Lights, camera, action for 2017
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