66th Cork International Film Festival Programme Revealed

The 66th Cork International Film Festival has announced its full programme for 2021.  

A number of in-venue screening and events will take place across Cork city and county. 

An in-person programme will take place from Friday the 5th to Friday the 12th of November in The Gate Cinemas (Cork City, Midleton and Mallow), The Everyman, Triskel, Crawford Arts Gallery and Marina Park. 

This will be followed by a nine-day digital programme on corkfilmfest.org from Saturday the 13th to Sunday the 21st of November. 

Speaking about CIFF2021, Festival Director and CEO, Fiona Clark said:  

We are delighted to present a blended Festival that both welcomes audiences back to the cinema in Cork, safely and comfortably, and also enables audiences nationwide to enjoy a feast of films online.” 

Over the course of the festival you can catch the following: 

  • 80 Irish and international features and documentaries. 
  • Over 130 shorts films. 
  • New strands of: Culinary Cinema, Green Screen, Guilty Pleasures, a Female Visions retrospective, and cine-concert. 
  • Family programme. 
  • Schools programme. 

A contemporary love story, called Ali & Ava, by acclaimed director Clio Barnard, premieres on Friday 5th November kicking off the festival at the Everyman. 

CIFF will present Fritz Lang’s 1927 German expressionist classic, Metropolis as a Special Presentation Cine Concert on Monday and Tuesday 8th and 9th November at The Everyman, with a new commissioned score by Cork composers (and sisters) Irene Buckley and Linda Buckley to accompany this iconic silent classic, supported by the Goethe-Institut Irland. 

Anna Kopecká, CIFF Director of Programming commented: “We’re so excited to bring a programme of new works by Irish filmmakers featuring both upcoming talent and well-established CIFF alumni (…)” 

The International Fiction line-up includes dramas, comedies, love stories and horror films. 

A diverse documentary programme covers war and refugees, women fighting for their rights, real-life family dramas and stories about climate change or animal rights. 

The festival’s popular Family and Schools’ programmes return this year, alongside the festival’s Illuminate film and mental health programme which contains three films. 

The new CIFF2021 programme strands are: 

  • Culinary Cinema: bringing a focus to food and film in Ireland’s culinary capital. 
  • Green Screen: presents four films that explore climate change, the environment and the impact humans are having on this planet. 
  • Guilty Pleasures: From a masterpiece to a teen classic to a B-movie with a cult following, this selection of films invites audiences to revisit ‘90s-style influencers 
  • Special Presentations: include the world premiere of Patrick Hough’s The Two Faces of Tomorrow, a site-specific collaboration with the National Sculpture Factory, and the 1921 Commemoration screening of classic film The Last September, directed by Deborah Warner, supported by Cork City Council. 

Digital Festival:  

Audiences will have the ability to catch up on titles from the physical Festival as well as discover online exclusives of award-winning international features and the latest and best Irish shorts, with three different programmes of 12 events, each available for 72 hours. 

The full virtual programme is available via the Festival website or App with clear directions on how to watch from the comfort of your own home. 

All necessary measures to protect audiences, filmmakers and staff have been implemented. 

Full Programme and Tickets: corkfilmfest.org or via the MyCIFF App. 


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