27-30 October 2022

The Bank Holiday Weekend Close To Halloween..

It’s that time of year again, when we like to share just how special Clones Film Festival is. We thrive on our town’s resilience and commitment to sharing the art of film, in a multitude of venues and formats, from our beautifully restored Courthouse and old Post Office, to our pop-up café, Festival Club and many special events dotted around the town.

Clones Film Festival LogoThe Big Two Oh

This year, CFF celebrates its 20th birthday – come to Clones and celebrate this special weekend with us! Tricks and Treats abound with rumours of "Special Interest persona"  making significant additions 

Festival Programme

Full programme to be announced in mid-October. Watch this space!

Brand Spanking New Sponsor

We are thrilled to supported by our fabulous National television Station, YES RTE THINK we are Fab and are worth talking about. 




Closing Night and ‘The Francies’ Awards at Clones Film Festival

Sunday 8 pm The Courthouse

So, who is going to win one of these gems this year...? AND This year will see the fifth(!) world premiere of our CFF-commissioned ‘Long Shorts’ film. 

Closing night at CFF has come to mean only one thing – ‘The Francies’. Named in honour of Francie Brady in Pat McCabe’s ‘The Butcher Boy’, the awards have been designed by Jason Crowley. Jason responded to the motif of the pig, which is central to ‘The Butcher Boy’, and fashioned these memorable awards in solid bronze.

So, who is going to win one of these gems this year...?

Awards are presented to the winners of Best Fiction / Experimental, Best Documentary and Best Animation from our short film programmes. We will also present an audience award to the most popular film on the night, chosen by the viewers from the three aforementioned winners and our commissioned film. It is a gala night not to be missed and since its inception has been a booked-out affair. The awards ceremony will once again take place in the historic surroundings of the Courthouse.


This year will see the fifth(!) world premiere of our CFF-commissioned ‘Long Shorts’ film. Chosen from a large number of very strong proposals by the selection committee, ‘The Wall’ was shot by Director Jason Brannigan’s and his team in September.

You might have seen them work at some prominent locations in and around Clones. ‘The Wall’ tells the story of a grieving father and daughter who try to reconcile their relationship in the wake of a personnel tragedy. The film stars, among others, Joe Hanley and Nadia Forde as well as a host of local sights and, as always, the people of Clones were more than generous in supporting the crew. Thank you!

Afterwards, make your way over to the Festival Club to see the festival out with us, singing (well, belting out) your favourite tunes with Aoife McElwain and the Sing Along Social in Adamson’s Bar. Don’t say you haven’t been warned… book your seat early for the glitz and glamour of Clones’ very own Oscars night!

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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