The Puttnam Award


Fastnet Film Festival invites filmmakers to apply for its Puttnam Award, which is making €20,000 available to fund production of one live-action drama short film, duration 10-mins maximum, to be made on the Cork Wild Atlantic Way with a theme reflecting ‘The New Normal’.

Four finalists will be selected by a panel of industry judges to take part in a public pitching event at FFF 2021 (26th – 30th May), and the winner of the 2021 Puttnam Film Award will be announced at the FFF Awards Ceremony on Sunday 30th May 2021.

The award-winning film will have its premiere screening at the Fastnet Film Festival in May 2022.



The Puttnam Award is director driven with entry open to directors who have made at least one short film that has had a festival screening.

Full scripts should be original. Where the director is not the writer, the director must supply evidence that he/she owns the screenplay rights in their entirety, free of any third party interests or encumbrances.

While submissions will be reviewed and assessed in the first instance on creative criteria, account will also be taken of a filmmaker’s awareness of production and their ability to deliver a completed film on schedule and within budget.


Application Requirements

Submissions must include:

  • Application Form
  • Logline
  • Synopsis (300 words maximum)
  • Full Script.
  • Director’s Note on visual style/tone
  • Production Notes – a brief note addressing applicant’s approach to production resources: budget, schedule, location/s, talent/key personnel, etc.
Application Deadline

The deadline for submitting entries is 12pm on Monday, 1st March.


Submission Process

Please submit via our online Application Form and attach your SINGLE .pdf document containing your Script, Director’s Notes and Production Notes. Once received and processed you will receive a confirmation email from



Mon 1st Dec 2020                    Call for Entries

Mon 1st March 2021                Deadline for submissions

Fri 30th April                            Pitching event finalists notified

Fri 28th May                             Public pitching event, FFF 2021

Sun 30th May                           Announcement of Puttnam Film Award winner



Fastnet Film Festival retains the right to screen the premiere of the successful applicant’s completed film at FFF 2022.

FFF will also retain non-exclusive rights in the film in all media in Ireland and non-exclusive promotional rights for the rest of the world. All other distribution rights will remain with the filmmaker.


Health & Safety

It will be the responsibility of the filmmaker to ensure compliance with relevant health and safety legislation, particularly with all Dept. of Health/NPHET guidelines relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).



The successful applicant will be required to ensure that all appropriate insurances are in place to cover all filming activity and to ensure that Fastnet Film Festival is expressly named and indemnified on all policies.


Frequently Asked Questions

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Applicant's Details

    • Application Form completed
    • Logline (included on Application Form)
    • Synopsis (300 words maximum included on pplication Form)
    • Full Script
    • Director’s Notes
    • Production Notes