Ireland’s oldest film festival and Cork’s flagship cultural happening, the Cork Film Festival lights up and delights the Rebel City in November. In 2015 the Festival celebrates its 61st Edition, taking place 11-20 November.

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Its log line is ‘Films. Music. Ideas’. As well as playing a rich selection of the best of contemporary world cinema, it has a lively and varied music on film programme, and a timely event series which uses films to explore some of the burning issues of our time.

The Festival operates out of The Everyman, the Triskel Christchurch,  and the Gate Cinema. In 2015 there were 242 films screened – including 93 features (24 Irish) from 51 countries. Competition includes awards for features, shorts and documentaries, with prizes totalling €7,500.

There has been many developments for the 2016 Festival:

  • RTÉ is now the Cork Film Festival’s Principal Partner, working with the Festival to raise its profile across all RTÉ platforms in the biggest festival association between RTÉ and Cork City.
  • The Festival has announced a new expanded partnership with the Irish Film Board (IFB), resulting in a brand new initiative Doc Day, a day-long symposium examining the industry of factual filmmaking.
  • Since 2014, the Cork Film Festival is Academy Awards® accredited. The winners of its Grand Prix Irish presented by RTÉ Cork and Grand Prix International will now qualify for the long list of the Academy Awards® for the Animated Short Film/Live Action Short Film category.
  • The Cork Film Festival will host the Irish premier screenings of the shortlist of three of the EU Parliament’s LUX prize films in November. 
  • The Festival soon will announce two new prizes for documentary, and plans to make Cork the premier destination for factual filmmaking in Ireland.
  • The Festival has announced its plans for its Industry days, and will welcome over 100 filmmakers from UK, Europe and beyond to join the 50 Irish who benefit from the training.