Prize fund almost doubled for Fastnet Film Festival’s 10th Celebrations

This year’s prize fund has surpassed all expectations, with an overall value of €20,000, almost double what is was last year. The Festival will celebrate its 10th year in the village of Schull, from Wednesday the 23rd to Sunday the 27th May 2018 and the plans are big!

Changes to the awards see The Best International Short Film and The Best Irish Short Film being awarded €5,000 each, plus trophy. The Craft prizes have also been doubled from €250 to €500 each. Call for entries opened on September 1st and will close on January 31st 2018.

“For short films to be great and be seen by large audiences, is a very difficult task. The film must be structurally sound, touching and poignant, have a stand out story, concept and characters, and all of this in under 18 minutes and boy are we seeing some great shorts this year. Over 130 entries have been received so far from 14 different countries including: Iceland, Australia, Canada, Japan, USA, Denmark, Belgium, Spain, France, Norway, Italy, UK and Ireland. With the increase in our prize fund for May 2018, we expect to break the 300 mark by the end of January.” Said Chair of the Festival Pauline Cotter. 

The festival image for 2018 will be chosen in December, from all of the stills submitted for competition. With over 500 images submitted so far there is still time to enter your film, just follow the link 

About Fastnet Film Festival

FFF is a not-for-profit charity, that attempts to promote, encourage, educate and develop the talents of young, promising and established filmmakers. We provide them with a platform and opportunity to engage and learn from each other. 

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, a film hub on the Mizen, with an archive of interviews, short films, workshops and roundtable discussions. In a place that has no cinema, ‘the village is our screen’.

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 9 years submitted films, 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 village hall, for 5 days at the end of May each year, the town with no cinema has many. We change the names outside each of the venues to ‘The Adelphi’, ‘The Plaza’, ‘The Metropole’ etc.

Patrons of the Festival include:

Lenny Abrahamson

Steve Coogan

Greg Dyke

John Kelleher

David Puttnam

Maurice Seezer

Jim Sheridan

Kirsten Sheridan

Gerard Stembridge

Carmel Winters

Chris O’Dell