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Horsebox among the host 'venues' for film festival

Published 26/05/2011 | 05:00

Michelle Downey, Muireann Coackley and Katie Buttimore at The Black Sheep in Schull, Co Cork, yesterday
Michelle Downey, Muireann Coackley and Katie Buttimore at The Black Sheep in Schull, Co Cork, yesterday

TO some it is just a humble horsebox. But use your imagination and it might just be transformed into a cinema with multiple screens.

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Johanna Connor's horsebox is just one of the quirky 'venues' adopted by the Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival, which aims to transform the West Cork town of Schull into a giant cinema.

Other 'venues' for the festival will include a darkened bus, The Black Sheep pub, an old garage, an old movie house, the parish hall and even parked cars.

But in most of the venues, viewers will need to bring their own screens -- in the form of laptops or smartphones -- to watch the films.

"The whole concept came about by accident," festival official Hilary McCarthy told the Irish Independent.

"We had an ideal 200-seat venue in the local hotel but unfortunately that closed down due to the economic situation and we had to start thinking outside the box," she said.

Schull has no cinema, but one local suggested using high-tech broadband cables to allow IntraNet and Wifi networks to carry films virtually anywhere.

Special cables were laid throughout the town and Schull now boasts a communications network to rival anywhere in Dublin, Belfast or Cork.

"You can watch the movies entered in the festival anywhere in Schull on anything from your smart-phone to your laptop or iPad simply by logging on," Ms McCarthy explained.

While the old movie house and parish hall venues will have the film projected onto a wall, the rest will require patrons to bring their own viewing devices.

Irish Independent

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