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Awards Ceremony

Join master of ceremonies Dave MacArdle (Red FM) at the Triskel on Sunday 17 November to celebrate excellence in filmmaking and to discover the winners of Cork Film Festival’s eight prestigious awards.

For over 60 years Cork Film Festival has celebrated excellence in filmmaking, championing new and emerging voices, as well as established filmmakers, through its prestigious Awards. Three of our Awards – the Grand Prix Irish Short, the Grand Prix International Short and the Grand Prix Documentary Short – are Academy Award®-qualifying, ensuring that the winners in Cork will automatically join the longlist for the Oscars®.


SHORTS AWARDS

GRAND PRIX IRISH SHORT

Academy Award®-Qualifying Category
The winning film receives a prize of €1,500. Proudly supported by RTÉ.

GRAND PRIX INTERNATIONAL SHORT

Academy Award®-Qualifying Category

GRAND PRIX DOCUMENTARY SHORT

Academy Award®-Qualifying Category

BEST DIRECTOR: IRISH SHORT

Supported by Screen Directors Guild Ireland

BEST CORK SHORT AWARD

Proudly presented by Red FM


Cork Film Festival is the official Irish representative for the following European awards:

  • EUROPEAN SHORT FILM CANDIDATE (EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2020)
  • EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
    LUX FILM PRIZE

FEATURES AWARDS

GRADAM SPIORAD NA FÉILE (SPIRIT OF THE FESTIVAL AWARD)

Presented by The Gate Cinema

  • The August Virgin
  • Atlantis
  • Knives and Skin
  • Land of Ashes
  • The Painted Bird
  • Swallow
  • Tito
  • The Unknown Saint

GRADAM NA FÉILE DO SCANNÁIN FAISNÉISE (AWARD FOR CINEMATIC DOCUMENTARY)

  • 143 Sahara Street
  • The Cave (Feras Fayyad)
  • Collective
  • In Our Paradise
  • Lost Lives
  • Mother
  • Scheme Birds
  • Tiny Souls

AUDIENCE AWARD

Presented by The River Lee. Chosen by you, the audience

  • And Then We Danced
  • The Cave (Tom Waller)
  • JoJo Rabbit
  • The Last Right
  • The Lighthouse
  • The Nightingale
  • Portrait Of A Lady On Fire
  • To Live To Sing

CORK FILM FESTIVAL YOUTH JURY AWARD

Selected from the Spirit of the Festival and Cinematic Documentary Awards


AWARDS JURIES

GRAND PRIX IRISH SHORT

  • Helen Warner, Grand Prix Irish Short Award 2018
  • Simon Young, Acquisitions Director, Shorts International
  • Matt Keyser, Programming Coordinator, Newport Beach Film Festival

GRAND PRIX INT. SHORT

  • Anna Bogutskaya, Festival Director, Underwire Festival
  • Maeve Cooke, Managing Director, access>CINEMA
  • Gar O Brien, Head of Film & Television, IFTA

CINEMATIC DOCUMENTARY

  • Stuart Sloan, Programmer, Docs Ireland
  • Diane Henderson, Deputy Artistic Director, Edinburgh International Film Festival
  • Alan Gilsenan, Arts Council | UCC Film Artist in Residence

SPIRIT OF THE FESTIVAL

  • Carmel Winters, Director, Float like a Butterfly
  • Jordan Daly, Programmer, Gate Cinemas
  • Esther McCarthy, Film Correspondent, The Irish Examiner / Ireland Reporter, Screen International

YOUTH JURY

Cork Institute of Technology

  • Emily Power
  • Shannon Bowman

St. John’s Central College

  • Liane McCarthy
  • Adam Wilson

University College Cork

  • Fionn O Mahony
  • Emma Ríon O’Mahony

European Film Awards Jurors:

Anna Bogutskaya

Anna Bogutskaya, is a film programmer, writer, event producer and podcaster. In the past, she worked at Pedro Almodovar’s El Deseo, ran the UK’s largest online filmmaker’s network, Shooting People, and was Film and Events Programmer at the BFI. She is now Head of Arts and Culture at DICE, Festival Director of BAFTA-recognised Underwire Festival, co-host of The Bigger Picture podcast and co-founder of horror film collective The Final Girls.

Maeve Cooke

Maeve Cooke, has been the Managing Director of access>CINEMA, the resource organisation for regional cultural cinema exhibition in Ireland, since July 2007. She joined access>CINEMA in 2006 as its Programme Manager. access>CINEMA provides film programming and audience development support services for its national network of member organisations located all over Ireland. Prior to her current role, Maeve worked freelance in film and television production and training, and has a Masters degree in Film Studies. In a previous life she worked in the telecommunications industry.

Gar O’ Brien

Gar O’ Brien is the Head of Film & Television Industry at the Irish Film & Television Academy A graduate from the Huston School of Film & Digital Media in NUIG Galway, O’Brien holds a Master’s Degree in Film, Society and Culture. He also has a Diploma in Audience Development and Marketing in the Arts from the University of Ulster. He has lectured in Film Festival Theory, Genre and Film Narratology and has taught Film Theory and Story Structure. He was the programme Director of the Galway Film Fleadh from 2010 until 2018. Most recently O’Brien was the industry manager for the 2019 Galway Film Fair, Ireland’s only dedicated Film Market.


Address

Triskel Christchurch
Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin Street
Cork City, Cork T12 WYY0 Ireland
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