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Cork International Film Festival’s mission is to present Ireland’s most exciting, diverse, and ambitious annual film festival, connecting and stimulating audiences and artists through a carefully curated selection of the best films, to create a unique shared cultural experience, rooted in Cork, open to the world.
Cork International Film Festival is rightly positioned and valued at the forefront of Ireland’s film culture. By curating and presenting a programme of exceptional films, our vision is for a film festival recognised and respected around the world for its record of launching and nurturing the careers of the filmmakers of tomorrow. We celebrate award-winning films alongside emerging talent, providing a unique festival experience in Ireland, delivering a depth of engagement for audiences through the medium of film in all its diverse forms, and the opportunity to see these films first in Cork.
The Festival showcases the latest and best international and Irish features, documentaries and shorts, and includes programmes for schools, families, and specialist Industry Days such as Doc Day, cementing the Festival as the destination festival for documentary in Ireland. Programme strands also include Culinary Cinema (film and food), Green Screen (film and environment & climate activism), Guilty Pleasures (cult classics), Parallax (moving artist image), and Illuminate (film and mental health).
““Film festivals matter. Their purpose is to introduce new and unexpected work to each successive generation of filmgoers. Every 15 to 20 years cinema needs to find ‘new voices’, ones that speak to and illuminate the experience of a new generation of cinema-goers. And that voice needs not just to be discovered but encouraged and supported,” Oscar®-winning film producer and CIFF Patron Lord David Puttnam.
The Festival welcomes submissions of features and shorts, and all forms of film production – fiction, documentary, animation, experimental, etc. We look for interesting new voices and work that pushes boundaries and takes risks. We champion new voices and celebrate excellence in filmmaking throughout our programme. We also recognise filmmakers’ achievements through our 12 Awards, three of which are Academy Award® qualifying.
Applicants to the 2024 submissions platform will be notified of the outcome of their submission in September 2024.