IndieCork Film Festival
The IndieCork Film Festival kicked off today – a festival at home that celebrates independent film both here and far.
It is with some pride and a lot of gratitude that we present the inaugural edition of IndieCork. What can be achieved in six months? Where to start! IndieCork is the first festival in Ireland owned by film fans, our shareholders. Inspired by Cork City FC, we have achieved this goal and our first thanks goes to the vision of the people who stepped forward and became members in 2013.
The will to create this festival has been supported from many quarters – we are hugely grateful to The Other Place and all the staff there for their friendly welcome as we nestled in
their loft, now IndieCork offices.
As work began, the rationale for an Irish festival of independent cinema was soon confirmed by that most important source, the filmmakers. We have world premieres of seven Irish indie feature-length films, a privilege for us. We host the European Lux Prize, with three superb films. Groundbreaking Factory 25 founder Matt Grady to Cork and filmmaker Ronnie Bronstein join us from New York. Old friends, the irrepressible Hamburg Film Festival and Short Film Agency, are here with special shows and A Wall Is A Screen will dazzle you on a filmic walk around Cork (free!). Right across the local, Irish and International films, the special screenings, workshops and music events, there is a rich programme to savour.
We express our deep appreciation to Cliona and Benny McCabe of Seven Windows Brewery, for their vision and friendship. Without their support IndieCork would not exist in this form. We look forward to developing the festival with them over the coming years. With events programmed across the Cork Heritage Pub family, and film and indie music events in The Crane Lane and The Bodega, there are a lot of free and fun opportunities to participate in IndieCork.