About the Festival

The 28th Cork French Film Festival brings you a sensational programme with a strong emphasis on contemporary French Cinema, dynamic directing, a wealth of new releases, and emerging young talent from France.

Audiences can look forward to a packed window of Premieres and Previews, opening with César nominated The Odyssey, a visually stunning biopic of Jacques Cousteau’s life.

Cork French Film Festival is especially honoured to welcome this year Yann Arthus-Bertrand, internationally acclaimed Photographer and Director, to present his latest documentary HUMAN – Lord Mayor’s Screening. This remarkable Humanitarian will also give a Masterclass in University College Cork. Nous sommes ravis de l’accueillir !

The Festival will also welcome the young French-Lebanese rising star of Parisienne, Manal Issa, who will fly in to Cork to introduce her film on International Women’s Day. A night of celebration not to be missed, with surprises in store!

Cork French Film Festival continues its enduring link between food and cinema, with a number of sumptuous culinary events. An exquisite candlelit dinner at Ballymaloe House, followed by the screening of Les Saveurs du Palais. In CIT, all chocolate lovers are in for a treat with a Demonstration, Tasting and Q&A by French Chocolatier Benoit Lorge, followed by screening of The Kings of Pastry . Audiences can enjoy a delightful evening of fine dining and wine pairing at The River Lee, with the screening of Red Obsession.

The Cork French Film Festival is well known for its Cine-Concerts and Live Events. Don’t miss award winning artist and composer Raymond Scannell, who will score and perform a live commissioned work for the Festival for the silent film The Call of the Blood, at the Cork School of Music.

Also not to be missed the psychological thriller Moka, In Bed with Victoria – a comedy à la française critically acclaimed in Cannes, the evocative period piece Frantz, as well as the exquisite Polina – a film about dance set between Moscow and Paris. There is something for everyone, including wonderful children’s animated films – the acclaimed Moon Man, an adaptation of Tomi Ungerer’s classic, and Oscar nominated My Life as a Courgette, a charming and funny preview screening.

The Team

Nora Callanan
Festival Director & Events Curator

Julien Planté
Film Programmer

Vytene Laucyte
Festival Manager

Marina Oracolo
Festival Coordinator