Clones Film Festival Oct 21 - 24, 2021

Clones Film Festival Oct 21 - 24, 2021

A long-time member of access>CINEMA's network, Clones Film Festival - Ireland’s Biggest Little Film Festival - returns this bank holiday weekend, running from Thursday October 21 - Sunday October 24.

This is the 19th year of CFF and screenings will be hosted in a variety of venues around the town of Clones.

Like many, the Festival was forced to "skip" 2020.

But the team is excited to be back this October with a fully packed "in-person" programme featuring new Irish & international cinema releases, interviews, documentaries, animations, short film competitions, children’s films and live music festival club. 

Geraldine Zechner, one of the festival’s organisers, says that the committee has always been proud of the Festival's success in ‘attracting talented and enthusiastic filmmakers to Clones’. 

She adds ‘we’ve built up a really strong network of young, up-and-coming, independent filmmakers who are pushing the boundaries in filmmaking’.

The 2021 programme includes a very special screening of Robert Flaherty's Man of Aran, in the transformed St. Joseph's Temperance Hall on the evening of Saturday, October 23rd.

The 1934 classic film will be screened with a beautiful new ambient score written and performed live by APO-33, a collective of musicians, composers and filmmakers who create and perform contemporary scores.

This unique event will blend classic cinema with the best of contemporary music, and so promises to be one of the highlights of this year's Festival.

Man of Aran Screening Details & Booking

Home-grown talent is showcased during the weekend with films including Redemption of a Rogue

A feature debut by Philip Doherty (a former winner of the Clones Film Festival Short Film Challenge judges and audience awards), Redemption of a Rogue was the well-deserved winner of Best Irish Feature at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2020. 

Described by ‘The Guardian’ a “chucklesome black comedy", the film is replete with ripe language, extravagant imagery and strong humour. It also stars many actors and musicians who are well known in Clones, including writer Pat McCabe in a pivotal role.

The film features an exceptional soundtrack by Robbie Perry, accompanied by an unforgettable musical performance by Annie-June Callaghan, Annie June will be in Clones to perform live at the Festival Club in Adamson’s Bar after the 10pm screening on Friday evening.

Redemption of a Rogue Details & Booking

Also featuring heavyweight local talent is Sam Uhlemann’s film, The Edge of Chaos, which explores the dynamics of a family imploding under the weight of unresolved trauma. 

Starring Monaghan actor Aoibhinn McGinnity as Carrie Keenan, a troubled soul bent on blackmailing her corrupt father, this compelling feature exposes the insidious truths that lie beneath the veneer of a seemingly “respectable “ and respected family.

It screens on Saturday evening at 7pm.

The Edge of Chaos Details & Booking

Another feature with strong local links is the Irish premiere of La Cha Cha, from director Kevin Allen (Flat Lake Festival, Under Milk Wood, Twin Town), which screens at 7.30pm on Friday. 

La Cha Cha is a counterculture, romantic comedy about community, love and not going gentle into that good night. Set on the Gower Peninsula, it is billed as the ultimate feel-good film of 2021, at a time when everybody needs more music, laughter and connection in their lives. 

La Cha Cha Details & Booking

An environmentally themed afternoon will take place on Saturday afternoon at 4pm in the Courthouse cinema when the connections between the universal and the local are unpicked. 

The event includes two short films - the Irish language film Plean Bee illustrates the devastation caused to bees and other pollinators as a consequence of monoculture, habitat loss, pollution and climate change; and documentary The Kilrooskey Lough Cluster looks at the impact of nitrate use on a unique wetland area outside Clones which is a designated Special Area of Conservation. 

A stimulation post-screening discussion will be hosted by Brian MacDomhnáill, historian, environmental activist, and Gaeilgeoir. 

Film makers and other guests from the environmental and activist community will attend, including Pádraic Fogarty from the Irish Wildlife Trust. 

Environmental Afternoon Details & Booking

As well as Irish films, The Festival prides itself on giving local people the opportunity to see a range of international cinema, that otherwise they wouldn't get to see.

2021 is no different, with a range of stories from all over the world told through critcally acclaimed and award-winning films such as System Crasher (Germany), Minari (USA), Homeward (Ukraine) and The Most Beautiful Boy In The World (Sweden).

The 2021 Festival kicks off at 8pm on Thursday October 21st.