Short Films for Long Island

Visit the most isolated cinema in Ireland as part of the Fastnet Film Festival Schull, which will run from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th of May. Cinema goers looking for the ultimate viewing experience can take the short ferry ride from Schull Pier on Saturday 25th or Sunday 26th to Long Island. The ferry journey across to the island will take about 20 minutes, followed by a 2-minute walk to East Village.

The Living Room Cinema, courtesy of Robert O’Rourke, seats 20 and has a 50” flat screen TV with Blue Ray DVD with streaming capability. Viewers will be treated to complimentary Corona, popcorn and an hour long, short film programme. Take a few minutes to soak up the island beauty before returning to Schull Pier.

The Ferry will leave from Schull Pier at 11am and 3pm, returning to Schull at 2pm and 6pm.  Two viewings daily, €10 per person. Booking essential 028 28600.

Each year, over the last weekend in May, the now five‐day Festival plays host to in excess of 250 short films. The commitment in Schull is to screen all of the short films entered into competition during the festival in as many different venues throughout the village as possible and to have them available on our archive for Wi-Fi viewing on smart devices within the network of Schull. The Tented Fringe will have amazing fun for all ages from Children’s Films, Puppet Shows, Puppet Making Workshops, Stop Frame Animation Workshops, Storytelling, Drama, the Cycle Cinema and much more.

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 you to explore alternatives throughout the village of Schull, providing those who attend with alternatives. Distributed Cinema is Schull’s very own intranet network dedicated to short film. From a horsebox (with HD streaming) to a micro cinema (with eye-piece), six marquees (with projector & screen), from a bookshop to the village hall (HD Projection) 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 5 years of submission films any time of the day or night.

The Fastnet Short Film would not be possible without the support of our Title Sponsor Barry & Fitzwilliam importers of Corona Beer and our Festival Associates William and Judith Bollinger, Benny and Cliona McCabe, Michael Satke, Frank Daly, Vivian Edward Nathan, Subaru Ireland, AV3 Productions and Digital Forge among others.

The Festival is grant aided by Cork County Council, West Cork Development Partnership, Fáilte Ireland, Culture Ireland, The Irish Film Board and The Arts Council.

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Hilary McCarthy on 085 158 8309.