The River Lee - Doc Day

#Festival: The River Lee hosts the first ever ‘Doc Day’ as part of the 61st Cork Film Festival

The River Lee has announced its support of the 61st Cork Film Festival, which takes place Friday 11th November to Sunday 20th November.  The River Lee returns as the Principal Accommodation partner of the festival, and once again presents the Audience Award. In addition, this year The River Lee will host two days of industry activity including the first ever ‘Doc Day’ on Friday November 18th.

‘Doc Day’ is an all-day conference designed to support and foster Irish filmmaking talent. The day is made possible with a grant from the Irish Film Board and will bring expert speakers from Canada, Germany, the UK and Australia to Ireland. The programme for ‘Doc Day’ consists of workshops, talks, panel discussions and case studies. The River Lee is proud to collaborate with the Irish Film Board in building what is set to be a great platform to mentor young filmmakers, giving them the opportunity to learn from industry leaders and meet likeminded people from around the world.

‘Doc Day’ also provides a networking opportunity for participants and industry professionals alike and the day will feature a series of key industry insiders from the world of documentary including Serafina DiFelice (Associate Director of Programming, Hot Docs),  Luke Moody (Director of Film Programming, Sheffield Doc/Fest), Rich Warren (Co-director, Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival), Oli Harbottle (Head of Distribution, Dogwoof) and  Patrick O’Neill (Managing Director, Wildcard Distribution), Alan Maher (CEO / Producer, Roads Entertainment).  Acclaimed documentary maker Kim Longinotto will deliver the day’s keynote speech.

Speaking about the day James Mullighan, Creative Director of the Cork Film Festival, said:

I am grateful for the continued support of the Broadcast Authority Ireland and Screen Training Ireland for the Festival’s Industry Programme. And myself and the team are delighted to be working so closely with the Irish Film Board on our exciting new initiative, Doc Day. This new Day perfectly complements the Festival’s increased activity in the field of Documentary; nearly 50% of the entire programme is documentaries. It’s wonderful that we have been able to attract so many big names to Cork for the Programme, and great for emerging and established filmmakers alike to have the opportunity to meet and discuss filmmaking with these leaders in their fields.

The River Lee will be a hub of activity during the festival, which will see over 100 presentations of feature films, short films, schools’ programming and live performances happening all over Cork. The River Lee, centrally located in Cork city, is the perfect place to stay to experience the festival. To book your stay at The River Lee call +353 21 493 7790 or to make a booking online.

Cork Film Festival is Ireland’s oldest film festival and Doc Day provides an important opportunity within the line-up to address a range of agenda-setting issues as the festival continues to expand its focus on the documentary industry. For more information on Doc Day and to book tickets, click here.

Cork Film Festival 2016 - Doc Day Details