Submissions are now closed for the 63rd edition of the Cork Film Festival, which will take place over 10 days, from 9th – 18th November 2018. Cork Film Festival is Ireland’s first and largest film festival. It is a local, national and international celebration of cinema, running for ten days in November each year in Cork City.

The Festival showcases over 200 the latest and best international and Irish features, documentaries and shorts, and includes programmes for schools, families, 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 200 titles. We also recognise filmmakers’ achievements through our eight Awards, two of which are Academy Award® qualifying.

The Festival will be hosted in a variety of City Centre locations, ensuring that filmmakers and Festival-goers not only enjoy the best in cultural cinema, but are also exposed to all that this vibrant and historic city has to offer.

The Cork Film Festival is accredited by the following Awards Academies:

• Academy Awards®: winners of the Grand Prix Irish Short and the winner of the Grand Prix International Short categories, qualify for the long list of the Academy Awards® for the Animated Short Film/Live Action Short Film category.
• BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television): filmmakers whose British shorts are selected for competition in the Festival’s Grand Prix Internationals short competition can enter their films for BAFTA consideration
• European Academy Awards: Festival juries submit a short film nomination to the European Film Academy 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
- 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 Cork Short Award, with films chosen eligible to compete also for the Grand Prix Irish Short award
- Documentary Short Award, with films chosen eligible to compete also for one of the Grand Prix Short awards
- European Film Awards, nomination of a short film

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, in partnership with University College Cork, Cork Institute of Technology, and St John’s College

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.
All short films selected for competition will be Cork City premieres
All feature films in competition will be Irish premières.

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 since 1 July 2017 and be 35 minutes or less in duration
To be eligible for the feature film competitions, films must have been completed since 1 July 2017 and be 36 minutes or greater in duration
The Festival does not pay screening fees for submitted films

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 in September 2018. 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 you are not accepted to CFF. There are often many influencing factors on why your film may or may not be accepted or be suitable for CFF.

Shipping DCPs:

If selected, DCPs must arrive at the Festival by Friday 19th 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 CFF. 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. Very occasionally, a fee waiver may be granted if the submitter has previously had work in the Festival. 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.


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 in the 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.

Terms and conditions updated December 2017.

Overall Rating
  • 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
  • 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
  • Adam O'Keeffe

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

    November 2018
  • Laura Beckner

    There is a reason why Cork is on all of the top European Film Festival "must submit" lists for short films! I was so impressed by the gorgeous and pedigreed selection of films screening there, both shorts and full length. The warmth and enthusiasm from the programming team and all the festival staff was so wonderful for a filmmaker like myself, and the city has tons of authentic charm. I highly recommend submitting here and attending the festival- you will be in excellent cinephile company.

    January 2018
  • Diarmuid Doran

    Great festival, great venues, hope to go back with my next film.

    December 2017