Judging Policy for 2018 Submission Entries


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.

After the films have been evaluated and scored by the Preview Selection Committees, submitters will be advised as to whether or not their film has been selected to go further in the competition.   Only the Top 200 will be selected.  These films will be screened in our main venues, The Parish Hall and/or Schull Harbour Hotel and our Distributed Cinemas.

The competition short list in each category, to be announced late on Saturday 26th May 2018, 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 screened on Sunday (27th) from 9am to 5pm. around the town.

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 27th May 2018.

2018 Category Judges

Best Irish Film: Panel: Pat McCabe, Patsy Puttnam & Gisli Snaer
Best International Short Film: Panel: Sandy Lieberson, Paul Bruce & John Kelleher
Best Junior Filmmaker (U19): Panel: John Boorman & Ronan O’Leary
Best in Cork: Panel: John Boorman, Seamus Deasy & Ronan O’Leary,
Best Drama: Carmel Winters
Best Comedy: Gerard Stembridge
Best Documentary: Panel: Hilary Durman & Jeffery Wright
Best Art House: Panel: Michael Satke, Pilar Alcala, Prof. Heinz Lindinger & Marijana Mance
Best Animation: Team DADDY
Best Direction: Lenny Abrahamson
Best Screenplay: Donal Beecher
Best Original Music: Bill Whelan
Best Sound Design: Wojciech Wrzesniewski
Best Cinematography: Chris O’Dell
Best Editing: Rory Cobbe