Spring is here and, as the light changes and evenings grow longer, we look forward to sharing upcoming film and festival events and opportunities with you.
We cannot ignore, however, the deeply troubling events taking place in Ukraine where our friends and fellow filmmakers are enduring an appalling and unprovoked war waged by Russia. We stand with the Ukrainian people and will do all we can to support them.
In March, there are plenty of cinematic treats to enjoy, in-person and online.
First Cut! Youth Film Festival, of which CIFF is proud to be Digital Partner, is running in cinema and online until Sunday, 13th March. To celebrate this year’s St. Patrick’s Festival, CIFF is delighted to present a free online programme of Irish, and Cork, film shorts from its most recent edition in November 2021.
If you missed CIFF2021 highlights, Opening Gala Ali & Ava and Irish feature Foscadh, you can catch them on the big screen again in Cork this month. Engagement and Endurance: Cork City Women in the 1920s, which world premiered at CIFF2021, has been made available to view by Cork City Council in celebration of International Women’s Day 2022.
Finally, don’t miss out – the early bird deadline for CIFF2022 submissions is today, Friday 11th March.
Read on for more details.
CIFF2022 EARLYBIRD DEADLINE 11th MARCH
Our early bird deadline for CIFF2022 Submissions is today, Friday 11th March. Submit your feature/documentary/short film now via Film Freeway to avail of discounted fees. Our regular deadline is Friday, 20th May.
(Images: CIFF2021 by Jed Niezgoda)
FIRST CUT! YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL 9th – 12th MARCH
The 13th First Cut! Youth Film Festival is taking place in the beautiful seaside town of Youghal until Saturday 12th March, followed by a day of online screenings and events on Sunday 13th.
CIFF is thrilled to be Digital Partner once again with First Cut! and will present a specially curated programme of short films for young people from last November’s Festival at The Regal Cinema, Youghal on Saturday at 4.30pm. Other upcoming highlights that day include a Conversation with Yvonne McDevitt, UCC Film Artist in Residence (1.30pm), Spotlight, celebrating emerging filmmakers (2.30pm) and Youth Video Music Competition screening (6.15pm).
CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK’S DAY WITH IRISH SHORT FILMS FROM CIFF
As part of Cork’s St. Patrick’s Festival celebrations, Cork International Film Festival is delighted to present an online programme of Irish – and Cork – shorts from our most recent edition last November, specially curated by our programmers. Enjoy this selection of film treats in our online programme which will be available for free from 10am Thursday 17th until midnight Sunday 20th March.
Bain taitneamh as agus beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh.
Films showing (clockwise from top left): Seanie Barron: Only in Askeaton (CIFF2021 Short Audience Award winner); A Cup of Sugar; As Easy as Riding a Bike; Flash_Thunder93; Broken: A Lockdown Story
CIFF2021 FILMS IN CORK CINEMAS
If you missed our heartwarming CIFF2021 Opening Gala, Ali & Ava by acclaimed director Clio Barnard, you can catch it now at The Gate Cinemas along with many more cinematic delights being shown by our venue partner.
Foscadh, directed by Seán Breathnach and which we were thrilled to screen at CIFF2021, is now showing at The Gate Cinemas and the Omniplex Cinema Mahon Point from Friday 11th March and from 16th – 20th March in the Triskel Arts Centre. Foscadh is Ireland’s entry in the Best International Feature Film category at the upcoming 94th annual Academy Awards®.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2022
CIFF champions female filmmakers and their uncompromising, original artistic visions throughout our programmes, such as CIFF2021’s Female Visions.
As part of Female Visions, we presented the World Premiere of Engagement and Endurance: Cork City Women in the 1920s which focuses on the hitherto overlooked role played by Cork women in the events of the 1920s. To mark International Women’s Day 2022, the documentary is now available to view for free on Cork City Council’s website. Find out more about CIFF’s award-winning female filmmakers by visiting our blog.
Images (clockwise from top): Engagement and Endurance; Blue Moon; journalist Lyra McKee
SUPPORT UKRAINIAN FILMMAKERS AND FILM INSTITUTIONS
Many renowned Ukrainian filmmakers have screened their films at CIFF over the years, including Alina Gorlova (pictured above) and her film This Rain Will Never Stop which was awarded CIFF’s Gradam Na Féile Do Scannáin Faisnéise (Award for Cinematic Documentary) in 2021, and who has written an open letter addressing the Russian attack on Ukraine, along with fellow Ukrainian filmmakers. We wish to support Ukrainian filmmakers now more than ever.
In an effort to aid Ukrainian filmmakers’ call not to remain silent in the face of Russia’s invasion, the International Documentary Association (IDA) has joined over 500 film professionals and institutions from around the world in signing a letter in support of Ukrainian filmmakers.
You can support our colleagues in Ukraine by: