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Director Jim Sheridan for film festival

February 9th, 2015 11:45 AM

By Southern Star Team

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SCHULL’S film festival has scored another coup with the announcement that Jim Sheridan and John Carney are in the line-up for their 7th festival.

Schull’s Corona Fastnet Film Festival, which takes place in May, will play host to in excess of 300 short films.

Filmmakers, directors, producers and invited industry experts will all share their knowledge and experience over the four days of the festival. This year’s programme also includes director Lenny Abrahamson, among other industry experts yet to be announced.

John Carney will screen one of his films and Jim Sheridan will interview him following the screening. John’s latest film in post-production is Sing Street, described as ‘a semi-autobiographical tale inspired by the filmmaker’s love of music’.

Set in 1980s recession-ridden Dublin, it tells the story of 14-year-old Cosmo who finds life at home difficult. When family trouble strikes, he runs away to London with his 15-year-old girlfriend who aspires to be a model.

It stars Jack Reynor, Maria Doyle Kennedy and Aidan Gillen.

Jim Sheridan is currently working in Dublin and Kilkenny on The Secret Scripture, the screen adaption of the 2008 bestselling novel by Sebastian Barry and featuring an all-star cast including Rooney Mara, Jack Reynor, Erica Bana, Vanessa Redgrave, Jeremy Irons and British actor Theo James, who is best know for The Inbetweeners.

‘Distributed Cinema’ is Schull’s very own intranet network dedicated to short film.Films will be screened in over 15 venues, from a bookshop to an art gallery, a craft shop to the village hall, 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 also access the server through wi-fi anywhere on the main street and watch any of the seven years of submission films, day or night. Visitors can also take a short ferry ride to the Long Island cinema to watch submission shorts and enjoy a Corona.

The Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival takes place from Wednesday May 20 until Sunday May 24. See Facebook.com/fastnetshortfilmfestival for more.

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