We are excited to start the new year with a bang and what better way than to announce that our submissions for CIFF2024 are now open. Submit your films now to avail of discounted entry fees.
CIFF is also delighted to present the CIFF European Film Weekend for the second year, from 26th to 28th January. We will screen features shortlisted for the 2024 LUX Audience Award, European Film Award-nominated shorts, and a selection of Family Friendly Shorts. Book your FREE tickets now and don’t miss out on a weekend of the latest and best European cinema.
SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN FOR CIFF2024
Submissions for the 69th Cork International Film Festival are officially open.
CIFF recognises filmmakers’ achievements through our 12 Awards, including the Best New Irish Feature Award, proudly supported by The Irish Examiner introduced at CIFF2023, and three Oscar®-qualifying awards. As Ireland’s largest and longest-running film festival, we welcome all forms of film production from fiction to documentary, animation to experimental and more. We look for interesting new voices and work that pushes boundaries, takes risks and we celebrate emerging talent and excellence in filmmaking.
Submit your films via the online submission platform FilmFreeway by the Early Bird Deadline on Saturday, 9th March to avail of discounted submission fees.
“Film festivals matter. Their purpose is to introduce new and unexpected work to each successive generation of filmgoers. And that voice needs not just to be discovered but encouraged and supported,” Oscar®-winning film producer and CIFF Patron Lord David Puttnam
FREE EVENT: LUX AUDIENCE AWARD SHORTLISTED FILMS
Embark on a cinematic journey through Europe and join us for a special free European Film Weekend at the Arc Cinema Cork from 26th to 28th January.
We are delighted to partner with the European Parliament Liaison Office in Ireland to promote the LUX Audience Award which is presented every year by the European Parliament and the European Film Academy, in partnership with the European Commission and Europa Cinemas.
Five films were selected at the 2023 EFA Awards and are shortlisted for the LUX Audience Award 2024. CIFF will present four of these films for FREE, ahead of the LUX winner announcement in April, allowing audiences to discover acclaimed films from Europe and have a say in the world’s largest audience award by rating them.
- On The Adamant by Nicolas Philibert (Fri, 26th Jan, 6.30pm)
- 20,000 Species of Bees by Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren (Sat, 27th Jan, 6pm)
- Fallen Leaves by Aki Kaurismäki (Sun, 28th Jan, 3.30pm)
- Smoke Sauna Sisterhood by Anna Hints (Sun, 28th Jan, 6pm)
FREE EVENT: EFA SHORTS PROGRAMME
You can also catch a selection of award-winning European shorts during the CIFF European Film Weekend, with our programme of films nominated for the European Film Awards 2024 at 12pm on Saturday, 27th January, in The Arc Cinema Cork:
- 27 directed by Flóra Anna Buda (France/Hungary 2023, animation, 10’)
- Aqueronte directed by Manuel Muñoz Rivas (Spain 2022, documentary, 27’)
- Daydreaming So Vividly About Our Spanish Holidays (La Herida Luminosa) directed by Christian Avilés (Spain 2022, fiction, 24’)
- Flores Del Otro Patio directed by Jorge Cadena (Switzerland/Colombia 2023, fiction, 16’)
- Hardly Working directed by Total Refusal: Susanna Flock, Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner and Michael Stumpf (Austria 2022, documentary, 21’)
FREE EVENT: FAMILY-FRIENDLY SHORTS
Bring the little ones to our Family Friendly Shorts Programme from CIFF2022, a collection of European cinematic treats for all ages, 12pm on Sunday, 28th January, in The Arc Cinema Cork.
Discover a world of imagination and wonder in this handpicked selection of animated shorts and live-action gems. From a diver befriending an astronaut to a thrilling adventure in a distant land.