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 12 years of submission films any time of the day or night.
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The Awards

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM – Cash Prize of €5,000
BEST IRISH SHORT FILM – Cash Prize of €5,000
BEST IRISH LANGUAGE FILM - Cash Prize of €2,000
BEST IN CORK – Cash Prize of €1,000 Sponsored by Cork Co Co
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

PLEASE NOTE:  All films notified for selection at the postponed 2020 festival will be screened at the 2021 festival and are still in competition, together with any selected films for 2021.   Please do not re-submit the film entered in 2020.  Thank You.


1) Best Irish Student of Film & Media Studies AND 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 2019 are eligible for entry into the 2021 Festival competitions. Films in the Irish Language Category can be completed on or after 1st January 2018 to be eligible.

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 29th May 2021, 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 (30th) 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 30th May 2021.

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 Irish 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 20 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 2021, 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 nor 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.


Seo iad a leanas na príomh rialacha don suíomh gréasáin agus don FFW.

Le bhur dtoil, léigh na rialacha agus na rialúcháin go léir sula seolann tú do scannán isteach. Ní dhéanfar aon iarratas a mharcáil muna bhfuil gach gné den bhfoirm líonta isteach de réir na rialacha.

1) Níor chóir go mbeadh scannán an ‘Mac Léinn Éireannach is Fearr i Staidéar Scannán & Meán’ agus an ‘Scannánóir Óg is Fearr (U19)’, níos faide ná 10 nóiméad, le GACH teideal agus gach aitheantas san áireamh. Níor chóir go mbeadh iontrálacha i gcatagóirí eile níos faide ná 18 nóiméad, le GACH teideal agus gach aitheantas san áireamh.

2) Ní glacfar le haon scannán a déanadh roimh an 1ú Eanair 2019 i bhFéile 2021. Is féidir scannáin sa Chatagóir Ghaeilge a chomhlánú an 1 Eanáir 2018 nó ina dhiaidh sin le bheith incháilithe.

3) Ní glacfar le haon scannáin a cuireadh isteach agus bhí ar thaispéantas sa bhFéile cheana féin arís.

4) Muna bhfuil an scannán i mBéarla, caithfidh fotheidil códaithe crua i mBéarla a bheith leis.

5) Tá sé de chead ag FFF a dhiúltú chun iarratais a thaispeáint más an rud é go gceapann siad go bhfuil sé mí-oiriúnach. Más mian leat an cinneadh seo a cheistiú, is féidir dul i dteagmháil leo ar an ríomhphost seo -

6) Déanann Coistí Réamhamhairc agus Roghnúcháin an FFF, atá ceaptha ag coiste stiúrtha na féile, gach iarratas a mheas. Tá a dtuarascálacha críochnúil agus rúnda. De bharr líon na scannáin a fhaightear, ní bheidh ach na scannáin is fearr á chur isteach sa chomórtas. Beidh na scannáin seo á thaispeáint inár bPictiúrlanna Dáilte agus inár bpríomhionaid. TABHAIR FAOI DEARA: Ní íocfar aon táillí chun na scannáin seo a chuir ar scáileáin. Cuirfear in iúl d’iarratasóirí trí ríomhphost agus fógrófar an liosta ar ár suíomh gréasáin agus ar ár leathanach Facebook sa dara sheachtain de Bhealtaine. Roghnóidh na Moltóirí Catagóire an gearrliosta i ngach catagóir. Fógrófar an liosta go déanach Dé Sathairn 29 Bealtaine 2021, agus cuirfear ar an suíomh gréasáin é, ar ár leathanach Facebook agus i bhfuinneog na hOifige Bosca. Taispeánfar na scannáin ghearrliostaithe ar an Domhnach (30) in ionaid éagsúla. Roghnófar na scannáin a bhuaigh i ngach catagóir as an ngearrliosta seo agus fógrófar iad ag ár searmanas bronnta duaiseanna oíche Dé Domhnaigh 30 Bealtaine 2021.

7) Sa chás go dtarraingítear siar scannán, ní bheidh an FFF faoi dhliteanas an táille a aisíoc nó na hábhair a iontráladh a sheoladh ar ais.

8) Is ag FFF a bheidh an cinneadh maidir leis an dáta agus an t-am a ndéanfar an t-iarratas a chur ar scáileán. Ní féidir FFF a bheith freagrach as athruithe ar an sceideal tar éis liosta an fheile a fhógairt.

9) Tugann rannpháirtíocht sa FFF cead dúinn an scannán a thaispeáint ar ár FFF líonra Inlíon sábháilte. Ní féidir breathnú air seo ach amháin i sráidbhaile Scoil Mhuire féin.

10) Tá táille ag teastáil nuair a chuirtear isteach iarratas. Féach ar shuíomh FilmFreeway le haghaidh an struchtúr íocaíochta. Cinntigh le do thoil go bhfuil do scannán réidh le cur chugainn ag am na h-iontrála.

11) Tá táille iontrála amháin in aghaidh an chatagóir. Is féidir an scannán céanna a chur isteach i gceann amháin nó níos mó de na catagóirí, ach tá táille iontrála ag teastáil i ngach catagóir.

12) Íocfaidh an rannpháirtí amháin na táillí go léir a bhaineann leis an t-iarratas a uaslódáil nó a iompar óna n-áit féin go dtí seoladh an FFF. Ní bheidh an Fhéile freagrach as costas aon ábhar breise a fháil.i. DVDanna, póstaeir, grianghraif, srl.

13) Má tá ceol nó ábhar scannáin breise á n-úsáid i do scannán, nach leat féin iad (i.e. ní cinn úrnua iad), ní mór cead a fháil ón bpríomhfoinse. Baineann an freagracht seo leis an scannánóir amháin. Má theipeann ort cead a fháil, d'fhéadfadh go dtarraingeofaí siar ar do scannán ón bhFéile. Sa chás seo, ní bheidh ar FFF an táille a aisíoc nó na hábhair a iontráladh a sheoladh ar ais.

14) Glacfar leis go nglacann gach iontráil le rialacha an Féile.

15) Chun cur isteach ar an gcatagóir ‘Is Fearr i gCorcaigh’, cuir ar an eolas sinn, dá mo rud é go raibh an scannán scríofa, taifeadadh, nó curtha le chéile i gContae Chorcaí. Ní mheasfar ach iontrálacha a fhaightear sa chatagóir seo mar iontráil ó Chorcaigh.

16) Caithfidh iontrálaithe atá ag cur isteach ar chatagóir Irish Student of Film & Media Studies cóip dá n-aitheantas mic léinn a uaslódáil chun cáiliú, chomh maith le cruthúnas go bhfuil siad cláraithe i gCúrsa Staidéar Meán agus Scannán. Tá an comórtas oscailte do Dhaltaí Éireannacha AMHÁIN.

17) Déanfaidh an FFF teagmháil leat ( má bhíonn aon fhadhb leis an scannán. Tar éis dúinn a íoslódáil, seolfar do scannán ar friothálaí na féile.

18) Ná seol DVDanna nó cóipeanna de do scannán díreach chugainn muna n-iarrtar ort é sin a dhéanamh. Ní ghlacfar le d’ iarratas muna bhfuil do scannán uaslódálta chuig FilmFreeway.

19) Déanfaidh an FFF iarracht aon ábhar teicniúil a bhaineann le do iarratas a réiteach. Le haghaidh tuilleadh eolais agus ceisteanna déan teagmháil le Ná bain úsáid as an ríomhphost seo ach amháin nuair atá na gnéithe teicniúla a bhaineann le d’iarratas á bhfiosrú agat.

20) Nuair a bheidh do Scannán, Grianghraf (anna), Táille agus Foirm faighte againn, gheobhaidh tú ríomhphost ag deimhniú go bhfuil d’ iontráil “ I gComaoin “. Tabhair faoi deara le do thoil, muna bhfaighimid GACH mír Nach bhfuil do iontráil deimhnithe.

21) Ba cheart gach ceist neamhtheicniúil a bhaineann le d'iarratas a sheoladh chuig, ba chóir gach ceist theicniúil a sheoladh chuig

22) Is eagraíocht neamhbhrabúis é Féile Scannán Gearr Fastnet agus táimid ag brath ar mhaoiniú cúnaimh deontais chun airgead duaise a chlúdach. Mar gheall ar tráthúlacht na n-íocaíochtaí deontais, ní féidir duaiseanna a íoc amach go dtí go bhfaightear ár ndeontais. De ghnáth tarlaíonn sé seo faoi mhí Mheán Fómhair i ndiaidh na féile. Rachfar i dteagmháil ansin le buaiteoirí na nduaiseanna le haghaidh sonraí cuntais bhainc agus beidh an t-airgead aistrithe chomh luath agus is féidir ina dhiaidh sin.

23) Tabhair faoi deara nach nglacaimid ach amháin le gearrscannáin chomhlánaithe agus NACH nglacaimid le scripteanna.

24) Gach Iontráil Éireannach AMHÁIN: I gcomhar le Cultúr RTÉ, tá áthas orainn na scannáin gairid is fearr do 2021 a shárthaispeáint, agus iad a chuir ar an gCainéal do scannáin gairid, bunaithe i gcomhar le RTÉ Player. Beidh sé seo mar onóir leanúnach a bheidh á thairiscint do gach scannáin ar an ngearrliosta Éireannach amach anseo.

25). Tabhair faoi deara, má roghnaítear agus má chuirtear ar scaileán do scannán, go dtagann scannánóirí dá stuaim féin. Ní bheidh Féile Scannán Fastnet faoi dhliteanas íoc as costais taistil ná lóistín má dhéanann scannánóirí freastal air. Ina theannta sin, mar gheall ar líon na dtaispeántas, níl gá do stiúrthóirí a gcuid scannán a chur i látháir ná páirt a ghlacadh i gceisteanna agus freagraí, mura n-iarrtar orthu é sin a dhéanamh.

Overall Rating
  • Gerard McAuliffe

    Great festival on all fronts. Thanks. Seamus Scanlon

    June 2021
  • Even though this festival was online, they still managed to pull it out of the bag. What a fantastic 4 days with a brilliant line up of judges and mentors. I loved having my short, The Widow, as part of Fastnet! Obviously the networking aspect suffered a bit because it couldn't be a live event but I still felt very welcome! Thank You x

    June 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Ailish for your kind words. So pleased you enjoyed the festival. Although the experience was different we are so happy that we could bring part of Fastnet into so many homes around the world! Fingers crossed we are back to normal next year and you can come to Schull!

  • Noel Brady

    Wonderful festival ran by people who really appreciate and support filmmakers.

    June 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Noel, we really appreciate your feedback! We really do care!

  • Fastnet Film Festival continues to be my favourite Irish Film Festival, and this year was no exception. Helen, and the whole team behind FFF, were kind, encouraging and compassionate throughout. The whole experience was a complete joy, not least because of the efforts made to make this year's online festival as exciting (and accessible) as possible, which screened films of a particularly high standard. I absolutely adored my time at Fastnet and can't wait to attend again and again in years to come.

    June 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Pippa. Not only for the lovely review but for entering the festival. We really appreciate it. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the online experience. Congratulations on your well deserved win. We are looking forward to seeing what you do next...

  • In terms of festivals which have dealt with the world's current predicament well, Fastnet tops the list for me. The viewing function for all of the outstanding films was user-friendly and smooth, and the selection of films was just as fantastic. The festival felt like an explosive celebration of the jaw-dropping Irish (and global!) talent in visual storytelling and I was left with a striking sense of being inspired having viewed all of the films. Of course, it was also a huge honour to be selected and awarded, which brings me to the final point - the awards show was seriously well done, and I am a big fan of the structure this festival takes with its early nominations and then the awards show, with a full day of viewing still available afterwards. I will definitely be submitting again in the future!

    June 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Sean for your review of the festival. It is great for us to get feedback that appreciates the hard work that is put into trying to organise such an event, especially in these unprecedented times. It was a huge learning curve for us and we are so pleased that we pulled it off! Hopefully next year you can see the festival in its true glory in Schull - it is well worth attending! Congratulations on your well deserved win.