Diana Bracho, one of Mexico’s most famous actresses and Iván Trujillo Bolio, General Director, Festival International de Cine, Guadalajara, will contribute to this year’s ‘World Cinema’ Programme at the Fastnet Film Festival, which will be held in Schull from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th of May. On Wednesday the 22nd ‘Cuban Blood’ will be screened at the Village Hall, starring Harvey Keitel and Diana Bacho. Ivan will present a two-hour selection of Latin America’s best short films to have passed through FICG since 2010 which will be screened at the Village Hall, from 7pm on Saturday 25th. Professor Nuala Finnegan Head of Hispanic Studies at UCC, will interview Ivan following the screening. Following this ‘El Castillo de la Pureza’, will be screened at at 9.30pm also at the Village Hall.

Each year, over the last weekend in May, the now five‐day Festival plays host to in excess of 250 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.

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 (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 5 years of submission films any time of the day or night.

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, AV3 Productions 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.

Diana Bracho studied acting in England in the 60’s securing her first major role in “El Castillo de la Pureza” (The Castle of Purity – 1974). From here she starred in several films for Director Arturo Ripstein. In the early 80’s she turned to Television Securing a major role in one of Mexico’s all time great TV series, “Cuna de Lobos”. In 1991 Diana played a bitter and twisted psychopath in the TV series “Cadenas De Amargura” winning several major acting awards that year. In Mexico the name Diana Bracho is synonymous with superb characterization having won 2 silver Ariel Awards.

In 1992 she returned to the movies with “Serpientes y Escaleras”, and in 1995 she starred in “Entre Pancho Villa y una Mujer Desnuda” which is considered by many to be her best performance, winning Mexico’s Association of National Theatre’s best actress award.

Diana Bracho is one of Mexico’s best known and respected actresses. She got a degree in New York in Philosophy and English Lit and back in Mexico studied with Mexico’s most respected drama teacher.

Her first film “El Castillo de la Pureza”, (“The Castle of Purity”) directed by Arturo Ripstein (1972), is now a classic of Mexican Cinema. In it she played one of the lead characters and got her first Mexican Academy Award for her work. In a career that spans over forty years non-stop, she has managed to move back and forth from Cinema to the Theatre and to Television successfully.

In the Theatre she has played major roles in plays by Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Terrence McNally, Nora Ephron, as well as in plays by many important Mexican playwrights. Her role as Williams’ Blanche Du Bois earned her all the awards given by theatre critics in 1996.

Her work on Television has given her international recognition, especially in Mexico’s all time great TV series “Cuna de Lobos”, where she played the female lead; and in “Cadenas de Amargura” where she played the antagonist, a twisted psychopath which became a memorable character.

Her film work is very interesting because she has worked with many of Mexico’s most renowned directors, but also with many young “Opera Prima” directors just out of Film School. She has been in co-productions with the USA, Great Britain, Germany, Spain and France.

Some of her films will be shown in Schull.

Diana is passionate about acting, and enjoys the possibility of always growing, by moving between media successfully. In 2002 she was elected President of the Mexican Academy of Film Arts and Sciences, a position she held until 2006. Currently she’s working in the Theater and has plans for a TV series and another play in 2014.

FFF 2013 will screen a film she starred in with Harvey Keitel, “Cuban Blood” (2003), directed by Juan Gerard, on Wednesday night 22nd May 2013 at 8pm in the Village Hall, Schull. Her very first major film,”El Castillo de la Pureza” will screen at 6.30pm on Saturday 25th May and Professor Nuala Finnegan will interview Diana Bracho following the screening at 8.30pm.

Iván Trujillo Bolio has been awarded both an ‘Order of Fine Arts and Literature’ by the French government, and an ‘Order of Civil Merit’ from Spain. From 2008 to 2010 he was cultural attaché for Mexico in Cuba. He is currently the Director of the International Film Festival in Guadalajara, which is considered the most prestigious film festival in Latin America and among the most important Spanish language film festivals in the world.