Now that submissions have closed judging continues. The final tally is 469 short films, up 26% on last year.   We are delighted to announce our first focus for FFF 2019


Roddy Doyle

To say we are delighted to share the good news with you would be an understatement: Roddy Doyle has accepted our invitation to attend the Festival in May and take part in several events over the five days of the Festival. The 11th Fastnet Film Festival will run from Wednesday the 22nd to Sunday the 26th of May 2019 in the beautiful seaside village of Schull.

As an International Award winning writer Roddy needs little or no introduction, author of 11 novels and seven children’s books, he has also written prolifically for TV, Cinema and Stage. Roddy’s first 3 novels ‘The Commitments’ (1987), ‘The Snapper (1990) and The Van (1991) form the Barrytown Trilogy, centred on a working class Dublin family. All three novels were made into hugely successful iconic films.

Doyle’s latest script Rosie, directed by Paddy Breathnach (director of Viva) is about a mother trying to protect her family after their landlord sells their rented home and they become homeless and living in hotels.

Roddy’s ability to write excellent dialogue, and somehow make you laugh out loud about very serious issues is unprecedented. His style, mood, and phrasing best explain why he is a world famous fiction writer and arguably Ireland’s favourite Irish author.

‘Songwriter’,  the Ed Sheeran Documentary 

Directed by Murray Cummings

ed sheeran

We are delighted at the opportunity to screen the Documentary ‘Songwriter’, brought to the festival by Murray Cummings (Director), 2nd Unit Director Billy Cummings, and William Bean (Animator). These three proud past pupils of Schull Community College will take part in a post screening Q&A at the festival which will run from Wednesday the 22nd to Sunday the 26th of May in the village of Schull.

Murray Cummings

‘Songwriter’  is an intimate and personal look into the writing process of one of the world’s leading artists – Ed Sheeran. Filmed by his cousin Murray, it details the creation of Ed’s third studio album “Divide” and gives an authentic insight into Ed’s life through never before seen home videos. We witness first-hand the creativity, from the very first chord to the finishing touch, as sounds become songs.

Billy Cummings
William Bean, animator

‘Songwriter’, is unusual in that Murray travelled extensively with his cousin Ed and managed to capture him in the act of writing songs.
The viewer gains insight into the intense, collaborative process that has produced some of Sheeran’s biggest hits. Along the way, Songwriter offers a look back at Sheeran’s childhood, through never before-seen-footage from his family’s archives. Amid a mind-boggling travel schedule that finds him writing on tour buses, at an idyllic
Malibu estate, and on one epically luxurious cruise liner, Sheeran works with legendary producer Benny Blanco and musicians such as Amy Wadge, Johnny McDaid, Foy Vance, Ryan Tedder, and Julia Michaels to hone multiple songs at the same time while never missing a beat. Through these lovely, often hilarious interactions, Cummings reveals Sheeran to be a vulnerable, massively talented songwriter, one whose admiration for his collaborators, and theirs for him, is abundantly evident.

“I decided to make something different,” says Cummings, on being able to provide an authentic look into Ed’s life and creative process as only family can.“I wasn’t going to show fame. I didn’t want paparazzi, screaming fans or big stadiums. I didn’t want to have sit down interviews because I didn’t want to tell the audience how something came to be, I just wanted to show them. And I wanted the focus to be the songwriting.”

Lots more guests to be announced shortly!.