That’s a wrap as Corona film fest comes to a close

THE 56th Corona Cork Film Festival closed last night with the Gala Screening of Ivan Sen’s Australian film Toomelah, set among the indigenous population of New South Wales.

Deputy Lord Mayor Kenneth O’Flynn, speaking on behalf of Cork City Council, thanked everyone involved in the committee and administrative team of Cork Film Festival. “The festival is not just about film anymore. It’s also expanded into music and art,” he said, “and it’s wonderful that so many people come to Cork for the event.”

Michael Barry of festival sponsors Barry Fitzwilliam also thanked everyone involved and said he was already looking forward to next year.

Festival director Mick Hannigan hailed the number of local films in this year’s programme. “These included three feature films and dozens of shorts,” he said. “On Wednesday night, for instance, we had a full house at the Made in Cork screening at the Gate and another full house for the screening of Steamin’ and Dreamin’ 2 at the Pav.”

Hannigan praised everyone involved in making the festival work, including the management and staff of all the venues, which included Triskel Christchurch and the National Sculpture Factory, as well as the Gate cinema and Cork Opera House. He invited the three longstanding festival drivers on stage and presented each with a special commemorative trophy.

The Cork Film Festival Short Film Awards were then presented in a number of categories. Among the winners were Rudi Rosenberg of France for Best International Short Film for Aglaée; Darren Thornton of Ireland for the Cork Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards for Two Hearts; and Phil Harrison for the Best Irish Short Film for Even Gods.

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