Mark Your Calendars – Cork International Film Festival Returns To Entertain

It's a screenshot from the Cork International Film Festival's website and you see the different categories under which films are screened and grouped

Cork International Film Festival is considered to be Ireland’s first and largest film festival. It’s also one of Cork’s most significant and popular annual cultural events. And that’s why we are asking that you mark your calendars and go out on a date – with Cork and cinema. A double date of sorts? Perhaps, but it is an event that you certainly shouldn’t miss.

A screenshot from the Cork International Film Festival's website - it shows the banner image that talks about the festival in capital letters
Mark your dates because this festival promises an array of award-winning films and documentaries

The 67th edition will take place between 10th to 20th November 2022. The curatorial team behind the festival has selected award-winning films from the international film festival circuit, new discoveries and cinema classics. These will be premiered in cinemas in Cork and screened online via the Festival Digital Platform, available to viewers nationwide.

The festival also presents 11 awards, including Spirit of the Festival Award (presented by The Gate Cinema), Award for Cinematic Documentary, and two Audience Awards (for features and shorts). Its awards for Grand Prix Irish Short (presented by RTÉ Supporting the Arts), Grand Prix International Short and Grand Prix Documentary Short Award are Academy Award qualifying, ensuring that the winners in Cork automatically join the Oscars long-list.

From five Galas (Opening, Documentary, Animation, Family and Closing) to Special Presentations, and a Wild Child Retrospective to Family and Young People’s programmes, the festival will present an exciting and inspiring festival of features, docs and shorts carefully curated for a worldwide audience.

Their programme also includes strands on climate activism (Green Screen), food and film (Culinary Cinema), film and mental health (Illuminate), cult classics (Guilty Pleasures) and an online programme of festival highlights.

If you’re interested in Irish cinema and documentaries, you are in for a treat. The festival presents premieres of new Irish feature fiction and documentary films that demonstrate the range and creativity of Irish filmmaking talent. The opening night gala features among others, the film Aisha. It charts the experiences of a young Nigerian woman (Letitia Wright) as she seeks asylum in Ireland.

If this has piqued your interest, and you want to know more, we have it all sorted. All information about the festival is here.


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