IndieCork a film festival of firsts

A new film festival is to be held in Cork next October — a month before Cork Film Festival.

It will be spearheaded by Mick Hannigan and Úna Feely, two senior managers of the city’s original festival who were laid off from their jobs in March.

The new festival, IndieCork, was launched yesterday evening in the Bodega in Cork city centre. Those involved in the project say it is dedicated to independent film making.

In a statement, the organisers said: “IndieCork has been set up by a group with backgrounds in education, business, social and community initiatives, film and entertainment, all from Cork.

“It includes Mick Hannigan and Úna Feely, film programming experts previously of Cork Film Festival; and founding members Elke O’Mahony of Bia Sásta and Slow Food Cork City; Tony Langlois, lecturer in media studies at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick; and Arthur Leahy, a prominent social entrepreneur who founded the Quay Co-Op and the Social Housing Co-op.”

IndieCork itself will operate collectively. It will run from Oct 16-20 at locations across the city including Triskel Arts Centre and the Gate Cinema.

IndieCork has won the support of Ken Loach who is the event’s honorary patron. It has also secured the sponsorship of local independent craft brewery, Seven Windows.

“We are thrilled at the support shown to IndieCork by Seven Windows Brewery embracing the spirit of independence that Cork is renowned for” said Elke O’Mahony.

IndieCork also announced the launch of its membership scheme which is based on the model of Cork City FC.

“This kind of public ownership of an arts organisation is a first for Ireland and another groundbreaking feature of IndieCork,” said Mr Hannigan. “We believe that arts organisations should be in public ownership as festivals are supported by the public.”

Venues for the festival will include the Gate Multiplex, Triskel Christchurch, and the Kino on Washington St which is due to be reopened shortly as a music and film venue.

IndieCork will also operate a ‘pop-up cinema’ theme throughout the city with an emphasis on participation.

The first call for entries of IndieCork has gone live on the festival’s website, with interest being shown from filmmakers internationally.

A further layer of involvement comes in the form of an advisory panel — a group of experts formed to support and advise IndieCork which includes Irish filmmakers Lenny Abrahamson, Louis Marcus, and Pat Murphy as well as ex-British Film Institute head of production Prof Roger Shannon, short film pioneer John Smith, renowned filmmaker Bill Morrison, and Laurent Crouzeix, director of the Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival.

IndieCork says it welcomes short films, documentaries, and feature films from Ireland and across the world.


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