Mashed Potatoes to Movies

John and Sally McKenna will take part in this year’s 5th Fastnet Film Festival, over the last weekend in May in Schull. On Sunday 24th of May at 1.30pm at the Grain Store Gallery,  they will explain how the role of the food writer and guidebook publisher has moved from print to interactive web and video, to talk about the tools they use and their influences in the world of food video. A major development of the digital age sees moving images no longer being the preserve of filmmakers alone. In a commercialised society we all need web content to transact and by far the most effective way to communicate is through the medium of film.

In 1991 John and Sally McKenna began their research into Irish food, setting off around Ireland to discover what they hoped would be an exciting food culture and have written about it ever since. They are regarded as leading commentators on Irish food. Over the years they have published the award winning Bridgestone Irish Food Guide, which lists the best of Irish Food, covering everything from restaurants and cheese makers to specialist food shops, guesthouses and more. Nowadays, their website, www.guides.ie features an interactive magazine and a video channel.

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 (720 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 4 years of submission films any time of the day or night.

This year’s line up will be announced at the Cinematographer’s Party at the Bodega in Cork City on Wednesday the 17th of April.

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 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.