Winners announced at the 11th Fastnet Film Festival
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.
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
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