Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival – Report Page

| May 27, 2011 | Comments (0)

The Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival was launched last night in the Village Hall in Schull, Co Cork and will continue through the weekend.  For a list of events see here.

Tuesday May 31st

The 2011 Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival has been a wonderful success, even more interesting and challenging than in previous years. The guest speakers, attending filmmakers, sponsors, tourists and locals all had a wonderful time and the overall consensus was that “Distributed Cinema” was a very inclusive idea that suited Schull and embedded the festival into the local community in an innovative way.

The festival created an Intranet network in the village of Schull, a pilot scheme to connect a large number of premises to our server enabling streaming of the short films to these premises, and the addition of wifi access allowed attendees to the festival view short films of their choice, in venues of their choice. This was done with the help of Brendan Hurley of Digital Forge, West Cork Development Partnership, Granite Consulting and Martin Levis.The most remarkable thing was how the technology disappeared leaving simple access for the audiences and the filmmakers. They used that access in ways that we had not anticipated by becoming interactive with it, showing their films, discussing techniques and comparing ideas. The venues became places of spontaneous workshops with groups of filmmakers showing their films, drinking coffee, getting feedback and comparing notes.

The network remains in place for visitors to log on to and view the submitted films throughout the village of Schull. Visitors to the village can pop into the book shop, one of the pubs or restaurants,  take out their laptop, smart phone or iPad and enjoy the competition films at any time. ’Our Village is our Cinema’.

For further information please contact Hilary McCarthy on 085 1588 309 or check out our website on www.fastnetshortfilmfestival.com

Sunday May 29th

The weekend has been amazing in Schull with very positive reviews coming from contributors and spectators alike. The tented village has been in full swing all weekend with short films being screened in the horse box cinema, reels on the bus, cycle cinema, art installations and visiting story tellers recounting their favourite stories in the bell tent.  Ten venues around town have been streaming the submitted films and the village hall has been really popular receiving consistently packed audiences.

Friday’s Screening of As If I Am Not There was followed a discussion with the Director Juanita Wilson and Marika Griehsel.   Set during the Bosnian War, this powerful drama is based on true stories brought to light at the International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague, one of the difficult topics covered at the festival this weekend. Joan Giller introduced the screening of Resolution with reference to her own experiences working in Africa among survivors of sexual violence and the film was followed by a discussion with the director, Marika Griehsel and Juanita Wilson.

Saturday began with a true Shakespearean Masterclass with Jack Gold and Chris O’Dell with full audience participation. Fran Keaveny from IFB then had a frank discussion about how best to go through the application process and explained the importance of getting it right. Snap was introduced by the former classifier John Kelleher and you could hear a pin drop throughout the screening. The discussion that followed with director Carmel Winters peeled back some of the layers of this very unsettling but brilliant film. Gerard Stembridge interviewed three Irish directors; Carmel Winters, Juanita Wilson and Rebecca Daly, about some of their past work in short film, what interests them and continues to motivate and inspire their work. The evening closed with 3 wonderful shorts from Nick Kelly and some very mellow live music.

The short listed films were be screened on Sunday May 29th all over town followed by an audience with David Puttnam, Sandy Liebersen and Greg Dyke at 5pm. Next, the Award Ceremony and Reception and to top off a fantastic weekend It’s a Wrap Street Party until late with films screened onto the side of buildings and Cinematic Music.

Master Class with Jack Gold

Early on Saturday morning, a full Village  Hall met Jack Gold, Master Director, for a Master Class on Directing. Using most of Act Scene 1 of MacBeth we were treated to an exploration of such a text for film. Joan Giller as Lady MacBeth and Pat Bracken as MacBeth, two accomplished local actors, firstly played the scene in a theatrical way and then little by little, step by step in the hands of the Director we analysed the script for emotion, ‘hinge points’ and intensity and we saw the immense skill and experience of Mr. Gold.

Fascinating too was the subtlety and connection with his Director of Photography, Chris O’Dell. The performances of the actors were pared back and the impact of various angles and focus of attention on one and then the other was interesting to observe. Did we really pack all that in in two and a half hours!

Karen

Saturday May 28th

The Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival announced their shortlist.

CFSFF 2011: Shortlisted Films in no particular order

BEST OF FESTIVAL (CFSFF)

Cash prize of €2,000 and an original Pat Connor sculpture

El último Canto del Pájaro Cú (10m, Mexico )  Alonso Ruizpalacios

Happy Birthday Timmy (3m, Ireland)  Johnny Cullen

‘Shoe’ (13m, Ireland)  Nick Kelly

La Mina De Oro (10m, Mexico) Jacques Bonnavent

Cured (12m, Ireland) Mary Redmond

BEST IRISH SHORTFILM  (CFSFF)

Cash prize of €2,000

Nietzsche No. 5 (6m, Ireland)  Shaun O’Connor

Rat’s Island (12m, Ireland) Mike Hannon

Pentecost (11m, Ireland)   Peter McDonald

Crossword (13m, Ireland)  Vincent Gallagher

‘Shoe’ (13m, Ireland)  Nick Kelly

Happy Birthday Timmy (3m, Ireland)  Johnny Cullen

Cured (12m, Ireland)  Mary Redmond

Deep End Dance (6m, Ireland) Conor Horgan

BEST YOUNG FILMMAKER (U22) (Martin Levis)

Cash prize of €2,000

Happy Birthday Timmy (3m, Ireland)  Johnny Cullen

Jittertree (10m, United Kingdom)   Tom Bailey

Low Battery (9m, Canada)   Zoe Slusar

Tick Tock (5m, USA)   ien chi

Flipping Channels (7m, Ireland)  Fiona Riordan

BEST IN CORK  (CFSFF)

Cash prize of €500

Sponsored by Cork County Council & Schull Initiative

Rat’s Island (12m, Ireland) Mike Hannon

Nietzsche No. 5 (6m, Ireland)  Shaun O’Connor

The Christening (14m, Ireland, UK)   Oonagh Kearney

All Night Long ( 13m, Ireland)  Mark Cogan

The Watchmaker’s Time (15m, Ireland) Peter J. Andrews

Baby Boots (15m, Ireland) Daniel O’Connell

BEST DRAMA  Kirsten Sheridan

Cash prize of €200

Mamis kleiner helfer (11m, Germany)  Michael Lavelle

‘Shoe’ (13m, Ireland)  Nick Kelly

The Christening (14m, Ireland, UK)   Oonagh Kearney

BEST COMEDY   Patrick McCabe

Cash prize of €200

Know Your Enemy (9m, Ireland)  Eamonn Colfer

Pentecost ( 11m, Ireland)   Peter McDonald

Nietzsche No. 5 (6m, Ireland)  Shaun O’Connor

Happy Birthday Timmy (3m, Ireland)  Johnny Cullen

BEST DOCUMENTARY   (Tony Barry)

Cash prize of €200

Library In My Mind (10m, UK)   Jamie Hamer

Rat’s Island (12m, Ireland) Mike Hannon

The Bookbinder’s Daughter (7m, Ireland) Denis Murphy

Under the Influence with Stephen Mensah (9m, UK)   Corey Macri

BEST EXPERIMENTAL   (Steve Baker)

Cash prize of €200

The Streets of the Invisibles (14m, Austria)   Remo Rauscher

For Peace Comes Dropping Slow (12m, Ireland)   Lisa Vandegrift Davala

BEST DANCE (CFSFF)

Cash prize of €200

Deep End Dance (6m, Ireland)   Conor Horgan

Admit One (6m, Ireland)   Steve Woods

BEST ANIMATION   (Davey Ahern, Synth Eastwood)

Cash prize of €200

43 – Forty Three (2m, UK)   Jonathan Mortimer

Luna (8m, Mexico) Raúl Cárdenas, Rafael Cárdenas

Martyris (8m, Mexico)   Luis Felipe Hernandez Alanis

The Gentleman’s Guide to Villainy (1m, Ireland)   Aidan McAteer

BEST DIRECTION   (Gerard Stembridge)

Cash prize of €100

La Mina De Oro (10m, Mexico)   Jacques Bonnavent

Happy Birthday Timmy (3m, Ireland)  Johnny Cullen

El último Canto del Pájaro Cú (10m, Mexico )  Alonso Ruizpalacios

Him Himself (11m, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates) Jack Gravina

The Calculus Of Love (14m, UK) Dan Clifton

Pentecost (11m, Ireland)   Peter McDonald

BEST SCREENPLAY  (Donal Beecher)

Cash prize of €100

Him Himself (11m, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates) Jack Gravina

Pentecost (11m, Ireland)   Peter McDonald

The Interview (7m, USA)  Reinaldo Marcus green

Nietzsche No. 5 (6m, Ireland)  Shaun O’Connor

BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC   (Maurice Seezer)

Cash prize of €100

The Line Joseph Conlan

El último Canto del Pájaro Cú (10m, Mexico )  Tomás Barreiro

Cured Ray Harman

Martyris Alejandro de Icaza

Him Himself (11m, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates) Jack Gravina

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY   (Chris O’Dell)

Cash prize of €100

El último Canto del Pájaro Cú (10m, Mexico) Emiliano Villenueva

The Calculus Of Love (14m, UK)  Dirk Nell

Him Himself (11m, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates)  Charbel Aouad

Thursday May 26th

Festival Co-Chair Maurice Seezer had this to say:

‘We’re back, and our festival welcomes all visitors to Schull, whether filmmakers, guests or interested spectators. CFSFF 2011 has a wonderful line-up, all thanks to the commitment of our guests, the generosity of our sponsors, the dedication of our voluntary committee and the support of the community of Schull. By supporting us they have supported the development of filmmaking talent in Ireland and by bringing the best of this talent to Schull every year you help sow the seeds for a new generation of filmmaking talent in County Cork.

The festival got off to a flying start with screenings all over town. Everyone knows at this point that Schull has a film festival but no cinema. Short films don’t have many outlets in Ireland, but in Schull our short film submissions became available to view on smart phones, laptops, on HD TVs in more than 10 venues, projected in our Village Hall, in a horse box cinema, a cycling cinema, a darkened bus and many other weird and wonderful places. Welcome to “Distributed Cinema”, Schull’s very own Intranet network dedicated to Short Film. The pieces are falling into place…we hope you enjoy our noble experiment.’

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