Over 15,000 people are expected to attend the festival, which takes place from November 11-20.
This year’s event will showcase homegrown talent alongside international features, and a strong focus on documentary film. More than 70 feature films will be screened across the 10-day event, including Kelly Reichardt’s Montana drama Certain Women which won the best picture prize at the recent London Film Festival.
There are 52 documentary films, over 100 shorts, and 55 countries represented. For over 80% of the movies featured, this will be the only chance to see them on a big screen in Cork.
Opening night of the 2016 refocused Cork Film Festival features the documentary, Dancer, profiling bad-boy ballet star Sergei Polunin, directed by Oscar-nominated Steven Cantor, while the acclaimed A United Kingdom, starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, will close the festival.
The festival will screen 39 Irish short films, with over a quarter from Cork. Submissions this year, both nationally and internationally, exceeded 1,500 and the winner of the Grand Prix Irish Short and the winner of the Grand Prix International will automatically qualify for the Oscars long list.
This year will see an increased family programme, including two major films, Rock Dog and The Eagle Huntress. In honour of Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday and as a tribute to the late Gene Wilder, there will be screenings of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
Other highlights include Mumford and Sons’ new music documentary We Wrote This Yesterday at The Everyman.
Irish film highlights include thriller I Am Not a Serial Killer along with Forever Pure, a feature documentary about the most symbolic football club in Israel, Beitar Jerusalem.
Films will be screened at four locations: The Everyman, Gate Cinema, Triskel Christchurch, and a special visual and audio experience, fLux, at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, with musical innovators, Eat My Noise.
Speaking ahead of the launch at The River Lee Hotel, festival creative director James Mullighan said this year’s festival would be a celebration of the documentary form. n For full details of all films and bookings see corkfilmfest.org, call 021 427 1711, or visit the Cork Film Festival box office at 119, Patrick Street, Cork