This was preceded by a feature-length presentation of Cork-made short films, entitled Homegrown.
The longest-running film festival in the country is principally funded by the Arts Council Ireland and runs until November 15 with some 150 events, 40 participating countries, 84 feature films and 112 short films.
The opening weekend features an eclectic mix of blockbusters, documentaries, raucous family sing-alongs and live events.
The RTÉ Concert Orchestra performs in Cork Opera House for the first time, with a live performance of the film score to David Lean’s romantic masterpiece from 1945, Brief Encounter.
The Irish premiere of the Steve Jobs biopic, starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet, is one of the festival’s most eagerly anticipated events, showing at the Opera House tomorrow.
Also tomorrow, the venue plays host to a sing-along presentation of Disney’s Frozen with the Youth Choir of the Montfort Academy of the Performing Arts, in association with Cork Choral Festival.
A more left-of-centre event last night is the Out of Body animation at the Triskel tonight, with the musical accompaniment performed by Elizabeth Bernolz of Gazelle Twin fame. Human rights filmmaker Peadar King will introduce his prison reform documentary, Yo Cambio, at the Gate cinema tomorrow.
The huge impact of George Boole’s work on technology today is explored in The Genius of George Boole, a new film commissioned by University College Cork.
Narrated by Oscar- winning actor Jeremy Irons, the film assembles industry leaders and academics from across the globe to explore the life and importance of one of the world’s greatest unsung heroes.
It runs at the Gate Cinema this afternoon.
Speaking at the festival’s opening gala, creative director James Mullighan said: “There has been a huge response from Irish and Cork audiences with a significant increase in box office sales on this time last year. There really is something for everyone, with a dazzling selection of Irish and international productions, food themed events, the hugely popular Illuminate mental health series and our Talent Development Campus training series for Irish and international filmmakers.
“We are thrilled with the diverse and imaginative programme we have put together and we are very excited to welcome film lovers from home and abroad over the next 10 days.”
Next week will see appearances by British actor Simon Callow and Irish actor Hugh O’Connor, whose short film Children and Animals is in competition for the Grand Prix Irish.
- See www.corkfilmfest.org .