So..... The gauntlet has been thrown down.

And, the Show MUST go on

We must come up with a socially distant Film Festival.....how could we do such a thing and retain our crown of the friendliest festival in the world? . . . . This is where we would put in some smartass quip about endless meetings. . .  hair pulling and espresso binges. . . but that too must cease. . . our meetings will be from afar...we're all Zoomed up now....

Plan A and Plan B 

Currently we have decided to endeavour to carry on as close to our usual programme of events with a box office, 3 screens, Festival club - observing social distance requirements. Should a resurgence of Covid 19 occur we will apply PLAN B. (There is a Plan B)  SO!, know that we will keep you entertained this October Bank Holiday Weekend. The films will still go on, somehow.

Keep the Competition Going

We are still running our Short Film Competition and the Film Commission. Due to Covid-19 regulations, a review of this competition will take place closer to the deadlines outlines below. All entrants will be updated as decisions are made. More information here


Closing Night and ‘The Francies’ Awards

Sunday 27th October | 8 pm | The Courthouse

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.

‘The Francies’ Award

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.

Currently SOLD OUT - There are tickets on hold which may be released Saturday 26th




World Pemiere ‘Day in the Sun’

This year will see the third world premiere of our CFF-commissioned ‘Long Shorts’ film. Chosen from a large number of very strong proposals by the selection committee, ‘Day in the Sun’ was shot by Director Ciaran Crudden and his team in September. You might have seen them work in St.Tiarnach’s park and other prominent locations in and around Clones. Drawing on the strong passion for the GAA around these parts, the film tells the story of how Clones man Peter decides to give his old friend a day he has been waiting a lifetime for when Fermanagh native Brian begins to display signs of advancing dementia.The film stars, among others, Seamus O’Rourke, Declan Reynolds and a host of local talent and sights and, as always, the people of Clones were more than generous in supporting the crew. Thank you!

Sing Along Social in Adamsons

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"?

This year 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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Get in Touch!

Email: info@clonesfilmfestival.com
Website: www.clonesfilmfestival.com

1 Fortview, Newtownbutler Rd.
Clones, Co. Monaghan.