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Fastnet Film Festival

The Fastnet Film Festival now in its 12th year takes place annually over the last weekend in May. It is an 'up close and personal' festival. Filmmakers, directors, producers and invited guest speakers, all share the same space. Schull doesn’t have a Cinema, so we invite attendees to explore alternatives. Screenings, Q&As, Premieres, Workshops and Discussions are held in all sorts of weird and wonderful locations, throughout the village of Schull. “Distributed Cinema” is Schull’s very own dedicated server for short films. Anyone with a smartphone, laptop or tablet can access the submitted films through Wi-Fi, anywhere on Main Street during the festival. You can watch any of the past 11 years winning films, archived workshops and interviews 24 hours a day 365 days a year here in Schull.

Our server is also used alongside HD media players, to screen films in a number of smaller venues throughout the locality. From a bookshop, Art Gallery, pubs and restaurants, The Long Island Cinema, village hall to our main Hotel venue. Many of the premises in town take on the identity of a cinema, decorating their premises accordingly.

We endeavor to screen each and every film submitted to our competition. It is difficult for filmmakers to reach large audiences and have their work appreciated. Our workshops attempt to provide very high quality hands on experiences for filmmakers. We are also fortunate to live in the most beautiful place in the world. When the sun shines there is no better place to be at any time.

The Festival Fringe Events

At the Fringe, we provide high quality activities for families with children, from Tee-shirt Painting, Children’s Cinema, Storytelling, Drama workshops, children’s filmmaking workshops and much more for all ages Most of our children’s activities do not carry a cover charge.

Please keep an eye on our website for updates.

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Submissions may be made by following the link on our website

or directly through

Late Entry Deadline, 5pm, 14th February 2015. All submissions must have been completed no earlier than 1st January 2013 and no works in progress will be accepted. Professional and amateur filmmakers working in all aesthetic disciplines and genres including, drama, documentary, animation comedy and arthouse are welcome to submit short films of 15 minutes or less.


Each year, over the last weekend in May, the now five‐day Festival plays host to in excess of 200 short films submitted to competition. The Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival is an independent festival dedicated to bringing together established and first-time filmmakers in a forum to celebrate the short film. The commitment in Schull is to screen all of the short films accepted for competition during the festival in as many different venues throughout the village as possible and to have them available on our archive for Wi-Fi viewing on smart devices within the net work of Schull 24 hours a day 365 days of the year.

€8,000 in Competition Prizes

•    Best of Festival - €2,000 plus a unique Pat Connor Ceramic Statue.

•    Best Irish Short Film – €1,250

•    Best Young Filmmaker – €1,250

•    Best in Cork - €250

•    Best Junior Filmmaker – €250

•    Best Local Interest Film – €250

•    €250 for each of the following categories – Best Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Animation, Arthouse

•    €250 for each of the following  – Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Original Music and Best Cinematography.   

Festival dates for 2015: Wednesday 20th through to Sunday 24th May 2015. For further information please visit

The Corona Fastnet Short Film would not be possible without the support of our Title Sponsor Barry & Fitzwilliam importers of Corona Beer and our Festival Associates William and Judith Bollinger, Crane Lane, The Bodega, Michael Satke, Ronan Daly Jermyn, Roberts Nathan, Denis & Mary Ryan, Aseco, Grove House and Digital Forge among others. The Festival is grant aided by Cork County Council, West Cork Development Partnership, 
Fáilte Ireland, Culture Ireland, The Irish Film Board, The Arts Council and Screen Training Ireland.

About Fastnet Film Festival

McCarthy Hilary
(Fastnet Film Festival Ltd)



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