As we settle into spring, we are delighted to present a jam-packed schedule of great CIFF events, including a weekend of FREE European films showcasing the 2023 LUX Audience Award short-listed features and European Film Award nominated shorts (24th-26th March); a free online programme of Irish shorts to celebrate St Patrick’s Festival, and our final Fear Screen event, the cult classic and cinematic indulgence ‘Troll 2’.
Read on for more information below.
VIEW & RATE! FREE LUX AUDIENCE AWARD PROGRAMME AT CIFF: 24th – 26th MARCH
Embark on a cinematic weekend trip across Europe from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March as part of our European Film Weekend of FREE screenings.
We are delighted to partner with the European Parliament Liaison Office in Ireland and The Gate Cinema to present films shortlisted for the LUX Audience Award in cinema for FREE from Friday 24th – Sunday 26th March, giving audiences the chance to discover fantastic films, and rate their favourite films.
The LUX Audience Award – the largest audience award in the world – aims to strengthen ties across Europe by connecting audiences through cinema and inviting them to become an active part of the European film community by rating their favourite films.
As part of this exclusive programme, we are inviting you, the audience, to rate the LUX Audience Award films you’ve watched via a simple star rating, available on corkfilmfest.org or here. Rating is open until 12th June 2023.
The unmissable LUX Audience Award programme comprises:
- Close by Lukas Dhont – Friday 24th March, 6.15pm
- Triangle of Sadness by Ruben Östlund – Saturday 25th March, 2pm
- Burning Days Emin Alper (premiered at CIFF2022) – Saturday 25th March, 5.15pm
- Alcarràs by Carla Simón (premiered at CIFF2022) – Sunday 26th March, 2pm
- Will-o’-the-Wisp by João Pedro Rodrigues – Sunday 26th March, 4.30pm
FREE but ticketed. All films must be pre-booked via
corkfilmfest.org or myCIFF app.
FREE EUROPEAN FILM AWARD: SHORT FILM SCREENINGS 25th & 26th MARCH
Complementing the free LUX Audience Awards screenings, CIFF will present four programmes of short films nominated for the 2022 EFA Short Film Award, including the winning film Granny’s Sexual Life / Babičino Seksualno Življenje (directed by Urška Djukic, Émilie Pigeard), on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th March, also available to book for FREE.
Comprising four diverse programmes, from coming-of-age stories to tales of parenthood, and from documentaries to alternative worlds, these short films showcase the range of subjects and creativity of filmmakers from all over Europe.
FREE but ticketed. All shorts programmes must be pre-booked via corkfilmfest.org or myCIFF app.
FREE ONLINE IRISH SHORTS TO CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK’S FESTIVAL 2023
We are delighted to present a special CIFF programme of Irish, and Cork, film shorts from our most recent edition in November 2022 to celebrate this year’s St. Patrick’s Festival.
Fans of Irish culture nationwide can enjoy a free selection of film treats from us any time from 10am Friday 17th until midnight Sunday 19th March which will be available to watch for free on our Digital Festival Platform. (Free but ticketed.)
FINAL CIFF FEAR SCREEN EVENT: TROLL 2
We conclude our Fear Screen season of thrillers and horrors from the past 70 years with our ‘Guilty Pleasure’ cult classic, Claudio Fraggasso’s Troll 2, taking place TONIGHT, Thursday, 16th March at 8pm in Triskel Arts Centre.
Widely considered to be one of the most popular cult movies ever made, a hilariously awful film full of terrible special effects, and some of the worst dialogue ever heard on screen, Troll 2 is a truly unmissable cinematic indulgence and a must-see for cinephiles and schlock fans alike.
- Standard Tickest: €10.50 (concessions €
- Student Tickets: €7.50
- Festival Friends can avail of concession price tickets of up to 20%
PREMIERE YOUR FILM AT IRELAND’S FIRST & LARGEST FILM FESTIVAL
The Regular Deadline for the 68th Cork International Film Festival is Friday 19th May. See here for more information or submit your films now via the online submission platform FilmFreeway.
The Festival welcomes submissions of features and shorts, and 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 and takes risks and champion and celebrate emerging talent and excellence in filmmaking throughout our programme. We also recognise filmmakers’ achievements through our 11 Awards, three of which are Academy Award® qualifying.
CIFF INDUSTRY NEWS
First Cut! Youth Film Festival 2023
A huge congratulations to our partner, First Cut! Youth Film Festival on their successful 14th edition which ran from 7th to 11th March, presenting an eclectic selection of films made by young filmmakers aged between 12 and 24.
We are delighted to congratulate Barra Convery who was awarded the First Cut! Youth Film Festival 2023 Cork International Film Festival Award for his film Finding Mothers.
This award enables the winner to submit their film and attend the 68th edition of CIFF in November 2023 and includes free admission to CIFF’s ‘First Take’ Industry Day.
Puttnam Scholarship Awardees 2023
Our Academic Partner, UCC has awarded the Puttnam Scholar title to six outstanding students. During the Puttnam Scholarship Programme, students from any discipline will be able to work with Oscar®-winning producer, digital education pioneer and CIFF Patron, Lord David Puttnam.
The Scholars this year are postgraduate and final-year students in Nursing, Law, English, and Film and Screen Media. Congratulations to the selected Scholars and we look forward to screening their work at the 68th Cork International Film Festival in November 2023.