Details of what will be the fifth annual festival, to will be held in Schull from May 22-26, were announced last night.
One of the big names appearing this year is renowned Hollywood director and cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak. He was director of photography on such classics as The Verdict, Terms of Endearment, and Prizzi’s Honor.
It was also announced that Lenny Abrahamson with What Richard Did, Sminky Shorts with Unseen Footage, and music documentary maker Myles O’Reilly will be among the line-up.
Schull has no cinema and organisers have come up with innovative methods to showcase the films by encouraging filmmakers, tourists and locals to access the submitted competition films locally on laptops, iPads and smartphones, by logging on to the festival’s short film archive.
In the animation section there will be contributions from David Quin, CGI generator for Brown Bag’s Give up your Auld Sins, Mike Ahern of Team DADDY, and Rob Cullen of Boulder Media.
A World Cinema Programme will include the best short film selections from Turkey, Poland, Spain and Mexico.
Renowned Mexican actress Diana Bracho and Iván Trujillo Bolio, director of the Guadalajara International Film Festival will also take part.
Meanwhile, round table discussions with Gerry Stembridge, Carmel Winters and Pat Kiernan of Corca Dorca also form part of the programme.
“It is a major showcase for Irish and international short film production and has been held in high regard on a local, national and international level for several years now,” said festival chairman Maurice Seezer.