On Tuesday, the programme was announced for IndieCork, the independent festival of film and music which will be held in Cork from October 6th to 13th.

Once again Blacknight will sponsor the Blacknight Festival Centre at Dali (formerly the Pavilion Cinema).

This year’s festival is set to be the biggest yet, with an array of international films on display in Cork over the week of the festival. Several films will make their world premiere at IndieCork, including three Irish films.

Highlights this year include the world premier of Lift, the inspiring story of Karen Barry, a Cork woman, dental receptionist and mother of three, who took up powerlifting to get fit and went on to break Irish records.

Splitting The Sop documents the rich history of the indigenous sport of Irish road bowling, its development over the years and its significance in Irish culture and heritage.

The opening and closing night films are hugely anticipated.

A Bump Along the Way is the opening-night film. It stars Bronagh Gallaher (Pulp Fiction, The Commitments). Directed by Shelly Love, A Bump Along the Way was filmed entirely on location in Derry and tells the story of fun-loving, 44-year-old, single mother Pamela (Gallagher) who becomes pregnant following a boozy one night-stand, much to the shame of her buttoned-up teenage daughter Allegra (Petticrew). As Pamela deals with the prospect of becoming a mum for the second time, and the growing pains of the disgruntled Allegra, the challenges they face along the way bring mother and daughter to a better understanding of themselves and each other.

The Closing Night film is a new Irish film, Dark Lies The Island, directed by Ian Fitzgibbon, and starring Pat Shortt, Tommy Tiernan and Moe Dunford, Charlie Murphy and Peter Coonanhas. A darkly comic story from the fertile imagination of Irish writer Kevin Barry, recently long listed for the Booker Prize, this is his first outing as a screenwriter.

IndieCork Chair, Dr Eileen Hogan welcomes guests at IndieCork 2019 Programme Launch at Blacknight Festival Centre, Dali Cork, Cork // Phot. Jed Niezgoda www.venividi.ie

IndieCork Chair, Dr Eileen Hogan welcomes guests at IndieCork 2019 Programme Launch at Blacknight Festival Centre, Dali Cork, Cork // Phot. Jed Niezgoda www.venividi.ie

Festival Co-Director, Mick Hannigan said:

“We are delighted to be celebrating seven years of the festival this year and we are even more delighted to be presenting our strongest programme yet. The festival is book-ended by two strong Irish comedies and in between we have films from the Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Rotterdam, Toronto, and Venice festivals among others. We are also honoured to screen three Irish world premieres – one fiction and two documentary features and numerous international premieres. A founding purpose of IndieCork is to serve as a platform for emerging filmmakers – we look forward to welcoming them all to IndieCork”.

Festival Chairperson Dr. Eileen Hogan said:

“IndieCork is an international festival however, we’re conscious of our place within the local creative community – of filmmakers, musicians and artists and for us this is important. Cork is a creative place and we’re proud to be part of that. The fact that we are essentially a collective, a Co-Operative, is reflected throughout the festival programme”.

IndieCork is the largest festival for short films in Ireland, screening overall seventeen individual programmes. As part of the festival there will be 12 programmes of new Irish short films, including three programmes of shorts competing for the Best Emerging Irish Female Director award.