Due to the huge success of the Dowtcha Puppet Shows at the festival last year, this year they return for a much-extended programme. All day Saturday and Sunday families will be treated to delightful puppet shows and puppet making workshops.

Grandmas Garden is very gentle and brightly coloured with silly characters.There’s plenty of audience participation, some fun songs and magical set changes. Show times 12 noon and 4pm on Saturday. Free of charge.

Punch & Judy’s 350th birthday, that scoundrel Mr. Punch is up to his wicked lazy ways, dodging his share of baby minding and chores, and tricking every one who comes to try and sort him out. Show times 11am, 12noon and 4pm on Sunday. Free of charge.

Simple Rod Puppet Making Workshops. Every Participant will finish the workshop with a character of their own unique creation to take home. Suitable for participants from 5 years to adult. Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. €5pp. Booking at the box-office advisable as numbers are limited.


This is a stop motion animation workshop for 10 – 15 year olds to get involved in.

DOWTCHA are making an animation short film of a parade down the main street of Schull to celebrate the film festival, and you can decide who’s in it, help make the puppets and animate them for filming.

The film will be shot on Friday 24th, Saturday the 25th  and Sunday 26th of May and screened at the award ceremony at 7pm.

Please email 2 drawings with descriptions of 2 characters and floats you would like to see paraded through Schull to celebrate the end of THE FASTNET FILM FESTIVAL, to hilary@fastnetfilmfestival.com

Something like:

  • A sheep with a lasso riding a cowboy on a truck.
  • Michael Collins or Shrek or Batgirl on the back of a tractor.
  • Your Pet on a skateboard.

The workshop will take place at Scoil Mhuire National School on Friday 24th from 4pm – 6pm,

Saturday 25th from 9.30 – 12.30  and 2pm – 5pm

Sunday 26th 11am – 2pm.

We will have a briefing meeting on Thursday this week 16th May at 4.30pm at the Box-Office on Main Street. No problem if you can’t make this meeting.

Any questions please call me, Hilary, on 085 158 8309.

Each year, over the last weekend in May, the now five‐day Festival plays host to in excess of 200 short films. The commitment in Schull is to screen all of the short films entered into competition during the festival in as many different venues throughout the village as possible and to have them available on our archive for Wi-Fi viewing on smart devices within the network of Schull. The Tented Fringe will have amazing fun for all ages from Children’s Films, Puppet Shows, Puppet Making Workshops, Stop Frame Animation Workshops, Storytelling, Drama, the Cycle Cinema and much more.

The Festival is very much an ‘up close and personal’ experience. Filmmakers, directors, producers and invited guest speakers all share their experiences, giving shape and direction to each year’s challenging programme. This Short Film Festival without a Cinema invites you to explore alternatives throughout the village of Schull, providing those who attend with alternatives. Distributed Cinema is Schull’s very own intranet network dedicated to short film. From a horsebox (with HD streaming) to a micro cinema (with eye-piece), six marquees (with projector & screen), from a bookshop to the village hall (720 HD Projection) and to numerous local pubs and restaurants, Schull’s network connects, through Ethernet cable and wireless, to its own short film archive on a dedicated server. Anyone with a smartphone, laptop or iPad can access the server through Wi-Fi anywhere on the main street and watch any of the 4 years of submission films any time of the day or night.

Over 5 days at the end of May, visitors can view this year’s 150+ Competition films which will be screened in every corner of the village, attend Q&As, Premieres, Workshops and Discussions, enjoy family entertainment at the Tented Fringe all in the beautiful seaside town of Schull. This year’s line up will be announced at the Cinematographer’s Party at the Bodega in Cork City on Wednesday the 17th of April.

The Fastnet Short Film would not be possible without the support of our Title Sponsor Barry & Fitzwilliam importers of Corona Beer and our Festival Associates William and Judith Bollinger, Benny and Cliona McCabe, Michael Satke, Frank Daly, Vivian Edward Nathan, Subaru Ireland and Digital Forge among others.

The Festival is grant aided by Cork County Council, West Cork Development Partnership, Fáilte Ireland, Culture Ireland, The Irish Film Board and The Arts Council.