September 2019 Newsletter: Culture Night Showcase, The Goldfinch Preview & Lots More!


With just 7 weeks to go until the 64th edition of Ireland’s largest film festival, there’s quite a bit going on! We’ve teamed up with Cork City Library and An tOireachtas Gréasán na nGael to present a free Irish Short Film Showcase for Culture Night; our new Children’s Film Season of weekly family-friendly films in Crawford Art Gallery starts this Sunday, and we’re hosting a special preview of ‘The Goldfinch’ for Festival Friends this month. Read on to find out more!

Children’s Film Season in Crawford Art Gallery

Cork Film Festival is delighted to partner with Crawford Art Gallery, as part of their exhibition SEEN NOT HEARD and to invite children to SEE and HEAR the best of world cinema. Our new Children’s Film Season begins this Sunday, 22nd September, with a specially curated selection of Family Friendly Shorts. We’re looking forward to welcoming budding film fans to this fun-packed programme of Irish and international animations and short films for families to enjoy in Crawford Art Gallery:

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Culture Night Irish Short Film Showcase

We’re delighted to present a free pop up programme of Irish language short films today, Friday 20th September, from 5.30pm in Cork City Library to celebrate Culture Night. The short films have been specially selected from Cork Film Festival’s Irish Shorts programmes of the last 3 years and from the AVA (Audio Visual Access) Free Short Film Library which offers a catalogue of short film from Cork Film Festival’s past programmes, year-round, in Cork City Library, Bishopstown Library and online through a video on demand service. This is a great opportunity to experience short film ‘as Gaeilge’ and find out about Cork Film Festival’s unique AVA short film library.

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‘Intinn’ Youth Film & Mental Health Outreach Programme Welcomes 300 Transition Year Students & Teachers

300 students and teachers from schools throughout Cork City and County participated in ‘Intinn’, Cork Film Festival’s new youth film and mental health outreach programme. 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 workshops exploring wellbeing and resilience skills, inspired by the themes and characters within the film, expertly led by a team of mental health professionals from UCC School of Nursing and Midwifery and Jigsaw. Following this successful pilot, the ‘Intinn’ programme will be rolled out to schools throughout Munster in 2020. Thanks to our partners: Creative Ireland, ESB Energy for Generations Fund, The Gate Cinema Cork, UCC, Wildcard Distribution, Spunout.ie and Jigsaw.

‘The Goldfinch’ Preview for Festival Friends

‘The Goldfinch’ by award-winning Cork Director, John Crowley, tells the story of Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker who survives a bombing at an art museum. Having lost his mother in the attack, he finds himself in possession of a famous painting, The Goldfinch, and becomes embroiled in the art underworld. If you were a Friend or Corporate Member of the Festival in 2018, or have recently become a Friend, keep an eye on your inbox for your exclusive invitation to our preview on September 25th! Or check out our competition below to win 2 tickets to our preview screening.

Invitations to our exclusive previews all year-round is one of the many benefits you can enjoy as a Friend of Cork Film Festival. Festival Friends can also enjoy access to all standard festival screenings, invitations to our Opening and Closing Galas, discounts in local shops, restaurants and hotels, an exclusive festival tote bag and more, all for only €165 or €290 for a Double Friend membership! Find out more about becoming a Cork Film Festival Friend or Double Friend.

Cork Film Festival Welcomes St. Peter’s, Mama Bear Foods, Q-Park and the Adult Continuing Education (A.C.E at UCC) as New Corporate Members

Cork Film Festival warmly welcomes St. Peter’s, Mama Bear Foods, Q-Park and the Adult Continuing Education Centre in UCC as new Corporate Members of CFF2019. Corporate Membership offers local businesses a range of unique staff and client entertainment options, as well as extensive brand visibility opportunities. Talk to our team today about what a Cork Film Festival Corporate Membership can offer your business, while also supporting Ireland’s premier film festival and a highlight of Cork’s cultural calendar.

Competition Time: Preview of ‘The Goldfinch’

To celebrate the release of Director John Crowley’s beautiful adaptation of Donna Tarte’s globally acclaimed and beloved bestseller novel ‘The Goldfinch’ on September 27th, we have teamed up with Warner Bros. Pictures to give one lucky winner the chance to win 2 tickets to Cork Film Festival’s special preview screening on Wednesday, 25th September in The Gate Cinema. To enter, simply send your name, contact details and the answer to the following question to competition@corkfilmfest.org by Monday 23rd September, 5pm:

John Crowley directed ‘Brooklyn’. True or False?