Of the many reasons to visit West Cork this May, one could be the chance to check out the many cultural events highlighted in the many local festivals of the region held over the summer. With this month throwing up some marvelous weather, May has introduced to us the beginning of the up and coming summer festival season. One such festival due to take place this coming weekend (21st– 25th May) is the Schull Film Festival.
Schull’s Film Festivals will display a fine selection of world class annual short films in a variety of original settings using modern techniques/ideas within the village. Over the five days of its duration expect to find a broad programme of events, workshops and a selection of well chosen short films showing in a number of popular and novel locations within the town among them local pubs and noted cafes (perfect if you want to watch the films whilst partaking in some of west corks award winning food and drink).
The festival aims to be an “up-close and personal” festival where the audience, young filmmakers, internationally renowned directors, producers and invited guest speakers all share the same space. Some of the guest speakers include well known names such as David Puttman, Jim Sheridan and actor Steve Coogan. The event hosts various screenings, Q&A’s, premieres as well as discussions with international experts in the film industry.
A short film festival without a cinema, the festival uses “Distributed Cinema”- Schull’s very own dedicated server to short film. The past 5 years of submitted films are available to view with a smart phone, laptop or tablet anywhere on Main Street, Schull over the five days of the festival 24 hours a day. From a bookshop, to an art gallery, marquees, numerous local pubs and restaurants, the town hall or take the ferry to the Long Island Cinema, films are screened in every corner of the village. Truly – the village is the screen.
Showcasing such a wide and diverse range of culture and traditions of the various west cork towns, festivals such as the Corona Film Festival offer visitors a variety of things to see and do and take in whilst on a trip to Ireland. Festivals offer people who are taking a vacation in Ireland the perfect excuse to head to the scenic region, whether it be to engage in the local festivities, see and hear something new, soak up the culture and atmosphere or simply enjoy the scenery and food whilst taking in the many events and shows in the area.
With something for everyone young and old in scenic surrounds, there is never a better occasion than to check out what is happening in the many villages of West Cork in the month of May. The many towns and villages of West Cork are best explored on a self drive tour of Ireland, and with such a small proximity between each town visitors are guaranteed to pack in a lot to their vacation.