Doc Day is presented in partnership with Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland and supported by Screen Training Ireland.

Friday 16 November / 10:00 / Republic of Work / €30

In partnership with Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland, Cork Film Festival continues to develop its focus on high-quality Irish and international documentary cinema. Doc Day seeks to inform, inspire and connect established and emerging directors, producers and writers with international producers, directors, programmers, sales agents, distributors and film sector leaders to further understand and develop opportunities in the documentary landscape.

Sessions will include:


Through the Lens: challenges and opportunities for Irish filmmakers internationally

Exploring alternative funding for feature documentary, the role of festivals in documentary distribution, and breaking into the international market.


Documentary as the Cinema of Social Concern

Examining the experience of filmmakers who tackle social issues in their filmmaking: what inspires their efforts, how do they choose their projects, and the politics of documentary filmmaking.


Sustainable Models for Irish Documentary Production Company

A case study of Northern Irish production company Fine Point Films: how the company has built a sustainable model within the domestic and international markets, and the opportunities and challenges involved in producing a documentary-specific remit in your output.


Speakers and contributors include:


Trevor Birney

Producer, Fine Point Films


Brendan Byrne

Director, Fine Point Films


Manon Euler

Marketplace & Talent Development Coordinator, Sheffield Doc Fest


Calum Gray

Head of Sales, Embankment Films


Marcel Karst

Head of Theatrical Sales, Dogwoof


Cynthia Lowen

Director, Netizens

Lea Marin

Producer, What is Democracy?

Justine Nagan

Executive Producer, POV


Greg Philips

President of Distribution, Kew Media Group


Paul Williams

Film Consultant, the Lush Fund


Further sessions and guests to be announced.