From today until Sunday 21st November, CIFF’s Online Festival offers a diverse and entertaining mix of Irish and international features, documentaries and shorts, available to watch no matter where you are in Ireland.
Films available to view from the comfort of home include CIFF’s 2021 winners of the Gradam Spiorad na Féile (Spirit of the Festival Award), Gradam na Féile do Scannáin Faisnéise (Award for Cinematic Documentary) and the CIFF Youth Jury Award (announced yesterday) as well as this year’s CIFF Short Award winners.
Read below to find out what’s on offer online for the next week.
View the full programme of films and events and book your tickets now at corkfilmfest.org and the myCIFF app.
Looking For Horses + Q&A
Stefan Pavlović’s mesmerising feature documentary debut is a deep-dive into his own personal history of displacement and the legacies of the Balkans conflict of the 1990s. It is also a quest to rediscover the wild horses of his Bosnian childhood.
Film includes Q&A with director Stefan Pavlović
In partnership with the French Embassy in Ireland.
Wood and Water + Q&A:
Anke, a widow, is retiring from her job at her local church in the Black Forest. She arranges a reunion with her three children at a familiar spot by the Baltic Sea. But when she hears that her son, Max, is unable to join them as protests have brought his new home of Hong Kong to a standstill, Anke decides to visit him instead.
Film includes Q&A with director Jonas Bak
Alex lives with her mother Maia and grandmother Teta in Canada, where the family fled during the civil war in Lebanon in the 1980s. One day a box full of Maia’s tapes, diaries, letters and memories arrives. Soon all three generations of women find themselves reflecting on the past in an effort to make deeper connections and heal old wounds.Book any time 13th – 15th NovemberIn partnership with the French Embassy in Ireland
Following the success of Cat in the Wall (a favourite from CIFF2019), activist directors Mina Mileva and Vesela Kasakova return with a blistering drama focussed on Bulgaria’s treatment of women, both from the familial and the political point of view. Women Do Cry is infused with tragedy, humour and, most of all, humanity.Winner of CIFF2021 Youth Jury Award
Book any time 13th – 15th NovemberIn partnership with the French Embassy in Ireland
A filmic diary chronicling the largest Palestinian refugee camp in the Yarmouk area of Damascus, as its inhabitants are caught in the crossfire of the Syrian conflict. Under siege for nearly four years, Abdallah Al-Khatib succeeds in capturing his own community in all of its vibrancy and colour, before another conflict threatens to destroy it.Book any time 13th – 15th November
In partnership with French Embassy of Ireland
Jane by Charlotte is an intimate portrait of the famous singer Jane Birkin by her daughter, actress Charlotte Gainsbourg. This poetic and very personal documentary is full of intimate moments and emotions that are rarely shared in front of the camera. An artful, playful and very real documentary about music, love, life and family.
In partnership with French Embassy of Ireland
Irish Shorts 1: From fungal reveries to the vast unconscious space, an eclectic selection of animation, drama, comedy and documentary.
Irish Shorts 2: All things dark and beautiful. An exquisite programme of animation, documentary, dance and drama.
Image: Flash_Thunder93, Special Mention, Best Director Irish Short 2021
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EUNIC Shorts: Action, comedy, animation, drama: expect this and more from Short Shorts from Europe Film Festival – a selection of European short films from the home countries of eight members of EUNIC Ireland (European Union National Institutes for Culture). CIFF, the IFI and Limerick School of Art and Design will also present short films from Ireland on the programme.
International Shorts 1: Nostalgia for a time, a place, a feeling – even the awkward ones! But maybe not for the very awkward ones. Check out the finest international short film talent.
Image: A Cat Called Jam, EUNIC Shorts
Cork International Film Festival announced its highly anticipated annual awards for Features last night at the Awards Gala at the Everyman, Cork (closing out the physical Festival) and the 2021 CIFF Short Awards in an online presentation on Thursday.
The winner of the Gradam Spiorad na Féile (Spirit of the Festival Award), presented by the Gate Cinemas, was awarded to Blue Moon (Crai Nou), directed by Alina Grigore. (Available 19th – 21st November in our Online Festival.)
The Gradam na Féile do Scannáin Faisnéise (Award for Cinematic Documentary) was awarded to This Rain Will Never Stop, directed by Ukrainian documentary filmmaker Alina Gorlova. (Available online 16th – 18th November.)
The winner of the Cork International Film Festival Youth Jury Award was awarded to Women Do Cry, directed by Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova. The Youth Jury Award is selected from the Spirit of the Festival and Cinematic Documentary Awards. (Available online 13th – 15th November.)
On Thursday we were delighted to announce the CIFF2021 Shorts Award Winners. You can catch up on the Awards Show on our YouTube page. You can enjoy many of these award-winning shorts, such as An Encounter, Cleaner and Miss D, in our Online Festival.
Congratulations to all!
Our sincere thanks to our Trophy Partner, Cork Crystal for providing the beautiful hand-crafted trophies for our winners.
TRAIL OF DISCOVERY & COMPETITION
CIFF’s Trail of Discovery is sponsored by Murphy’s and supported by the Irish Costume Archive Project, The Gate Cinemas, The River Lee Hotel, and The Metropole Hotel.
WITH THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS & SPONSORS