September Newsletter

September Events

Cork Film Festival And Genesius Pictures Present A Special Screening Of ‘starfish’

Joanne Froggatt And Tom Riley Star In Bill Clark’s Film Starfish
the true life story of sepsis survivor Tom Ray

Monday 25th September, 6:30pm, The Gate Cinema, North Main Street, Cork.
Tickets: €9 (€8 Student/OAP and HSE card holders) can be purchased here

Including Q&A with producer PIPPA CROSS

Starfish, starring Joanne Froggatt (Golden Globe winner for Downton Abbey), tells the story of a couple whose love is tested to its limit after their perfect life falls apart in a single moment.

When Tom puts his small daughter to bed one chilly December evening, he has everything he could ever want – the house of his dreams, the life of a writer, a beautiful wife and a second baby on the way. By the next morning all of this is in jeopardy as Tom succumbs to the devastating illness that is sepsis. As Tom and Nic battle to hold their family and their marriage together, the strength of their relationship is the only thing that can save them.

Bill Clark comments: “I found Tom and Nic’s story fascinating because their challenges came so unexpectedly. Tom never put himself at risk, didn’t do sports, wasn’t a military man. He just woke up and found himself in a nightmare. He really could be any of us. They are extraordinary ordinary people and I found their small acts of everyday heroics incredibly inspiring.”

Producer Pippa Cross adds, “It’s rare for a film to make a difference in the real world, but our experience with Starfish is that it has a profound impact. Audiences are deeply moved by the wonderful performances from Joanne Froggatt and Tom Riley, and by Tom and Nic’s story. What is more, the power of story-telling means that everyone who sees the film fully grasps the dangers of sepsis.”

This special screening in association with The Cork Film Festival follows World Sepsis Day on the 13th of September in which sepsis survivors and supports from all over the world come together to do what they can to stop sepsis. The screening will also mark the beginning of the film’s tour around Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Pippa will attend the screening for a special Q&A session after the screening.

New Films Join Our Online Library Enjoy The Festival All Year Round!

Due to the phenomenal success of our AVA ‘Best of Cork’ series, we will be adding further short films to our online library. Irish and international shorts of all genres will join the catalogue and be available to watch in our viewing booths in Cork City Library, from 1st September. To find out more about AVA click here:

Culture Night – Friday 22nd September
The Cork Film Festival Presents
Cork City Hall Film Programme

“Big Screen At City Hall”

Join us for a special evening of FREE films, presented on the Big Screen in Cork’s City Hall for Culture Night on 22nd September. We are delighted to offer audiences a second chance to see the hit family film from last year’s Festival, The Eagle Huntress, followed by family classic, War of the Buttons, filmed in County Cork, and a programme of five charming Irish Language Shorts . No booking required. For venue and event details please visit:

Don’t miss a special screening of the hotly anticipated Maze, followed by a Q&A with cast and crew, presented in association with Film In Cork Booking required:

We’re Hiring

We are now recruiting for a number of roles to help deliver a successful Festival. To apply, please email a short covering letter explaining how you suit the position, together with a short CV, to:, with the job title clearly marked in the subject heading.

Technical Manager
Programme and Events Co-ordinator
Guest Services Manager
Guest Services Assistant
Volunteer Manager
Box Office Manager
Box Office Staff
Venue Managers x 3
Marketing Officer
Marketing Assistant x 2 (Intern / unpaid)
Production Assistant (Intern / unpaid)
Administration Assistant x 2 (Intern / unpaid)

Click here for more details:

We Need Your Help!

As you know there is limited accommodation in Cork City at the moment and we’re on the look out for accommodation for seasonal Festival staff. Please get in touch if you’d like to be added to our accommodation list; we have people arriving in September, October and November in the build up to the Festival (10th-19th November). Email us at

Save the Date!

The 62nd Edition of the Cork Film Festival will take place from 10th-19th November. We’ll be sharing details for our Industry Days in the summer and our Schools’ programme in September and the full Festival programme will be announced in October.