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IndieCork to welcome American director Bill Morrison as Special Guest
16 Sep 2021 : News Desk
Director Bill Morrison
IndieCork will have a special focus on the distinguished avant-garde U.S. filmmaker, Bill Morrison, who will attend as Special Guest this year.

Described by Variety as “one of the most adventurous American filmmakers”, Morrison’s work has premiered at the New York, Sundance, Telluride, and Venice film festivals. His mid-career retrospective was held in MoMA in 2014 and his film Decasia (2002) was the first film of the 21st Century to be selected for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.

Morrison attends IndieCork to present his new film The Village Detective: A Song Cycle, which has been selected for Telluride Film Festival this month, and receives its U.S. theatrical release on September 24th.

The physical iteration of the IndieCork Festival will takes place from September 19th to 26th at The Gate Cinema, while the online edition will run from September 19th to October 3rd.

This year’s festival will also see IndieCork recognised as a BAFTA-qualifying festival for British short film. The news comes as IndieCork has a special focus on Northern Irish shorts this year, which means that those filmmakers have their opportunity to begin their journey to qualifying for the BAFTA Best Short Film Award.

Commenting on this milestone, Mick Hannnigan, Co-Director of IndieCork, said: “We’re thrilled that IndieCork is now recognised by BAFTA as a significant festival for short film. We join our international counterparts in helping UK filmmakers to qualify for the award."

IndieCork also looks to continue nurturing new talent with all the international features at this year’s festival being debut films. This includes new Irish features Gateway by Niall Owens and Rebecca’s Boyfriend by Craig Austin, as well as international features Sweetheart by Marley Morrison (England) and Botox by Kaveh Mazaheri (Iran). 

“IndieCork is very much a creators’ festival and we’ve found that this ‘discovery’ approach is something that comes naturally to the festival,” said Co-Director of IndieCork, Úna Feely. “Across the features, documentaries and shorts we present exciting new talent, often at the beginning of their careers. IndieCork is a creator-focused festival and we pride ourselves in forging strong relationships with our filmmakers.”

“Our focus on discovery and innovation involves, of course, the legendary Bill Morrison as our Special Guest, but other programmes, such as Artist Film (a collaboration with MTU Crawford college) play a role in nurturing distinctive filmmaking,” Feely continued. “Our Best Emerging Irish Female Director award was established to encourage more women to take the central creative role in the filmmaking process.”

“Cork, Irish, and World Shorts competitions run throughout the festival with many filmmakers making the trip to IndieCork this year, many seeing their work on the big screen for the first time,” Feely concluded. 

IndieCork: September 19th to 27th at The Gate Cinemas – Tickets here.

IndieCork Online: September 19th to October 3rd – Tickets here.





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