Opening night film announced for IndieCork

Opening night film announced for IndieCork

Damian McCarthy, Director of "Caveat", opening night film of IndieCork Festival and Mick Hannigan, Co-Director of IndieCork Film Festival photographed in the projection room behind screen 1 of Gate Cinemas Cork. Pic: Marcin Lewandowski 

THE opening night film of the annual IndieCork festival has been announced following the official launch of the 2020 event.

IndieCork, which is well known for championing independent, innovative and emerging filmmakers, will take place from October 4-11.

Caveat, the much awaited feature debut by award-winning director, Damian McCarthy, will be screened on Sunday, October 4 to open the festival.

The film features a host of Cork filmmaking talent, both in front of and behind the camera, while remaining a very international production.

It is set on a remote island and much of the shooting took place around County Cork.

Director Damien McCarthy, a graduate of St John’s College, explains that he was curious to dip his toe into feature length films.

“I’d made a number of short horror films that had done well on the festival circuit so was curious to see if I could make something that would hold an audience's attention for 90 minutes, but remain in the same vein as my short films; stories told with little to no dialogue, that relied more on suspense than violence and gore,” he said.

Festival Chairperson, Dr Eileen Hogan, said she is delighted that this year’s festival is able to go ahead.

“Given the current situation, with many arts events and performances cancelled, we’re truly delighted that IndieCork can operate in the very safe space of the Gate Cinema.

“We have a particularly strong programme and look forward to welcoming the public back for some much needed entertainment,” she said.

In addition to physical screenings at the Gate Cinema, IndieCork has also announced a new online platform, where film fans can enjoy the festival.

Co-Director of IndieCork, Mick Hannigan, thanked the festival’s main sponsor, Blacknight Solutions, for making this happen.

“This year we felt the festival required an online presence to guarantee delivery and give additional opportunities for people to participate and enjoy.

“We are truly grateful that once again Blacknight is supporting IndieCork and in this very crucial way, enabling our festival to provide new opportunities for filmmakers and film fans,” he said.

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