Dear Friends,

Maurice, Helen, Pauline, Maria, Bridie and Hilary would like to express sincere gratitude for the love and support the festival has received over the past 6 years, from all corners of the world. It never ceases to amaze us how so many people have given freely of their time and hard earned money to see this project go from strength to strength.

On Friday 29th of November you are invited to join us at Schull Parish Hall from 7.30pm for a social gathering. There will be plenty of Corona, wine, canapés and maybe the odd short film thrown in. A thank you for all your support in word and deed.

The planning of the Fastnet Film Festival 2014 is in full swing with the prospect of a new and very exciting line up for the last weekend in May 2014. We will keep you well informed as next year’s guests are confirmed.

We are delighted to announce the return to the Committee of our former Chairman Chris O’Dell. He will take over the role of Artistic Director from Maurice and Maria whom, due to current work commitments will be supporting the festival until May in an advisory capacity. Congratulations to Helen Wells who has taken on the gruelling role of Chairperson, ‘may the force be with you’!

It is with great pleasure, we announce the addition to our list of Patrons, someone who has contributed hugely to the success of the festival so far. Carmel Winters, an award-winning storyteller, the maker of bold and innovative drama for stage and screen. ‘Snap’, her debut feature as writer/director, has been critically acclaimed as ‘engrossing… nervy, audacious filmmaking’ (Variety) and ‘a masterclass in storytelling’, (HotPress) picking up a host of awards at international A-list festivals, including Critic’s Choice, (Karlovy-Vary), Best Film (Montevideo), Best Film and Best Director (Dublin Critic’s Circle at the JDIFF). Her most recent theatre plays include: ‘Witness’ which she wrote and directed for its premiere production at Fit Up Theatre Festival, August, 2013; ‘Best Man’, directed by Michael Barker Caven and produced by the Everyman Cork with Project Arts Dublin and Cork Midsummer, June/July 2013. Her 2011 Abbey debut, ‘B for Baby’, won the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best New Play. Welcome aboard Carmel.

FFF has entered the Better Together Video Competition, Please, please vote for us by clicking on the link and casting your vote. The top 10 most voted for videos will be shortlisted and the winner will be announced at the Better Together Awards on 12 December. Martin Levis our Technical Director has put together this amazing video, voice over by Pauline. You may even star in it. Winning the award would see National exposure for Schull and the Festival, so please keep voting.

You may vote once a day, every day from not until the . Your IP address will be logged at the time of voting, preventing you from voting more than once within any 24-hour period. If you share an IP address with others, only one vote will be accepted on a daily basis.

We look forward to seeing you in Schull on Friday the 29th of November. All the best for now, lots more to follow.

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