Rules and Regulations


The 12th Fastnet Film Festival (FFF 2020) will take place from 20th May to 24th May 2020.

This year we will only accept entries through FilmFreeway.  Please ensure you read our Rules and Regulation prior to submitting.

Festival Rules & Regulations

1) Entries into Best Student of Film & Media Studies & Best Young Filmmaker (U19) categories should not exceed a time limit of 10 minutes including ALL titles and credits.   Entries into Best in Cork, Drama, Documentary, Comedy, Animation & Art House 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) 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 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7) In the event of a film being withdrawn, FFF will not be liable to refund the fee or return the materials entered.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 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. Please fill in all the credit information, especially for the areas in which we award prizes.  WE WOULD LIKE TO ENSURE THAT THE JUDGES VIEW YOUR FILM IN THE HIGHEST QUALITY POSSIBLE SO WILL ONLY ACCEPT FINAL CUTS.  PLEASE MAKE 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 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.


Deadline for Submissions


Option Dates Available Price
Earlybird Entry: 1st September 2019 – 30th September 2019 $20
Regular Entry: 1st October 2019 – 10th January 2020 $30
Extended Entry: 11th January 2020 – 31st January 2020 (5pm GMT) $50
Cork Category: 1st September 2019 – 31st January 2020 (5pm GMT) $20
Under 19 Category Early Entry:  1st September 2019 – 30th September 2019 $10
Under 19 Category Regular & Extended Entry:  1st October 2019 – 31st January 2020 (5pm GMT) $20
Student of Media & Film Studies Early Entry:  1st September 2019 – 30th September 2019 $10
Student of Media & Film Studies Regular & Extended Entry:  1st October 2019 – 31st January 2020 (5pm GMT) $20