Cork Film Festival shines spotlight on family film

Cork Film Festival shines spotlight on family film
Pictured outside the Cork Film Festival Box Office, 119 Patrick's Street are brother and sister, Noam (8) and Odessa (11) Yip from Blarney Street, celebrating the specially curated Schools and Family programme in this year’s Cork Film Festival. Pic: Brian LougheedMore info from Maria Tracey

A specially curated Schools and Family Programme is in the spotlight for Cork Film Festival 2017. 

Taking place across 10 days from  November 10 to 19, this year’s festival has a number of cinema events aimed at young audiences. 

The Festival is partnering with the Irish Film Institute Education Department to present a trio of new films for younger audiences and their families, all to be screened at the Gate Cinema.

This includes Joel Soisson's Thai drama Buffalo Rider (November 18, 2.15pm); along with Australian comedy Red Dog: True Blue (November 19, 2pm).

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, an adaption of the much-loved bestselling book by Michael Rosen, will also be screened on November 18 at 11.30am, along with an interactive reading of the book with local storyteller Deirdre Ryan.

The Festival will screen the 40th-anniversary re-release of Steven Spielberg’s cult sci-fi classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind on November 12 and there is a special event to mark Paddington 2 on November 11 from 10am at the Gate Cinema. 

This will include an adventure around the city in celebration of the marmalade-loving bear, which will be followed by a screening at 11.30am.

This year sees the introduction of a new family ticket pass. Priced at €25, the ticket is valid for two adults and two children for any film within the family programme.

Family Friendly Shorts return this year on November 19, with the programme including nine shorts from five countries – Ireland, Germany, Russia, USA, and Australia.

Cork Film Festival’s schools’ programme, presented in partnership with Irish Film Institute Education, runs from November 12 to 16. 

The seven hand-picked films include the award-winning French drama Fanny’s Journey; German 2016 comedy-drama film Goodbye Berlin; Spanish drama The Golden Dream; and Academy Awards-nominated Brooklyn, directed by Cork man John Crowley.

Cork Film Festival Producer and CEO Fiona Clark said: “We hope to encourage the audiences of the future through our young people’s programming. We want Cork Film Festival to be inclusive and accessible, where everyone, regardless of age or interests, will find something that will excite, engage and entertain.” 

For full details of all films and bookings see, call 021 4271711, or visit the Cork Film Festival box office at 119 Patrick Street.

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