‘Glen Hansard: Italy’ another Premiere for the 5th Fastnet Film Festival.

Myles O’Reilly, arguably Ireland’s best music documentary filmmaker will premier ‘Glen Hansard: Italy’ on Saturday 25th of May at 9pm at the Grain Store Gallery. Winner of several iMTV Awards, his work will be familiar to anyone who watches contemporary Irish music on YouTube. His film documenting last year’s performances in the Mitchelstown Caves, by Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Lisa Hannigan, Duke Special and James Vincent McMorrow premiered at the Cork Opera House to rave reviews. His films are shot from his signature perspective of someone going to the gig, “Myles O’Reilly is an Irish director of exquisite live music films. No other director makes you feel like you’re right there at the gig” – The Irish Times. The festival now in it’s 5th year will run from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th of May in Schull, West Cork.

In April 2013 Myles accompanied Glen and his band while touring Italy promoting their debut solo album, ‘Rhythm and Repose’. This album was created over a year and a half while living in New York City, recorded by Patrick Dillett and produced by Thomas Bartlett. This is Glen’s first release since ‘The Swell Season’s Strict Jo’. Myles will also screen ‘In the Name of Willie Clancy’, a unique perspective of ‘Willie Clancy Week’ in Milltown Malbay, Co Clare. Myles will be interviewed by Colin Vearncombe (A.K.A. Black) following the screenings.

Myles has worked with the best in Irish music, filming live performances, music videos and documentaries with Bono, Sinead O’Connor, Villagers, Liam O’Maoinlai, Julie Feeney and Katie Kim to name but a few. He is a visual vigilante for Irish music, capturing extraordinary moments very naturally. This is documentary making in its truest form. ‘As soon as I point a camera at a performance I feel like I am part of it.’ Says Myles.

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.