The 63rd Cork Film Festival published its programme today with more than 250 Irish and international features and shorts to be screened from November 9 to 18.
The award-winning Irish film Float like a Butterfly, the story of an Irish girl from the Travelling community pursuing her dream to be a boxer, will open this year’s Festival.
The Opening Night Gala, to be attended by the film’s writer and director Carmel Winters, takes place on 9 November at The Everyman.
Ms Winters said she is proud that the European premiere of her film is happening in her native Cork.
“I love the worlds that met in the making of this film,” she said. “I am so proud that these worlds will come together again to celebrate our European premiere in Cork. I couldn’t wish for a better home-coming for Float Like A Butterfly.”
This year’s Closing Night Gala is the Irish premiere of Nadine Labaki’s film Capernaum on November 18, while the full 10-day programme for the festival will be announced on Tuesday, October 16.
The 2018 programme features films with themes centred on LGBT, mental health, child poverty, gender equality, and human rights.
Special presentations include a cine concert of the 1920s silent horror Nosferatu at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral on November 13, with a new score by Cork composers Irene and Linda Buckley.
Festival Producer and CEO Fiona Clark said: “Our mission is to bring people together through an outstanding programme of films and events and to create an unforgettable festival experience over 10 days in Cork.
“As a destination for great storytelling on film, this year’s programme includes numerous award-winners from the 2018 international festival circuit, alongside fresh new voices, together showcasing the latest and best independent cinema. For many films presented, this is the only opportunity to see them on the big screen in Cork and Ireland.”
In total, 117 world-class shorts will be presented across the 10 days and will be considered for either the Grand Prix Irish Short or the Grand Prix International Short Awards.
The winners of both, announced at the Awards Ceremony on 18 November at the Triskel, will be automatically longlisted for the Oscars.
To see the full programme visit: https://corkfilmfest.org/