MTU Crawford College of Art and Design Hosts Fifth Annual International Student Documentary Festival

18 April, 2023

Story? Cork’s International Student Documentary Festival is taking place at various locations in Cork from the 19th to the 21st of April, celebrating and showcasing the work of young documentary makers from across the world.


Last year ‘Story?’ could not take place due to Covid-19, but now the festival is returning bigger than ever. Films will be shown in the Rory Gallagher Theatre in MTU, and the Gate Cinema. The awards ceremony will be held in the historic St. Fin Barre's Cathedral.


This year the festival, which is being presented by MTU Crawford College of Art and Design,  received a record amount of entries from filmmakers across the globe – there was a total of 925 entries, from 98 countries and from every continent. Most of the entries were from the USA (96), followed by India (83), Turkey (51), the United Kingdom (42) and Brazil. Other entries were from the Cork and Kerry campuses of MTU, UCC and other colleges around Ireland.


The standard was very high this year and the panel has chosen 10 semi-finalists and 16 finalists. Twenty-four films received an honourable mention.


The finalists’ documentaries are now being considered for awards by a five-member panel of judges, under the chairmanship of distinguished documentary maker Tom Roberts. Awards include Best Documentary of the Festival, Best International Documentary, Best Irish Documentary and Best Animated Documentary.


The festival will show a range of selected films, including semi-finalists and finalists. "Story?" is Ireland's only resident film showcase of its kind, making it an exciting event for both filmmakers and film enthusiasts alike.


“This will be the fifth year of the festival and it’s going to be bigger than ever before. We have expanded from the MTU Bishopstown campus to the Gate Cinema and the historic St. Fin Barre’s cathedral. With the record number of entries we are expecting an unforgettable festival,” said Festival Director Frank O’Donovan.


‘Story?’ is supported by the MTU Arts Office CREATE Le Chéíle Arts Project Fund. MTU is an arts-rich technological university.


Festival Information