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Programme highlights, fascinating filmmaker talks, bespoke Industry Days and find out how you can choose a Festival winner in today's newsletter of awarding and rewarding films.

Programme Highlights: Features

The Palme d’Or at Cannes is arguably the most prestigious award in the film calendar, and we're thrilled to be able to offer our audience this year's winner, Shoplifters. Lauded by many as director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s best work, in a career of stunning films. Shoplifters is a powerful, heartwarming drama told through an examination of an alternative family dynamic. The story of a petty criminal Osamu (Lily Franky) who finds a frightened little girl, Juri (Miyu Sasaki), alone in the streets, and takes her home to his family. She quickly becomes the darling of the household, where Osamu teaches her the art of shoplifting.

When making out your list of must-see films at this year's Festival, put Shoplifters on the top, and see it in Cork first - don't risk having this wonderful film stolen away from you!

BOOK NOW, Saturday 17th November, 20:15, The Gate


Cork Film Festival presents the Irish Premiere of highly-anticipated new feature from director Wash Westmoreland, Colette. Based on the true story of inspirational French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley), about a young woman who marries a successful writer (Dominic West). Her husband soon asks her to ghostwrite from him, and her 'Claudine' novels, based on her school days, propel him into superstardom. Gradually, Colette taps into a defiant part of herself that allows her to take what is hers, and to explore her own desires.

Colette is a powerful, sexy and timely costume drama, with dialogue that positively crackles with sharp humour, and career-defining performances from an A-list cast - not to be missed!

BOOK NOW, Saturday 10th November, 18:30, The Everyman

In Conversation with Filmmaker Pat Murphy

We’re delighted to welcome one of Ireland’s most radical filmmakers, Pat Murphy, to the Festival this year for a special 'In-Conversation' public event following a screening of her classic film Maeve. Hosted by Vanessa Gildea of Women in Film & TV Ireland, no doubt this will be a fascinating, thoughtful discussion which offers a unique opportunity to hear from one of Ireland’s most interesting and celebrated filmmakers.

Murphy describes Maeve, Maeve was asking how does a woman position herself against the background of what was going on in the North and within the history of republicanism and memory and landscape. At the time, people were pushing competing narratives. But my experience was that there was no clear narrative, only a fractured one. I was influenced by Godard and Brecht. But, more than that, with Maeve, anytime I sat down and tried to create a straightforward film with a beginning, middle and end, it just wouldn’t work.’

BOOK NOW: Thursday 15th November, 18:00, The Gate

Industry Days: Sessions & Speakers Announced

Cork Film Festival's bespoke Industry Days 15th - 17th November provide invaluable opportunities for established and emerging filmmakers to connect and explore all aspects of the film industry. Check out the schedule of seminars and line-up of international guest speakers online here.

Are you a media student, emerging filmmaker or finding your feet as a film professional? Then First Take is your essential guide to key skills such as pitching and packaging your film projects.

Doc Day is Ireland’s premiere documentary-focused Industry Day which informs, inspires and connects filmmakers with international producers, directors, programmers, sales agents, distributors and film sector leaders. If you are a documentary filmmaker, this is an unmissable event with great networking opportunities.

New this year - Focus: Filmmaker Forum which offers attending filmmakers the opportunity to participate in an informal networking event comprising a series of round table sessions with industry professionals. (Free but ticketed).
Presented in partnership with Fís Éireann / Screen Ireland, with support from Screen Training Ireland.

Click here for more information and to book tickets. 

It's Over to You with Cork Film Festival's Audience Award!

The Audience Award offers you, our audience, the chance to select your stand-out film at Cork Film Festival for an award. You get to be the judge of our eight Audience Award nominees:

Diane – Kent Jones
Float Like A Butterfly – Carmel Winters
Shoplifters – Hirokazu Kore-eda
Sorry to Bother You – Boots Riley
Tel Aviv on Fire – Sameh Zoabi
The Dig – Andrew Tohill, Ryan Tohill
The Favourite – Yorgos Lanthimos
The Old Man & the Gun – David Lowery

Did you know that a Festival Fan Pass allows you to view 7 of our Audience Award nominated films, all for only €50 / €42 concession. Better still, our Festival Friend membership offers you complimentary access to ALL standard screenings so you can see all Audience Award nominated films and over 200 more films, all for only €165, or €290 for you and a partner to enjoy! To find out more about our Festival Fan Passes and Festival Friend membership, click here.

For more information about all our awards, or to book your free ticket for the Cork Film Festival 2018 Awards Ceremony on Sunday 18th November at 5pmclick here.

#CFF18 - An Insider's Guide
We're often asked 'what's good to see...?' Naturally, we think everything is goo! It's like asking us to choose a favourite child - but help is at hand! Our Festival Producer, Fiona Clark, recommends this, her own personal strategy, to help you pick your Festival line-up:

"First, choose your stand-out favourite, the film you know you absolutely can't afford to miss; then go for something that's caught your eye and you think you quite fancy; and finally, make a random decision and take a flutter on something completely unknown: a Favourite, a Fancy and a Flutter!"

With that in mind, we put Fiona to the test. Here are her three 'F's' for the Opening Weekend:

Favourite: The Old Man and the Gun - Robert Redford, no further explanation required!

Fancy: Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes - it being Jazz weekend in Cork right now, I'll want more of this during our Festival...

Flutter: Tito and the Birds - pigeons save the world from fake news epidemic - that's got to be worth a punt!
How to book your tickets
  • Book Online:
  • Call: +353 (0) 21 4271711 (Booking fee applies to telephone sales) Open 10am - 5pm Daily. 
  • In Person: Drop into Cork Film Festival Box Office, open daily from 10am - 5pm at Market Buildings, Grand Parade from Monday 29th OctoberKindly supported by Cork City Council.
Visit Cork in November for a Feast of Films!

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

Visit Cork, 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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