29 September 2016
By Bryan T. Smyth
IndieCork which is set to present it’s fourth festival from October 9th to 16th launched the official 2016 Programme at the Rising Sons Brewery in Cork last night.
The Festival screenings will take place at The Gate Cinema and the festival also proudly announces a new Festival Centre in association with new sponsor Blacknight Solutions which will be based in the Kino Cinema, the original arthouse cinema in Cork. It will provide a networking space for IndieCork delegates and guests, screen films and present talks, workshops and public interviews. The Blacknight Festival Centre is also the venue for the festival’s independent music showcase, and this will kick off on Sunday 9th October with the legendary Dr. Strangely Strange. For the first time, IndieCork is also supported by the Arts Office of Cork City Council.
This development and expansion is testament to the growth and success of the festival which has cemented its reputation as one of the top Irish festivals celebrating Independent Film and Music. Cork audiences are in for an extensive festival programme showcasing the best in Irish and International talent. Audiences can look forward to an increased number of Irish feature length films, a varied array of Irish and world short films plus a fascinating music schedule that includes cutting edge sound artists, bands and performers. Each year, the IndieCork music programme expands and diversifies and 2016 is no different. Programmers and IndieCork committee members Tony Langlois and Eileen Hogan are thrilled to present a unique and singular take on independent music over 9 nights for this years festival.
Una Feely, Festival Chairperson, invites Cork audiences to come out and support the festival saying “We are so fortunate to have so many wonderful films and talented artists join us for IndieCork 2016. It is a privilege to have many of the directors and talent attend and take the time to engage with our audiences, providing insight into what they do and also encouraging fellow filmmakers to go out and create new and innovative work. It’s an incredible opportunity and I hope that people will come along to support us this year and keep the momentum going”.
As always IndieCork is committed to development and collaboration and have scheduled a wide variety of workshops, talks and events throughout the festival. The return of two directors back with their second indie features is a shining example of the success of this collaborative and developmental ethos. Maurice O’Carroll who first showcased three of his short films at IndieCork in 2013 is now back as the Opening Night film with his laugh-out-loud and already sold out comedy Dead Along The Way.
One of IndieCork’s quickly established favourites, “Film Feast” is taking place at the new Blacknight Festival Centre at the Kino Cinema, and this year sees Italian film Mid-August Lunch take to the screen. Mary Pawle organic wines and local Cork food producers will provide the refreshments on the night. One of the most popular events at IndieCork, this year promises to be even more memorable than ever as the venerable Kino Cinema is transformed into a banquet for this unrivalled film and food event.
Supported by the independent Rising Sons Brewery for it’s fourth year, the collaboration of IndieCork and Rising Sons is a fitting Independent match. Said Mick Hannigan, Co-Director: ‘Rising Sons and IndieCork have a very similar approach to independent production; it’s about how we join forces to create something new and interesting, that is sustainable, local and international. In these times, we found that having diverse and creative ways of re-inventing what you do, is key to everything’.
IndieCork is supported by Rising Sons Brewery, Blacknight Solutions and Cork City Arts Office.