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Take a European cinematic journey with Cork International Film Festival (CIFF) this year as it hosts the CIFF Film Club: European Shorts Season from April to September.

CIFF is delighted to welcome audiences in person for a diverse and exciting programme of film shorts from different European countries, comprising films nominated for the European Film Awards (EFA) and programmes curated by its accredited partner festivals from the EFA Short Film Award network (of which CIFF is a member). CIFF’s European Shorts Season will take place on the last Tuesday of each month with partner The Gate Cinema, Cork City.

Starting on Tuesday, 26th April at 6pm, the first programme will celebrate both the vibrancy of European culture and reflect the current geo-political environment, with a selection of EFA-nominated shorts, including 2022 Oscar® winner The Long Goodbye co-written by and starring Riz Ahmed in a stand-out performance; poignant Ukrainian film Dad’s Sneakers; and the wryly-observed Beyond is the Day from PolandDocumentaries will also feature in the programme with the Cannes-nominated Displaced from Kosovo; and the powerful and pertinent In Flow of Words from the Netherlands.

As part of CIFF’s monthly Film Club, audiences are invited to join the CIFF team for some convivial and enlightening discussions about European film and more at the Franciscan Well Bar on the North Mall, Cork City following each screening. Film Club-goers can relax over a drink in the legendary vaulted pub and discuss the themes raised in each shorts programme along with members of the CIFF programming team who will also share their thoughts and updates about forthcoming events.


Past Events

Special Event in Support of Ukraine: CIFF Raises €700.06 in aid of Ukrainian Filmmakers with ‘Donbass’ Screening by Acclaimed Ukrainian Filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa

Cork International Film Festival is to screen Cannes award-winning tour-de-force feature, Donbass by acclaimed Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa at the Gate Cinema, Cork on Thursday, 7th April with all proceeds going to support Ukrainian filmmakers. The film will start at 6.30pm and will be introduced by CIFF Director of Programming Anna Kopeckà. We are also honoured to welcome Ukrainian Ambassador Ms Larysa Gerasko who will say a few words of welcome at the event.

CIFF stands with the Ukrainian people while the appalling and unprovoked war waged by Russia continues and, like many festivals and arts organisations, wishes to support our friends in this region. As a longstanding champion of Irish and international filmmakers, many renowned Ukrainian filmmakers have screened their films at CIFF over the years, including Alina Gorlova and her film This Rain Will Never Stop which was awarded CIFF’s Gradam Na Féile Do Scannáin Faisnéise (Award for Cinematic Documentary) in 2021, and who has written an open letter addressing the Russian attack on Ukraine, along with fellow Ukrainian filmmakers. Now, with the support of our audiences, we aim to provide practical assistance to the Ukrainian filmmaking community at this time via a support fund created by the Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Ukraine.

The DOCU/HELP fund for Ukrainian filmmakers and the festival team has been set up to tell the world about Russia’s crimes in Ukraine, support those who are documenting these crimes, and continue to introduce the world to contemporary Ukrainian culture. In particular, the filmmakers’ fund is assisting filmmakers who are bravely documenting the events in the war in Ukraine by providing them with the most necessary filming equipment without which it is impossible to continue filming and working (such as batteries, hard drives, memory cards, chargers, adapters, microphones, replacements for damaged lenses, etc.). It will also help cover essential support costs, including the costs of fuel, medicine and first aid kits, as well as basic needs in emergency situations.

All proceeds from the ticket sales of Donbass will be donated to directly support Ukrainian filmmakers during this time through the DOCU/HELP fund

Tickets: €10.50 (Concessions €9)

If you would like to add a further donation to your ticket purchase, you can do so when booking.


Enjoy Irish short films with Cork International Film Festival this St. Patrick’s Day

As part of Cork’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival celebrations, Cork International Film Festival is delighted to present a delightful online selection of Irish, and Cork, shorts from the most recent Cork International Film Festival edition last November, specially curated by our programmers. Enjoy this selection of film treats in our online programme which will be available for free from 10am Thursday 17th until midnight Sunday 20th March.

Bain taitneamh as! Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh.

Full Programme:

Emerge blinking and dazed into the reality of post lockdown life in TJ O’Grady Peyton’s Broken: A Lockdown Story.

Meet the wonderful Seanie Barron, who takes us on a journey of the imagination in our Audience-Award-winning short documentary Seanie Barron: Only in Askeaton, directed by Michael Holly.

See life through the eyes of an eccentric immigrant in A Cup of Sugar, directed by Denis Kiely.

Witness a friendship blossom over cycling lessons in Ronan Burke’s As Easy as Riding a Bike.

And hang on to your seats for the dark comic thriller Flash_Thunder93, directed by Reuben Harvey.

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The Horizon (L’Horizon) by Emilie Carpentier followed by a post-screening discussion as part of the 5th Night of Ideas

Cork International Film Festival is thrilled to partner once again with the Embassy of France in Ireland as part of their Night of Ideas programme by presenting a free digital screening of L’Horizon by Emilie Carpentier followed by a discussion about film and climate awareness on Thursday, 27th January 2022 at 6.30pm.

The post-screening discussion features an introduction from director Emilie Carpentier, and a conversation about the use of film and the arts to highlight environmental and climate issues, as well as discussing the speakers’ actions and experiences with Laragh McCann, a Taisce award-winning Irish photographer, and filmmaker who also founded the not-for-profit Climate Love Ireland with award-winning filmmaker, writer, and photographer Shaun O’Connor whose recent film A White Horse won the Best Irish Short Film at Foyle Film Festival and has been longlisted for the Academy Awards® 2021, and Dr. Maria Kirrane, Sustainability Officer for University College Cork and who holds a BSc. in Environmental Science and a Ph.D. in Ecology.

On the northern outskirts of Paris, where housing projects rise out of fields, Adja, 18, burns with the desire to live intensely. While her brother breaks out as a pro soccer player, her best friend blows up as an influencer on social media, and her mother struggles to save her hometown in Senegal, Adja has only a blurred vision of her future. With Arthur, who becomes more than a friend, her political and environmental awareness rises, and Adja joins the fight of her generation.

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CIFF2021 Film Club: ‘Kontora + Q&A’

Cork International Film Festival continued our CIFF2021 Film Club season in June 2021, in partnership with The Gate Cinemas, with our fifth screening ‘Kontora’, from director Anshul Chauhan.

After her grandfather dies, Sora retraces the diary written by him during World War II and has begun to search for a mysterious treasure buried in the local woods. Meanwhile, a homeless man who wordlessly walks backwards appears in the town. One night, her drunk father hits the homeless man by car. Regardless of her father’s opposition, Sora allows the man to stay the night in their house, and his presence stirs up the relationship between Sora and her father.

Winner of Grand Prix Best Film Award at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2019 (PÖFF)

“…a film that transcends its Japan-specific subject matter to make more universal statements about the human costs of war.” The Japan Times

This amazing feature film was part of the season of the latest and best Irish and international fiction and documentaries, taking place every third Tuesday of each month until June 2021, presented with exclusive introductions and Q&As with filmmakers.

Festival Friends received a 20% discount.

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CIFF Shorts Programme on RTÉ Player 2021

Cork International Film Festival presented a curated selection of short films from CIFF2020 on the RTÉ Player, which was available from the May Bank Holiday weekend 2021 and proudly supported by RTÉ. The films are still available to watch via the link below.

From Saturday 1st May, viewers enjoyed a must-see programme of wonderful Irish short films from the 65th 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 included 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.

Full Programme:

‘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.


‘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.


‘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.


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CIFF2021 Film Club: ‘Belly of the Beast’

Online Tues 18 May at 7pm – Fri 21 May 2021

‘Belly of the Beast’ – When a courageous young woman and a radical lawyer discover a pattern of illegal sterilisations in California’s women’s prisons, they wage a near-impossible battle against the Department of Corrections.

Followed by a Q&A with director Erika Cohn.

In partnership with the Gate Cinemas

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Special Earthday Screening: ‘Groundswell’

Online Thurs 22 April at 7pm – Sat 24 2021

Friends of the Earth and Cork International Film Festival present a Special Event Screening of ‘Groundswell’, Johnny Gogan’s feature documentary on Ireland and Fracking.

Filmed in the Irish border counties and in Pennsylvania, the film details the plans of oil and gas company Tamboran to establish a major gas field in the border counties of Leitrim and Fermanagh in 2011.

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Presented by Friends of the Earth Ireland, Friends of the Earth N. Ireland and Cork International Film Festival in association with Eclipse Pictures and Bandit Films


CIFF2021 Film Club: ‘Running to the Sky’

Online Tues 20 April at 7pm – Fri 23 April 2021

‘Running to the Sky’ – Twelve-year-old Jekshen, an exceptional runner, lives in a beautiful mountain village in Kyrgyzstan. His parents are divorced, and life with his alcoholic father is difficult. Lonely Jekshen only has his girlfriend from school and his father’s friends for support. They encourage him to take part in a big race—a race that could change his life for the better. 

In partnership with the Gate Cinemas

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CIFF2021 Film Club: ‘Wake Up on Mars’ + Q&A

Online Tues 23 March at 7pm – Fri 26 March 2021

‘Wake Up on Mars’ – hot from its World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary follows Furkan, a Roma boy living in Sweden who dreams of building a spaceship to escape the reality of his family’s pending asylum request, and the mysterious coma-like illness that has befallen his siblings. Followed by a Q&A with director Dea Gjinovci.

In partnership with the Gate Cinemas

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Cork St. Patrick’s Festival Irish Shorts Programme

Online Sat 13 March – Wed 17 March

In partnership with Cork City Council

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CIFF Film Club: ‘Redemption of a Rogue’ + Live Q&A

Online Tues 23 February at 7pm – Fri 26 February 2021

Redemption of a Rogue‘ – the award-winning Irish biblical, black comedy and debut feature from Philip Doherty, which tells the tale of a prodigal son returning to his hometown to seek salvation for his sins. Followed by a live Q&A with director Philip Doherty and lead actors Aaron Monaghan, Aisling O’Mara and Liz Fitzgibbon.

In partnership with the Gate Cinemas

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CIFF2021 Special Event: Green Night of Ideas – ‘We Have 20 Years to Change the World’ + Live Panel Discussion

Online Tues 26 January at 6pm – Thurs 28 January 2021

Presented in association with the French Embassy, the Alliance Française Network in Ireland and Institut Français.



50 Years of La Francophonie 2020: Online Screening of Arab Blues (Un Divan à Tunis)

Online Tues 24 November at 7pm – Sat 28 November 2020

Presented in association with the embassies of La Francophonie represented in Ireland, the Alliance Française Network, the Cork International Film Festival and Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs.

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Martin McGuinness – I Fought, I Made Peace, I Made Politics

Online Wednesday 25 November 2020 at 6pm

Presented in Partnership with Belfast Film Festival

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