The 9th 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 each and every film 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 8 years of submission films any time of the day or night.
Further information on
Hilary McCarthy on + 353 (0) 851 588 309

Awards & Prizes

The Awards

BEST OF FESTIVAL – Cash Prize of €5,000 + original Pat Connor sculpture
BEST IRISH SHORT FILM – Cash Prize of €1,500
BEST YOUNG FILMMAKER (Under 19) – Cash Prize of €1,000
BEST MADE IN CORK – Cash Prize of €500 Sponsored by Cork Co Co
BEST DRAMA – Cash Prize of €200
BEST COMEDY – Cash Prize of €200
BEST DOCUMENTARY – Cash Prize of €200
BEST ART HOUSE – Cash Prize of €200
BEST ANIMATION – Cash Prize of €200
BEST DIRECTION – Cash Prize of €250
BEST SCREENPLAY – Cash Prize of €250
BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC & SOUND – Cash Prize of €250
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Cash Prize of €250
BEST EDITING - Cash Prize of €250

Rules & Terms

1) Entries should not exceed 18 minutes in duration including all titles and credits.

2) Only films completed on or after 1st January 2015 are eligible for entry into the 2017 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, and in the case of DVD entrants, on both copies.

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. All films received, which meet our criteria, will be screened at the festival in our Distributed Cinemas. These films will be screened numerous times throughout the festival. 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. 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 27th May 2017, 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 (28th) morning in the Parish Hall & The Church of Ireland Hall. 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 28th May 2017.

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. If the filmmaker chooses to enter more than one category with the same film, please add an incremental numerical addendum in brackets after the title; i.e. “Film Title” (1), “Film Title” (2) etc as the system requires this differentiation in the case of multiple entries with the same title.

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 be eligible for the ‘Best in Cork’ prize, please indicate on your submission entry if the film was written, shot or produced in Co. Cork. This is only relevant to those filmmakers entering into the Over 18 competition, it does not apply to films submitted into the Young Filmmaker (U19) category.

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

4 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    Megan K. Fox

    The best festival I have ever attended! Amazing screenings, workshop and networking opportunities in an incredibly picturesque town :)

    August 2016
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    A.M. O'Reilly

    Unfortunately I was unable to attend the festival myself but my sisters, who went to collect the Best in Festival and Best Direction prizes on my behalf were highly impressed.

    June 2016
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    Lino Palena

    It's a wonderful event in beautiful surroundings. The staff is trying to screen movies as often as possible in different venues. A lot of workshop and guests from the young ones to the top notch. Do not expect so much going on in the evening but hey, you attend festivals for movies, don't you?

    June 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Lino for the very glowing review. Films are screened each night up until 10pm, and most evenings there is live music on in the local pubs. Maybe next year we should have more night time entertainment.

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    Richard Keaney

    A beautiful location and some terrific venues make Fastnet Festival a very charming event. The screenings and Q&As were stimulating and the atmosphere is undeniably appealing. My only reservation would be the lack of lanyards/ welcoming to participating filmmakers which would have helped with networking quite a bit. Otherwise a terrific festival.

    June 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Absolutely Richard, something we have learned this year. Next year we also need to have a welcome pack and meeting area specifically for filmmakers. Many thanks for the great review.