Screening: The Cabinet of Dr Caligari with Live Score @ St Ann’s Church,

Homebeat presents a special centenary screening of The Cabinet of Dr Caligari on 26th February in Dublin’s St Ann’s Church with a new score performed live by Adrian Crowley, Sean Mac Erlaine, Matthew Nolan, Barry Adamson (Magazine / Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) with live processing by Neil O’Connor.

Celebrate one of the most iconic masterpieces in cinema history; Robert Wiene’s Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari shook filmgoers worldwide when it premiered in Berlin on 26th February 1920. It changed the direction of the art form like no other film has since. Now presented in a definitive restoration, the film’s chilling, radically expressionist vision is set to grip viewers again.

At a local carnival in a small German town, hypnotist Dr. Caligari presents the somnambulist Cesare, who can purportedly predict the future of curious fairgoers. But at night, the doctor wakes Cesare from his sleep to enact his evil bidding…

Incalculably influential, the film’s nightmarishly jagged sets, sinister atmospheric and psychological emphasis left an immediate impact in its wake (horror, film noir, and gothic cinema would all be shaped directly by it).

Introduced by Dr Piotr Sadowski and presented in partnership with DBS Faculty of Film and Creative Media.

Date: 26th February 2020

Tickets: €20 from

Time: 7pm / 730pm show

Venue: St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2


A Celebration of the Life and Works of Ireland’s Late Great Theatre & Film Actor and Comedian, Niall Tóibín @ Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith London

On Saturday February 8th & 9th February 2020, The Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith London presents a celebration of the life and works Of  Ireland’s late great Theatre & Film Actor and Comedian, Niall Tóibín.

Niall Tóibín Ireland’s great actor and comedian passed away in November 2019. During his long career, spanning over six decades Tóibín appeared in more than 30 feature films. Among them, Ryan’s Daughter, Murphy’s Stroke, The Ballroom of Romance, Eat the Peach, Far and Away (in which he played opposite Tom Cruise), Veronica Guerin, Caught in a Free State, The Clinic and Bob Quinn’s’ ‘Poitin’.  As a stage actor the range of his work was vast and included unforgettable performances in Irish theatres as well as some of the most important theatres in London and New York. From Beckett, Shakespeare, Eugene O’Neill to embodying Brendan Behan in multiple productions at The Abbey and on Broadway. Niall Tóibín was capable of great intensity and complexity as an actor, but he was also hugely entertaining. His wicked glint of devilment, his gift for character observation and his ear for accents have seen his many ‘one- man shows’ garner praise by audiences all over the world. He did a great line in priests, from the formidable parish priest Fr Frank MacAnally in Ballykissangel, to the psychopathic Fr Geraldo in ‘Rat’ and the gentle cleric in ‘Brideshead Revisited’. He was hugely loved and respected by all who worked with him. Upon hearing about Niall’s death, the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins said “His contribution to Irish theatre was a unique one, in both the Irish Language and English. The depth of interpretation that he brought to a wide variety of characters showed a very deep intellectual understanding and, above all, sensitivity to the nuance of Irish life. To the latter he brought a distinctive voice which made him a much-loved interpreter of Irish life and its challenges’.

In order to honour and pay tribute to Niall Tóibín, The Irish Cultural Centre London presents this unique season of films which brings to the screen some of Niall’s most magical and most powerful performances.  As part of the season the ICC will present the UK Premiere of the documentary ‘Niall Tóibín – Everyman’. There will be a Q&A with the director of the film Brian Reddin. We will also have rare screenings of ‘Eat the Peach’, ’Murphy’s Stroke’ ‘A Pint with Brendan Behan’ and Bob Quinn’s ‘Poitín’. There will also be a special gathering of some of Niall’s friends, colleagues and members of his family, who will share remembrances and anecdotes about his extraordinary career.

See the full programme below:

Saturday February 8th     


‘Murphy’s Stroke’ (Feature Film / Drama) Directed by Frank Cvitanovich

To launch this special tribute weekend The Irish Cultural Centre presents a Free Screening of this acclaimed, entertaining and much-loved feature film starring Niall Tóibín.   A businessman concocts a horse racing scam that involves passing off an inexperienced horse as a race winner to rig the betting odds. Starring Pierce Brosnan, Niall Tóibín and Tony Doyle.



Poitín (A Film/ Drama, in the Irish Language.)  

Directed by Bob Quinn.  Written by Colm Bairéad.  To pay tribute to Tóibín’s love for the Irish language, the ICC presents this special film which was in fact the very first feature film ever made in The Irish Language

Produced by Cinegael.    

A sometimes hilarious, but fundamentally grim  story about two poteen agents, Labhrás (Donal McCann) and Sleamhnan (Niall Tóibín), who steal their confiscated goods back from the Gardaí and cheat  their elderly poteen-maker, Micíl (Cyril Cusack) out  of his share of the money. Poitín made history in Connemara as the first feature film ever to be made in the Irish Language. Set against a desolate background Quinn’s raw and grim depiction of Irish rural life and living generated outrage when it was first screened in 1979. Images of stupidity and cruelty dominate this defiantly unsentimental film that, even today, retains its power to act as a riposte to idealisations of Ireland.

 Tickets £8.00 (65 mins) Ireland 1979:    


UK Premiere:  Niall Tóibín – EVERYMAN – (Documentary)  

Directed by Brain Reddin.  Dearg Films (2019)

Ireland’s great actor and comedian Niall Tóibín passed away on 13th November 2019, just eight days shy of his 90th birthday. This documentary celebrates his long life and career which spanned seven decades, entertaining us with characters and stories. 

In this intimate and often hilarious documentary, Niall’s daughters begin the task of documenting and archiving the huge collection of movie and theatrical memorabilia which Niall had collected over his long career. As they look back over these memories, the documentary celebrates Niall’s life and career, through a series of talking heads from fans and colleagues. What emerges is a poignant and funny story of a man who has managed to excel in every field of Irish entertainment . The film gives an insight into what made him so popular and a look at the lasting legacy he left behind. The film includes interviews with Pierce Brosnan, Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Rea and Jim Sheridan. 

This Screening will be followed by a Q&A with the Film Director Brian Reddin

Tickets £8.00 (60 mins) Ireland 2019. 

DAY 2 

Sunday February 9th  


‘A Jar with Brendan Behan’ – Directed by Bergette Pierre – Produced by Godfrey Graham

 ‘A Jar with Brendan Behan’ is a one man show from 1970 starring Niall Tóibín as Brendan Behan. Tóibín was known for his portrayal of Behan, starring in ‘Borstal Boy’ many times in The Abbey Theatre and on Broadway for which he won a Tony Award for his portrayal.  This is a rare chance to see this wonderful one man show from 1970 where Niall Tóibín plays Brendan Behan, as only he can.

Tickets £8.00 Length 1 hr



A Gathering of Some Friends and Colleagues of Niall Tóibin – ‘Remembering Tóibín The Man’ 

We are gathering friends and colleagues and some members of Niall’s family, among them his daughter Sighle.  This event is currently in planning –If anyone has a memory or story to share about Niall, please do get in touch and we will see if it can be included; 

Contact Rosalind Scanlon –                                      – Free Event. 



‘Eat the Peach’ Directed by Peter Ormrod.  (Samson Films) Feature film / Drama

In 1984, inspired by Elvis Presley’s motorcycle antics in the film Roustabout and a visit to Dublin’s Funderland, two unemployed Irish brothers-in-law built a 40-foot cylindrical Wall of Death in their backyard.  RTÉ News reporter Peter Ormrod covered their story and was so enthralled that he decided to make a feature film about it. ‘Eat the Peach’ is a wryly comic tale of eccentricity and determination set in an Ireland of high unemployment and emigration. It is populated by entirely likeable and textured characters: the dreamers, Vinny (Stephen Brennan) and Arthur (Eamon Morrissey); longsuffering wife, Nora (Catherine Byrne); and the fake-American, Boots (Niall Tóibín). 

‘Eat the Peach’ was voted as ‘one of the top 50 Irish films you must see’. The Irish Independent. 

Starts 7.30pm Tickets £8.00 (93 MINS,) IRELAND, 1986, 


This Special Tribute to Niall Tóibín has been curated by Sé Merry Doyle (Loopline Films) and Rosalind Scanlon – (For Irish Cultural Centre.)


Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith Blacks Road W6 9DT

Book Tickets;    020 85638232



Arts and Disability Connect 2020

The Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland announce the 2020 Arts and Disability Connect funding scheme for artists with disabilities.

Specifically targeted at individual artists with disabilities Arts and Disability Connect includes New Work, Mentoring and Training awards.

Application forms and guidelines for Arts and Disability Connect 2020 are available to download from Monday 13 January at

Arts and Disability Connect deadline: Monday 24 February at 4pm

Information Sessions
Join Amie Lawless as she talks through how the scheme works and take the opportunity to ask any questions over tea and coffee. This year we will host information sessions in Cork, Carlow, Navan and Dublin.

21 January – Crawford Art Gallery, Cork at 2pm
29 January – Visual, Carlow at 2pm
30 January – Solstice Arts Centre, Navan at 2pm
06 February – Project Arts Centre, Dublin at 2pm

Please email if you would like to attend an information session. All of the venues are accessible to wheelchair users. Let us know if you have any additional access requirements.

For information about the awards and application support please contact: Amie Lawless, / 01 8509006

Arts and Disability Connect is Funded by the Arts Council and managed by Arts & Disability Ireland.


Submissions & Funding Deadlines


Catalyst International Film Festival – 2020

The inaugural Catalyst International Film Festival will open in Limerick in March 2020 presenting a film programme that prioritises stories and storytellers currently under-represented on screen and behind the camera. Led by Dr. Susan Liddy and Vanessa Gildea, the festival will endeavour to create a more inclusive industry and films screened at Catalyst will promote gender equality, diversity and inclusion whether in content, key creative roles or crew.

There will be panel discussions, workshops and Q&As where topical issues of the day will be enthusiastically debated with filmmakers, guest speakers, industry personnel and audience members. Catalyst International Film Festival believes that equality is key to enriching filmmaking and audiences and it is core to this festival.

The festival is now accepting submissions via Film Freeway: 

More screenings and events to be announced.


The Catalyst Film Festival runs from 20-21st March in Limerick. 



Submissions & Funding Deadlines

Film Festivals 2020 – Here & Abroad


Screen Ireland Funding for Third Quarter of 2019


Screen Ireland has announced the successful applicants for funding for the third quarter of 2019 for fiction, animation, and documentary. Projects are given funding at development, production and distribution stages.


  • Project Development

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
    Saipan Paul Fraser Wild Atlantic €31,900
    Radiant Kirsten Sheridan Subotica Ltd €30,000
    No Man’s Land Stuart Drennan Vico Films €14,000
    A High Place Rebecca Daly Rebecca Daly, Glenn Montgomery Cowtown Pictures Limited €31,900
    Captain Bolt Daniel O’Hara Brian Reddin Blue Ink Films €21,300
    PROSERPINA Oonagh Kearney Oonagh Kearney Tyrella Pictures €6,000
    Bonobo JoJo Clifford Parrott Clifford Parrott Magpie 6 Media Entertainment Ltd €40,000
    Size Zero Alan Gilsenan Alan Gilsenan O’Sullivan Productions Limited €34,800
    A Kind of Longing Malgorzata Szumowska Ger Gleeson Black Sheep Productions €12,832
    The Quiet Woman Virginia Gilbert Virginia Gilbert Park Films €20,560
    All Fall Down Peter Murphy, Rachael Moriarty Brian Lynch Cornelia Street Productions €14,200
    The Disappeared Vincent Gallagher Hugh Travers Treasure Entertainment Ltd. €22,300
    50,000 Words Pat Mills David Turpin Kennedy Films €19,100
    Kicking the Habit Mike Uppendahl Mary Kate O’Flanagan Treasure Entertainment Ltd. €€24,700
    Jolly Sinead Fagan Treasure Entertainment €20,000
    Dead Cities Gavin Burke Tailored Films €18,600
    Black Unicorn David Turpin Tailored Films €14,600
    The Foundling David Turpin Tailored Films €€21,500
    The Restoration of Grayson Manor Glenn McQuaid Glenn McQuaid Fantastic Films €14,950
    House of the Dark One Brendan Muldowney Brendan Muldowney Savage Productions €17,300
    The Ballroom Aisling Walsh Aisling Walsh Parallel Film Production €42,500
    Della & Jim Marian Quinn Marian Quinn Janey Pictures €23,900
    Patashnik Emer Reynolds Gavin Burke Samson Films €21,300
    The Old Man & The Princess Richard Gorodecky Ailbhe Keogan, Richard Gorodecky Port Pictures €30,100
    Plurabelle Michael Kinirons John Kelleher Media €5,550
    Sheriff Street Jim Sheridan Jim Sheridan Hell’s Kitchen €33,713
    Untitled Jim Sheridan Jim Sheridan Hell’s Kitchen €22,500
  • Animation Development

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
    Natu Natu Fran Bravo Cartoon Saloon €20,000
    Bogboy Jack O’Shea, Paul Ruttledge Jack O’Shea, Paul Ruttledge Bogboy Productions Limited €14,350
    Buddybugzz Jason Tammemagi Design BOS €20,000
    Tessa of The Islands Louise Bagnall Shane Perez, Alan Keane Cartoon Saloon €20,000
    Snake News Andrew Kavanagh, Jenny O’Brien Andrew Kavanagh Kavaleer Productions €20,000
    The Wee Littles Emma Hogan Armin Prediger, Clifford Parrott, Emma Hogan Magpie 6 Media Entertainment Ltd €20,000
    The Inventors Aidan O’Donovan Aidan O’Donovan, Colm Tobin Turnip & Duck Ltd €20,000
  • Documentary Development

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
    Demons and Dancers Pat Collins Pat Collins Harvest Films €100,000
    Girl Taken (Zephany: The Hidden One) Francois Verster, Simon Wood Francois Verster, Neasa Ní Chianáin, Simon Wood Soilsiu Films €Unquantified Offer of Support
    All the Numbers Ross Whitaker Ross Whitaker True Films €150,000
    Untitled Jim Sheridan project Jim Sheridan, Colm Quinn Colm Quinn Hell’s Kitchen €150,000
    Atomic Hope Frankie Fenton Frankie Fenton Kennedy Films €100,000
    Young Plato Declan McGrath, Neasa Ní Chianáin Neasa Ní Chianáin Soilsiu Films €112,500
    Eat Sleep Cheer Repeat Tanya Doyle Daniel Hegarty, Tanya Doyle Marmalade Films €15,000
    The Dead Zoo Gang Tanya Doyle Daniel Hegarty, Tanya Doyle Marmalade Films €15,000
    The Container Aoife Kelleher Aoife Kelleher Cornelia Street Productions €15,000
    Lost Futures (A film about Mark Fisher) Niall McCann Niall McCann Redemption Films €15,000
    Mitochondrial Jeremiah Cullinane Jeremiah Cullinane Planet Korda Pictures €15,000
    Beyond Nuala O’Connor Nuala O’Connor, Dan Colley South Wind Blows €15,000
    Peter O’Toole – In Eight Performances Brian Lally Brian Lally Instigator Films €15,000
    Whiddy Adrian McCarthy Adrian McCarthy Curious Dog Films €14,800
  • Screenplay Development

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
    Dysphoria Jenny Roche €12,000
    Baltimore Joe Lawlor, Christine Molloy Joe Lawlor, Christine Molloy €16,000
    Airport Pigeon Mick O’Hara, Ciaran Morrison €16,000
  • New Writing Development

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
  • International Development

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
  • TV Drama Development

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
    Darklands Mark O’Connor Mark O’Connor Parallel Films €50,000
    The Good People Steve Kenny Forty Foot Pictures €15,000
    In Blood Larry Bambrick Underground Films €23,629
    The Dry Nancy Harris Element Pictures €28,150
    Legless Hope Dickson Leach Louise Bruton Element Pictures €28,240
    Knights of the Borrowed Dark Dave Rudden Blinder Films €35,000
    Singularity Jim Sheridan Jess Kidd Hell’s Kitchen €28,000
    The Pretender Michael Kinirons, Arnaud Benoliel Tiger Darling Productions €18,800


  • Direct Distribution

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
    One Million American Dreams Brendan Byrne Brendan Byrne Fine Point Films €8,500
    Best Before Death Paul Duane Paul Duane Screenworks €8,500
  • Distribution Support

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
    Dark Lies the Island Ian Fitzgibbon Kevin Barry Sentio Ar Ltd t/a Break Out Pictures €35,000
    Animals Sophie Hyde Emma Jane Unsworth Sentio Ar Ltd t/a Break Out Pictures €€30,000
    Extra Ordinary Enda Loughman, Mike Ahern Enda Loughman, Mike Ahern Wildcard Distribution €75,000
    Gaza Garry Keane, Andrew McConnell Garry Keane, Andrew McConnell Wildcard Distribution €17,500
    Never Grow Old Ivan Kavanagh Colin Downey, Ivan Kavanagh Wildcard Distribution €25,000



  • Fiction Irish Production

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
    Wildfire Cathy Brady Cathy Brady Samson Films €10,400
    Cutters Rachel Carey Rachel Carey O’Sullivan Productions Limited €700,000
    L.O.L.A Andrew Legge Andrew Legge, Angeli MacFarlane Cowtown Pictures €700,000
    Four Mothers Darren Thornton Darren Thornton, Colin Thornton Port Pictures €Unquantified Offer of Support
  • Fiction Creative Co-Production

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
    Ballywalter Prasanna Puwanarajah Stacey Gregg Cowtown Pictures Limited €Unquantified Offer of Support
    Rocket Surgery Nicky Lianos Stewart Thomson Vico Films €250,000
  • Animation Television Production

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
    Stories from the Backwoods Leevi Lemmetty Leevi Lemmetty Ink and Light €300,000
    Flix (aka Birdie) Liz Whitaker Kristina Yee, Nicole Paglia Pictor Productions €300,000
    Old Irish Tales Trevor Courtney Danny Stack, Marina Carr, Trevor Courtney Igloo Animations €Unquantified Offer of Support
    Shakes Versus Shav Damien Farrell, Gerry Hoban Gerry Hoban Caboom Ltd €135,000
    Royals Next Door Veronica Lassenius Carolyn Hay, Hugh Duffy Ink and Light €150,000



New Season of Storyland 

Eat The Rich is one of six new Storyland web-dramas
Eat The Rich 
Currently in its ninth season, Storyland 2019 brings original Irish stories to a national and a global audience.
Previous Storyland commissions have gone on to be commissioned for RTÉ comedy and drama series, developed as a feature film and have won numerous international awards, as well as generating additional opportunities within and outside RTÉ for the participating writers, directors, producers and actors.

This year’s Storyland contenders:


Vinny and Lauryn fall for each other but their future together is thrown into doubt by the intersection of the darkest parts of their lives… Written and directed by Dave Tynan (Dublin Oldschool) and produced by Dave Leahy and Michael Donnelly for Warrior Films, Wastewater stars Ian Lloyd Anderson and Eva Jane Gaffney.

Skip To the End

A man suffering the trauma of his young daughter’s hospitalisation following a car accident is given a mysterious solution to skip past his pain… Written and directed by Jason Butler for Brothers Gonna Work It Out Ltd, Skip To the End stars Paul Reid, Amy de Bhrun and Mark Huberman.

Eat The Rich

A young bicycle courier, struggling to survive in the gig economy, takes revenge on the boss who fired him… Written by PJ Hart, directed by Aidan Largey and produced by Katy Jackson for Wee Bun films, Eat The Rich stars Shaun Blaney, Ian Beattie and Kristina Yaneva.

A Deal Is A Deal

A misguided and disgruntled teenage pigeon fancier reacts badly to the death of his champion young bird… Written by Francis and Geraldine Scullion, directed by Mick Gordon and produced by Pearce Cullen for Wolfhound Media, A Deal Is A Deal stars veteran actor Ian McElhinney alongside Stuart Graham, Rose Henderson and Laura Hughes.


A desperate housewife takes drastic measures to solve her problem. It’s only then that she discovers that she, herself, may be the problem that someone else has decided to solve… Written by Marion McDowell, directed by Meghan McArdle and produced by Janine Cobain for Richter Media and Write Path NI, Mushrooms stars Maggie Cronin, Andrea O Neil, Julie Alderdice and Ian Beattie.

Yellow Bird

Faced with the eviction from her home by her own daughter, an elderly mother takes in a Syrian Refugee as freedom takes on a new relative meaning for the pair… Written and directed by Grainne Dwyer, and produced by Fiona Dwyer for Stori Creative Ltd, Yellow Bird stars Catherine Field, Fachtna O Driscoll, Aoife Moore and Maurice Thom.


Watch this year’s Storyland films here.


Award Winners Announced for the 64th Cork Film Festival

Ciúnas (Silence)’, winner of the Grand Prix Irish Short. Tristan Heanue accepts the award from Colm Crowley, Head of RTE Cork

Documentary short Horse Riders has won the inaugural Academy Awards® qualifying of Grand Prix Documentary Short Award at the 64th Cork Film Festival this evening (17 November). The film, directed by Anna Gawlita, now joins the longlist for the Academy Awards® in 2021. This brings to three Academy Awards® qualifying awards at the Cork Film Festival, the only film festival in Ireland to have this trio. The awards were presented ahead of the Closing Night Gala at the Everyman, with the Irish premiere of The Other Lamb, directed by Małgorzata Szumowska.

The Festival’s further Academy Awards® qualifying award, the Grand Prix Irish Short Award, went to Tristan Heanue’s Ciúnas (Silence). Proudly presented by RTÉ, Principal Media Partner of the Cork Film Festival, the award was presented by Colm Crowley, Head of RTÉ Cork. Also qualifying for the Academy Awards® in 2021, Stalker, directed by Christopher Andrews took home the Grand Prix International Short Award.

Cork Film Festival Director and CEO Fiona Clark said: “As Ireland’s only film festival to present three Academy Awards® qualifying awards, we are delighted to announce Anna Gawlita’s Horse Riders as the winner of the Grand Prix Documentary Short Award at the 64th Cork Film Festival. It is an exceptional documentary short and one that is thoroughly deserving of being longlisted for an Oscar®. The eye-catching film tells the story of an annual horse pilgrimage in a Polish village, an old regional tradition being kept alive in southern Poland.

“Tristan Heanue’s Irish-language short film Ciúnas (Silence) took home the second Academy Awards® qualifying award, the Grand Prix Irish Short Award, and is the winner of the €1,500 prize fund. It is a stunning film about a couple who embark on a journey in the midst of a family crisis. Stalker, directed by Christopher Andrews, was awarded the Grand Prix International Short Award, our third Academy Awards® qualifying award. Set in the remote forests of the Scottish Highlands, the film sets the scene of an ageing stalker as he goes up against a young poacher who is taking the heads off his best stags.”

Commenting on the Awards, Fiona added: “Cork Film Festival’s awards demonstrate our commitment to presenting and celebrating excellence in filmmaking, championing new and emerging voices, as well as established filmmakers. The Festival embraces features and short film with equal respect, and as a growing destination for feature documentaries as well as narrative work, we pride ourselves as the platform to showcase the very best of Irish and international film in Ireland. Our Awards Ceremony honours the diverse talent presented during the 64th Cork Film Festival and this year’s winning films exemplify the quality and diversity we have showcased. We are delighted to close out the Festival with the Irish premiere of new Irish drama, The Other Lamb, a film supported by Screen Ireland, and the English-language debut of director Małgorzata Szumowska, one of the most thrilling emerging voices in world cinema.”

The Audience Award, presented by The River Lee, Principal Accommodation Partner, was won by The Last Right, written and directed by Aoife Crehan. Directorial debut, and World Premiere at the 64th Cork Film Festival, this comedy-drama follows New York-based Daniel Murphy who ends up being tasked with bringing the body of someone he barely knows home for burial.

The Gradam Spiorad Na Féile / Spirit of The Festival Award, proudly presented by The Gate Cinema, Principal Venue Partner, went to Carlo Mirabella-Davis’ directorial debut Swallow. This film depicts the struggle a young housewife and the increasing pressures of perfection as she begins to consume dangerous objects in an attempt to take back control.

The Gradam Na Féile Do Scannáin Faisnéise / Award for Cinematic Documentary was awarded to Feras Fayyad’s exceptional film, The Cave, which presents a harrowing account of one woman’s efforts to provide medical care in war-ravaged Syria. The impact of this important film on audiences is further reflected in it being awarded the Cork Film Festival Youth Jury Award, the second time for Feras Fayyad (‘Last Men in Aleppo’, CFF 2017).

The Cork Film Festival Short Film Candidate for the 2020 European Film Awards is Things That Happen in the Bathroom, directed by Edward Hancox. This short film explores issues relating to loneliness, sexual insecurities and expectations.

Other prize winners announced at the Awards ceremony, which was hosted by master of ceremonies, Dave Mac Ardle (RedFM), included the award for the Best Cork Short, proudly presented by Media Partner RedFM, which was won by Olivia J Middleton for her film, Rosalyn, a compelling horror that explores the fragility of mental health during pregnancy.

The award for Best Director: Irish Short, supported by Screen Directors’ Guild Ireland, went to Michael-David McKernan, for his short film Halo. A single-take film, this short tells the tale of a lonely taxi driver who takes drastic action to protect a passenger from heartbreak.

Speaking on the 64th Cork Film Festival, Fiona Clark stated: “It has been an exciting, thought-provoking and inspiring 11 days of stunning film here in Cork. The breadth and quality of the programme, with over 300 films and 63 countries represented, has made this year’s Festival an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.

“With 20,000 people attending this year’s Festival, we look forward to building on this success in 2020, our 65th anniversary, and beyond, and would like to thank all our funders, sponsors, partners, friends, jurors, filmmakers and audience who together make Cork Film Festival possible.”


List of Winners:

  • Ciúnas (Silence), directed by Tristan Heanue — Grand Prix Irish Short Award, Proudly supported by RTÉ
  • Stalker, directed by Christopher Andrews — Grand Prix International Short Award
  • Horse Riders, directed by  Anna Gawlita — Grand Prix Documentary Short Award
  • The Last Right, directed by Aoife Crehan — Audience Award, Presented by The River Lee
  • The Cave, directed by Feras Fayyad — Gradam na Féile do Scannáin Faisnéise (Award for Cinematic Documentary)
  • Swallow, directed by Carlo Mirabella-Davis — Gradam Spiorad na Féile (Spirit of the Festival Award), Presented by The Gate Cinema
  • Things That Happen in the Bathroom, directed by Edward Hancox — Cork Film Festival Candidate for the European Film Awards 2020
  • Rosalyn, directed by Olivia J Middleton — Best Cork Short Award, Presented by Red FM
  • Michael-David McKernan, director of Halo — Best Director: Irish Short, Supported by Screen Directors Guild Ireland
  • The Cave, directed by Feras Fayyad — Cork Film Festival Youth Jury Award.

‘Unwelcome Sentiment’ Screens at Carlow International Film Festival

The short film Unwelcome Sentiment screens at Carlow International Film Festival on Saturday 16th of November.

Directed by Noel McInerney and written by Jill Smith, Unwelcome Sentiment is a tender tale about a man at the end of his life determined not to accept kindness when it doesn’t come in a form he appreciates.

William (George Bracebridge) and his nephew Jarlath (Ste Murray) don’t see eye to eye but, with the help of a nurse named Kate (Amy O’Dwyer), who helpfully offers some sage wisdom, he comes to realise that Jarlath is simply offering comfort as best he knows how.

The full festival line-up:

Friday Nov 15-
Shorts One- 2pm

9 Months- Writer/Director Michael Wohlfeld
Continental Breakfast- Writer/Director Alec Liddle
Delusions of Grainne- Director Fiachra O Longain; Writer Paul Moore
Family Spirit- Writer/Director Gabrielle Deeny
Five Course Meal- Writer/Director James Cadden
The Funeral dancer- Writer/Director Natalie MacMahon
Hold the Line- Director Karen Killeen & Laura O’Shea; Writer Laura O’Shea
Postfactum- Writer/Director Onofrio Damiano
The Fruitful- Writer/Director John Collins
The space Between Us- Writer/Director Elaine Kennedy

Feature Two
7pm followed by Q&A

Spa Weekend- Director Maureen O’Connell; Writer Karl Argue & Maureen O’Connell

After living in London for 5 years, actress Jo Murphy is back in Dublin. Everyone expected her to make it. She expected to make it. But, she’s back in Dublin


Saturday Nov 16

Shorts Two- 2pm

Battle of the Bands- Writer/Director Jonathan Clancy
Benched- Writer/Director Aisling Grattan
Coming to Terms- Writer/Director Patrick Ketch
Stari Grad (Old Town)- Writer/Director Jack Beck
The Butter Border- Writer/Director Ciaran Crudden
The Marksman- Writer/Director Conor Healy
Unwelcome Sentiment- Director Noel McInerney; Writer Jill Smith
The Visitor- Writer/Director Jim McMorrow
Rick Thunder In… Look Back Tomorrow- Writer/Director Jason Harris
Futures- Writer/Director Daniel Marc Janes
Saving Grace- Writer/Director Siobhan Kavanagh

Closing Feature

4pm Followed by Q&A

Wretch- Writer/Director Matthew Dunehoo

Under the tutelage of an eccentric hippie restaurateur and her messianic self-help guru, a young man sets out to master the occult magic of Enceladism in an effort to destroy the cancer that’s killing his boyfriend.