An Taoiseach launches Creative Ireland

An Taoiseach launches Creative Ireland – a major cross-governmental initiative and legacy project of Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, will today (Thursday 8th December) be joined by Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, for the launch of the Creative Ireland Programme / Clár Éire Ildánach. The announcement will be made in the newly-restored Shaw Room of the National Gallery of Ireland.

Creative Ireland is the Government’s Legacy Programme for Ireland 2016.  It is a five-year all-of-government initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which at its core is a wellbeing strategy which aims to improve access to cultural and creative activity in every county across the country.

Creative Ireland will prioritise children’s access to art, music, drama and coding; enhance the provision of culture and creativity in every community; further develop Ireland as a global hub for film and TV production; empower and support our artists; drive investment in our cultural institutions; and further enhance our global reputation abroad. From 2018, an annual County of Culture will also be held each year.

Creative Ireland is built around five pillars:

  • Enabling the Creative Potential of Every Child
  • Enabling Creativity in Every Community
  • Investing in our Creative and Cultural Infrastructure
  • Ireland as a Centre of Excellence in Media Production
  • Unifying our Global Reputation

Key initiatives to be delivered in 2017 include:

  • The publication of a five year ‘Creative Children’ plan which will enable every child to access tuition in music, drama, art and coding
  • Each Local Authority will appoint a Culture Team  to drive local needs and will publish a Culture Plan for their own county
  • A new annual cultural day, ‘Cruinniú na Cásca’ to be held nationwide on Easter Monday each year, replicating the very successful Reflecting the Rising event, which was held in Dublin this year
  • The Departments of Arts and Social Protection will devise a mechanism to assist self-employed artists who have applied for Jobseekers Allowance. This would be a pilot scheme.
  • A planned investment programme for Ireland’s cultural and heritage infrastructure, including our national cultural institutions
  • An industry wide, long term plan to develop Ireland as a global hub for film, TV drama and animation

Creative Ireland will bring an enhanced level of coordination, focus and leadership to existing policies and initiatives across national and local government, State agencies, the arts and culture sector, Gaeltacht and Irish language organisations, and will provide linkages to the private business and NGO sectors.

Speaking at today’s event, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, said: “Creative Ireland is about placing culture at the centre of our lives, for the betterment of our people and for the strengthening of our society.  Together we can do extraordinary things: we can make Ireland the first country in the world to guarantee access for every child to tuition and participation in art, music, drama and coding.  We can make every local authority a dynamic hub of cultural creativity.  We can unlock the huge potential of our people in the creative industries.  And we can make an important statement to ourselves and to the world about the interdependency of culture, identity and citizenship.”

Minster for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys TD., said: “Creative Ireland, as an Ireland 2016 legacy project, is inspired by the extraordinary public response to the Centenary Programme. This year thousands of cultural events were held around the country, bringing people together in shared        reflections on identity, culture and citizenship that combined history, arts, heritage and language. We now want to build on the success of the commemorations and plan ambitiously for our arts and culture sectors for the years ahead. Creative Ireland will ensure that children can participate in the arts from an early age, and it will drive cultural engagement in every county nationwide. We want to make Ireland a global hub for film and TV production, while also investing in our cultural institutions. Creative Ireland puts culture and creativity at the centre of public policy, which will benefit artists and citizens nationwide This is a very ambitious public policy initiative; possibly the most significant for the arts and cultural sectors in a generation.”

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe TD, said: “When we talk about capital investment we must think beyond buildings. We must think, primarily, about investment in human capital and human creativity.  The Government recognises that high quality infrastructure is critical for a vibrant arts and culture sector and that such investment underpins social cohesion and supports strong and sustainable economic growth. I look forward to seeing imaginative, ambitious capital development plans for all of our cultural institutions that contain a clear focus on the element of creative human capital, and the good that our cultural institutions can do, beyond the confines of their physical buildings.”


Creative Skillset Certificate in Temporary Electrical Installations

The National Digital Skills Centre in association with BECTU are looking for expressions of interest in attending the Creative Skillset Certificate in Temporary Electrical Installations (BS7909) course – ** Modified for Irish law. **

Are you an electrician or lighting technician working in broadcasting or film? If so this course is essential for you.

The Skillset Certificate in Temporary Electrical Systems (SCiTES) has been created for all of those working with temporary power, particularly (but not exclusively) in the broadcast/film, theatre, festivals, shows and exhibition industries.

The cost is €200 for the two day course 13 & 14 FEB 2017. More information here –

To express an interest please contact –

Intensive Feature Film Supervising Sound Editor/Sound Designer Training

Steve Fanagan received a bursary to attend a mentorship in Intensive Feature Film Supervising Sound Editor/Sound Designer with Douglas Murray at 20th Century Fox in Los Angeles.  Read more about Steve’s experience.

“With the support of Screen Training Ireland’s Bursary Award Scheme, I recently completed a 2 week full-time course in ‘Intensive Feature Film Supervising Sound Editor/Sound Designer Training’ under the mentorship and guidance of Supervising Sound Editor/Sound Designer, Douglas Murray (Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire). The course took place on the lot at 20th Century Fox in Los Angeles, where Doug is currently working on a $200 million film.

I approached Doug about the possibility of training with him, as he has a special relationship with sound post production in Ireland. He was one of the professionals that came over from Skywalker Sound to tutor the first Screen Training Ireland Assistant Sound Editor’s Programme (and a number of similar programmes in the years since). He also has a long history of working in Ireland, with Irish and International crews, on projects of varying budgets and scales. Through his past work with Screen Training Ireland and at Ardmore Sound, he has had an incredible impact on other sound professionals like me, who, while not having necessarily worked with him directly, have directly benefited from his legacy working in Ireland and his advocacy for, and input into, the development of sound post production here. It’s fair to say that he has been a huge influence on the quality of work being produced in Ireland by Irish practitioners today.

When I recently reached out to him to see if training with him might be a possibility, he offered me this unique opportunity to do so while he was working at Fox. He put together a programme of training to help me to further develop my skills as a supervising sound editor, sound designer and sound re-recording mixer, in ways I could not have hoped to achieve otherwise or through other avenues. He structured the course to give me the opportunity to train with him while he and his sound crew worked on this film. It offered me a unique experience to train alongside them as they worked on a film of this scale. My hope, on a basic level, in undertaking this course with Doug, was to gain insight, training and experience from professionals working at the highest level of my craft in a practical setting, and, to use this training and experience to further develop my own skill set for the work that I do here in Ireland.

Because I was training with professionals as they actively worked on a feature film, my experience on the course was very practical. It was a real privilege to spend time training with passionate, like-minded sound editors, designers and re-recording mixers; to be given the opportunity to learn from their skills, experience and excellence in this field, as they did their everyday work on the sound design and sound editorial for a film of this scale.

Everyone that I met and interacted with was incredibly welcoming and unguarded about their working practice, and I was given unlimited access to their approach, workflow and best practices. It was great to see them ‘read’ a scene and to learn how they use that ‘read’ to help them figure out their sound approach for that scene, and consider how it relates to the film as a whole. There was good discussion of what’s important in a scene and how to design sound to work with story, mood, feeling, scale and detail. I learned a huge amount about each of the crew’s individual approaches to these specifics and got to experience first-hand how their work was adding to and helping support the film as a whole. There was also a really welcome informality to the training, which allowed for conversations about the film, and about all aspects of sound post work generally, which were a great lesson in craft maintenance and development. There was ample opportunity to ask questions, get advice and learn from the work I was experiencing each day.

This trip offered me invaluable practical training and experience of the sound post workflow on a film of this scale, as well as a number of other films at different budget levels; one at $20 million and another that was under $10 million. It was inspiring to experience the communication between these sound crews (co-sound supervisors, sound designers, sound editors, assistant sound editors, sound re-recording mixers) with each other, and their day-to-day practices, whilst getting to train alongside them.

Similarly, it was rewarding to experience the day-to-day communication of the sound crew with other departments (picture edit/post production supervisor/facility/VFX etc) on a film of this scale, and to gain an understanding how this is managed, navigated and negotiated.

The experience afforded me an opportunity to better my day-to-day working practices as a supervising sound editor, sound designer and sound re-recording mixer. It was really rewarding to experience the communication, workflow, idea development and interaction between the sound department and the film’s director, its editors and other key crew members; to gain insight into how the overall soundtrack of the film develops on a feature of this scale, and to see the many benefits of sound post being involved in the film-making process at the earliest possible stage. It has given me lots of ideas that I hope to implement in the work that I do here in Ireland.

The course location and facilities on the lot at 20th Century Fox could not have been more ideal for my training experience and afforded me access to some of the most well-equipped and expertly maintained edit suites, mix theatres and other amenities on the planet!

The training also offered me insight into, and helped me affirm, some of the best practices we are currently employing in our day-to-day sound post work here in Ireland.

I finished my time in LA having spent 11 intensive days surrounded by some of the most talented sound post professionals working today and left inspired, feeling educated and very much looking forward to applying my new training and learning to the work that I do at Ardmore Sound and Screen Scene.

I cannot thank Screen Training Ireland enough for supporting me to access this training. To be given the support to travel and learn from some of the best practitioners of my craft in the world is an incredible privilege. Their investment in, and support for, professionals working in the Irish Film Industry is invaluable and I feel very lucky to be part of an industry that allows for such support. For anyone considering a Screen Training Bursary application to train, improve existing skills, and develop their craft, I can’t recommend it enough!”

Steve Fanagan, November 2016

Screen Producers Ireland Announces Appointment of New CEO

The Board of Screen Producers Ireland (SPI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Elaine Geraghty as the new CEO for the organisation today (23rd November). The Board also expressed its thanks and best wishes to outgoing CEO Barbara Galavan who had led the organisation since 2010.

Elaine Geraghty holds an MBA and has over 25 years of experience in print, broadcast and the not for profit sectors. Elaine has held a number of senior management and executive leadership roles in some of Ireland’s most dynamic and innovative media brands. As CEO of Newstalk, she took the station from local Dublin to Ireland’s first independent national talk radio station. Most recently Elaine has served as CEO for Reachout Ireland, the online youth mental health charity  Elaine sits on the Board of the National Print Museum of Ireland and has been invited to join the Board of ReachOut Ireland. She was previously a Director of the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland.

SPI Chairman, John Hennessy, commented “We are delighted to welcome Elaine as the new CEO of Screen Producers Ireland. We believe that she is the perfect candidate to further strengthen the success of the organisation as it strives to provide exemplary support and representation for indigenous producers. The board and I also wish to acknowledge the excellent job done by Barbara Galavan during her six year tenure as Chief Executive and to wish her every success in her future career”.

Incoming CEO, Elaine Geraghty, added, “I am very pleased to be taking over as CEO of Screen Producers Ireland. The independent production sector has a significant cultural and economic impact on Ireland; it provides high-quality employment and nurtures our creative talent as well as preserving our artistic heritage in a format that has mass appeal. I look forward to working with SPI members to promote growth and sustainability within the sector.”

Elaine will commence her role as CEO on the 16th of January 2017.

OPEN CALL: Irish Film Festival Berlin 2017 is now open for submissions

Berlin, 14.11.2016 – Shebeen Flick, Berlin’s Irish Film Festival, is for the first time accepting submissions from filmmakers for its 6th edition, which will take place on 16th-19th March 2017 in Moviemento Kino Berlin – Germany’s oldest cinema.

Since 2012, every March Shebeen Flick gives Berliners the chance to see a curated programme with Irish films that have not yet been distributed in Germany alongside some favourite Irish classics. The festival has become an integral part of the St. Patrick’s celebrations in the German capital and a must-go to event for film buffs and Irish culture lovers. All films are shown in the English language.

“We are delighted to open for submissions for the first time. Since it’s foundation, the festival has been growing organically and we felt now is the right time to expand the scope and reach of our programme. I am very much looking forward to discovering new gems of Irish cinema.” said Shebeen Flick’s Founder & Director Fernanda Parente.

All formats will be accepted including both feature and short length films – live action, documentary, animation and music videos. Productions may originate from anywhere in the world. Eligible films may be made by an Irish filmmaker, a filmmaker working in Ireland or a filmmaker of Irish heritage. If the filmmaker is not Irish, the content needs to focus on an Irish subject matter.

Submissions will be accepted via FilmFreeway only. For full details on how to submit visit The earlybird round of submissions closes on 14th December 2016.


Screen Leaders Announce Speaker Line Up for the Final Module of the 2016 Programme

Screen Leaders is the Leading Strategic Company Development Programme for the Screen Industries.

Tuesday, 15th of November, 2016 – The final module of the Screen Leaders 2016 programme takes place in Lisbon from the 17-20 of November 2016.

Speakers for the final module of the programme include; Orion Ross, VP Content Animation & Digital, Disney; Jezz Vernon, Founder & MD, Port Royal; Erik Hemmendorff, Producer, FORCE MAJEURE; Vanessa Saal, Head of International Sales, Protagonist Pictures; Maggie Van De Heuvel, Behavioural Phychologist; Bo Ehrhardt, co-Founder & Producer, Nimbus Film; John Lovatt, Coach; Kevin Gregory, Chartered Accountant; Amanda Pyne, AP Media Consultancy Ltd.; past participant Paul Donovan, will deliver a case study on Deadpan Pictures; Simon Shaps, Chairman, Ignite, Back2Back, Mercury Media and A Brand Apart TV; Caron Darwood, Coach & Trainer, Personal Effectiveness and Business Communication; and Nuno Bernardo, Managing Director, beActive Media.

As part of the Lisbon Module, Screen Leaders will present a seminar on How to Find an International Audience for your Film for Portuguese Producers and Screen Leaders participants on the 18th of November. The seminar will be followed by a reception with the aim of providing networking opportunities with local industry.

Screen Leaders is industry led, responsive and custom designed to the needs of the participating companies so that it is effective as a training intervention and has real results in the work life and long term development of the participating individuals and companies.  It tailors the course content to meet the current needs of the companies so every year there is an evolution in the action to address the specific needs of the companies selected.

Over a six month period participants develop a strategic plan for their business that is execution lead.  During the process participants have company meetings and one to one mentorship throughout the programme to develop their company strategy and also their own personal style of leadership. The course will focus on strategy and leadership, building innovation processes, brand development, culture and team building, financial planning, managing the developing process and influencing and leading people.

In an industry in constant turbulence SCREENLEADERS is a bespoke programme that allows companies the time and space to step back and plan strategically for the future growth and development of themselves and their company. 

Participants for 2016 include;

In Script, Lithuania

Lukas Trimonis, MD/Producer; Egle Vertelyte, Head of Development

Kavaleer Productions, Dublin

Andrew Kavanagh, CEO/Founder; Gary Timpson, Managing Director

Moetion Films, Galway

Moe Honan, MD/Producer; Anne Jones, Head of Finance

Alphapanda, Warsaw

Mathias Noschis, Founder; Janna Solecka, Head of Alphapanda

Bees Nees Media, Glasgow

Alasdair MacCuish, Creative Director; Iain MacLeod, Head of Production

Play Dead, Glasgow

Kevin McCrae, Owner/Director; Jonny Harris, Owner/Director

Subotica Entertainment, Dublin

Tristan Orpen Lynch, Founder/ Producer; Aoife O Sullivan, Producer

Human Ark Animation Studio, Poland

Maks Sikora, MD/Producer; Anja Sosic /Producer

Underground Films, Dublin

Rachel Lysaght, Owner/Producer; Lindsay Campbell, Owner/Producer

Helen McMahon Programme Director Screen Leaders said:

“We are delighted to present the final module of Screen Leaders in Lisbon this year and provide a valuable networking event with local Portuguese industry. The calibre of speakers attending this module is of the highest international level and their expertise is of great value to the development of the participating Screen Leaders companies who are now entering the implementation process of their business strategy”.

New Documentary Industry Day to take place at the 61st Cork Film Festival

The Irish Film Board and Screen Training Ireland are delighted to support a new Documentary Industry Day at the 61st Cork Film Festival.  Featuring industry leaders from Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Channel 4 and the British Film Institute.

Documentary films and filmmaking, and alternative funding and audience engagement methodologies are the primary focuses of the Industry Programme at the 61st Cork Film Festival. Industry leaders from Toronto’s Hot Docs, Sheffield’s DocFest, Channel 4 and the British Film institute are amongst the many industry leaders coming to Cork.

The two day programme takes place on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th November, in the River Lee hotel.

Day One – Alt.Fund – is the Festival’s new initiative which explores innovative and non-traditional models for financing work, and increasing audience engagement. It is presented with the support of the Broadcast Authority of Ireland, and Screen Training Ireland.

Day Two – Doc Day – is, again, new to the Festival, and this new flagship event for established film professionals brings together Irish and international industry leaders to discuss the landscape in which projects are conceived of, developed and distributed. It is presented in partnership with Bord Scannán na hÉireann / Irish Film Board, and with the support of Screen Training Ireland.

Alt.Fund is curated with newly established film professionals in mind. From working with brands, nonprofits and creative agencies to lessons in targeting audiences and securing distribution, this morning session aims to revolutionise the way filmmakers think about getting projects financed and seen. Speakers at ALT.FUND will include: Luke Moody (Director of Film Programming, Sheffield Doc/Fest, in his first industry appearance since his appointment), Pegah Farahmand (Comissioning Editor, All 4 Editor, Random Acts Channel 4) and Matt Diegan (Producer, Just So London).

Doc Day has been purpose built for established film professionals, and features a roster of big names from the Irish, British, European and North American documentary industry. The packed day will address agenda-setting issues, and explore festival programming, commissioning and distribution, and open these considerations out with case studies. Amongst the large roster of speakers are Serafina DiFelice (Associate Director of Programming, Hot Docs), Laure Bonville (BFI London Film Festival), Mike Lerner (Roast Beef Productions), Rich Warren (Co-director, Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival), Oli Harbottle (Head of Distribution, Dogwoof), Patrick O’Neill (Managing Director, Wildcard Distribution), Alan Maher (CEO / Producer, Roads Entertainment), Hamish Mosley, (Altitude Film) and Anna Berthollet (Taskovski Films). The day will feature networking drinks with all these professionals, after a keynote address from that paragon of documentary filmmaking, the multi BAFTA, IDFA, Cannes and CPH:Dox winning director Kim Longinotto. Kim Longinotto’s latest film, Dreamcatcher, will play on Saturday 19 November @ 13.00 in the Gate North Main Street.

“I am grateful for the continued support of the Broadcast Authority Ireland and Screen Training Ireland for the Festival’s Industry Programme”, said James Mullighan, Creative Director of the Cork Film Festival. “And myself and the team are delighted to be working so closely with the Irish Film Board on our exciting new initiative, Doc Day”.

“This new Day perfectly complements the Festival’s increased activity in the field of Documentary; nearly 50% of the entire programme is documentaries”, he went on to say. “It’s wonderful that we have been able to attract so many big names to Cork for the Programme, and great for emerging and established filmmakers alike to have the opportunity to meet and discuss filmmaking with these leaders in their fields”.

Tickets to both sessions are on sale now through the Festival’s website, and are €20 for Alt.Fund and €30 for Doc Day.

John Boorman and Declan Power In Conversation with Seán Rocks

Spend an animated evening with RTÉ Radio 1 Arena cultural guru Seán Rocks and English-born (but Wicklow-dwelling) John Boorman, a filmmaker best known for his feature films DELIVERANCE, HOPE AND GLORY, THE GENERAL, QUEEN AND COUNTRY and more. The Oscar-nominated director’s debut novel, Crime of Passion (Liberties Press), is a strangely uplifting black comedy about a fictional director recovering from a failed movie. Boorman was originally approached to write a book about how to make a successful film. He started doing so – but the result struck him as dull and technical. He decided to tell the story another way: in the form of a novel. The cinematic book is the result, proving that solid storytelling transcends all mediums. Declan Power discusses the genesis of his book SIEGE OF JADOTVILLE (Maverick House), a captivating military account of Irish troops’ heroism against-all-odds in the Congo. Power’s long journey to achieve recognition for the veterans of Jadotville has culminated in his book’s adaptation to film as one of the biggest releases of the year by Netflix.

Tickets are €10/€8 concession.
Location: Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre

Exciting Outlook for Creative Enterprises in Wicklow and the South East

The future is bright for enterprises in the South Eastern Creative Corridor according to industry experts.

Wicklow County Campus saw a packed auditorium for the South Eastern Creative Corridor (SECC) Symposium last week as industry experts and entrepreneurs came together to explore opportunities. An initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices in the local authorities in Wicklow, Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary and Wexford, the SECC aims to support the development and growth of enterprises operating within or providing products and services to the creative audio visual sector.

The year-long initiative, which was kick-started at the event, offers enterprise owners an intensive programme of business development including training, mentoring, networking and access to finance. The objective is to assist participating businesses to increase sales, improve profitability, explore new markets and take full advantage of the opportunities in the sector. Funding for the initiative, which is led by the Local Enterprise Office Wicklow, is provided by Enterprise Ireland under the Regional Action Plan for Jobs competitive fund and it is expected that the outcomes of the programme will include job creation as well as the development of a sustainable creative industry cluster in the region.

The Symposium in Wicklow County Campus facilitated discussion between enterprises and key industry stakeholders on the trends and opportunities for business growth in the creative audio visual sector and related sectors. Delegates heard from a variety of speakers including Paul Young, CEO of Cartoon Saloon, Naomi Moore, CEO of Windmill Lane Recording, Sarah Dillon, Executive with the Irish Film Board, Jim Duggan MD of Screen Scene and Siun Ni Raghallaigh, CEO of Ardmore Studios, after which they had an opportunity to network and to learn more about the programme content from the programme co-ordinators, The Entrepreneurs Academy.

Speaking about the opportunities in the sector, Siun Ni Raghallaigh highlighted the exponential growth in the demand for content, and the impact technology has had on how content is both created and consumed. Jim Duggan emphasised that the key to success in a creative business was to achieve the right balance in the skills of the company directors between technology, creativity and finance. In addition he pointed out that it is critical to have clear goals and ambitions for the business, in particular in relation to trading internationally.

Both Paul Young and Naomi Moore identified animation and VFX as key growth areas in the audio visual sector, with the potential to establish sustainable, scalable businesses and create jobs in the region. The speakers agreed that the industry is continuously evolving, and that businesses need to stay competitive by keeping ahead of industry trends and developments, and by ensuring that their business and management skills were kept up to date.

Concluding the event, Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, Mr Bryan Doyle gave voice to the sense of optimism and opportunity generated by the symposium saying “It is clear that the vision for an internationally recognised audio visual industry cluster has real potential, whether you are on the creative or production side, or whether you are supplying the increasingly specialised needs of the sector, the audio visual and film sector in this region is one that has huge potential to grow, generating world class enterprises and creating jobs in the region.”

The Creative Corridor business development programme commences on 7th December 2016 with a Regional Boot Camp in Kilkenny, focused on Goal Setting. This will be followed by a series of training workshops and accountability boards to be held in each County. The programme will culminate with an Audio Visual Summit in December 2017. More information is available at or by contacting your Local Enterprise Office.


Cork Film Festival Shines Spotlight on Irish Cinema

More than 80 Irish films showcased in Ireland’s oldest film festival 

03-November-2016: Irish film is in the spotlight at this year’s Cork Film Festival, with the European premiere of I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER among the highly acclaimed homegrown productions to be screened from 11-20 November.

The psychological thriller directed by Cork’s own Billy O’Brien, produced by Nick Ryan (THE SUMMIT, Cork Film Festival 2013), and starring Back to the Future’s Christopher Lloyd and Max Records (WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE),will be screened on 17 November, and is one of 80 Irish films included in this year’s Festival. The film, which was partially funded by the Irish Film Board, scooped three nominations this week in the 2016 British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), up for Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. Both O’Brien and Ryan will attend the screening in Cork, and participate in a Q&A.

The strong Irish representation continues across the 61st Cork Film Festival with the poignant OUT OF INNOCENCE on 13 November at the Triskel Christchurch, starring acclaimed Cork actress Fiona Shaw, in a powerful drama in which a link is wrongly made between the secret birth of a stillborn baby and the brutal murder of another found 50 miles away.

Other stand-out Irish films include the world premiere of epic surf film, BETWEEN LAND AND SEA. The documentary by director Ross Whitaker is about a year in the life of Clare surfing town Lahinch and the screening on 19 November will be followed by a Q&A with the cast and crew. Irish/Belgian co-production BROTHER (BROER), starring Bond actress Alison Doody and filmed in west Cork, will be screened 20 November while CRASH AND BURN on 19 November will tell the tale of Drogheda’s Tommy Byrne – also attending the Festival ­– who, for a fleeting moment in the 80s, was the world’s greatest Formula 1 racing driver. IN VIEW, an Irish independent feature film to be screened 12 November, focuses on depression and features a towering performance by LOVE/HATE actress Caoilfhionn Dunne, and is directed by Ciaran Creagh.

RTÉ documentaries set for the big screen include POWER ON THE BOX (17 November), which looks at how television changed Irish politics; and KNOW ALL (18 November), following Mashable’s UK editor Anne-Marie Tomchak as she explores how digital fingerprints are rapidly becoming the most valuable commodity on the world’s economy. PETER MCVERRY: A VIEW FROM THE BASEMENT (November 16) tells the story of the Jesuit priest’s 40-year fight against the devastation of addiction and homelessness, and will see Fr McVerry attending the screening.

The festival will also screen 39 Irish short films, with submissions this year, both nationally and internationally, exceeding 1,500. Cork short OÍCHE NOLLAIG NA mBAN, which is a visual response to the famous poem by Irish language poet Seán Ó Ríordáin and features a schoolgirl choir and intergenerational cast of Cork-based women, is included in the selection. The winner of the Grand Prix Irish Short, presented by RTÉ Cork, and the winner of the Grand Prix International, will automatically qualify for the Academy Awards® longlist.

Festival Creative Director James Mullighan said: “Irish film has been flourishing in recent years with a host of outstanding home-grown features, documentaries and shorts, receiving critical success on the international stage. We are very proud to celebrate the accomplishment of the country’s film industry, with screenings of some of the year’s most insightful and trailblazing Irish films.

“In total, there are more than 200 films – both home-grown and international – in this year’s programme, offering a rich and varied selection of films that challenge, amaze, evoke debate, and above all, entertain.”

Cork Film Festival is proudly supported by principal funder the Arts Council, along with Cork City Council, the Irish Film Board, Fáilte Ireland, the Broadcasting Authority Ireland, Screen Training Ireland and Culture Ireland. RTÉ continues to work with the Festival as principal partner, joined by generous sponsorship from Ford Ireland, The River Lee hotel, Tiger Beer, and VTSL Ireland. Media partners are RTÉ Supporting the Arts, the Irish Examiner, and Red FM.

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