Cllr. Colm Kelleher, Lord Mayor of Cork

Mot de bienvenue du Lord Mayor

It’s a great pleasure for me to welcome you all to this 2021 edition of the Cork French Film Festival.

Now in its 32nd year, the French Festival is one of Cork’s longest running festivals and one we remain very proud of. The festival reminds us of the strong links between Cork and France: touristic, cultural and commercial.

That we host a thriving annual French Film Festival in Cork city, references the profound nature and history of the alliance between Ireland and France, and indeed, between Cork and France directly.

Cork is home to many people of French origin who contribute enormously to the life of our city.

I wish to pay special tribute to the board and staff of Alliance Française de Cork who for 32 years have nurtured this festival, just one of their important contributions that add positively to the cultural life of our City.

I also wish to acknowledge the important work of the French Consul in Cork, Josselin Le Gall, Chairperson John Mullins and Board Member Valérie David-McGonnell, in providing admirable stewardship and service. Festival Co-Directors, Mr Le Gall and Ms David-McGonnell have risen to the challenge admirably of presenting the festival at the annual wonderful venue of The Gate Cinema, but also a new online version to compliment the offering.

I know the festival attracts large audiences of Cork cinéphiles and Francophiles. This year’s Festival is more diverse than ever, covering all genres of cinema – a true festival.

Je vous souhaite à tous un bon festival et beaucoup de succès!