New Film Festival announced

A new film festival for Cork will launch on May 1st it was announced today.
IndieCork is the brainchild of a group with backgrounds in education,
business, social and community initiatives, film and entertainment, all
from Cork. IndieCork has amongst its founders, Mick Hannigan and Úna Feely,
recently departed from Cork Film Festival.

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Said Hannigan “ This is an exciting new venture, bringing independent
cinema to independent-minded audiences. All the soundings we’ve taken point
to enthusiasm for a festival which celebrates short films and independent
documentaries and features. We are looking forward tocreating an exciting
and culturally rich event in October. We have had widespread support from
our network of film contacts in Ireland and Internationally. We want to
preserve Cork’s reputation as a city that champions independent cinema.”****

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The Honorary Patron of the new festival is award-winning film director Ken
Loach. “Throughout his career, Ken Loach has resisted the lure of Hollywood
yet found international success and acclaim.IndieCork is thrilled that he
immediately agreed to our invitation, citing his support for the vision of
this new festival” said Úna Feely.****

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IndieCork will take place over five days, from October 16th to 20th, using
traditional venues but also new screening spaces in the city. The full
vision and plan for IndieCork will be launched on May 1st and film lovers
and film makers are invited to mark the date in their diaries.****

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IndieCork will have a radical organizational structure for an arts event.
Taking inspiration from Cork City Football Club, IndieCork will have a film
fan membership structure. Supporters will be invited to buy a share in the
festival, becoming part owners and trustees.****

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Úna Feely said “On behalf of the founders of IndieCork, we are delighted to
be creating this niche festival for Cork. The emphasis will be on
independent cinema. We look forward to being creative with the notion of
independence, creating interesting events not only centered on screenings.
We will offer diversity in our programming and support emerging filmmakers.
We believe that this kind of vision and festival is suited to Cork and its
rebel spirit”.

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