Judging Policy for 2017 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.  (FFF do try to screen all entries submitted, as long as the film meets our criteria, so even if your film has not been selected to go further in the competition it may be screened during the festival).  ALL  Submitters will be contacted if their film is to be screened and notified if it will go through to competition.  All films picked for screening will be shown in the Distributed Cinemas.  Those films chosen for competition will also be screened in our main venues, The Parish Hall and/or Schull Harbour Hotel.

The competition 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) in the main venues from 9am to 5pm.

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.

2017 Category Judges

Best of Festival: FFF Committee 2017
Best Irish Film: John Kelleher (Producer – The Guarantee, Mammal)
Best International Short Film: Gisli Snaer (Director of Ikingut.  Head of Studies at The London Film School)
Best Junior Filmmaker (U19): Ronan O’Leary (Director & Screenwriter – Driftwood)
Best in Cork: Carmel Winters (Writer & Director – Snap, Limbo, Odd Sock)
Best Drama: Pat Kiernan (Artistic Director & Founder – Corcadorca)
Best Comedy: Gerard Stembridge (Writer & Director – About Adam, Guiltrip)
Best Documentary: Jeff Wright & Hilary Durman (Producer – Donor Unknown)
Best Art House: Denis Akiyama (Actor – Johnny Mnemonic, Suits)
Best Animation: Team DADDY (Directors – Mr Foley, The Hatch)
Best Direction: Lenny Abrahamson (Director – Adam & Paul, Room, What Richard Did)
Best Screenplay: Donal Beecher (Lecturer in Writing for TV, Film & Creative Media at DKIT)
Best Original Music: Maurice Seezer (Composer – In America, In The Name of the Father)
Best Cinematography: Chris O’Dell (DOP – Goodnight Mister Tom, Morse, Poirot)
Best Editing: Colm Crowley (Head of RTE Cork. Wrote, Produced & Directed – Secrets of the Irish Landscape)