Cork Film Festival

The 62nd Cork Film Festival will take place across 10 days from November 10-19, showcasing the best in Irish and international film. This year’s festival will screen more than 200 films, with the majority being Irish premieres.

Over 16,000 people are expected to attend Ireland’s first and largest film festival, which generates €2.5 million in revenue locally. The programme includes 115 feature films, including 34 documentaries and 116 shorts. Screenings take place at The Everyman, Gate Cinema and Triskel Christchurch.

Opening the 2017 Cork Film Festival is the Irish premiere of Irish/Canadian co-production The Man Who Invented Christmas at The Everyman on Friday 10 November. Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens assumes the role of Charles Dickens in Bharat Nalluri’s film, a festive romp that recounts how Dickens’ iconic A Christmas Carol was created. 

Other highlights of the festival include Ruben Östlund’s The Square, which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year and Documentary Gala, Promised Land, directed by Eugene Jurecki. The film looks at how America has changed since Elvis Presley died 40 years ago.

Celebrating the best of home-grown talent, some of the most celebrated Irish films of the year will also feature at the festival. Frank Berry’s acclaimed Michael Inside will be screened on 16 November, telling the story of an 18-year-old living in Dublin who is sentenced to three months in prison after he is caught hiding drugs for his friend’s older brother.

Following its successful screening at the Toronto Film Festival, the Irish premiere of gothic horror The Lodgers takes place on November 12.

The Festival will present the screening of short films produced under the Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board’s Focus Shorts and Real Shorts schemes. Over 50 Irish short films feature in the programme, and for the first time, a selection will be invited to feature on the RTÉ Player post-festival.

Shorts submissions, both nationally and internationally, exceeded 3,200 and the Cork Film Festival is the only Irish festival to have two awards with Academy Awards® accreditation. The winner of the Grand Prix Irish Short and the winner of the Grand Prix International Short, will automatically qualify for the Academy Awards® longlist.

Guest Programme Director, Michael Hayden said: “This is truly a Festival for everyone, an opportunity to be challenged, inspired, surprised and entertained. From our Industry Days, to our popular Family and Schools programme, these 10 days in November offer the chance to enjoy films not otherwise available on the big screen in Cork.”

Illuminate will once again feature with a unique series of film and discussion events focusing on mental health. Presented in association with Arts+Minds and the HSE Cork Mental Health Services, screenings include 32 Pills: My Sister’s Suicide, Colo, and Keep the Change.

For a younger audience an increased Schools & Family programme runs this year, presented in association with the Irish Film Institute Education Department. Films include Red Dog: True Blue, along with Buffalo Rider and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. The Festival will also screen the 40th anniversary re-release of Close Encounters of the Third Kind There is a special event to mark the release of Paddington 2 which takes place on November 11 from 10am at the Gate Cinema, with an adventure around the city in celebration of the marmalade-loving bear with a screening following at 11.30am.

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