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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1962 Cork International Film Festival promotional leaflet


This is a promotional three-fold leaflet for the 1962 Cork International Film Festival. The leaflet describes the founding of the festival in 1956 and…

Telegram from Sophia Loren to Dermot Breen


This is an image of an An Poist (Irish Post) telegram, with an address of San Lorenzo Escorial, from Sophia Loren to the festival director Dermot…

St Finbarr statuette postcard from 1958


This is a black and white postcard originating from the Danish production company A/S Nordisk Film Junior. It is dated December 1958 and depicts the…

Cork Film Festival award 2012


This small bronze-coloured trophy is 21.5cm tall and depicts the organic form of a figure looking through the single lens of a camera. The slim award,…

Cork Film Festival award 2002


This small cast bronze trophy is 25cm tall and depicts the organic form of a figure, with its right arm raised to its eye as it looks out through a…