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Fastnet Film Festival Announces 2017 Programme
2017-05-09 9:45:00 : Katie McNeice
The Schull-based festival in Co. Cork is dedicated to showcasing the best of short film, and will screen 258 titles from May 24th-28th this year, with a range of Q&As, interviews and masterclasses also scheduled.

Short films include ‘Love is a Sting’ written by Oscar-winning Benjamin Cleary (Stutterer) and directed by Vincent Gallagher (Second to None). Gallagher’s own ‘Second to None’ which earned him the IFTA for Best Animation this year is also set to screen, as well as his fellow nominee Kealan O’Rourke’s ‘The Lost Letter’, featuring the vocal talents of Kate Winslet.

Others include ‘Groundless’ (Eimear Callaghan), which picked up the award for Best First Short Drama at the 2016 Galway Film Fleadh, Oscar-nominated Naomi Sheridan’s ‘We Have Each Other’ and many more titles from up-and-coming talent. Click the link below to access the full programme.

Features and Interviews

  • The Secret Scripture – Screening + Q&A with Jim Sheridan
  • Why Is There Something Instead of Nothing – Screening + Q&A with producer, Aidan Stanley & director, Paddy O’Shea
  • The Lobster – Screening + Q&A with Lenny Abrahamson
  • Zazy – Screening + Q&A with writer/director Matthias X. Oberg & producer Bastian Griese
  • Goodnight Mister Tom – Screening + Q&A hosted by Chris O’Dell
  • Carl Davis Presents: Chaplin: Scoring the Mutuals
  • Crossing the Line: From Shorts to Features with Megan K. Fox & Hilary Durman
  • The Program – Screening
  • Smalltown – Screening + Q&A with Director, Gerard Barrett & Actress, Pauline O’Driscoll
  • Kevin Brownlow in conversation with Gwenda Young
  • Tomato Red – Screening + Q&A with director Juanita Wilson & Lenny Abrahamson
  • GALA EVENT: The Goose Woman – Introduced by Kevin Brownlow, accompanied live by Carl Davis and moderated by Gwenda Young (UCC)
  • Local Interest: The Young Offenders – Screening + Q&A with director, screenwriter & producer Peter Foott, actor, Pascal Scott and producer, Julie Ryan. Moderated by Carmel Winters
  • Crossing the Line: From Shorts to Features with Megan K. Fox & Hilary Durman
  • Dee Forbes in conversation with John Kelleher
  • Carl Davis in conversation with Maurice Seezer
  • Florence Foster Jenkins – Screening
  • Crossing the Line: From Shorts to Features with Megan K. Fox & Hilary Durman


  • Maureen Hughes – Self Taping (2 days – Thurs & Fri – 10am to 4pm)
  • Stories in Your Pocket – Telling Tales With Mobile Technology – Neil Leyden, Head of RTÉ.ie
  • What An Art Director Really Does with Tom Conroy
  • Should I Go To Film School? With Gisli Snaer & David Puttnam
  • Costume Design with Joan Bergin
  • Screen Adaptation Masterclass with Michael Kinirons
  • Documentary Development on the Frontline with Simon Stanford
  • The Dance of Documentary Ethics with Pratap Rughani, UAL
  • Lighting A Documentary on a Budget with Barry Donnellan
  • Ideas and the Creative Process for Writing with Donal Beecher & Brendan Conroy
  • Surviving in the Jungle – What Film School Doesn’t Teach You with Chris O’Dell
  • Practice Makes Perfect. Seminar with Gerard Stembridge on screenwriting with former UCC students
  • Ray Harman – Masterclass in Media Composition
  • Actors’ Clinic with Pat Kiernan – one on one sessions
  • Aidan Stanley Chairperson, FFF 2017:
    “Our Festival is packed with a variety of stunning events. But we are particularly proud of how 2017 brings both the past and the future of film into focus. RTÉ’s Neil Leyden will present ‘Stories in your Pocket’, a look at how broadcasters and filmmakers will radically change how they do business. The flip side of that coin is our Gala Event which will delve into the world of silent era film, featuring Oscar winner Kevin Brownlow and the composer Carl Davis, whose legendary scoring for film is known all over the world. Carl will play the piano accompaniment to the classic silent, ‘The Goose Woman’, kudos to Maurice Seezer and Chris O’Dell.”

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