All submissions are screened and evaluated by the FFF Preview and Selection Committees, appointed by the festival steering committee. Their reports are final and confidential.

All films entered into the competition are judged on the same criteria by the Selection Judges, Overall Impact, Script, Direction, Cinematography, Sound Design, Original Music and Editing.  Each criteria is scored out of 10 points, which could earn each film a maximum of 70 points from each judge.  The scores are collated from each one of the selection judges and fed into a master.  Only the Top 200 will be selected from Main competition entries, Top 15 from Best in Cork entries, and the Top 10 from both Best Young Filmmaker (U19) and Best Irish Student of Film and Media Studies and 17 from the Best Irish Language Category.  After the films have been evaluated and scored by the Selection Judges, submitters will be advised as to whether or not their film has been selected to go further in the competition.   These films will be screened in our main venues, The Parish Hall and/or Schull Harbour Hotel and our Distributed Cinemas multiple times throughout the festival. **

The competition short list in each category, to be announced late on Saturday 29th May 2021, will be chosen by the Category Judges who are industry experts, and will be posted on our website, on our Facebook page and in the Box Office window. The shortlisted films will be screened on Sunday (30th) from 9am to 5pm. around the town in as many of our venues as possible.

The winning films in each category will then be chosen from this short list and announced at our prize giving ceremony on the evening of Sunday 30th May 2021.

PLEASE NOTE:  All films notified for selection at the postponed 2020 festival will be screened at the 2021 festival and are still in competition, together with any selected films for 2021.   Please do not re-submit the film entered in 2020.  Thank You.

2020 & 2021 SELECTION Judges

Maria Archer, Laetitia Catalano, Pauline Cotter, Fabian Doyle, Bryony Flatman, Liz Flatman, Mary Horan, Roisin Little, Carmel & Hugh McAllister, Hilary McCarthy, Eddie Pyburn, Dee Quinlan, Ger Sweeney, Helen Wells, Jack Zagar, and Julia Zagar.

2020 & 2021 Category Judges

Best Irish Film: Panel: Patsy Puttnam, Hilary Durman & Jeffrey Wright
Best International Short Film: Panel: Sue Howes, John Kelleher and Sandy Lieberson
Best Irish Language Short Film: tba
Best Junior Filmmaker (U19): Martin Levis
Best Irish Student of Media & Film Studies: Donal Beecher
Best in Cork: Gerard Stembridge
Best Drama: Maureen Hughes
Best Comedy: Lenny Abrahamson
Best Documentary: Paul Stekler & Pratap Rughani
Best Art House: Team DADDY
Best Animation: Steve Baker
Best Direction: Carmel Winters
Best Screenplay: Gaby Smyth
Best Original Music: Maurice Seezer
Best Sound Design: Kieran Horgan
Best Cinematography: Chris O’Dell
Best Editing: Sam Connor

** Please note that if your film is selected and screened, filmmakers attend at their own discretion. Fastnet Film Festival is not liable to pay for or make any financial contribution towards travel or accommodation expenses if a filmmaker decides to attend. In addition, due to the number of screenings, directors are not required to introduce their films or participate in Q&A’s, unless specifically requested to do so.