Top names and films confirmed for Schull festival

May 8th, 2016 2:20 PM

By Southern Star Team

Jim Sheridan

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SCHULL’S Fastnet Film Festival, which will take place between May 25th and 29th, was launched at the ‘Cinematographer’s Party’ at Arthur Maynes in Dublin last week. 

Producer John Kelleher was joined by Jim Sheridan, Ed Guiney, Gerard Stembridge, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Chris Donoghue (Newstalk), and over 100 filmmakers. 

World-renowned costume designer Joan Bergin displayed some of her elaborate costumes from Vikings and The Tudors at the event. 

Guests were delighted to hear that the May line-up includes, Room producer Ed Guiney, composers Bill Whelan and Stephen Rennicks, directors John Carney, Carmel Winters, Jim Sheridan, Thaddeus O’Sullivan, Rebecca Daly, Richie O’Donnell, Vivienne deCourcey and writer Pat McCabe and more. 

Films to be screened during the festival include Sing Street, Stutterer, Viva, Mammal, Room, Into the Wild, Atlantic, and in celebration of its 10th anniversary, The Wind That Shakes The Barley. Actors Orla Fitzgerard, Martin Lucey, Frank Bourke, Aidan O’Hare, Damian Kearney, and casting director Oonagh Kearney, will be in attendance for a discussion following the screening. 

The line-up this year is unprecedented, with over 50 expert guests taking part, and 46 events, plus screenings of competition shorts in 18 venues in both Schull and Ballydehob. 

The Fastnet 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 8th Fastnet Film Festival would not be possible without the support of William & Judith Bollinger, The Arts Council, The Irish Film Board, Screen Training Ireland, WCDP, Benny & Cliona McCabe, Viv Nathan, Michael Satke, Cork County Council, Miriam & Ken Kilkenny, IMRO, Denis and Mary Ryan, Failte Ireland, and private support from friends and local business in Schull,’ said festival chairperson Hilary McCarthy.

 ‘A big thank you goes out to the village of Schull, for providing us with an idyllic setting for what is now an internationally acclaimed Film Festival and for the outstanding encouragement and enthusiasm of the entire community toward this event,’ she added. 


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