Donald Clarke

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Mick Hannigan announces new film festival for Cork

Recently made redundant by the Cork Film Festival in controversial circumstances, Mick Hannigan and Úna Feely embark on a new event.

Mon, Apr 15, 2013, 22:42


Regular readers will be aware of the controversy surrounding Mick Hannigan and Úna Feely’s unexpected defenestration from the Cork Film Festival. Less than a month ago, the former CEO and the former programmer were made redundant “due to the financial position of the company”. A great deal of chatter has since followed. Some film-makers have threatened a boycott of the Cork Film Festival. Support has come from various other sources.

Now, Mick announces that he and Úna (pictured above) are to launch a new event named the IndieCork Film Festival. The jamboree will focus on shorts, documentaries and independent feature films. A body of Corkonians with backgrounds in education, social initiatives, entertainment, event management and filmmaking has already come on board to help organise the event. IndieCork is, somewhat tastily, set to run from October 16th until October 20th — that’s to say just a few weeks before the venerable Cork Film Festival. The inestimable Ken Loach has agreed to come on as an honorary patron.

“This is an exciting new venture, bringing independent cinema to independent-minded audiences,” Mick says. “All the soundings we’ve taken point to enthusiasm for a festival which celebrates short films and independent documentaries and features. We are looking forward to creating an exciting and culturally rich event in October.”

Mick also explains that, intriguingly, IndieCork is to model its organisational structure on Cork City Football Club. ”Supporters” will have the opportunity to buy shares in the festival, thereby owning the festival itself. A fervent Bath City fan, Ken Loach would surely approve.

Full details of the event will be revealed on May 1st. These are interesting times. Stay focussed on this spot for further developments.