Submissions are now open for the 2017 edition of the Cork Film Festival, which will take place over 10 days, from 10th – 19th November. The Festival will be hosted in a variety of City Centre locations, ensuring that Festival-goers not only enjoy the best in cultural cinema, but are also exposed to all that this vibrant yet historic city has to offer.
The Festival welcomes all forms of film production – animation, experimental, student work, documentary, etc
One of Ireland’s oldest film festivals, the Cork Film Festival plays a rich selection of the best of contemporary, global cinema, and is always on the look out for interesting new voices.
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.
Awards & Prizes
In competition, Cork Film Festival makes the following awards:
• The 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
• The 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
• The Gradam Spiorad na Féile / Spirit of the Festival Award for feature filmmakers who push boundaries and take risks, expressed through live action or animation: bold ideas, well told
• The Gradam na Féile do Scannáin Faisnéise / Award for Cinematic Documentary
• The Cork Shorts award, with films chosen eligible to compete also for the Grand Prix Irish Short award
• A nomination to the European Film Academy awards for short film
Out of competition, the Festival makes the following awards:
• The UCC / CIT / St Johns Youth Jury award, the shortlist nominated by the Festival’s programmers
• The Audience award for feature films, the shortlist nominated by the Festival’s programmers
Rules & Terms
Categories for entry
Entries are invited in the following categories: feature films, feature documentaries, short films and Cork Short Films. The Festival welcomes all forms of film production – animation, experimental, student work, documentary, etc. All short films selected for competition will be Cork City premieres. All feature films in competition will be Irish premiéres.
Conditions for Entry
The following screening formats are eligible for inclusion: 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 2016 and be 30 minutes or less in duration.
To be eligible for the feature film competitions, films must have been completed since 1 July 2016 and be 60 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; and/or
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 platforms.
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 on Friday 15 September. The rest of the 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 Festival.
If selected, DCPs must arrive at the Festival by Friday 20 October. By prior arrangement, prints 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 prints. By prior arrangement, prints can be forwarded to another festival immediately after Cork. 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.
Acceptance of these regulations implies that the entrant will abide by them in her/his dealings with the Festival and also that she/him 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 regulations.
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 all films are fairly and equally considered. Very occasionally, an exception to the latter may be granted if the submitter has previously had work in the Festival.
The Festival wishes all potential entrants the best of luck with their submission, and their film.
Terms and conditions update March 2017.