Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival Winners Announced

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Lenny Abrahamson and Pat Shortt.

The Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival finished on Sunday, 24th May after screening over 350 short films across 15 different venues, from the Ceiling Cinema, Mirror Cam and screenings on Long Island to pub and café viewings all over town.

The festival also included gala screenings, workshops and forums with some of Ireland’s top producers and directors including Maureen Hughes, Pat Kiernan, Hilary Durman, Rob Cullen, Ciaran Crowley, Carmel Winters, John Kelleher and Gaby Smyth. The 34 participating guests also included John Madden (Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Pat Shortt, Jim Sheridan, Lenny Abrahamson, Greg Dyke and John Carney (Once).

The winners were announced on Sunday night:

Winners – 2015

BEST OF FESTIVAL

An Der Tür – Miriam Bliese (3m/Germany/Drama)

BEST IRISH SHORT FILM

Cutting Grass – John Kennedy & Ruairi O’Brien (12m/Ireland/Drama)

BEST YOUNG FILMMAKER (U22)

Pockets  – Lochlainn McKenna  (11m/Ireland/U22) – WINNER

BEST IN CORK

Rockmount – David Tynan (13m/Ireland/Drama) – WINNER

BEST JUNIOR FILMMAKER (U17)

It’s A Thing – Meredith Morran, Sage McCommas & Sebastian Crank (5m/USA/U17) – WINNER
An Evening of Culture – Jacob Goode (7m/Ireland/U17) – RUNNER UP

BEST DRAMA

An Der Tür – Miriam Bliese (3m/Germany/Drama)

BEST COMEDY

Dating Eliza – Peter Lydon  (13m/UK/Comedy)

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Hangar B – Thomas Beug (7m/Ireland/Documentary)

BEST ARTHOUSE

Domoj – Simona Feldman (9m/Germany/Arthouse) – JOINT WINNER
Karaoke Queen – Dan O’Connell (4m/Ireland/Arthouse) – JOINT WINNER

BEST ANIMATION

Bar – Pascal Flörks  (8m/Germany/Animation)

BEST DIRECTION

An Der Tür – Miriam Bliese (3m/Germany/Drama)

BEST SCREENPLAY

Sophie At The Races – Alan Friel (16m/Ireland/Drama)

BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC

Somewhere Down The Line – Matthew Nolan, Lioba Petrie and Cameron Doyle of 3epkano (10m/Ireland/Animation)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Cutting Grass – Ruairi O’Brien (12m/Ireland/Drama)

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‘Rubai’ Triumphs at Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival

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Rubai, directed by Louise Ni Fhiannachta, took home Best Drama and Best of Festival awards for 2014 on Sunday last at the sixth annual Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival.

The festival, which took place from the 21st to the 25th of May saw huge crowds of filmmakers from all over the world descend on Schull, Co. Cork for the duration of the festival. With over 300 short films being screened across 15 different venues, from the Ceiling Cinema, Mirror Cam and screenings on Long Island to pub and Café viewing all over town. Visitors also attended feature screenings, film quizzes and nightly live music.

The five-day event held various gala screenings, workshops, seminars, forums and clinics with some of Ireland’s top producers and directors including Carmel Winters, John Kelleher, Sandy Lieberson, Hilary Durman, Philomena’s Steve Coogan, Stephen Frears, Gabrielle Tana, Tracey Seaward, and Run and Jump writer Ailbhe Keoghan.

Other winners at the festival included Ian Fitzgibbon’s Breakfast Wine (Best Irish Short Film & Best Direction); Niall Owens’ Torn (Best In Cork); Jordon Prince-Wright’s Not Their Boots (Best Junior Filmmaker); Carolyn Duchene’s Wanda (Best Young Filmmaker); Laurence Relton’s Reel Life (Best Comedy); Aoife Kelleher’s Home (Best Documentary); Steve Woods Director, Ray Harman Music for Keeping Time (Best Arthouse & Best Original Music); Rita Basulto’s Lluvia en los Ojos (Best Animation); Hannah Salt’s Bump (Best Screenplay); Ronan Fox’s Keeping Time (Best Cinematography); and Evan Payne’s The Skelligs (Best Conservation).

This West Cork based festival also presented a director’s forum, chaired by John Kelleher and attended by Jim Sheridan, Stephen Frears, Pat Collins, Carmel Winters, Maurice O’Callaghan, Brian Deane and Jack Gold. Famous patrons of the festival include Lenny Abrahamson, Greg Dyke, Jim Sheridan, Kirsten Sheridan, Carmel Winters, David Puttnam, Jack Gold, Steve Coogan, John Kelleher, Gerard Stembridge and Maurice Seezer.

For more information on the festival and list of winners please check out http://www.fastnetshortfilmfestival.com/news/and-the-winners-are-2014/

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Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival Launches

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Chris O’Dee artistic director , Helen Wells Chairperson, Pauline Cotter Hospitality and Hilary McCarthy Communications Director of The Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival 

 

The Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival, which will take place in Schull, West Cork from 21st-25th May, was launched last night (23rd April) at the ‘Cinematographer’s Party’ at The Bodega, Cork.

Speakers at the event included Chair of the festival Helen Wells and Cinematographer Chris O’Dell. Also in attendance to celebrate the huge success of the festival were James Mullighan, Creative Director of the Cork Film Festival, John Kelleher former Director of Film Classification, Carlos Garcia de Alba Mexican Ambassador to Ireland, Paschal Scott actor, Brian Deane Director of the award winning Volkswagen Joe, and Pat Kiernan, Artistic Director Corcadorca alongside over one hundred filmmakers.

Steve Coogan, along with the Director Stephen Frears, Producers Gabrielle Tana and Tracey Seaward will bring  Philomena to Schull in May and take part in various aspects of the festival.

Further news announced was the planned attendance of Ailbhe Keoghan, who wrote Run and Jump, which will be screened at the festival. Other names announced were David Puttnam, Jim Sheridan, Sandy Lieberson and Carmel Winters. The line-up this year is unprecedented with over 30 expert guests taking part.

Also featured at the festival will be in excess of 300 screenings, Local Interest Films, World Cinema Programmes to include the very best from China, Poland, Spain, India, Lebanon, Latin America and Mexico.

The Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival is a major showcase for Irish and International short film production focusing on the craft of film and has been held in high regard on a local, national and international level for several years now.  The 2014 festival focuses on the ‘Collaborative Nature of the Filmmaking Process’ and this year will run a series of seminars and workshops covering, sound, cinematography, direction, composing, production, animation, colour, lighting, Final Cut Pro, digital camera and funding.

Fringe events include the Ceiling Cinema, Mirror Cam, screenings on Long Island, the Mizen Experience, Movie Quiz, Café viewing all over town, Music, high quality family entertainment and much more.

“The 6th Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival would not be possible without the support of our title sponsor Corona, Fáilte Ireland, West Cork Development Partnership, The Arts Council, The Irish Film Board, Screen Training Ireland, Benny & Cliona McCabe, Viv Nathan, Frank Daly, Culture Ireland, Michael Satke, William and Judith Bollinger, Cork County Council, Ken Kilkenny, Denis and Mary Ryan and Digital Forge for their technical support, and huge private support from friends and local business friends of the festival. A big thank you goes out to the village of Schull for providing an idyllic setting for what is now an internationally acclaimed Short Film Festival and for the outstanding encouragement and enthusiasm of the entire community toward this event.” Chair Helen Wells added.

 

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‘Volkswagen Joe’ at Schull

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Award-winning short Volkswagen Joe will screen at the Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival.Followed by a Q&A with the director, Brian Deane.

Based on the award-winning play by Brendan McCann, adapted for screen by Matthew Roche and produced by Anna O’Malley and Kevin McCann, Volkswagen Joe is based in Northern Ireland 1981. Faced with an impossible decision, a conflicted border-town mechanic is forced to make a choice that will change his life forever.

Volkswagen Joe is a political drama set in a small border-town during the height of ‘The Troubles’. Joe, a dedicated mechanic, services cars for both sides of the political divide. He restores a vintage Volkswagen for his friend the local RUC inspector. A young Republican sees this as the perfect opportunity to make a name for himself within the IRA. Unfortunately as events transpire Joe is forced into the impossible decision of endangering the people closest to him or becoming a co-conspirator.

Awards
Audience Award at the Chicago Irish Film Festival, Best Short Film at the Rome Irish Film Festival & Boston Irish Film Festival and Nominated for Best Short Drama at the Celtic Media awards.

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Call For: Entries for Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival

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The closing date for entries for the Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival is 4th of March, which  is fast approaching, so get your entries in ASAP.

Filmmakers from all over the world are invited to submit their short films of 15 minutes and under.

Films must have been completed no earlier than January 1st 2012.

The festival will run for 5 days over the last weekend in May from Wednesday, 21st to Sunday 25th of May.

For further details please log onto www.fastnetshortfilmfestival.com

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Call For: Entries: Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival

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The Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival, based in Schull, West Cork, is now looking for entries to next Spring’s festival.

Filmmakers from around  the world are invited to submit their short films of 15 minutes and under.

The Festival will run for 5 days over the last weekend in May from Wednesday, 21st to Sunday 25th of May 2014.

Submissions will be accepted from Friday, 6th December with a final deadline date of 16th February 2014.

This year to improve the submission process, you may enter either directly through the website at www.fastnetshortfilmfestival.com or withoutabox.com.

Before you submit please read the Rules and Regulations.

 

For further information please checkout our website www.fastnetshortfilmfestival.com

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‘Defeating Oceans Seven’ world premiere at the 5th Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival in May

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Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival (22 – 26 May 2013, Schull, West Cork)

 

Defeating Oceans Seven’ Directed by Wolfgang Merkel and Produced by Red Bull Media, is an hour long  documentary about Steve Redmond‘s Oceans Seven Project, capturing the grueling essence of the open water swimming world. The film crew traveled to Japan to film the unprecedented completion of the world’s most difficult open water swimming challenge. This dramatic film centers on Redmond’s attempts on the Tsugaru Channel, requiring 5 men hanging on for their lives in rough seas to film the Irish icon as he was tossed, bruised and battered in the turbulent seas off the North Pacific. ‘Defeating Oceans Seven’ will be screened for the first time, as part of the Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival in Schull on Friday 24th of May at 6pm. Aidan Stanley will interview Steve Redmond following the screening.

Steve Redmond is the first human to complete the Ocean’s Seven, which required an ability to swim in both very cold and very warm seas. It also demands the swimmer is physically and mentally prepared to overcome all conditions from strong currents to stiff winds, requiring a tremendous amount of planning and expense and a multi-national support team of knowledgeable local experts. Redmond is swept long distances due to the extraordinarily strong currents and challenged by occasional patches of cold water that flow up from the depths, high risk being an inherent element of the swim. What he achieves is quite extraordinary.

The Ocean’s Seven includes, the Irish Channel, the Cook Strait between the North and South Islands of New Zealand, the Moloka’i Channel between Oahu and Moloka’i Islands in Hawaii, the English Channel, the Catalina Channel near Los Angeles, the Tsugaru Channel between Honshu and Hokkaido in Japan, and the Strait of Gibraltar between Europe and Africa.

Each year, over the last weekend in May, the now five‐day Festival plays host to in excess of 200 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.

The Festival is very much an ‘up close and personal’ experience. 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 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 4 years of submission films any time of the day or night.

Over 5 days at the end of May, visitors can view this year’s 150+ Competition films which will be screened in every corner of the village, attend Q&As, Premieres, Workshops and Discussions, enjoy family entertainment at the Tented Fringe all in the beautiful seaside town of Schull.

The Corona 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.

Further information on www.fastnetshortfilmfestival.com

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Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival Launch

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Now in its fifth year, the Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival , which will take place in Schull, West Cork from 22nd-26th May, was launched on 17th April at a Cinematographer’s Party at The Bodega, Cornmarket Street Cork.

Speakers at the event were the Mexican Ambassador to Ireland, his Excellency Carlos Garcia de Alba, the Cork Screen Commissioner, Niall Mahony, and of course, the festival’s main sponsor, Michael Barry of Barry & Fitzwilliam, importers of Corona Extra. Also in attendance to celebrate the festival’s success were Directors Carmel Winters, Tony Barry, Chris O’Neill from the Triskel Arts Centre and Sminky Shorts (Jason Sullivan).

The launch event brought both first time filmmakers and established directors together at the Cinematographer’s Party and all were enthused by the announcement that internationally renowned Hollywood Director and Cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak will take part in this year’s Festival in Schull in May. Andrzej was Director of Photography on three films to receive Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, ‘The Verdict’, ‘Terms of Endearment’ (which won 5 Oscar Awards), and ‘Prizzi’s Honor’. Other names announced included Lenny Abrahamson with ‘What Richard Did’, Sminky Shorts with ‘Unseen Footage’, and Music Documentary maker Myles O’Reilly among others.

‘Experiencing the extraordinary’ at the Festival’s Cinematographer’s Party were, Kate  Barry of Barry & Fitzwilliam, Distributors of Corona Extra and title sponsors of the event who were joined by Carmel Winters who has won the hearts of film enthusiasts for her direction of the film SNAP. Winters, a guest of the festival for the past 2 years was accompanied by Sally & John McKenna.

Despite the fact that the town has no cinema, organisers of the film festival have come up with innovative methods to showcase over 250 films all over the town by encouraging filmmakers, tourists and locals to access the submitted competition films locally, on their laptops, iPads and smart phones, simply by logging on to the Festival’s Short Film Archive. For five days at the end of May, Schull village itself becomes a screen.

This year’s area of special focus is Animation, with contributions from David Quin of CGI Generator for Brown Bag’s ‘Give up your Auld Sins’, Mike Ahern of Team DADDY and Rob Cullen of Boulder Media among many others.

Also featured at the festival will be Local Interest Films, a World Cinema Programme to include the best short film selections from Turkey, Poland, Spain and Mexico. Renowned Mexican actress Diana Bracho and Iván Trujillo Bolio, Director of the International Film Festival, Guadalajara will also take part. Round table discussion with Gerry Stembridge, Carmel Winters and Pat Kiernan of Corca Dorca will also be on offer.

“The Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival is a major showcase for Irish and international short film production and has been held in high regard on a local, national and international level for several years now. The 2013 festival includes over 250 short films, Q&A sessions, premieres, workshops and round table discussions, with numerous, industry experts and post production professionals from Ireland and abroad.” says Chairman of the Festival, Maurice Seezer.

‘The 5th Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival would not be possible without the support of our Title sponsor Corona (through distributors Barry and Fitzwilliam) as well as Fáilte Ireland, West Cork Development Partnership, The Arts Council, The Irish Film Board, Benny & Cliona McCabe, Viv Nathan, Frank Daly, Culture Ireland, Michael Satke, William and Judith Bollinger, Cork County Council, Subaru, Denis and Mary Ryan and Digital Forge for their technical support, and huge private support from friends and local business friends of the festival. A big thank you goes out to the village of Schull for providing an idyllic setting for what is now an internationally acclaimed Short Film Festival and for the outstanding encouragement and enthusiasm of the entire community toward this event.’ Seezer added.

Once the launch event was underway last evening, several clips of short films submitted to the competition were screened as a prequel to this year’s festival, along with drama (choreographed by Karen Minihane), music and lots of fun. All in all, a wonderful way to herald what will prove to be an intriguing and innovative Festival over the final weekend in May 2013. Do not miss it!

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