Cork International Film Festival (CIFF) has confirmed its full programme of 50 features and documentaries, 14 programmes of shorts and special events, will take place online from November 8-15.
There had been plans to present a blended physical and digital festival in November; however, following the Government’s announcement to extend Level 3+ restrictions nationwide, and therefore the continued closure of cinemas and travel restrictions, the 65th festival will now pivot to a fully digital programme for 2020.
“While we are disappointed at not being able to present films in a cinema environment, one of the exciting aspects of the reimagined Cork International Film Festival this year is the opportunity to reach audiences nationwide through our new Digital Festival platform, CIFF@Home," Fiona Clark, Festival Director and CEO, said.
"90% of the programme remains the same and will simply move to online screening, enabling audiences nationwide to watch Irish premieres and to participate in Q&As with filmmakers online, from the comfort of their homes.”
The Festival will celebrate its 65th year with an impressive line-up of four world premieres of Irish films, and a special 1920 Commemoration screening of Irish Destiny, together with a full programme of international features and documentaries and shorts, introduced by their directors.
Launching the Digital Festival on Sunday November 8 is the 65th Anniversary Gala with new Irish feature The Racer, a fascinating sport-drama which will transport audiences instantly back in time to the Tour de France as it passed through Ireland, including Cork in 1998.
The digital programme features luminaries of the screen and award-winning stars including Willem Defoe in Siberia, Viggo Mortensen in Falling and Paul Mescal in Drifting. In addition, four world premieres of Irish work include Irish Gala feature The Bright Side, Documentary Gala Castro’s Spies, debut feature The Edge of Chaos, and documentary Home is a Sacrifice Zone.
The entire digital programme is available and on sale now at corkfilmfest.org.
Films will have a 30 hour ‘watch window’, and there are a limited number of tickets per film, so early booking is recommended.
An ‘all access’ pass to the whole programme is also available. Download the Festival App to book, and manage tickets and passes.