September Newsletter: Festival Friends Invited to a Special Screening of ‘Rialto’

It’s not long now until we reveal the programme for the 65th Cork International Film Festival which takes place from the 4th – 15th November 2020. This year CIFF will be presented as a blended festival with screenings both in cinemas and online, in Cork and Nationwide. Watch this space for exciting programme announcements in the coming weeks!

In the meantime, September is a busy month! CIFF’s own Festival Director and CEO Fiona Clark has been named Cork Person of the Month; you can catch two Irish language short films tonight on the Festival digital platform for Culture Night; become a Festival Friend to receive your invitation to an exclusive screening of Irish feature ‘Rialto’ starring Tom Vaughan Lawlor. Read on to find out more and to enter our ticket competition!


Culture Night Irish Language Short Film Showcase

Kicking off tonight at 5pm as part of Culture Night, Cork International Film Festival is proud to present two short films which have been specially selected from our 2019 Festival edition to celebrate the Irish language on film: the 2019 Grand Prix Irish Short Award winner ‘Ciúnas’ and the touching coming-of-age drama ‘Leave The Road Behind You’. These short films, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers led by Don O’Mahony, CIFF Senior Programmer, will be available to enjoy online from 5-10pm for viewers across Ireland.

Friday, September 18, 5-10pm
Free Online Event

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Exclusive Screening of ‘Rialto‘ for Festival Friends

Masculinity, familial dysfunction and the very nature of love come under the microscope in ‘Rialto‘, a nuanced and powerfully affecting drama from Irish scriptwriter Mark O’Halloran (Adam and Paul, Garage) and centred upon a stunning lead performance by Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Love/Hate).

If you were a Friend or Corporate Member of the Festival in 2019, or have recently become a Friend, keep an eye on your inbox for your exclusive invitation to our preview on Thursday September 24th!

Invitations to exclusive screenings all year-round is one of the many benefits you can enjoy as a Friend of Cork International Film Festival. Festival Friends also enjoy access to a selection of standard festival screenings, full access to the 2020 programme of online screenings, an invitation to our Opening Gala, 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!

Become a CIFF Friend or Double Friend today and help support Ireland’s first and largest film festival and Cork’s dynamic cultural scene.

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Festival Director and CEO Fiona Clark Announced as Cork Person of the Month

Cork International Film Festival Director and CEO Fiona Clark, and Guinness Cork Jazz Festival Founder Jim Mountjoy, have been named Cork Persons’ of the Month for August. This award marks the contributions that Fiona and Jim have made to Cork’s most successful and longest running festivals, The Cork Jazz Festival and the Cork International Film Festival.

Fiona Clark joined CIFF in 2016, and the Festival has expanded to much acclaim, with three Oscar-qualifying awards and a threefold increase in audiences. The Festival boasts a world-class programme of Irish and international titles presented in Cork, as well as year-round screenings and events, in venues across Cork City and County. Fiona is passionate that the Festival continually offers new and diverse programmes for younger audiences too, encouraging their involvement through innovative education and outreach programmes year-round.

Speaking on the award, Fiona Clark said, “Playing a part in Cork’s International Film Festival is hugely rewarding. A lot of hard work goes into the Festival each year, but it’s the people of Cork that make the event so special. I’m truly honoured to receive this award which I hope will highlight the vital role that the arts play in our community, at a time when the city’s strength and regeneration lies in creative innovation and working together.”

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Competition Corner! Win Two Tickets to ‘Rialto

Win two tickets to see ‘Rialto‘ at our exclusive Festival Friends screening on Thursday 24th September in The Gate Cinema North Main Street, courtesy of our friends at Breakout Pictures! To be in with a chance to win, simply send your answer to the following question to by Monday 21 September:

Who plays the lead character in ‘Rialto‘?

(A) Tom Cruise
(B) Tom Vaughan Lawlor
(C) Tom Hanks


Safety at CIFF 2020

In the exciting preparations for the 65th Cork International Film Festival we’re implementing some changes to our booking system and in our venues to ensure the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our customers;

  • Dynamic social distanced seating – ensuring households can sit together and maintain social distancing from other audience members
  • Regular cleaning of the cinema, bathrooms and common touchpoints throughout the venues
  • Hand sanitiser stations at entrances and throughout venues
  • Staggered screenings to allow plenty of time between films for audience members to enter and exit safely and maintain social distancing
  • Launching the CIFF2020 App to allow you to book and store all your tickets on your phone and minimise contact and handling paper tickets