The Cork International Film Festival has announced a packed line-up of fiction, documentaries and Irish features for their 2020 edition, the 65th year running for Ireland's oldest film event, presented this year as a fully digital event, available to watch via the event's new Digital Festival platform, CIFF@Home.
This year's festival will run online for 7 days, from November 9th -15th, featuring Irish and world premieres in addition to Gala screenings, an extensive shorts programme, plus a number of special events.
The 65th annual CIFF kicked off on Sunday 8th November with the 65th Anniversary Gala, the Irish premiere of The Racer, with the film available to watch nationwide online through to 15th November.
The 2020 programme features 50 features including 4 world premieres, an extensive shorts programme, industry events and an in-person Cork Costume trail.
CIFF2020 will present a further nine tentpole events showcasing new Irish features and documentaries scheduled throughout the week, including: The Sheriff, (9th November at 6 pm), the World Premiere of The Bright Side (9th November, 8.30 pm), the Irish Premiere of The Edge Of Chaos, (10 November, 6 pm) the Documentary Gala World Premiere of Castro's Spies (10th November, 8.30 pm), the Irish Premiere of Wildfire, (11th November, 7.30 pm), acclaimed documentary The 8th (12th November, 6 pm), and feature The Castle (12th November, 8.30 pm), the World Premiere of Home Is A Sacrifice Zone (13th November, 6.30 pm) and the Festival's 1920 Commemoration Gala, silent movie classic Irish Destiny, presented with the Irish Film Institute, with support from Cork City Council, (14th November, 7.30pm). All films will be available for the remainder of the Festival.
The festival will also feature world premieres of new Irish feature films, including Irish Gala feature The Bright Side, debut feature The Edge of Chaos, and documentaries Home is a Sacrifice Zone and Castro's Spies.
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For the short film programme, over 3130 short film submissions were received, with just 81 chosen for inclusion, including new Irish shorts Drifting by Robert Higgins and Patrick McGivney, How to Fall in Love in a Pandemic by Michael-David McKernan, Arena by Helen Warner, Dúirt Tú (You Said) by Shaun Dunne and Zoe Ní Riordáin, Iarscoláire (Past Pupil) by Shaun Dunne, Fallow Table by Luca Truffarelli, Jessica and Megan Kennedy and Afterlife by Daniel Butler.