Cork County Council and the Fastnet Film Festival have come together to bring you 16 family friendly short films, all with a Cork Connection. These shorts have been screened over the years at the Festival in Schull. We will screen four new shorts each week during the month of December and all 16 will be available to viewers for the month of January.

Cork County Council is honoured to help bring 16 visual representations of the county from the big screen and in to the homes of the people of Cork. Speaking about how important the film festival is to Cork, Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey said “Having supported the Fastnet Film Festival since its inception, it was a bitter blow to lose the escapism experienced in previous iterations, especially in this year of all years. To be able to bring a bit of Fastnet in to homes across the county and countrywide is a massive boost for the Arts and for culture in County Cork.”

This re-imagining of the festival and this focus on Cork film for the month of December and January, is a beacon of hope for the Arts, for filmmaking and for Ireland. We hope it will whet the appetite for Fastnet Film Festival 2021.

Programme No 4:  

Lost Memories

Directed by Eamonn Murphy

Sean races against the clock to his mother’s death bed while dealing with inter-family politics over the phone.

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Love Her Bones

Directed by Ross Carey

Frank bumps into his old friend Tom by chance in an Irish pub, and is horrified to learn that Tom has just made a very odd life choice.

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Silent Song

Directed by Ignas Laugalis

An aspiring dancer wishes to realise his dream.

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The Pike

Directed by Alicia Ní Ghráinne

An estranged grandmother and grandson are reunited and must deal with their past.

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Programme No 3:  

All the Stars, All the Heavens

Directed by Paul Heiney

Two Irish towns: one with a thriving bakery, the other (Schull) where the bread oven has gone cold.

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Beautiful Boy

Directed by John Gleeson

A slice of life documentary depicting the life of an autistic man.

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Directed by Shaun O’Connor

When he manages to destroy the town’s  Virgin Mary Statue, Charlie does the only thing he can do; frame his brother.

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Women’s Christmas Night

Directed by Oonagh Kearney

A highly visual and feminist response to Séan Ó Riordáin’s famous Irish Language poem.

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Programme No 2:  

An Open Door

Directed by Aoise Tutty Jackson

Explores new approaches to mental health services within Ireland by shining a light on Skibbereen’s pioneering space.

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My Ireland

Directed by Myles O’Reilly

My Ireland is a poem by Irish poet Stephen James Smith narrated over visuals of Ireland.

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Somebody, Somewhere, Who Looks After Critters

Directed by Sarah Ingersoll

A man living a remote life finds solace in a refuge created for injured animals.

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Sonnet 91 William Shakespeare

Directed by Mary Curtin

Inspired by Shakespeare’s Sonnet 91, a story is told of two families, united or perhaps not, through adoption.

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Programme No 1:  

The Estuary

Directed by Carl Dixon.

Three fishermen, Mike, Matt and Henry, reminisce about outlawed fishing traditions on the Shannon Estuary.

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The Shift

Directed by Megan K. Fox

It’s the last disco of the Gaeltacht and thirsty fifteen year old Denise is determined to get her first shift against all odds.

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The Swimmer

Directed by Thomas Beug

An Irish long-distance swimmer tries to make sense of his life in the isolation of the cold Atlantic Ocean.

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The Wheel

Directed by Anne-Marie Green

The lovingly restored Coosheen Mill in West Cork through the eyes of people who know its past.

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