Cork Film Festival is Ireland’s first and largest film festival. It is a local, national and international celebration of cinema, running for ten days in November each year in Cork City. The 63rd edition will run from 9th to 18th November 2018.
The Festival showcases over 200 the latest and best international and Irish features, documentaries and shorts, and includes programmes for schools, families, a focus on film and mental health (Illuminate) and specialist Industry Days, including Doc Day, cementing the Festival as the destination festival for documentary in Ireland.
The Festival welcomes submissions of features and shorts, and all forms of film production – fiction, documentary, animation, experimental, etc. We look for interesting new voices and work that pushes boundaries and takes risks. We champion new voices and celebrate excellence in filmmaking throughout our programme, which features over 200 titles. We also recognise filmmakers’ achievements through our eight Awards, two of which are Academy Award® qualifying.
Cork Film Festival is accredited by the following Awards Academies:
- Academy Awards®: winners of the Grand Prix Irish Short and the winner of the Grand Prix International Short categories qualify for the long list of the Academy Awards® for the Animated Short Film/Live Action Short Film category
- BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television): filmmakers whose British shorts are selected for competition in the Festival’s Grand Prix International Short competition may enter their films for BAFTA consideration
- European Academy Awards: Cork Film Festival submits a short film nomination to the European Short Film Awards
In competition, Cork Film Festival makes the following awards:
- Grand Prix Irish Short Award, with the winner eligible for the long list of the Academy Awards® for the Animated Short Film / Live Action Short Film category
- Grand Prix International Short Award, with the winner eligible for the long list of the Academy Awards® for the Animated Short Film / Live Action Short Film category
- Gradam Spiorad na Féile / Spirit of the Festival Award, championing feature filmmakers who push boundaries and take risks – bold ideas, well told
- Gradam na Féile do Scannáin Faisnéise / Award for Cinematic Documentary
- Best Cork Short Award, with films chosen eligible to compete also for the Grand Prix Irish Short award
- Documentary Short Award, with films chosen eligible to compete also for one of the Grand Prix Short awards
- European Film Awards, nomination of a short film
Out of competition, the Festival makes the following awards:
- Audience Award for feature films, the shortlist nominated by the Festival’s programmers
- Cork Film Festival Youth Jury Award, in partnership with University College Cork, Cork Institute of Technology, and St John’s College
Submission Deadlines and Fees:
|Cork Shorts||16 March; $10 USD||16 March to 04 May; $20 USD||05 May to 29 June; $30 USD|
|Shorts||16 March; $15 USD||16 March to 04 May; $25 USD||05 May to 29 June; $40 USD|
|Features and Documentary Features||16 March; $25 USD||16 March to 04 May; $40 USD||05 May to 29 June; $60 USD|
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Categories for entry
Entries are invited in the following categories:
- Feature films (fiction)
- Feature films (documentary)
- Short films (Irish and International)
- Short films (Cork)
Form and Premiere Status:
- The Festival welcomes all forms of film production – animation, experimental, etc. However, promotional films are not eligible (e.g. films promoting tourism, charitable appeals, etc.)
- Films that are available to purchase are not eligible; this includes DVD/Blu-ray/VHS formats.
- All short films selected for competition will be Cork premieres
- All feature films in competition will be at minimum Irish premières.
- Films that have previously been publicly screened, broadcast or otherwise made publicly available (including online) in Ireland will not be considered.
Conditions for Entry
- The screening format eligible for inclusion is DCP. If a DCP is not available, the Festival can create a DCP for screening purposes from a ProRes or similar digital file
- Films should be presented in their original versions with English language subtitles or commentary where necessary
- To be eligible for the short film competitions, films must have been completed since 1 July 2017 and be 35 minutes or less in duration
- To be eligible for the feature film competitions, films must have been completed since 1 July 2017 and be 36 minutes or greater in duration
- The Festival does not pay screening fees for submitted films
Criteria for Cork Shorts
- Filmmakers who are based in Cork
- Filmmakers from Cork but based elsewhere
- Films shot by non-Corkonians throughout Munster
Non-English language films
To qualify for selection, all non-English language films must have an English-subtitled screening copy available.
How to send your film
Please submit your film via the online submission platform, FilmFreeway.
Due to the large amount of submissions received, the Festival will only contact those filmmakers with work selected for competitions and notification will be given in September 2018. All other films will be announced on the Festival’s website in mid-October when the full Festival programme is launched. Unfortunately, due to the large amount of submissions received, the Festival cannot offer feedback regarding films that are not selected for the programme. Please don’t be discouraged if you are not accepted to CFF. There are often many influencing factors on why your film may or may not be accepted or be suitable for CFF.
If selected, DCPs must arrive at the Festival by Friday 19th October, latest. By prior arrangement, DCPs may be delivered by hand by the filmmaker. Please mark the aspect ratio of the film clearly on the container of the screening copy. The cost of shipping prints to the Festival is borne by the sender. The Festival will pay for one-way onward shipping of DCPs. By prior arrangement, DCPs can be forwarded to another festival immediately after CFF. The Festival does not pay screening fees for submitted films.
All prints will be insured for the period that they are in the Festival’s possession. In the case of loss or damage during this period, the Festival is only responsible for the replacement value of the print. Only prints in perfect condition for projection will be accepted under these conditions.
Using extracts of the films and film stills for promotion
The entrant agrees that up to three minutes of their film may be used by the Festival in promotional activities including screening a clip on television, inclusion in the Festival’s trailer, and on the Festival’s website. Please ensure that uploaded stills and headshots are of print quality and that you have permission to allow the Festival to use these for promotional and press purposes in perpetuity.
Unsolicited submissions, waivers and discounts
The Festival requests that entrants do not send a DVD directly to the Festival, do not send unsolicited Vimeo etc. links to Festival staff, and do not appeal for fee waivers. The Festival receives thousands of submissions, and the modest fees are necessary to ensure that all films are viewed and fairly considered, as well as to support the costs of curation and Festival delivery. Very occasionally, a fee waiver may be granted if the submitter has previously had work in the Festival. If you are a cultural institution or college or have a number of films you would like to enter at once, the Festival may be able to offer a discount; please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request.
Acceptance of these Terms and Conditions implies that the entrant will abide by them in her/his dealings with the Festival and also that she/he is legally entitled to submit the film for consideration. Entry to the Festival implies that the entrant has the right to do so, has pre-cleared all materials that comprise the film, and is an authorised representative of the team that holds the intellectual property in the film.
Entering a film in the Festival implies the acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.
The Festival wishes all potential entrants the best of luck with their submission, and their film.
The Festivale reserves the right to change the Terms and conditions at any time. Last updated April 2018.