Pages Navigation Menu


Submissions are now open for the 61st Cork Film Festival 2016!

Submissions are now open for the 61st Cork Film Festival

Taking place from 11-20 November 2016. Ireland’s oldest film festival is Academy Awards® accredited, BAFTA affiliated and makes short film nominations to the European Film Awards. The Festival is Ireland’s premiere Talent Discovery and Development Festival, and has a rich programme of activities for emerging filmmakers. Competition includes awards for features, shorts and documentaries, some with cash prizes. Submit your film here.

Since November 2014, the Cork Film Festival has been Academy Awards® accredited, meaning that the winners of the Grand Prix Irish Short presented by RTÉ Cork and the Grand Prix International short qualify for the long list of the Academy Awards® for the Animated Short Film/Live Action Short Film category. Cork Film Festival is also a BAFTA [British Academy of Film and Television] recognised festival for British Short Film, further enhancing the festival’s international reputation (filmmakers whose British shorts are selected for competition in the Festival’s Grand Prix International short competition can enter their films for BAFTA consideration). The Festival’s juries also submit a short film nomination to the European Film Academy Awards.

As well as playing a rich selection of the best of contemporary global cinema programmed from some of the world’s most interesting Festivals, Cork Film Festival is always on the look out for interesting new voices. The Festival boasts a lively and varied music on film programme, and runs a discussion series which uses films to explore some of the burning issues of our time. The main festival venues are Cork Opera House, Triskel Christchurch and the Gate Cinema. In 2015 the Festival screened 239 films, including 84 features, of which 21 were Irish, from 40 countries. The Festival exceeded 21,000 admissions, a 14% increase on 2014, and welcomed 120 filmmaker guests to the Festival. Both the features and shorts programmes are a mixture of invited (best of Festivals, work known to the Fest, catch up on films released but which have not played Cork, and previews) and submitted films.

In 2014, the Festival inaugurated a new prize for feature length films: the Gradam Spiorad na Féile / Spirit of the Festival Award. Details are here.

Submission deadlines and fees:

Early bird: Until midnight GMT Saturday 16 January 2016 – CorkShorts (always) €12.50 / Shorts Irish, International, Documentary (not Cork) €15 / Features €25.
Regular submissions: Until midnight GMT Saturday 2 July – CorkShorts (always) €12.50 /Shorts Irish, International, Documentary (not Cork) €20 / Features €35.
Late submissions: Until midnight GMT Saturday 6 August – CorkShorts (always) €12.50 / Shorts Irish, International, Documentary (not Cork) €30 / Features €50.


There are eleven prizes at the Festival, including seven with cash prizes. Two qualify for the Academy Awards® long list. Each jury is independent of the Festival.

The International Jury will select:

Grand Prix International short, Academy Awards® qualifying;
Gradam Spiorad na Féile / Spirit of the Festival Award; and
the Cork Film Festival’s nomination to the 2017 European Film Academy Awards.
The Irish Jury will select:

Grand Prix Irish short, presented by RTÉ Cork, Academy Awards® qualifying; and
Best Cork Short award.
The Documentary Jury will select:

Gradam na Féile do Scannáin Faisnéise / Award for Cinematic Documentary;
Best Irish Documentary short; and
Best International Documentary short.

the Creative Director’s Award for Best Feature Film;
the Youth Jury Awards for feature films; and
the Audience Awards for feature films
Click here or here to submit your film


Categories for entry
Entries are invited in the following categories: Feature Films, Documentaries, Short Films and CorkShort Films. We welcome all forms of film production – animation, experimental, student work, digital work, etc. All films will be Cork premieres. All films in competition will be Irish premieres.

Conditions for Entry
The following screening formats are eligible for inclusion: DCP & Pro Res. Films should be presented in their original versions with English language subtitles or commentary where necessary.

To be eligible for the short film competitions, films must have been completed since 1 July 2015 and be 30 minutes or less in duration;

To be eligible for the feature film competitions, films must have been completed since 1 July 2015 and be 60 minutes or greater in duration;

Criteria for CorkShorts
Filmmakers not from and from Cork and who are based in Cork;
Filmmakers from Cork but based elsewhere; and/or
Films shot by non-Corkonians throughout the county (not country).

Non-English language films
To qualify for selection, all non-English language films must have an English-subtitled screening copy available.

How to send your film
Please submit your film on Reelport or Flock. (Both platforms have the same fee structure.)

Due to the large amount of submissions received, CFF will only contact those filmmakers with work selected for the festival.
The selection of films will be announced on the Cork Film Festival website in mid October when the programme is launched.
Due to the large amount of submissions received, CFF cannot offer feedback regarding films that are not selected for the Festival.

Shipping prints

If selected, prints must arrive at the Festival by Tuesday 18 October. By prior arrangement, prints may be delivered by hand by the filmmaker. Please mark the aspect ratio of the film clearly on the container of the screening copy. The cost of shipping prints to the Festival is borne by the sender. The Festival will pay for one-way onward shipping of prints. By prior arrangement, prints can be forwarded to another festival immediately after Cork. The Festival does not pay screening fees for films submitted to the Festival.


All prints will be insured for the period that they are in the festival’s possession. In the case of loss or damage during this period, the festival is only responsible for the replacement value of the print. Only prints in perfect condition for projection will be accepted under these conditions.

Using extracts of the films for promotion
The entrant agrees that up to three minutes of their film may be used by Cork Film Festival in promotional activities including screening a clip on television and on the festival’s website.

Acceptance of these regulations implies that you will abide by them in your dealings with the festival and also that you are legally entitled to submit this film for consideration. Entry to the Cork Film Festival implies that the entrant has the right do do so, has pre-cleared all materials that comprise the film, and is an authorised representative of the team that holds the intellectual property in the film.

Entering a film in the Cork Film Festival implies the acceptance of these regulations.

Please do NOT send a DVD directly to the festival.

– See more at: