The Cork International Film Festival is one of the world's top six film festivals since 1955.

Dermot Breen, Director of Cork Film Festival and National Film Censor reflects on the influence the Cork Film Festival has had on keeping the idea of an Irish film industry alive. Looking back on his amateur dramatics background and believes that part of the success of the festival is linked to its financial hardship.

If the festival had too much money it would become to smug, a lot of the voluntary effort would loose it's enthusiasm and I think we ourselves would ... become too complacent and perhaps careless about it .. you wouldn't get the same effort every year that we are getting.

Among the films being shown as part of the 21st Cork Film Festival are 'Aces High', 'The Slipper on the Rose'. 'Taxi Driver' and 'Young Frankenstein'

An RTE News report by Tom MacSweeney broadcast on 11 June 1976.