Lights, camera, action as Cork film festival sees 60th year

James Mullighan: 'We are firm believers in doing everythingpossible to nurture new talent.'

It’s all lights, camera, and action as the Cork Film Festival gears up to celebrates its 60th anniversary this November.

Ireland’s oldest film festival, which will be officially be launched on October 13, will put the spotlight on emerging film talent and the prestigious Academy Awards and will celebrate its landmark anniversary with 150 events running over 10 days.

The limelight will also be on the Irish winner of the Grand Prix for Best Short film which for the first time will be put forward to the Oscar long-list for award consideration.

Cork dominates this year’s Irish nominations for the Grand Prix Best Short Film with 18 of the 37 entries from the Rebel county.

Cork Film Festival creative director James Mullighan commended the festival and its prominence on a global platform.

“It has been a really strong year for short and feature film submissions in terms of quantity and quality. Academy Award accreditations have certainly cemented the festival’s reputation internationally as one of Europe’s leading film events.”

The festival, which will take place between November 6 and 15, will also see 10 feature films shortlisted. Five films will go forward for the Spirit of the Festival Award and five for the Cinematic Documentary Award including submissions from Italy, Poland, South Korea, China, the Philippines, and the US.

In keeping with its long-standing dedication to nurturing new film talent the festival has also announced that the Talent Development Campus will be a central part of this year’s programme.

The festival has a reputation for giving new talent a platform for their work and Mr Mullighan said: “We are firm believers in doing everything possible to nurture new talent and with the Talent Development Campus we will help and guide those making forays in a challenging industry.”

“To celebrate the festival’s 60th edition, we wanted to stay true to its strong history of promoting new filmmakers but we also wanted a fresh approach. I believe we have achieved this with the Talent Development Campus.”

Last year’s hugely popular FUND seminar also makes a return this year as does the Interactive@Cork gig.


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