16 Oct 2019
64th Cork Film Festival
Cork Film Festival unveils 64th festival 7–17 November
A stunning programme for the 64th Cork Film Festival has just been announced.
Over 300 films and events are included in the packed 2019 programme, with 90% of the features, documentaries and shorts having their first screening in Cork.
The 11-day Festival, which runs from 7–17 November, with strong international appeal, features the Irish premiere of Feras Fayyad’s gripping film on war-torn Syria The Cave as its Documentary Gala (15 Nov). The Irish Gala is Aoife Crehan’s comedy-drama debut The Last Right (14 Nov), while the Family Gala is Disney’s long-awaited Frozen 2 (17 Nov), ahead of its general release. It brings to five the number of Galas at this year’s festival, with Opening Gala Ordinary Love and Closing Gala The Other Lamb already announced.
Festival Director and CEO Fiona Clark said: “Cork Film Festival has always sought to offer audiences the latest and best in world cinema — from award-winners on the international festival circuit to exciting new discoveries and home-grown talent. The breadth and quality of the programme, with 63 countries represented, reflects our ambition to celebrate the best cinema to a diverse and growing audience. With our 64-year legacy, we will continue to challenge and excite.”
From Cannes to Cork, the Cork Film Festival is the only festival in Ireland, and one of only 35 globally, to have three awards with Oscar® accreditation.
Cork Film Festival Programme Director Michael Hayden said: “One of the more pleasurable obligations of the work we do is looking out for new and emerging filmmakers. Few things give programmers as much of a thrill as discovering something brilliant made by someone no one has heard of and this year’s festival programme is packed with thrilling debuts.”
Looking beyond Cork city screenings, the Festival’s expanded County Programme will meet the growing demand for cultural cinema in the wider Cork region. Films include Scott Z Burns’ new political thriller The Report; Mike Newell’s family favourite Into the West; Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly’s 1952 musical classic Singin’ in the Rain; and a selection of festival shorts, Around the World in 80 Minutes. Together with a Schools’ programme of seven films, these will be screened in Principal Venue Partner The Gate Cinemas in Midleton and Mallow, and the Regal Cinema in Youghal.
Cork Film Festival is proudly supported by Principal Funder the Arts Council, along with Cork City Council, Screen Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, Screen Skills Ireland, Culture Ireland, Creative Ireland, Fundraising Fellowship Ireland, ESB Energy for Generations Fund and Creative Europe Media. Principal Media Partner is RTÉ and Media Partners are the Irish Examiner and Red FM.
Tickets are available to book from 7pm on 15 October. For full programme details visit www.corkfilmfest.org