The Summer Intermission

Our Commissioned Short Film

The queries commence

We now open our post boxes and email folders to all those creatives wishing to make a short film. In the Menu click "Short Film Commission", when you do you will be catapulted onto the....."Short Film Commission" page where you will be able to gather the necessary applications and criteria for our commission.

Clones Film Festival Dates 2023

October Bank Holiday Weekend 26th - 29th October

We thank everyone who took part, attended films and especially those who had FUN and look forward to the next go around later this year, and hope that you will want to return. For most of the CFF team, it's time now to put our feet up, gather out thoughts, chew the cud (it's what us country folk do) and think of how we can engage the captive minds you all have, Thurday Evening October 26th - Till Sunday Night the 29th of October 2023.


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System Crasher (Systemsprenger) at Clones Film Festival

Sunday 1.30pm Post Office

Meet 9-year-old Benni: bright, charming and out of control. In the care system because of her violent outbursts, her own mother is afraid of her.

Director: Nora Fingscheidt

Cast: Helena Zengel, Albrecht Schuch, Gabriela Maria Schmeide

119 minutes, Germany, 2019, Cert: CLUB

Despite the attempts of a well-meaning team of care workers, nobody seems to be able to reach her. All Benni really wants is to go home to her family, but as her rages intensify, this seems less and less likely. Hope comes in the form of school chaperone Micha, whose tough love and own troubled past help connect him with Benni.

Featuring a startling performance from Helena Zengel as Benni, this first feature is a disarming look at a child in trouble who is caught up in a system unable to cope.

Winner – Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize, Berlin International Film Festival 2019

Suffused with sympathy but also a dose of bitter realism and shot with a freewheeling energy, System Crasher is an admirable distillation of a tough subject … ” – Lee Marshall, Screen International

The talented Zengel … has startling maturity as an actress while playing childish. It’s the realism she brings to Benni … that gives the film its most intense and affecting scenes.” – Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

Soliciting a savvy social sharing scheme

We all know that word of mouth is the very best form of recommendation. People take you at your word and go with that advice. We want to enjoy the benefit of the glowing recommendations we have heard so many of you say, so please take a few minutes to share those utterances with your friends. 

  • WHAT WILL ‘SHARING’ DO FOR CLONES FILM FESTIVAL? Simply put, if we can keep our promotional cost to a minimum, this enables our team to bring our audiences more films. We hear you say "WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?" Well, we're glad you asked, as simply "LIKING" is not enough. Here's a list of things that you could do to help:
  • Share our Facebook entries on your timeline
  • Comment on our Facebook entries
  • Mention a friend’s Facebook name if you think they might be interested in a comment or a film
  • Share Clones Film Festival’s website by copying and pasting the following URL: http://www.clonesfilmfestival.com/ in your "Facebook status"
  • Go on, go ahead - just "Like" something on our Facebook page Did we mention the importance of "Sharing"?

We have added a ticket purchasing facility to our website.  This means that you will be able to "Share" a screening you would like to go to with a friend and they too can buy a ticket. Or if you see a listing for a film that a friend was talking about, then go ahead, SHARE it with them. We're guessing that if you've read this far, you realise that our general wish is that you "share" our stuff.


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