Industry Events at Cork International Film Festival

Monday, November 8th, 2021

Keynote address by Dawn Porter, Doc Day, & First Take industry events

Screen Skills Ireland is delighted to support industry events at Cork International Film Festival, including Sundance award-winning US documentary filmmaker Dawn Porter (John Lewis: Good Trouble, Pete Souza Documentary, Gideon’s Army and Trapped) as the keynote guest at Doc Day online 2021. A filmmaker whose work is rooted in shining a spotlight on important social issues and is strongly rooted in civil rights, Dawn is currently directing and executive producing an Apple TV multi part documentary series with Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry that focuses on mental illness and well-being. She will be interviewed by Aideen Kane, Co-Director, The 8th, and VP of Production at Fork Films.

Other sessions at Doc Day online include a case study centred around the documentary feature film Lyra (screening at this year’s Festival), and a session that will explore the editing process behind the new documentary film Roadrunner: A Film about Anthony Bourdain. The event will take place online on Tuesday 16 November and will be available for catch-up on the Cork International Film Festival online platform until the end of November.

The festivals other industry offering, First Take, a training and development platform for newly established film professionals, film and media students and the wider film industry, will also offer a variety of online sessions, including a focus on the Casting Process, the Actor as Creator, Audience Design for Film, and a special case study of the new Irish feature film Holy Island. The event will take place online on Monday 15 November and will be available for catch-up on the Cork International Film Festival online platform until the end of November.

Full information on the Cork International Film Festival online Industry Days is available here. All sessions are free of charge.

In addition to the online offerings for Doc Day & First Take 2021, Cork International Film Festival hosts an in-person documentary event and networking session on November 11th – Doc Day Live – in advance of the Documentary Gala Screening of Pat Collins new film The Dance. A dynamic and insightful event for both emerging and established Irish documentary professionals, it will provide an opportunity for players in the Irish documentary industry to meet and network after a long absence, and will include a post-event networking drinks reception.

The event will include the following sessions:

Putting Irish Documentary on Global Screens, with speakers Trevor Birney, Producer, Fine Point Films, Samantha Corr, Producer, Venom Films and Nuala Cunningham, Producer, New Decade. The global demand for content extends to all genres and the potential for Irish documentary, of all types, to find new audiences, is boundless. The question is how do Irish documentary makers access this growing demand for content, for both funding and distribution, while still making distinctively Irish stories for global audiences. The funding landscape is in flux, for cinema and TV releases, as funding agencies and public service media grapple with the changing marketplace. The event will be chaired by Anthony Muldoon, Policy & Communications Manager, Screen Producers Ireland.

Career Interview with Pat Collins: To coincide with the Documentary Gala screening of his new feature documentary The Dance, Cork filmmaker Pat Collins joins Doc Day for an in-depth interview about his filmmaking career. A filmmaker with a long and distinguished body of work, Pat Collins has made over 30 films since his debut in 1999, and was recently elected to Aosdána. Works include the feature film Songs of Granite (2017), a portrait of Joe Heaney. Other films include; A Private World (2004), portrait of John McGahern; Tim Robinson: Connemara, (2011) a portrait of Tim Robinson and Taibhsi i mBeal Na Gaoithe, (2007) on Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, the award winning feature film Silence (2012), and political feature essay films What We Leave in Our Wake (2009) and Living in a Coded Land (2014). Interview by Vanessa Gildea, Head of the Department of Film + Media, National Film School, IADT / Director, Producer, Writer.