from CIFF2020 on the RTÉ Player


Cork International Film Festival (CIFF) is to present a curated selection of Irish short films from CIFF2020 on the RTÉ Player, available from this May Bank Holiday weekend and proudly supported by RTÉ. 

From Saturday 1st May, viewers can enjoy a must-see programme of wonderful Irish short films from last year’s Cork International Film Festival that tell stories of love between a mother and son, an Irish pub on Christmas Eve, a disastrous 43rd birthday party and a reflection on humanity’s impact on nature. 

The selection also includes CIFF2020 award winners ‘Flicker’, about the aftermath of an assault (Winner, Grand Prix Irish Short – Cork International Film Festival 2020, presented by RTÉ) and ‘Ballast’ (Winner, Best Cork Short – Cork International Film Festival 2020, presented by Red FM) about a grieving man attempting to escape his pain. All films originally screened as part of Cork International Film Festival on its Digital Festival Platform in November 2020.

Cork International Film Festival Director and CEO, Fiona Clark, commented: “With the hugely valued support of RTÉ, anyone who missed these cinematic gems at the Festival in November or who simply want to immerse themselves in a fantastic programme of entertaining and thought-provoking short films can now view them on the RTÉ Player. As a Festival that has championed short-form film making since its inception 65 years ago, we’re delighted to work with our partner RTÉ, to share and celebrate these stories by talented Irish filmmakers with audiences nationwide once again.”

See full programme below:

‘Flicker’ – Luke Daly, Nathan Fagan (Ireland, 2020)
In the aftermath of a violent assault, 20-something Danny struggles to accept the full extent of his injuries. Winner, Grand Prix Irish Short – Cork International Film Festival 2020.

‘Ballast’ – Jesse Gilbert (Ireland/UK, 2020)
Beset by grief, a man builds himself the means to escape the pain of his existence. Winner, Best Cork Short – Cork International Film Festival 2020.

‘Birthday Girl’ – Portia A. Buckley (UK, 2019)
A single mother’s 43rd birthday party ends in disaster when her lover unexpectedly arrives and clashes with her overprotective son.

‘The Appointment’ – David Moody (Northern Ireland, 2019)
A young man must find a way to connect with his ailing mother.

‘A Christmas Drop’ – Steve Canty (Ireland, 2020)
An Irish pub. Christmas Eve. Phenomenal company.

‘Forest’ – Dermott Burns (Northern Ireland 2020)
A reflection upon humanity’s ignorance of its destructive nature.

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