Fastnet Film Festival

not awarded

Fastnet Film Festival ‘Our Village is our Screen’ The Fastnet Film Festival, now in its 9th year is run by a small group of volunteers with the support of thousands of filmmakers and the entire community of Schull. We have grown in all areas, each year since our inception in May 2009. Over 5 days at the end of May each year for the past 8 years, we showcase the beautiful village of Schull. Being a holiday destination the local economy depends on a very short holiday season. The Film Festival kick starts the season early, and thankfully is not weather dependent. This 'up close and personal' festival gives a much-needed economic boost to all of the local businesses. We at FFF endeavour to screen most of the films submitted to competition, as it is difficult for filmmakers to reach large audiences and have their work appreciated in a public forum. Our workshops attempt to provide very high quality hands on experiences for filmmakers. We have developed a great name for concentrating on the craft of film, sharing of ideas where industry professionals and students share the same space. Our Mission To promote, encourage, educate and develop the talents of young promising and established filmmakers, directors, producers and writers. We facilitate access to the arts in rural Ireland, specifically the electronic/visual arts. We have turned geographical disadvantage into advantage by constructing a dedicated network and server with very specific access to particular online archives of film. We are completely unique. Distributed Cinema “Distributed Cinema” is Schull’s very own dedicated server to short films. Anyone with a smartphone, laptop or iPad can access the past 8 years submitted films, archived workshops and Q&As, 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year in the village of Schull. During the festival our server is used alongside HD media players, to screen shorts and features, in a number of smaller venues throughout the locality. From a bookshop, to an art gallery, numerous local pubs and restaurants and The Long Island Cinema, to the the hotel and the village hall, for 5 days at the end of May each year, the town with no cinema has several. We change the names outside each of the venues to ‘The Adelphi’, ‘The Plaza’, and ‘The Metropole’ etc. The festival has grown from 60+ submission films in year 1, to 240+ in 2016, with a footfall of 4,000+ film lovers attending the festival in May of last year. Patrons of the Festival Lenny Abrahamson Steve Coogan Greg Dyke John Kelleher David Puttnam Maurice Seezer Jim Sheridan Kirsten Sheridan Gerard Stembridge Carmel Winters Chris O’Dell

23 May, 2018 to 27 May, 2018
Fastnet Film Festival
Main Street, Schull,
000 Co Cork