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Cork Film Festival announce 2017 Programme
19 Oct 2017 :
The Cork festival, now in its 62nd year, has launched its programme for the 10-19 November event. 200 films will screen, including many Irish shorts, features and documentaries.

Over 16,000 people are expected to attend the festival, which has a schedule including 115 feature films, 34 documentaries and 116 shorts, with 50 countries are represented. Screenings take place at The Everyman, Gate Cinema and Triskel Christchurch.

Opening the 2017 Cork Film Festival is the Irish premiere of Irish/Canadian co-production 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' at The Everyman on Friday, November 10. 'Downton Abbey’s' Dan Stevens assumes the role of Charles Dickens in Bharat Nalluri’s film, a festive romp that recounts how Dickens’ iconic 'A Christmas Carol' was created

The Irish premiere of Alexander Payne’s science-fiction road movie 'Downsizing' at the Everyman will close the Festival on Sunday 19 November. It stars Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig as a husband and wife who decide to shrink themselves to simplify their lives, though things don’t go to plan. Other highlights include Ruben Östlund’s 'The Square', which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year, and Documentary Gala, 'Promised Land', directed by Eugene Jurecki. The film looks at how America has changed since Elvis Presley died 40 years ago.

Celebrating the best of home-grown talent, some of the most celebrated Irish films of the year feature across the 10 days. The screening of Frank Berry’s acclaimed 'Michael Inside' takes place on 16 November, telling the story of an 18-year-old living in Dublin who is sentenced to three months in prison after he is caught hiding drugs for his friend’s older brother. Following its successful screening at the Toronto Film Festival, the Irish premiere of gothic horror 'The Lodgers', takes place on November 12.

The Festival will present the world premiere screening of short films produced under the Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board’s Focus Shorts and Real Shorts schemes. Over 50 Irish short films feature in the programme, and for the first time, a selection will be invited to feature on the RTÉ Player post-Festival, as part of RTÉ’s principal media partnership. Shorts submissions, both nationally and internationally, exceeded 3,200 and the Cork Film Festival is the only Irish festival to have two awards with Academy Awards® accreditation. The winner of the Grand Prix Irish Short, presented by RTÉ Supporting the Arts, and the winner of the Grand Prix International Short, will automatically qualify for the Academy Awards® longlist. 

Speaking ahead of the programme launch, Cork Film Festival Producer Fiona Clark said:

“We are hugely grateful to our principal funder, the Arts Council, and Cork City Council, as well as all our funders, sponsors, local businesses, cultural organisations and Festival staff and volunteers who continue to support this significant Festival. We would also like to thank the filmmakers, the industry, and above all the paying public, who return year after year to explore and celebrate this feast of film.”

Guest Programme Director, Michael Hayden added:

“This is truly a Festival for everyone, an opportunity to be challenged, inspired, surprised and entertained. From our Industry Days, to our popular Family and Schools programme, these 10 days in November offer the chance to enjoy films not otherwise available on the big screen in Cork.”

Illuminate will once again feature with a unique series of film and discussion events focusing on mental health. Presented in association with Arts+Minds and the HSE Cork Mental Health Services, screenings include '32 Pills: My Sister's Suicide', 'Colo', and 'Keep the Change'.

Doc Day, presented in partnership with the Irish Film Board, returns on November 17. It takes place at The Metropole Hotel, and brings together Irish and international industry leaders to explore the landscape in which projects are conceived, developed and distributed. Keynote guest is acclaimed double Academy Award® winning documentary producer Simon Chinn. Additionally, the First Take industry event on November 16, will offer newly established professionals and students the opportunity to explore all aspects of the Irish filmmaking landscape.

For a younger audience, an increased Schools and Family programme runs this year, presented in association with the Irish Film Institute Education Department. Films include 'Red Dog: True Blue', along with 'Buffalo Rider' and 'We’re Going on a Bear Hunt'. The Festival will also screen the 40th anniversary re-release of 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind', and there is a special event to mark the release of 'Paddington 2' on November 11 from 10am at the Gate Cinema, with an adventure around the city in celebration of the marmalade loving bear. A screening will follow at 11.30am. This year there is also a new family ticket pass priced at €25 for two adults and two children.

For full details 

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