Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival launches in Cork

The Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival, which will take place in Schull, West Cork from May 20th to 24th, was launched last night (23rd April) at the ‘Cinematographer’s Party’ at The Rising Sons Brewery, Cork.

Speakers at the event included Chair of the festival Helen Wells and Producer John Kelleher and other committee members Hilary McCarthy and Pauline Cotter. Also in attendance to celebrate the festival launch were James Mulligan, Creative Director of the Cork Film Festival, and Pat Kiernan, Artistic Director Corcadorca, Director Carmel Winters, Marie Healy, Failte Ireland alongside over two hundred filmmakers.

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Guests were treated to the news that Oscar winning director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) will take part in the ‘Big Interview’ with Greg Dyke on Sunday 24th of May in Schull. Further announcements included the planned attendance and screening of Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, the screening of Life’s a Breeze with Pat Shortt in attendance, and John Carney’s film Once. Carney will also attend the festival to take part in a conversation with fellow director Jim Sheridan. Other names announced were Nick Knowles,Maureen Hughes, Carmel Winters and Pat Kiernan. The line up this year is unprecedented with over 30 expert guests taking part including, Aidan Stanley, Ciaran Crowley, Conor Slattery, Dan O’Connell, Frank Mueller, Gaby Smyth, Gerard Stembridge, Gwenda Young, Hilary Durman, John Miller, Jurgen Simpson, Kelly Thornton, Kevin de la Isla O’Neill, Maria McKee, Mary Wycherley, Maurice Seezer, Myles O’Reilly, Nick Knowles, Noel Goodwin, Rob Cullen.

Also featured at the festival will be in more than 300 screenings, with Local Interest Films and World Cinema Programmes, including the very best from, Spain, Sardinia, Poland, Germany, USA and Mexico. The BFI Future Film Festival’s winning shorts will be presented by Festival Director Noel Goodwin.

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 2015 festival focuses on the ‘Collaborative Nature of the Film making Process’ and this year will run a series of seminars and workshops including Casting and Acting with Maureen Hughes and Pat Kiernan and a Post Production workshop run by Windmill Lane Studios VFX.

Fringe events will include the Ceiling Cinema, Mirror Cam, screenings on Long Island, Local Interest, Movie Quiz presented by BBC’s Nick Knowles, Café viewing all over town, Live Music, high quality family entertainment and much more.

[quote title=”Chair Helen Wells’]The 7th Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival would not be possible without the support of our title sponsor Corona, F√°ilte Ireland, West Cork Development Partnership, The Arts Council, The Irish Film Board, Screen Training Ireland, Benny & Cliona McCabe Rising Sons Brewery, Viv Nathan, Michael Satke, William and Judith Bollinger, Cork County Council, Ken Kilkenny, Denis and Mary Ryan, 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.[/quote]

Once the launch event was underway last evening, several clips of short films submitted to the competition were screened to give as a prequel to this year’s festival, along with music and lots of fun. All in all, a wonderful way to herald what will prove to be an intriguing and innovative Festival from Wednesday May 20th to Sunday 24th.

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