For well over a century, film has charted not only narratives, but transport, geography, fashions, inventions, social mores, rituals and traditions. A crucial part of this history belongs to the spaces where films were viewed, and the way in which the general public interacted with cinema as both entertainment and art. Film festivals are markers of the cultural heritage of a place. In exploring how art reaches an audience in a city, town or country, we learn about the social fabric and cultural soul of a location.

Cork is a city rich in cultural heritage, home to the Cork International Film Festival, one of oldest festivals in the world. While modest in size, this archive provides a lens through which the social and cultural histories of Cork might be viewed. Developed by the Department of Digital Humanities at University College Cork, the materials exhibited offer a glimpse into the beating heart of the city. The project is ongoing, and further content, descriptions and corrections will be added as this resource continues to develop.

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1990 Cork Film Festival programme content


This is a PDF of the 1990 festival programme. The 1990 cover, designed by Kieran O’Connor, is of a photographic gritty realist scene comprising a…

1989 Cork Film Festival programme content


This is a PDF of the 1989 festival programme. The cover shows a laughing turquoise blue-faced man against a bright pink-red background. He has bright…

1992 Cork Film Festival programme content


This is a PDF of the 1992 Cork Film Festival programme. The cover, designed by Kieran O'Connor, depicts a photographic montage of a gritty realist…

1987 Cork Film Festival programme content


This is a PDF of the 1987 festival programme. The cover is predominantly white with a large pixelated image of an eye against a plain background.…

1975 Cork Film Festival programme content


This is a PDF of the 1975 festival programme. The slim card-bound programme has an abstract design on its cover in various shades of brown elongated…