The 12th Fastnet Film Festival
Annually, over 5 days at the end of May, visitors can view the current year’s 200+ Competition shorts, screened in every corner of the village, attend Q&As, Premieres, Workshops and Discussions, enjoy superb family entertainment at the Fringe all in the beautiful seaside town of Schull, West Cork. We at FFF endeavor to screen as many films as possible submitted to our competition each year. 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 concentrate on the craft of film, sharing of ideas where industry professionals and students share the same space.

The Fastnet Film Festival is very much an ‘up close and personal’ experience. Filmmakers, directors, producers and invited guest speakers all share their experiences, giving shape and direction to each year’s challenging programme. This Short Film Festival without a Cinema invites visitors to explore alternatives throughout the village of Schull, providing those who attend with something different. Distributed Cinema is Schull’s very own intranet network dedicated to short film. From a bookshop to the village hall and Gallery, and to numerous local pubs and restaurants, Schull’s network connects, through Ethernet cable and wireless, to its own short film archive on a dedicated server. Anyone with a smartphone, laptop or iPad can access the server through Wi-Fi anywhere on the main street and watch any of the past 11 years of submission films any time of the day or night.
Further information on
Hilary McCarthy on + 353 (0) 851 588 309

The Awards

BEST IRISH SHORT FILM – Cash Prize of €5,000
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM – Cash Prize of €5,000
BEST IN CORK – Cash Prize of €1,000 Sponsored by Cork Co Co
BEST STUDENT OF FILM & MEDIA STUDIES (Ireland Only) - Cash Prize of €1,000
BEST YOUNG FILMMAKER (Under 19) – Cash Prize of €500
BEST DRAMA – Cash Prize of €500
BEST COMEDY – Cash Prize of €500
BEST DOCUMENTARY – Cash Prize of €500
BEST ART HOUSE – Cash Prize of €500
BEST ANIMATION – Cash Prize of €500
BEST DIRECTION – Cash Prize of €500
BEST SCREENPLAY – Cash Prize of €500
BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC - Cash Prize of €500
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Cash Prize of €500
BEST EDITING - Cash Prize of €500
BEST SOUND DESIGN - Cash Prize of €500


1) Best Student of Film & Media Studies & Best Young Filmmaker (U19) categories should not exceed a time limit of 10 min including ALL titles and credits.

Entries into other categories should not exceed 18 minutes in duration including ALL titles and credits.

2) Only films completed on or after 1st January 2018 are eligible for entry into the 2020 Festival competitions.

3) Films previously entered into and screened at our festival are not eligible for re-entry in subsequent years.

4) If the film is not in English, then it must have hard coded English subtitles.

5) FFF reserve the right to refuse to screen any submission deemed by the Festival to be inappropriate. Should you wish to question FFF about their decision, you can contact us by email on

6) All submissions are screened and evaluated by the FFF Preview and Selection Committees, appointed by the festival steering committee.   Their reports are final and confidential.   Due to the amount of films we receive only the top scoring films will go through into the competition. These films will be screened in our Distributed Cinemas and in our main venues. PLEASE NOTE: No fees will be paid to screen these films.  Submitters will be advised via email and the list will also be announced on our website and on our Facebook page in the second week of May. The short list in each category, to be announced late on Saturday 23rd May 2020, will be chosen by the Category Judges and will be posted on our website, on our Facebook page and in the Box Office window. The shortlisted films will be shown on Sunday (24th) at various venues. The winning films in each category will then be chosen from this short list and announced at our prize giving ceremony on the evening of Sunday 24th May 2020.

7) In the event of a film being withdrawn, FFF will not be liable to refund the fee or return the materials entered.

8) FFF will determine the date and time when submissions will be screened. FFF cannot be held accountable for changes to the schedule after the festival line-up is announced.

9) Participation in FFF grants us the authorisation to show the entered film on our FFF secure Intranet network. Viewing is only possible within the village of Schull itself.

10) A fee is required upon submission. For payment structures, see elsewhere on FilmFreeway site. Please ensure your film is ready to send to us at the time of entry.

11) One entry fee per category. The same film can be entered into one or more categories, but each category requires an entry fee.

12) Exclusively the participant shall pay all fees in relation to the uploading or transportation of submissions from their place of origin to the address of FFF. The Festival will not be responsible for the cost of receiving any additional materials i.e. DVDs, posters, photos, etc.

13) If music or additional film material used in your film is not original, then permission from source must be obtained. The responsibility for this rests entirely with the filmmaker. Failure to obtain clearance could result in your film being withdrawn from the Festival. In this event, FFF will not be liable to refund the fee or return the materials entered.

14) The submission of a film to FFF will be considered to be an acknowledgement of the festival rules.

15) In order to enter the ‘Best in Cork’ category, please indicate on your submission entry if the film was written, shot or produced in Co. Cork. Only entries received into this category will be judged as an entry from Cork.

16) Entrants submitting into the Best Student of Film & Media Studies category have to upload a copy of their student ID in order to qualify, along with proof that they are enrolled in a Media & Film Studies Course. Open to Irish Students ONLY.

16) Entrants should UPLOAD their film to Filmfreeway on the day that the entry form is completed. Please include your press kit including still photos. Please write a 10-15 word (ONLY) synopsis for use in our festival programme – should your film be selected. WE WOULD LIKE TO ENSURE THAT THE JUDGES VIEW YOUR FILM IN THE HIGHEST QUALITY POSSIBLE SO WILL ONLY ACCEPT FINAL CUTS. PLEASE SURE THAT YOUR FILM IS READY AT THE TIME OF ENTRY.

17) FFF will contact you ( if there are any problems with your film. Once downloaded by us, your film will be loaded onto our festival server.

18) Please do not send DVD's or copies of your film direct to us unless requested to do so. At time of submission we will only accept your entry if your film is upload to FilmFreeway.

19) FFF will attempt to resolve any technical matter related to submission. For more information and queries contact Only use this email when querying the technical aspects of your submission.

20) Once we have received your Film, Photo(s), Fee and Form you will receive an email confirming your entry is ‘In Consideration’. Please note that unless we receive ALL these items your entry is NOT confirmed.

21) All non technical queries relating to your submission should be sent to, all Technical queries should be sent to

22) Fastnet Short Film Festival Limited is a not-for-profit company and we rely on grant-aid funding to cover prize monies.  Due to the timing of grant payouts, prize monies cannot be paid until all our funds have been received from these sources. This is usually by the month of September following the festival.  Prize winners will then be contacted for bank account transfer details and the monies paid as soon as possible afterwards.

23) Please note that we only accept completed short films and NOT scripts.

24)  All Irish Entries ONLY:  In Association with RTÉ Culture, we are delighted to showcase the best Irish Shorts of 2020, featuring them on The Short Film Channel, created in association with RTÉ Player.  This will be an ongoing honour offered to all of our Irish Shortlisted films in future.

25). Please note that if your film is selected and screened, filmmakers attend at their own discretion. Fastnet Film Festival is not liable to pay for or make any financial contribution towards travel or accommodation expenses if a filmmaker decides to attend. In addition, due to the number of screenings, directors are not required to introduce their films or participate in Q&A's, unless specifically requested to do so.

Overall Rating
  • Brian Elliott

    Grateful to be included! Thanks Fastnet!

    June 2019
  • Alexander Deitsch

    i wasn't able to attend unfortunately, however the team were very responsive with any queries!

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the review Alexander, we are always happy to help. Hope to see you at a festival in the future. Entry for 2020 opens on 1st September...

  • Robert Hackett

    Unfortunately I couldn't attend. But communication with the festival and Helen was superb. They are passionate about looking after your film and getting it to an audience, we had 3 screenings. There's clearly a need for this festival in Schull. Thank you Fastnet.

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the review Robert, we really appreciate it. Shame you couldn't be there, but there is always next year...entry opens on 1st September.

  • Unforgettable experience at Fastnet Film Festival. Our favourite festival so far. Will certainly be back!

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Ciaran, so pleased you enjoyed it. Hope to see you back in the future. Entry opens on 1st September...

  • Roisin Kearney

    My third year going to Fastnet film festival and once again it did not disappoint. Every year it just gets better and better. You could not find a more beautiful setting and hands-on staff who really go the extra mile to make sure you feel welcome. Great discussions, screenings, and atmosphere. Hope to be back again next year.

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    Always a pleasure to have you at the festival Roisin! Thanks for the review. Looking forward to seeing you next year with another film...! Entry opens on 1st September...