17 November 2016
By Bryan T. Smyth
The 61st Cork Film Festival will hold a new flagship Documentary Industry Day on Friday (November 18) at The River Lee hotel, to be presented in partnership with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ Irish Film Board.
Doc Day will bring Irish and international industry leaders together to discuss the landscape in which projects are conceived, developed and distributed. It will include panel discussions, case studies and talks addressing the needs and interests of the documentary community and wider industry. The event takes place at the Festival’s partner hotel, The River Lee, from 11am to 5pm and tickets, priced at €30, can be booked at corkfilmfest.org.
Keynote speaker, the award-winning British documentary film maker, Kim Longinotto, will be joined on the day by a host of Irish and international industry leaders. Longinotto’s new documentary Dreamcatcher will be screened at the Festival on Saturday (November 19), telling the story of Brenda Myers-Powell, a former teenage prostitute.
Speaking ahead of Doc Day, Festival Producer Fiona Clark said: “Films have the ability to entertain, challenge, and inspire, and this year’s programme offers audiences the opportunity to explore some of the burning cultural and social issues of our time, through a wide range of cinematic documentaries.
We are delighted to expand the focus on extraordinary Irish and international documentaries by introducing a flagship Doc Day this year, in partnership with the Irish Film Board.”
Other speakers on the day include Laure Bonville, Documentary programmer, BFI London Film Festival; Maya Zinshtein, Director (Forever Pure); Mike Lerner, Producer and Director, Roast Beef Productions, (The Russian Woodpecker, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer); Anna Berthollet, Festivals & Non-Theatrical Sales Coordinator, Taskovski Films; Patrick O’Neill, CEO, Wildcard Distribution; Sarafina DiFelice, Associate Director of Programming Hot Docs, Toronto; and Alan Maher CEO / Producer, Roads Entertainment.
For full details of all films and bookings see corkfilmfest.org, call 021 4271711, or visit the Cork Film Festival box office at 119 Patrick Street, Cork.
Cork Film Festival is proudly supported by principal funder the Arts Council, along with Cork City Council, the Irish Film Board, Fáilte Ireland, the Broadcasting Authority Ireland, Screen Training Ireland and Culture Ireland.