Call For: Entries for 13th annual Kerry Film Festival


Illustration: Adeline Pericart

Kerry Film Festival is calling on filmmakers from across the Kingdom and the world to start submitting their work now, ahead of KFF 2012 which will take place from the 6th -13th October.

Following the success story which was KFF 2011, preparations for this autumn’s festival are already gaining momentum, and based on the impressive number of films entered last time round, the organisers are expecting yet another bumper year.

The main focus of the Kerry Film Festival is as ever on young filmmakers, with short film competitions geared towards showcasing their work and bringing it to a wider audience at home and throughout a growing network of partner festivals across the globe.

Filmmakers have the chance for their work to be seen by a prestigious panel of adjudicators which has in recent years included such leading lights as Cillian Murphy, director Paul Greengrass, Jeremy Irons, Liam Neeson, and Gabriel Byrne. KFF also presents the Maureen O’Hara Award to a woman who has excelled in the art of film, with Fionnula Flanagan honoured in 2011, receiving her award from Maureen O’Hara herself at a glittering awards ceremony at Siamsa Tire, Tralee.

KFF 2012 will see the launch of the Kerry Film Festival Challenge, the latest innovation of Festival Director Sarah Smyth, which will see young filmmakers invited to shoot a short film over the course of the festival using the backdrop of the world’s most beautiful film location; the Kingdom of Kerry. Full details of the Kerry Film Festival Challenge will be released in early July.

The call for entries is being issued earlier than in previous years. “Last year saw over five-hundred films entered into the short film competitions with entries were coming in right up until the last moment and the FedEx van wearing a path to our door,” said festival co-ordinator Niall Burman-Roy. “So this year we’re allowing as much time as possible for filmmakers to get their submissions in.”

The closing date for entries is August 10th. Submissions can be made online at where full details can be found.

The Kerry Film Festival would like to thank The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon,KerryCountyCouncil/ Comhairle Contae Chiarraí, Tralee Town Council / Comhairle Baile Thra Li, Siamsa Tire & Lyric FM.

The Kerry Film Festival will take place from the 6th-13th October 2012.




Call For: entries for Blackrock Animation Film Festival 2012 Competition

 Illustration: Adeline Pericart

Details of the second Blackrock Animation Film Festival Competition were announced today (Monday) at a photo call in Blackrock.  Festival Director, Fionnghuala Ní Néill and President of the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT), Dr Annie Doona were joined by Blackrock Business Network members to help launch the competition, now in its second year.

At the unveiling of the competition poster, the Festival Director called for entries and announced the deadline – Friday, 6th July 2012.  Winning entries will be showcased during Blackrock Animation Film Festival 2012 (12th– 13th October) and prizes will be awarded at an awards ceremony (The BAFFAs).

Announcing the competition details and rules, Festival Director, Fionnghuala Ní Néill said:

‘We were astounded at the level and quality of entries for our inaugural Festival so we are naturally very excited about this year. We hope that the Blackrock Animation Film Festival 2012 Competition will inspire people to develop and showcase their talents.We are planning a bigger Festival this year with even more screenings, talks and workshops to take place over the two day event.’

Competition entry forms and rules are available on Festival updates will be announced in the coming months on, and on Twitter, @baffa2012.


Call for Entries: ICCL Human Rights Film Awards

Applications are now open for the 2012 ICCL Human Rights Film Awards, marking the competition’s fourth year as Ireland’s only human rights short film competition.

The aim of the Human Rights Film Awards is to provide film students, filmmakers and those working in human rights with an opportunity to contribute to human rights discourse in Ireland, grappling with issues which affect some of the most vulnerable members of Irish society through the medium of film.

Over the past three years, the competition has produced shortlisted films of outstanding quality which cast light on a range of human rights issues in new and creative ways.

The 2012 competition will also continue to widen its reach to younger people in second-level education through the Human Rights in Under a Minute Challenge, which will launch in January 2012, and through the Human Rights Films in Schools Project).

The competition deadline is 16 April 2012, and full details of how to apply are available here.


Call for Entries For Anima Animation Festival 2012 Brussels

Anima 2012, the International Animation Film Festival, will take place in Brussels, Belgium, from February 17 to 26, 2012. This 31st edition will present the international production of animated films, within the international competition for commercials, music video, short and long feature animation films, as well as retrospectives, exhibitions, lectures, a series of “pro” encounters (Futuranima) and workshops.
Every year the festival is attracting more than 35.000 people, professionals, journalists,
students as well as a large local audience of children and adults.

Deadlines :
Entry Forms + DVD for previewing your production(s) = October 15, 2011
Film print (in case of selection) = January 27, 2012
Entering the productions is free of charge!

Visit our website for downloadable entries for Anima 2012, the rules and general information over the festival:


‘Better Together’ Online Video Competition Call for Entries

Aspiring and student film-makers across Ireland are invited to lend their support to a new public awareness campaign, Better Together (, which has been launched to build public support for thousands of charities and community groups.


This social media campaign centres on the website where charitable organisations can showcase their work by submitting inspiring short videos to the Better Together Video Competition. The public are also being invited to show their support by donating to and voting for their favourite videos and causes.


Above all the campaign aims to inspire the public to connect with and support their local community, to show the heroic efforts being made daily by volunteers and people working to help those most in need and to demonstrate that we are better together.


Film-Makers Wanted


To help these organisations tell their story and create a winning video, we are inviting aspiring film-makers to partner with an organisation of their choice to produce and direct an inspirational short video (of 3-minutes or less).


Last year over 200 videos were submitted to the Better Together campaign, and they were viewed over 130,000 times by over 63,000 people. So why not get involved and gain exposure for your work while also adding to your own showreel?


Videos can be submitted from now until 28th October, 2011. The campaign will culminate with the Better Together Awards on 1 December when the winners will be announced at a glitzy ceremony inDublin.


For further details visit:


Dare Media UnderGround Short Film Festival, July 11th – 17th 2011 call for entries

Dare Media UnderGround Short Film Festival (11-17 July 2011) are now accepting entries.

UnderGround is a completely new begining for Cork Filmmaking. Forget other Local Festivals, UnderGround is a Festval for Filmmakers, by Filmmakers.

Dedicated solely to the Art of the Short Film, there are categories for Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Sci-Fi/ Horror and Music Video/Artistic.
UnderGround will run over four days across five intimate Cork City venues. Each Entry, regardless of selection or rejection, will receive a detailed evaluation and analysis from our panel of experienced judges to help you continue to hone your filmmaking skills.

Deadline for Entries: Early Bird Deadline (€5) 20th May ’11, Final Deadline (€10) 17th June ’11

Visit for more details or to download an entry form.