Fastnet Film Festival
May 22 2019 - May 26 2019
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The Festival is a major showcase for Irish and International short film production. It focuses on the craft of film and has gathered increasing respect and a strong reputation from local, national and international filmmakers since 2009.
The 11th Fastnet Film Festival will run from Wednesday the 22nd to Sunday the 26th of May 2019 in the seaside village of Schull. This year we plan to screen 11+ features, run 11 interactive workshops in 11 pop-up cinemas around the village. The Festival is a major showcase for Irish and International short film production. It focuses on the craft of film and has gathered increasing respect and a strong reputation from local, national and international filmmakers since its inception in 2009. On the competition side of the Festival, this year we have received an unprecedented 469 short film submissions, from over 38 countries worldwide up 26% on last year. Of the 469 shorts currently being viewed by the judging panel, 225 will progress for screening at the Festival. The standard of the films this year is extraordinarily high.
In addition to the submission screenings, the Festival offers a series of Seminars, Masterclasses and Workshops covering Acting, Screenwriting, Casting, Auditioning, Score Composition, Creating Content on Your Mobile Phone, Set Design, Shorts to Feature, Costume and more.
Alongside the screening of hundreds of films - shorts and features, we provide high quality Children’s activities including Puppet Making, Batik, Film Animation Workshops Storytelling, Drama Workshops, Cinema Club and T-shirt Painting. Guests can enjoy live music around town or a Café Viewing experience at one of the many restaurants and pubs in Schull. Fringe events also include, live performances, Movie Quiz, a pop up cinema in Ballydehob and more
One of our most popular events is the Long Island Cinema, the most isolated cinema in Ireland. Cinema-goers will take the 10-min ferry ride to Long Island, followed by a 2-minute walk to a local house. The Bedroom Cinema, seats 24 and refreshments are followed by an hour-long programme of short films. Visitors will then spend a few minutes soaking up the island beauty before returning by boat to Colla Pier.
The 11th Fastnet Film Festival would not be possible without the support of our sponsors William and Judith Bollinger, Cork County Council, The Arts Council, Benny & Cliona McCabe, Screen Ireland, Screen Training Ireland, RTE Supporting the Arts, The Sunday Times, Viv Nathan, W. Michael Satke, Ulrike Crespo, Ken Kilkenny, Denis & Mary Ryan and Peter & Sabine Kelly, Tomar Trust, Maxol, IMRO, Dyno-Rod and huge private support from friends and local businesses. A big thank you goes out to the village of Schull for providing such an idyllic setting for what is now an internationally acclaimed Film Festival and for the outstanding encouragement and enthusiasm of the entire community toward this event.