CIFF2021 Film Club: ‘Kontora’

‘Kontora’ + Q&A – Tuesday 15 June, 7pm

Cork International Film Festival continues our CIFF2021 Film Club season this month, 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

We hope you’ll join us for this amazing feature film, and for this new season of the latest and best Irish and international fiction and documentaries, taking place every third Tuesday of each month until June, presented with exclusive introductions and Q&As with filmmakers.

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CIFF Shorts Programme on RTÉ Player

Cork International Film Festival is to present a curated selection of 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.

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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Past Events

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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