Fastnet Film Festival Returns 25th-29th May

March 7, 2022

Fastnet Film Festival is delighted to announce its ongoing collaboration with IMRO. Film Music in Focus Curator Maurice Seezer has created a very special programme for visitors to Schull to enjoy. The partnership with IMRO has helped facilitate some ambitious and collaborative performances over the years and this year will be no exception. The Festival will run from Wednesday the 25th to Sunday the 29th of May in the seaside village of Schull.

“IMRO is delighted to continue its association with the Fastnet Film Festival.  Celebrating the very best in independent film making from Ireland and around the world for over a decade, the festival provides an invaluable platform for film industry professionals to showcase their work.  A broad spectrum of seminars, interviews, masterclass and workshops covering such topics as casting, screenwriting, music score composition, costume design, auditioning and so much more make this a must attend event for industry professionals and film fans alike”.  Keith Johnson, Director of Marketing & Membership IMRO.

A diverse Music in Film Programme that highlights the crucial role music plays in film:

Friday 27th May 2022

Oscar Winning Composer Stephen Warbeck is bringing his Feature Film ‘Man in the Hat’ and its leading Award Winning Actor Ciaran Hinds to Schull in May. Largely silent, the film is interrupted by regular bursts of music, with new songs from Stephen Warbeck, Schubert Lieder sung by the incomparable Mark Padmore, Canteloube aria from the Cevennes, and Try a Little Tenderness, amongst others.

Saturday 28th May 2022

2 hour Masterclass with Oscar winning composer Stephen Warbeck. Hosted by Maurice Seezer. This will be a unique opportunity where attendees will be able to see Stephen at work, composing in Realtime.

Stephen Warbeck writes extensively for film, television and theatre.  He is best known for his score for ‘Shakespeare in Love’ for which he won an Academy Award.  Other films include ‘The Children Act’, ‘Float like a Butterfly’, ‘Hampstead’, ‘Killing Bono’, ‘Billy Elliot’, ‘Mystics’, ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’, ‘Charlotte Gray’ and ‘Mrs Brown’.  Television includes ‘King Lear’, ‘The Dresser’, BBC series ‘Henry IV’ and ‘The Hollow Crown’, for which he won a BAFTA Award. Theatre includes ‘Translations’, ‘Wolf Hall’ and ‘Bring up the Bodies’, ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘This House’.  He also writes music for his band The Kippers.

Sound Masterclass with 2 Award winning Sound Engineers Brendan Rehill and Steve Fanagan.

Steve Fanagan is a BAFTA (Normal People) and Emmy (Game Of Thrones) nominated sound designer, sound editor, and re-recording mixer who has worked a broad spectrum of projects across film and television including Lenny Abrahamson’s Oscar Winning Room, Benjamin Cleary’s Swan Song and the upcoming BBC/Hulu series Conversations With Friends.

Brendan Rehill is an award winning sound designer, sound editor, and re-recording mixer who recently won the IFTA for best sound for his work on Tom Sullivan’s Arracht. His recent credits include Kate Dolan’s award winning You Are Not My Mother and Frank Berry’s much anticipated Aisha.

Music in Film quiz by Maurice Seezer, with live performances from a host of talented musicians.

Sunday 29th May

Free Outdoor screening in the Park of ‘Breaking Out’

Award-winning feature documentary celebrating the remarkable life of the late Irish musician Fergus O’Farrell who was the charismatic voice of Interference, one of the most influential bands of the Irish music scene in the 1990s.

Interference and Friends

To celebrate Breaking Out’s emotional and inspirational soundtrack, Interference (and other guest musicians) will perform a special live show in tribute to Fergus O’Farrell.

The Festival has become a major showcase for Irish and International short film production, focusing on the craft of film which is held in high regard on a local, national and international level for several years now. The Festival this year will include the likes of Aisling Walsh, Lenny Abrahamson, Ed Guiney, David Puttnam plus over 40 more expert guests taking part in Seminars, Masterclasses, Q&As and Workshops. It is an up close and personal festival where first-time filmmakers and world-renowned film experts share the same space.

The highlight of the Festival this year will be the outdoor screening of ‘Breaking Out’ and live tribute concert to Fergus O’Farrell by Interference and guests.

This year the festival received over 400 short film submissions from 31 countries worldwide, Local Interest Films, World Cinema Programmes to include a Focus on Scottish Film.

Alongside the screening of 280 short films and 13 features, visitors to the festival can enjoy: High quality Children’s activities, enjoy live music at several venues around town, take the ferry to Cape Clear for Irish Day, experience Café Viewing at one of the many restaurants and pubs in Schull, fun movie quiz, outdoor cinema and much more.

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