The 11th Fastnet Film Festival concluded on Sunday with the annual awards ceremony. Day Out, directed by Virginia Gilbert, won Best Irish Film and Fucking Drama, directed by Michael Podogil, won Best International Film.

The Fastnet Film Festival, which took place from the 22nd to 26th May, drew huge crowds of filmmakers from all over the world to Schull in West Cork for the five days of the Festival. Chris Donoghue, the Master of Ceremonies, announced at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday evening that the Committee was honoured that Saoirse Ronan accepted their invitation to join the illustrious list of Festival Patrons.

Also at the closing event Jude Gilbert, Project Officer of Comhar na nOileán, announced in Irish and in English, the introduction of an Irish Language Category in the short film competition element of Fastnet Film Festival 2020. Submissions in Gaeilge will be judged on the Gaeltacht island of Cape Clear and screened there and in the  distributed cinemas, which are a unique feature of the Fastnet Festival in Schull.

Fastnet Film Festival

The five-day event saw various gala screenings, premieres, seminars, and masterclasses with lots of international film experts including, Saoirse Ronan, Roddy Doyle, Paddy Breathnach, Jim Sheridan, Maureen Hughes, Gerry Stembridge and Gisli Snaer.  More than 50 guests participated, including Moe Dunford, Stephen Rennicks, Stephen Warbeck, Kevin Brownlow and Carl Davis. Over 400 short films were screened across 15 different venues, from the Castlepoint Gallery, to the hotel, to pub and Café viewings, to screenings on Long Island and all over town. Visitors also attended feature screenings, the infamous film quiz with Chris Donoghue and nightly live music.

All in all a great end to very successful festival.

Awards Presented on the night were:

BEST IRISH FILM
Cash Prize of €5,000
Category Panel: Sue Howes, Sandy Lieberson & Gisli Snaer

Day Out | Virginia Gilbert | Ireland | 13:23 | Drama

Special Mention: Two of A Kind| Donal Moloney | Ireland | 17:53 | Documentary

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
Cash Prize of €5,000
Category Panel: Maureen Hughes, John Kelleher & Patsy Puttnam

Fucking Drama| Michael Podogil | Austria | 17:01 | Drama

BEST STUDENT OF MEDIA & FILM STUDIES
Cash Prize of €1,000
Category Panel: Donal Beecher

Recovery| Siofra Quinn Gates & Renate Canga | Ireland | 08:13 | Student

BEST YOUNG FILMMAKER (U19)
Cash Prize of €1,000
Category Panel: Martin Levis

Joint Winner:Shell| Katie McKenna | Ireland | 07:48 | Under 19

Joint Winner:The Kidnapper’s Ransom| George Lynch | Ireland | 09:19 | Under 19

BEST IN CORK
Cash Prize of €500 – Sponsored by Cork County Council
Category Panel: Hilary Durman & Jeff Wright

255111| Paul Batt | Ireland | 15:17 | Cork

Special Mention: The Marksman| Conor Healy | Ireland | 01:10 | Cork

BEST DRAMA
Cash Prize of €500
Category Judge: Rebecca Daly

Bonobo| Zoel Aeschbacher | Switzerland | 18:26 | Drama

BEST COMEDY
Cash Prize of €500
Category Judge: Carmel Winters
Skip Girl| Annabel Vine | UK | 17:55 | Comedy

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Cash Prize of €500
Category Judge: Paul Etekler

Joint Winner:At Arm’s Length| Dana Reilly | USA | 14:42| Documentary

Joint Winner:Reality Baby | Nodlag Houlihan | Ireland | 12:00| Documentary

BEST ARTHOUSE
Cash Prize of €500
Category Judge: Steve Baker

The Ocean| Sinéad McDevitt | Australia | 03:36 | Art House

BEST ANIMATION
Cash Prize of €500
Category Judge: Team DADDY
Bloestraat 11| Nienke Deuzt | Belgium & Netherlands | 09:41 | Animation

JACK GOLD PRIZE FOR BEST DIRECTION
Cash Prize of €500
Category Judge: Gerard Stembridge 

Wave| Benjamin Cleary & TJ O’Grady Peyton  | Ireland | 13:45 | Drama

BEST SCREENPLAY
Cash Prize of €500
Category Judge: Michael Kinirons

Wave| Benjamin Cleary | Ireland | 13:45 | Drama

BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC
Cash Prize of €500
Category Judge: Stephen Warbeck

Between The Shadows | Pedro Marques | Portugal | 13:25 | Animation

BEST SOUND DESIGN
Cash Prize of €500
Category Judge: Kieran Horgan
Bonobo| Moreno Cabitza | Switzerland | 18:26 | Drama

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Cash Prize of €500
Category Judge: Chris O’Dell

Between The Shadows| Manuel Pinto Barros | Portugal | 13:25 | Animation

Special Mention: Strong At The Broken Places| Eleanor Bowman | Ireland | 14:15 | Documentary

BEST EDITING
Cash Prize of €500
Category Judge: Sam Connor
Wave| Nathan Nugent | Ireland | 13:45 | Drama

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