Tomorrow, Friday 12th, the physical festival draws to a close with our Awards Gala film Blue Bayou. Don’t despair though, as our Digital Festival begins this Saturday and runs daily until 21st November with a diverse array of Irish and international features and shorts which can be watched anywhere in Ireland. Tonight at 7pm we will be announcing our Shorts Awards winners online. There’s still time to enjoy our Trail of Discovery around Cork City and enter a fabulous competition. Read on to find out what’s coming up! View the full programme of films and events and book your tickets now at corkfilmfest.org and the myCIFF app.
CIFF SHORT AWARDS 2021: WATCH ONLINE TONIGHT
Join us tonight at 7pm on corkfilmfest.org or on our YouTube channel for the announcement of the winners of the CIFF Short Awards 2021! 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 be automatically long-listed for the Oscars®.
To celebrate the CIFF2021 Short Awards winners, join us in The Everyman at 5pm on Friday 12th November for a special screening of the winning films, as chosen by our juries. The winners of the CIFF2021 Features Awards will be announced at the Awards Gala on Friday, 12th November in The Everyman.
AWARDS GALA: BLUE BAYOU
Following its international premiere at Cannes Film Festival, we are delighted to present Blue Bayou as our Awards Night Gala, closing out the physical part of the Festival with the announcement of our Features Awards, ahead of the start of our Online Festival (13th – 21st November). Antonio LeBlanc (played by the director himself) is a Korean adoptee married to Kathy (Alicia Vikander) and raising his beloved stepdaughter Jessie in working-class New Orleans. He learns one day that he might be deported from the only country he’s ever called home. Will he be able to face the ghosts from his past in order to save his family? This engrossing drama of one family’s fight for happiness poses timely questions about what identity, family and belonging mean in American society today.
IRISH SHORTS: DOCUMENTARIES
People Enjoy My Companyby Frank Sweeney: A film connecting the privatisation of telecommunications with techno-optimism, euphoria and online communication in the lead-up to the millennium.
Nothing To Declareby Garret Daly: The charming true story of two Irish boys aged 10 and 13 on a stowaway adventure of a lifetime from Dublin to New York in the summer of 1985.
Images: Last Letter, Nothing to Declare
FleeAmin came to Denmark as an unaccompanied minor fleeing the conflict in Afghanistan. Now, aged 36, he has become a successful academic and is about to settle into married life with his long-term partner, but then his past comes back to haunt him. Poher Rasmussen’s ingenious animated rendering of Amin’s refugee story makes for a tender and empathetic cinematic account of one person discovering how they are who they are.
Wheel of Fortune and FantasyFrom director Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Happy Hour, Drive My Car) comes a beautiful triptych of tales linked by fate, memory and coincidence which won the Silver Bear Award at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. An unexpected love triangle, a failed act of revenge and a meeting of old friends following a school reunion – the three stories presented here are self-contained, but flow from one to another lightly and effortlessly, much like the music that separates them, maintaining the calm, serene and yet unpredictable quality for which Hamaguchi has become renowned.
CIFF & NATIONAL SCULPTURE FACTORY: THE TWO FACES OF TOMORROW
The Two Faces of Tomorrowis an experimental documentary-fiction film by renowned visual artist Patrick Hough about algae; how they have shaped all life on the planet, from the deep past to the near future. The film follows a fictional researcher as they traverse ancient Roman baths plagued by toxic blooms
Commissioned by FLAMIN Productions through Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network with funding from Arts Council England. Co-commissioned by the National Sculpture Factory. Produced by Tracy Bass. Supported by The Arts Council of Ireland
Daily from Thursday, 11th November – Saturday, 13th November, 8pm and 10pm, The Event Space, Marina Market
CIFF ONLINE FESTIVAL: 13TH – 21ST NOVEMBER
We’re delighted to present an extended programme of online screenings as part of our blended Festival. Relax at home and enjoy all that our virtual Festival has to offer, from award-winning international features to the latest and best Irish shorts.The films in each programme below can be booked at any time during the 72-hour availability period. Once you start watching your film, you have 30 hours to finish it (and you can pause at any time during this watch window)
TRAIL OF DISCOVERY
CIFF’s Trail of Discovery is sponsored by Murphy’s and supported by the Irish Costume Archive Project, The Gate Cinemas, The River Lee Hotel, and The Metropole Hotel.
COVID SAFETY AT CIFF2021
CIFF2021 is committed to the comfort and safety of our audiences, guests, volunteers and staff. If you feel unwell or have any symptoms that may be COVID-related, please do not attend the Festival. In venues please be advised all public customers over the age of 18 must carry a valid EU Digital COVID Cert with photo identification and be prepared to present if required. For your convenience, please have your EU Digital COVID Cert, ID and Ticket ready to present to a staff member. Please ensure you arrive 15 minutes before your film in order to have your tickets and EU Digital COVID Cert scanned and ID presented