Cork's Everyman Palace is tonight set to play host to the Irish premiere of upcoming British-Irish-Canadian drama film The Man Who Invested Christmas, as the 62nd Cork Film Festival gets underway.

Ireland’s largest film festival, which was first held in 1956, runs until November 19. Audiences in the city will be treated to an enthralling line-up of 115 feature films, 34 documentaries and 116 short films over the course of the next week, with 50 countries represented.

This weekend will see big-budget premieres, thought-provoking documentaries and films suitable for the whole family – like Paddington 2, which will be screened on Saturday, November 11, at the Gate Cinema.

The stunning setting of Triskel Christchurch will tonight play host to the Irish premiere of American crime-drama film Good Time, which stars the Oscar-tipped Robert Pattinson, of Twilight fame. 

Speaking ahead of tonight's opening, festival producer Fiona Clark said that the varied programme was sure to excite audiences of all ages and interests. "With 48 films over the opening weekend alone, the Festival is a not-to-be-missed destination of discovery for audiences to explore and enjoy."

The festival is supported by principal funder the Arts Council, along with Cork City Council and Arts Office, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, Fáilte Ireland, the Broadcasting Authority Ireland, Screen Training Ireland, Culture Ireland and Creative Europe Media.

The festival's principal media partner is RTÉ Supporting the Arts.

For full details of all films and bookings see the Cork Film Festival website, call 021 4271711, or visit the Cork Film Festival Box Office at 119 Patrick Street, Cork.