Take a European cinematic journey with Cork International Film Festival (CIFF) this year as it hosts the CIFF Film Club: European Shorts Season from April to September. CIFF is delighted to welcome audiences in person for a diverse and exciting programme of film shorts from different European countries, comprising films nominated for the European Film Awards (EFA) and programmes curated by its accredited partner festivals from the EFA Short Film Award network (of which CIFF is a member). CIFF’s European Shorts Season will take place on the last Tuesday of each month with partner The Gate Cinema, Cork City.

CIFF Film Club: April through September

Throughout the European Shorts Season, which runs until September at The Gate Cinema, filmgoers can travel the length and breadth of Europe from the comfort of their seats through invited programmes guest-curated by international film festivals. Forthcoming programmes in the season include:

  • April Programme (26th April) – Diverse shorts nominated for European Film Awards.
  • May Programme (31st May) – A delightful selection of Greek short films from Drama International Short Film Festival, Greece. Book Now.
  • June Programme (28th June) – International Short Film Festival of Cyprus selected short films. Book Now.
  • July Programme (26th July) – A collection of great short films from Krakow Film Festival, Poland. Book Now.
  • August Programme (30th August) – An immersive picking of films from Film Festival Cologne, Germany. Book Now.
  • September Programme (27th September) – The season will conclude in September with a sequel programme of shorts nominated for European Film Awards, selected by CIFF programmers. Book Now.

Post Film Club Discussions at the Franciscan Well Bar

As part of CIFF’s monthly Film Club, audiences are invited to join the CIFF team for some convivial and enlightening discussions about European film and more at the Franciscan Well Bar on the North Mall, Cork City following each screening. Film Club-goers can relax over a drink in the legendary vaulted pub and discuss the themes raised in each shorts programme along with members of the CIFF programming team who will also share their thoughts and updates about forthcoming events. A special 2-For-1 Cocktail deal is available on presentation of your Film Club e-ticket.


CIFF Film Club – European Shorts Season Tickets: 

  • Standard Tickets €11 (Concessions/Students €9.50)
  • 3 x Film Season Pass €30 (Concessions €27)
  • Full Season Pass (6 films) €58 (Concessions €52)
  • Student Tickets €9.50; Student 3 x Film Pass €25; Student Full Season Pass (6 films) €48
  • Festival Friends may avail of concession price tickets

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at corkfilmfest.org and through the myCIFF app.




CIFF Film Club: May Programme

The second programme is composed of an assortment of Greek short films, curated by Drama International Short Film Festival, Greece.

6pm, Tuesday, 31st May 2022

Bella (Dir. Thelyia Petraki)

Greece 1986-1987, shortly before the fall of State Socialism and just at the end of the Cold War. Before Anthi’s eyes, the country is changing, the world is changing and with them, Christos seems to be changing too.

Escaping the Fragile Planet (Dir. Thanasis Tsimpinis)

A few hours before the world ends, two men have an unexpected encounter, while a strange pink fog is spreading throughout the city. There is neither past nor future for them, only the space in between, where they just decide to live, despite the violent touch of time.

From the Balcony (Dir. Aris Kaplanidis)

A middle-aged lady observes the world of an Athenian neighbourhood from her balcony with mixed reactions from those she constantly watches. Until she is no longer there and that world changes forever.

Souls All Unaccompanied (Dir. Yorgos Teltzidis)

Bahar is a 12-year-old unaccompanied refugee who lives in a guest house for underage refugees. Katia is a young woman who works there as a caretaker, an ex-con who just wants to get her life straight. When Bahar’s reality takes an ugly turn, Katia will be there for him.

The Student (Dir. Vasilios Kalamakis)

In November 1973, there was a 3 days demonstration against the Greek Dictatorship at the Polytechnic University of Athens. It all ended with the military being involved by breaking down the gate of the University. We follow the final minutes of the crew in the armoured tank that broke into the University, ending the uprising against the regime.

Vouta (Dir. Dimitris Zahos)

Vouta is a pigeon breed that flies all the way up to the clouds, then dives at 230 km/h and slows down just before reaching the ground. Christos is a teenager who lives in a disadvantaged neighbourhood of Athens. He has to find a way to avoid conflict with his father who just got home from prison, just like the pigeons he loves avoid collision.