WEST CORK: German short film, ‘Backstory’ directed by Joshua Laukeninks wins ‘Best of Festival’ title at 2017 Fastnet Film Festival

31 May 2017
By David O’Sullivan
david@TheCork.ie

German Short, ‘Backstory’ directed by Joshua Laukeninks, takes home Best of Festival at the 2017 Fastnet Film Festival Award Ceremony

The festival, which took place from the 24th to the 28th of May saw huge crowds of filmmakers from all over the world descend on Schull, Co. Cork for the duration of the 5 days. Chris Donoghue was Master of Ceremonies at the Gala Awards ceremony event in the Schull Harbour Hotel. All in all a great end to very successful festival.

The five-day event saw various gala screenings, premiers, Seminars and Masterclasses with lots of international film experts including, Jim Sheridan, David Puttnam, Lenny Abrahamson, Maureen Hughes, Gerry Stembridge, Gisli Snaer, John Kelleher and Hilary Durman.  More than 70 guests participated, including Crash Ensemble, Kevin Brownlow and Carl Davis.  Over 400 short films were screened across 17 different venues, from the Library, to the hotel, to pub and Café viewings, to screenings on Long Island and all over town. Visitors also attended feature screenings, film quizzes and nightly live music.

Awards Prestented on the night:

BEST OF FESTIVAL

Cash Prize of €5,000 and an original Pat Connor sculpture – Category Judge: FFF Committee

Backstory – Joshua Laukeninks, Germany, 08:00 | Drama

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

Trophy + 2 Return Flights anywhere on the Turkish Airline Network. Sponsored by Turkish Airlines – Category Judge: Gisli Snaer

The Good Mother –  Sarah Clift – Mexico | 05:36 | Comedy

BEST IRISH SHORT FILM

Cash Prize of €1,500 – Category Judge: John Kelleher

Love is a Sting –   Vincent Gallagher Ireland | 18:24 | Drama

BEST YOUNG FILMMAKER (U19)

Cash Prize of €1,000 – Category Judge: Ronan O’Leary

Journey – Radheya Jegatheva Australia | 15:50 | Under 19

BEST IN CORK

Cash Prize of €500 – Sponsored by Cork County Council – Category Judge: Carmel Winters

Joint Winners:

God’s Own Children Michael Lindley Ireland | 17:24 | Comedy & Drama

Women’s Christmas Night – Oonagh Kearney – Ireland | 05:30 | Art House

BEST DRAMA

Cash Prize of €200 – Category Judge: Pat Kiernan

The School Bag – Dheeraj Jindal – India | 15:00 | Drama

BEST COMEDY

Cash Prize of €200 – Category Judge: Gerard Stembridge

dark_net – Tom Marshall UK | 12:30 | Comedy

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Cash Prize of €200 – Category Judge: Hilary Durman & Jeffrey Wright

Fay Presto – Queen of Close Up – Hanna Aqvilin – UK | 16:03 | Documentary

Beautiful Boy – John Gleeson – Ireland | 15:26 | Documentary

 

BEST ARTHOUSE

Cash Prize of €200 – Category Judge: Denis Akiyama

My Ireland – Myles O’Reilly – Ireland | 11:49 | Art House

 

BEST ANIMATION

Cash Prize of €200 – Category Judge: Team DADDY

Fox and the Whale – Robin Joseph – Canada | 12:03 | Animation

JACK GOLD PRIZE FOR BEST DIRECTION

Trophy & Cash Prize of €250 – Category Judge: Lenny Abrahamson

Pregnant Pause – Alice Seabright – UK | 13:00 | Drama

 

BEST SCREENPLAY

Cash Prize of €250 – Category Judge: Donal Beecher

A Whole World for a Little World – Fabrice Bracq – France | 15:00 | Drama

 

BEST MUSIC & SOUND DESIGN

Cash Prize of €250 – Category Judge: Maurice Seezer

The Swelling – Music: Johannes Koeniger

Sound Design: Gordon Krei – Germany | 15:00 | Drama

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Cash Prize of €250 – Category Judge: Chris O’Dell

Incomplete – Pierre Baboin – France | 12:22 | Drama

 

BEST EDITING

Cash Prize of €250 – Category Judge: Colm Crowley

My Ireland – Myles O’Reilly – Ireland | 11:49 | Art House

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