Submissions for the 64th Cork Film Festival in November 2019 are now open.

Cork Film Festival is Ireland’s first and largest film festival. It is a local, national and international celebration of cinema running annually each November in Cork. The 64th edition of the Festival will take place from the Thursday 7th – Sunday 17th November 2019.

The Festival showcases over 240 of the latest and best international and Irish features, documentaries and shorts, and includes programmes for schools, families, classics, a focus on film and mental health (Illuminate) and specialist Industry Days, including Doc Day, cementing the Festival as the destination festival for documentary in Ireland.

The Festival welcomes submissions of features and shorts, and all forms of film production – fiction, documentary, animation, experimental, etc. We look for interesting new voices and work that pushes boundaries and takes risks. We champion new voices and celebrate excellence in filmmaking throughout our programme, which features over 240 titles. We also recognise filmmakers’ achievements through our nine Awards, three of which are Academy Award® qualifying.

Applicants to the 2019 submissions platform will be notified of the outcome of their submission in September 2019.

Submissions for the 64th Cork Film Festival 2019 opened on Monday 7th January 2019.

Cork Film Festival is accredited by the following Awards Academies:

- Academy Awards®: the winners of the Grand Prix Irish Short, Grand Prix International Short and Grand Prix Documentary Short categories qualify for the long list of the Academy Awards® for the Animated Short Film/Live Action Short Film/Documentary Short categories
- BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television): filmmakers whose British shorts are selected for competition in the Festival’s Grand Prix International Short competition may enter their films for BAFTA consideration
- European Academy Awards: Cork Film Festival submits a short film nomination to the European Short Film Awards

In competition, Cork Film Festival makes the following awards:

- Grand Prix Irish Short Award, with the winner eligible for the long list of the Academy Awards® for the Animated Short Film / Live Action Short Film category
- Grand Prix International Short Award, with the winner eligible for the long list of the Academy Awards® for the Animated Short Film / Live Action Short Film category
-Grand Prix Documentary Short Award, with the winner eligible for the long list of the Academy Awards® for the Documentary Short category
- Gradam Spiorad na Féile / Spirit of the Festival Award, championing feature filmmakers who push boundaries and take risks – bold ideas, well told
- Gradam na Féile do Scannáin Faisnéise / Award for Cinematic Documentary
- Best Director Irish Short, Supported by Screen Directors Guild Ireland
- Best Cork Short Award, with films chosen eligible to compete also for the Grand Prix Irish Short award
- European Film Awards, Cork Short Film Candidate for European Short Film nomination, European Film Awards 2020

Out of competition, the Festival makes the following awards:
- Audience Award for feature films, the shortlist nominated by the Festival’s programmers
- Cork Film Festival Youth Jury Award, with jury representation from University College Cork, Cork Institute of Technology, and St John’s College

IMPORTANT: Please click 'Show More' to consult the Rules & Terms carefully before submitting a film or query.

Categories for entry:

Entries are invited in the following categories:

Feature films (fiction)
Feature films (documentary)
Short films (Irish and International)
Short films (Cork)

Form and Premiere Status:

- The Festival welcomes all forms of film production – animation, experimental, etc. However, promotional films are not eligible (e.g. films promoting tourism, charitable appeals, etc.)
- Films that are available to purchase are NOT eligible; this includes DVD/Blu-ray/VHS formats.
- All short films selected for competition will be Cork City premieres.
- All feature films in competition will be at minimum Irish premières.
- Films that have previously been publicly screened, broadcast or otherwise made publicly - available (including online) in Ireland will NOT be considered.

Conditions for Entry:

- The screening format eligible for inclusion is DCP. If a DCP is not available, the Festival can create a DCP for screening purposes from a ProRes or similar digital file.
- Films should be presented in their original versions with English language subtitles or commentary where necessary.
- To be eligible for the short film competitions, films must have been completed after 1 July 2018 and be 35 minutes or less in duration
- To be eligible for the feature film competitions, films must have been completed after 1 July 2018 and be 36 minutes or greater in duration


Criteria for Cork Shorts:

- Filmmakers who are based in Cork
- Filmmakers from Cork but based elsewhere
- Films shot by non-Corkonians throughout Munster

Non-English language films:

To qualify for selection, all non-English language films must have an English-subtitled screening copy available.

How to send your film:

Please submit your film via the online submission platform, FilmFreeway.


Due to the large amount of submissions received, the Festival will only contact those filmmakers with work selected for competitions and notification will be given by 13th September 2019. All other films will be announced on the Festival’s website in mid-October when the full Festival programme is launched. Unfortunately, due to the large amount of submissions received, the Festival cannot offer feedback regarding films that are not selected for the programme. Please don’t be discouraged if your film is not accepted to Cork Film Festival. There are often many influencing factors on why your film may or may not be accepted or be suitable for the Festival.

Shipping DCPs:

If selected, DCPs must arrive at the Festival by Friday 11th October, latest. By prior arrangement, DCPs may be delivered by hand by the filmmaker. Please mark the aspect ratio of the film clearly on the container of the screening copy. The cost of shipping prints to the Festival is borne by the sender. The Festival will pay for one-way onward shipping of DCPs. By prior arrangement, DCPs can be forwarded to another festival immediately after Cork Film Festival. THE FESTIVAL DOES NOT PAY SCREENING FEES FOR SUBMITTED FILMS.


All prints will be insured for the period that they are in the Festival’s possession. In the case of loss or damage during this period, the Festival is only responsible for the replacement value of the print. Only prints in perfect condition for projection will be accepted under these conditions.

Using extracts of the films for promotion:

The entrant agrees that up to three minutes of their film may be used by the Festival in promotional activities including screening a clip on television and on the Festival’s website.

Unsolicited submissions, waivers and discounts:

The Festival requests that entrants do not send a DVD directly to the Festival, do not send unsolicited Vimeo etc., links to Festival staff, and do not appeal for fee waivers. The Festival receives thousands of submissions, and the modest fees are necessary to ensure that all films are viewed and fairly considered, as well as to support the costs of curation and Festival delivery.

If you are a cultural institution or college or have a number of films you would like to enter at once, the Festival may be able to offer a discount; please email to request. Very occasionally, a fee waiver may be granted if the submitter has previously had work in the Festival.


Acceptance of these Terms and Conditions implies that the entrant will abide by them in her/his dealings with the Festival and also that she/he is legally entitled to submit the film for consideration. Entry to the Festival implies that the entrant has the right to do so, has pre-cleared all materials that comprise the film, and is an authorised representative of the team that holds the intellectual property in the film.

Entering a film to Cork Film Festival implies the acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

The Festival wishes all potential entrants the best of luck with their submission, and their film.

The Festival reserves the right to change the Terms and conditions at any time.

Updated December 2018.

Overall Rating
  • Laura Gaynor

    Great festival! Lots of opportunities to network and they also ran a fantastic (and free) industry day.

    May 2019
  • I had family in the audience to see my short and they loved it! Thank you for screening it

    February 2019
  • Naomi Sheridan

    Had a fantastic time at the Cork Film Festival!
    Cork is a great city and it was brilliant to be part of a festival that is so well known and that has a great lineup of films! All of the screenings are really well attended and it was really nice to see our short on the big screen. Everyone we dealt with was so friendly and helpful and the communication was excellent.

    December 2018
  • Helen Warner

    Amazing programming, communication, social media presence, events and venues! An all round high quality festival. Cork Film Festival is Top Notch!

    November 2018
  • Adam O'Keeffe

    Excellent experience, with fantastic communication and great opportunities. Would definitely recommend.

    November 2018