Lights, cam­era, ac­tion for 2017

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Fiona Clarke, fes­ti­val pro­ducer and CEO of Cork Film Fes­ti­val 2017, pre­views this year’s event

Wel­come to the 62nd Cork Film Fes­ti­val – Ire­land’s first and largest film fes­ti­val. In 1956, the founders were am­bi­tious that the Cork Film Fes­ti­val “must al­ways be strongly in­flu­enced by the com­pany it keeps. The com­pany is good.” In 2017 the com­pany is still good!

The first film fes­ti­val in Cork was recog­nised by the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Film Pro­duc­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, one of only five glob­ally to be ap­proved at their 1950 Congress in Cannes. In 2017, Cork Film Fes­ti­val is one of only 40 fes­ti­vals world­wide — and the only one in Ire­land to have two awards with Os­car ac­cred­i­ta­tion. Our spark was ig­nited, trav­el­ling from Cannes to Cork; our in­flu­ence, 62 years later, reaches from Cork to Hol­ly­wood.

The 2017 fes­ti­val is book­ended by two dis­tinc­tive films; Christ­mas comes early to Cork with our Open­ing Gala, the won­der­ful fes­tive romp The Man Who In­vented

Christ­mas, and we close with Alexan­der Payne’s sci-fi road movie Down­siz­ing, a film of rare depth and wit. In be­tween, we present over 200 films from 50 coun­tries, in­clud­ing mul­ti­ple award win­ners from in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­vals along­side plenty of thrilling new voices from Cork, Ire­land and across the globe. Our com­mit­ment to doc­u­men­tary con­tin­ues with 34 films on of­fer, and we hope to en­cour­age fu­ture au­di­ences through our Fam­ily and School’s pro­grammes. Our unique Il­lu­mi­nate strand aims to pro­voke dis­cus­sion and de­bate about men­tal health is­sues, and with 116 short films pre­sented, there re­ally is some­thing for ev­ery­one.

Many peo­ple and part­ners are in­stru­men­tal to the de­liv­ery of the fes­ti­val. We are hugely grate­ful to our prin­ci­pal fun­der, the Arts Coun­cil, Cork City Coun­cil, the Ir­ish Film Board/Bord Scan­nán na hÉire­ann, Fáilte Ire­land, the Broad­cast­ing Au­thor­ity Ire­land, Screen Train­ing Ire­land, Cul­ture Ire­land and Cre­ative Europe Me­dia. We would like to thank prin­ci­pal me­dia part­ner RTÉ Sup­port­ing the Arts, and long­stand­ing me­dia part­ner the Ir­ish Ex­am­iner, and Red FM, along­side prin­ci­pal venue part­ner, The Gate Cinema, and all the venues, ho­tels, lo­cal busi­nesses, cul­tural or­gan­i­sa­tions, spon­sors and vol­un­teers who gen­er­ously sup­port the fes­ti­val.

We es­pe­cially thank our au­di­ences — the film­mak­ers who make the work, the in­dus­try who en­able us to share it, and above all the pay­ing pub­lic, from young peo­ple ex­plor­ing the world through film for the first time, to the com­mit­ted cinephile. All help cre­ate a dis­tinc­tive and en­joy­able fes­ti­val ex­pe­ri­ence. Take the week off and join us for this feast of films! cork­film­fest.org

Fiona Clarke CEO Cork Film Fes­ti­val 2017 and fes­ti­val pro­ducer

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