Corona Cork Film Festival
Running annually since 1956, this is one of Ireland’s premier cultural events, with a loyal and ever-increasing audience of general public, film lovers and filmmakers.
The festival is a major showcase for Irish film production, with a wide-ranging programme that includes an eclectic mix of big budget pictures, world cinema, innovative independent films, documentaries and short films from all over the globe.
The ‘Best International Short’ Award is an internationally recognised award which attracts very high quality entrants, with 46 shorts from 22 countries competing in 2011. The ‘Made In Cork’ has been expanded this year from two to three programmes, so it’s clear that film-making is alive and well here despite these recessionary time.
A varied programme of documentaries has films dealing with social, cultural and environmental issues. A special strand this year is Films from Romania, which includes both features and documentaries and will see guests from Romania attend the festival.
People Like Us – British artist Vicki Bennett – is a hugely influential artist in the field of audio visual collage, mixing, manipulating and reworking original sources from both the experimental and popular worlds of music, film, television and radio. With work previously shown work at Tate Modern, The Barbican, Sydney Opera House and the Pompidou Centre, her appearance in Cork is sure to be a fascinating and thought provoking addition to the Festival.
Festival Details and Location Map
There are details of events at the festival website, though they are presented in a screen reader format that is quite irritating and difficult to read, though it’s probably lovely if you are using an iPad. Otherwise, it’s easier to go to the ticket booking section and find events there. Many events take place at Cork Opera House, others at cinemas around the city.