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Cork Film Festival Programme Launch

Pictured here from left to right: Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Mick Finn, Festival Producer and CEO Fiona Clark, Programme Director Michael Hayden and Chairperson of the Board Helen Boyle. 

Cork Film Festival 2018 launched in style in the elegant surrounds of The River Lee Hotel in Cork last Tuesday 16 October and in The Westbury Hotel in Dublin on Wednesday 17 October. The launch events were attended by over 200 filmmakers, partners, Friends of the Festival and Corporate Members of the Festival.

With thanks to our Principal Accommodation Partner The River Lee Hotel and The Doyle Collection and our Drinks Partner Murphy's for their generous support.

Programme Highlights: Documentaries 

Our documentary selection contains startling, insightful and intriguing stories that shine a light on the world as it stands today while reflecting moments and figures of the past. Finding parallels and contrasts between history and the present, these documentaries are vital in their relevancy with a depth that will stand the test of time.

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

This award-winning documentary by photographer and filmmaker RaMell Ross is a heartfelt, subtle and moving portrayal of the issues of race in the Southern United States, with moments of casual beauty and heart-breaking snapshots of the African American experience.

Book Now: Sat 10 Nov / 16.15 / Triskel

Yours in Sisterhood

Told through unpublished letters from Ms Magazine, the first mainstream feminist magazine in the United States, this documentary explores the experiences of women from a cross-section of American society, with stories of strength, drama, vulnerability and humour.

Book Now: Wed 14 Nov / 16:00 / Triskel

Putin's Witnesses

As it seems Putin and Russia are barely out of the news these days, Putin’s Witnesses offers a chance to explore where his political career began, and how his political manipulations were always lurking in the shadows from the moment he became acting President of Russia.

Director Vitaly Mansky will attend for a post screening Q&A
Book Now: Wed 14 Nov/ 18:15 / The Gate

Second Screening: Thurs 15 Nov / The Gate

Programme Highlights: Music Documentaries

Music and film frequently go hand in hand and we present a programme of Music Documentaries and films which celebrate music. Whether your tastes lean towards jazz, indiepop, rocksteady, extreme metal or beyond, we have music films to suit your particular food of love. 

Lords of Chaos

Based on the true story of the birth of Norwegian black metal, and featuring enough church burning and gruesome death to appease even the most hardened of horror and metal fans alike, our opening late film is a bona-fide, corpse-painted, future-cult classic.

BOOK NOW: Fri 9 Nov / 22.30 / Triskel

The Wedding Present: Something Left Behind

In 1987, The Wedding Present released their debut album, named after one of the world's greatest footballers, 'George Best'. It's honest lyrics and breakneck guitars quickly captured the hearts and minds of indie fans worldwide, cementing bandleader David Gedge's reputation as a master of the break-up song. Director Andrew Jezard presents a wonderful film which documents the album's creation and lasting resonance.

Director Andrew Jezard will attend for a post screening Q&A
Book Now: Wed 14 Nov / 21:00 / Triskel

Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records

There was no greater unifying factor in 1960s Britain than the ska and rocksteady music travelling over from Jamaica, and no record label served this better than Trojan Records. Nicholas Jack Davies' documentary traces the roots of the music and the label, highlighting its effect on the multicultural society and making the rudeboys and skinheads dance.

Book Now: Sat `17 Nov / 21:30 / Triskel 

Shorts in Short: First Weekend Highlights
Irish Shorts 1 & International Shorts 1

International Shorts 1: The People in Your Neighbourhood 

On Saturday 10th of November, we present a double helping of shorts with the first Irish and international competition programmes. International Shorts 1: The People In Your Neighbourhood introduces us to a variety of characters from unseen immigrant workers in Scaffold to a cheerless Scottish debt collector in Blue Christmas. These are tales that have a keen eye for the comic, the absurd and the unspoken bonds that unite people.

The programme also offers a chance to reacquaint ourselves with work of Canadian filmmaker Kazik Radwanski, director of Scaffold, whose previous shorts Assault (CFF ’08), Out in the Deep Blue Sea (CFF ’10) and Green Crayons (CFF ’11), and feature Tower (CFF ’12) have screened at the Festival. And a chance also to catch up with the German actor Lars Rudolph, star of such art house classics as Run Lola Run (1998) and Werckmeister Harmonies (2000) who appears in the, appropriately beautifully shot on 16mm black & white film, The Satanic Thicket – Three. It’s a format shared with Blue Christmas, whose soft colour tones contribute so much towards evoking its 70’s setting.

Book Now: Sat 10 Nov, 11.15am, The Gate

Irish Shorts 1: Help!

It’s also surprising who you might meet in Irish Shorts 1: Help! Best known as the co-writer of In America (2002), Naomi Sheridan’s Prodigy features celebrated pianist and pedagogue John O’Connor in a heart-warming film about a reclusive musician who tutors a budding pianist played by Joe O’Grady, another real-life prodigy.

You will also encounter Mark O’Halloran play a priest in the Cork-shot comedy Mary. It’s clearly a role he enjoys as he also plays a cleric in Festival feature, Cellar Door. Mary is one of many comic offerings in this programme, which also exposes Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton finding love in the Gaeltacht in The Shift.

Book Now: Sat 10 Nov, 14:00, The Gate

Cine-Concert: Little Old New York

Cork Film Festival, in association with the Irish Film Institute, presents a special treat for lovers of classic cinema and live music - Little Old New York - a charming emigrant comedy which tells the tale of an Irish girl, Patricia O’Day, who comes to America to claim a fortune left to her late brother. Acquired by IFI Irish Film Archive from the Library of Congress, Washington, Little Old New York now comes to Cork's Triskel Arts Centre with accompaniment by pianist Morgan Cooke. 

Directed by Sidney Olcott (O’Kalem films 1910–1915), and produced by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, the film was a huge box office success. Marion Davies shines in the lead, impishly masquerading as a boy and cleverly negotiating the world of high finance, inheritance and steam ships while falling in love with her cousin Larry Delevan (Harrison Ford).

Event generously supported by Cork Film Festival Friends

Book Now: Sat 17 Nov / 17:00 / Triskel

Festival Friends can avail of a complimentary ticket to Little Old New York and a complimentary ticket to every standard screening in the Festival, all for only €165. To find out more about the benefits of becoming a Festival Friend click here.

Industry Days Highlights: Focus Filmmaker Forum

Our Industry Days have expanded to include a new and FREE professional development opportunity for filmmakers with the inaugural event, Focus: Filmmaker Forum, in partnership with Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland and host venue Republic of Work.

Focus: Filmmaker Forum offers attending filmmakers the opportunity to take part in an informal networking event comprising a series of round table sessions which will guide participants through the process of developing their first feature, from development and financing, through production, festival strategy and distribution.

Focus: Filmmaker Forum takes place on Saturday 17 November and concludes Cork Film Festival's series of Industry Days which include First Take on Thursday 15 November and Doc Day on Friday 16 November.

The event will take place in advance of the Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland Focus Shorts 2018 World Premiere screening at the Everyman.

Book Now: Saturday 17 November / 13:00 / Republic of Work / Free but Ticketed

How to Book Your Tickets
  • Book
  • Call: +353 (0) 21 4271711 (Booking fee applies to telephone sales) Open 10am - 5pm Daily. 
  • In Person: Drop into Cork Film Festival Box Office at Market Buildings, Grand Parade from Monday 29th October(Opening Hours: Mon - Sun, 10am - 5pm)
Visit Cork in November for a Feast of Films!

63rd Cork Film Festival -
9th-18th November 2018

Visit Cork, recently named most culturally vibrant city in Europe by the EU, and explore our historic city, the gateway to Ireland's Ancient East and the Wild Atlantic Way.

Voted one of the top 20 European festivals to visit in 2017 by, Cork Film Festival promises you a feast of films in Ireland's cultural capital, so why not make a weekend of it? Direct flights to Cork from London, Paris, Amsterdam, Lisbon and many more - take a city break and discover Ireland's cultural gem.

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