Hundreds Turn Out For Fastnet Film Festival Opening Party

The 11th Fastnet Film Festival launched last night (Wednesday, May 22) at Grove House in Schull, West Cork.

Speakers at the event were festival chairman John Kelleher and journalist and broadcaster Philippa Kennedy OBE. Also, in attendance to celebrate Fastnet’s opening were Carmel Winters, Tony O’Callaghan, Ros Hubbard, Kevin Brownlow, Greg Dyke and many more.

Over 300 film enthusiasts soaked up the sunshine and the atmosphere. They enjoyed live music performances from Accapellabella and acoustic band Chapter Two, while Stephanie Power wowed guests with her film themed body painting.

Fastnet Film Festival will run until Sunday, May 26. Throughout the festival, 12 feature films will screen in 10 pop-up cinemas in the village with no movie theatre. Movies to be shown include award-winning Irish dramas Float Like a Butterfly and Rosie as well as Ed Sheeran documentary Songwriter.

Special guests at the festival include Saoirse Ronan, Roddy Doyle, Sarah Greene, Moe Dunford, Jim Sheridan, Carmel Winters and many more. They will be on the scene in Schull for the duration of the event taking part in public interviews, Q&As, workshops and round table discussions.

For more, see Fastnet Film Festival’s website at

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