Dingle Film Festival offers €5,000 in cash prizes for Irish language Short Film Proposal

Dingle Film Festival offers €5,000 in cash prizes for Irish language Short Film Proposal

The Dingle Film Festival is delighted to announce ‘Físín’, a call to filmmakers to submit a short film proposal in the Irish language. The competition has a cash prize fund of €5,000 and €1,000 worth of lighting equipment hire sponsored by Cian de Buitléar’s company Teach Solas.

Five filmmakers will be selected to travel to the next Dingle Film Festival which opens on St. Patrick’s day 2011. Each of the five will be treated as festival guests and will be given the opportunity to pitch their proposal to a panel and a live audience in The Phoenix Cinema during the festival. A wonderful panel has been put together, including the iconic Eamon de Buitléar, local writer Louise Ní Fhiannachta, who now writes for TG4, local writer Marina Ní Dhubháin and head of Ealain Na Gaeltahta, Micheál Ó Fearraigh.

The opportunity has been put together by the festival to encourage the writing of film scripts in the Irish language. Tor Cotton, one of the festival sponsors came up with the idea:

“As an ardent supporter of the Dingle Film Festival I asked Maurice (the festival director) why he wasn’t screening much, if ever, ‘as gaeilge’ in order to reflect the festival’s location in the Corcha Dhuibhne Gaeltacht. The reply I got saddened and alarmed me, it couldn’t be true. Were there really virtually no films being shot through Irish? There must be some and I am sure there are some, only a few mind.” Tor went on to say “Just as I am shy to speak and thus progress my Irish, it may be that others are cautious about taking the risk to develop their films through Irish. However unlike my toe in the water of the language, the risk of making a bad film is equal in either tongue, I hope to speak more Irish and to see more films ‘as gaeilge’. It seemed a logical conclusion to be constructive rather than critical and set up a competition to encourage film making through Irish.”

The competition is aimed at people who combine a special interest in film alongside a commitment to the Irish language. The festival is keen to see proposals from all local dialects. This opportunity is open to any individual or group from transition year students right through to professionals. The application form is available to download at www.dinglefilmfestival.com or you can email fisin@dinglefilmfestival.com. The closing date for entries is January 31st 2011.

The winning pitch at the festival will receive €3,000 cash prize and €1,000 worth of rental lighting equipment and will return to Dingle with their finilised film in 2012. . Four of the pitches will receive a cash prize of €500 and each filmmaker will receive a personalised commemorative leather notebook designed by Conor Holden.

The Dingle Film Festival, home to The Gregory Peck Award and who’s guests have included Gabriel Byrne, Cillian Murphy, Jim Sheridan, Sir Alan Parker, Saoirse Ronan & Sarah Miles, will have its 5th edition next March opening on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th and running until Sunday March 20th 2011.

For further information please contact Festival Director, Maurice Galway:

on 00 353 (0) 87 9139962 or email maurice@dinglefilmfestival.com.



Newport Beach Film Festival 2010 – Call for entries

The Newport Beach Film Festival is celebrating its 11th year of bringing the best in independent cinema to Orange County. Showing over 350 films, the Newport Beach Film Festival presents a unique blend of features, documentaries, international spotlighted films, youth, action sports and short films in one programme. The festival will run from 22-29 April 2010 and it’s now open for submissions.

Since its beginnings, the festival has presented many acclaimed films and as a result the Newport Beach Film Festival has quickly gained recognition both from filmmakers and audiences, and has attracted more than 50,000 attendees in 2009.

The festival also offers the opportunity to meet the filmmakers. Directors, screenwriters and cinematographers eager to share their work will provide an exclusive inside look at the industry during post-screening Q&A’s and as a part of the free Seminar Series.

For more information visit www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com


Call for entries for 'The Way We Live' Film Festival

The 7th Annual ‘Wie wir leben!/The Way We Live!’ Short Film Festival invites filmmakers from all over the world to enter their latest work for selection. The festival, which will take place from 4– 7 November 2009 in Filmmuseum, Munich, is looking for films which represent people with disabilities, chronic or mental illnesses and their experiences. The films entered should be no longer than 60 minutes and produced in 2007 or later. They can be fictional, documentary, animation or experimental films.

The deadline is 10th July 2009. A selection of about 30 films will be screened in the final international competition programme. There are three awards, presented by an international jury, as well as an audience award.

For more details see www.abm-festival.de


AsoloArtFilmFestival 2009 Call for Entries

The XXVIII Edition of AsoloArtFilmFestival will be held in Asolo (Treviso, Italy) from the 28th August to the 6th September.

Created in 1973 by Flavia Paulon, the former festival enjoyed international success for over two decades, until it was interrupted in the ’90s. Refounded in 2001, this edition of AsoloArtFilmFestival will offer an annual exhibition with a contest dedicated to films and videos dealing with the topic of art in all its forms.

The contest is divided into six sections: Films On Art (works on art in all its forms), Artists’ Biographies (works of historical reconstruction and critical interpretation on personalities from the world of art and music), Films On Architecture and Design (works on architecture, urbanism and design relating to art in all its forms), Video Art and Computer Art (works using electronics or computer technologies as a method of direct artistic expression), Productions of Schools of Cinema (works related to art in all its forms, produced by schools of cinema, specialized higher education institutes and universities), Harmony and Territory (documenting works for the harmonious development of the territory and its contradictions, increasing the value of potential and resources with respect for culture and the environment).

The entry form download is available here and the closing date for applications is 15th May ’09.


Hamburg Short Festival Call for Entries

The 25th Hamburg International Short Film Festival has given its the call for entries. The festival, which is organised by the Hamburg Short Film Agency, is intended to serve as a meeting place for both filmmakers and film lovers.

The competition categories include: the International Competition, the No Budget Competition, the National Competition, Three-minute Quickie (this year’s topic: ‘Human Error’) and ‘Mo & Friese’ Children’s Short Film Festival.

Deadline for entries is 15th February, 2009. Films should not exceed 30 minutes in length and should not be produced before 2008.

For more information, please visit www.shortfilm.com