Call For: Entries to the First Cut! Youth Film Festival


Each year First Cut! put out a call for films that are made by young people, age 12 to 24.  Submissions are accepted from individuals, schools, colleges, clubs and projects.

The Call for Entries to the First Cut! Youth Film Festival 2016 is open. The 7th edition of the festival will take place in April. The festival provides an opportunity for young filmmakers, age 12-24, to be part of a very exciting national and international Youth Film Festival which is supported by the Arts Council and Cork County Council.

First Cut! 2016 is again dedicated to screening short films made by young people. It’s time to get submitting! Entry is free. An award for the best short film in each category will be presented. Filmmakers may enter individually or in groups. Music Video, animation, documentary, shorts made in schools, (new ‘as gaeilge’ category), and by 3rd level students in Ireland and internationally.

This year First Cut! will have a special category for schools in acknowledgement of the sheer amount and quality of film making taking place now in schools throughout Ireland, for many young people it is where they get the initial chance to make a film and indeed the opportunity in many cases to hone their craft.

First Cut! now offer an opportunity to young filmmakers to showcase their work, (Friday 22nd is Schools Day at the Fest) …a chance to have their short films screened at Ireland’s only Pop Up film festival open to all local, national and international filmmakers under 24.


To Enter: submit your film on line using We Transfer with your completed Entry Form to Cork Film Centre,, before February 12th. for all the entry information and form.


Keep an eye on all upcoming deadlines here.





Call For: Documentaries for IFI Documentary Festival


IFI Documentary Festival (formerly known as Stranger Than Fiction) has been expanded to five days and will take place between September 23-27th 2015.
The IFI are now accepting entries of  Irish feature-length documentaries (over 60-minutes) and Irish and international short documentaries (under 20-minutes). International features are programmed on an invitation-only basis and no entries in this category will be accepted.  Submission deadline is 6pm June 24th 2015.

All Irish feature-length entries must be Dublin premieres. For short documentaries, premiere status is not required but preference will be given to shorts which are Dublin premieres. Films that have been broadcast on Irish television or on a channel available to Irish television audiences should not be entered and will not be considered. There is no entry fee.

To enter a FEATURE documentary:
Send two non-returnable DVDs or an online link of your film to IFI Documentary Festival, Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, IRELAND.
Include in your package an A4 sheet with the film title, running time, credits (producer, director), a synopsis of the film of less than 300 words, and an accurate listing of the film’s previous exhibition history .  Please also email these details to  along with three high-resolution images from the film.

To enter a SHORT documentary:
Send an online link to  and email the following information: film title, running time, credits (producer, director), a synopsis of the film of less than 300 words, and an accurate listing of the film’s previous exhibition history; and three high-resolution images from the film.


Call For: Submissions for IndieCork Festival 2014


Illustration: Adeline Pericart 

IndieCork Festival, a new festival established in 2013, has now announced dates for 2014. The festival is expanding from five to eight days and will run from October 12th to 19th  2014.


IndieCork Chairperson, Úna Feely, said –“We were delighted with last year’s outcome. With no state funding and a very short lead-in time, we produced a festival that was artistically and financially successful. We are confident that there’s a lively audience in Cork for a festival celebrating independent film and music”.


IndieCork is now inviting submissions of short films, documentaries and independent features from Ireland and throughout the world.



Call For: Films and Scripts for Waterford Film Festival

Illustration by Adeline Pericart.

The 6th Annual Waterford Film Festival will be held between the 9th -11th of November 2012 at the Greyfriars Art Gallery and is currently open for submissions. 

The Festival is open to all kinds of film genres up to 20 minutes in length. The Festival is also seeking short screenplays up to 15 pages for un-filmed short films.

Deadlines for submissions are:

Short Films- REGULAR DEADLINE: Monday 16th of July
LATE DEADLINE: Friday 3rd of August

Screenplays – FINAL DEADLINE : Monday 16th of July

For more information please go to:


Call For: Submissions for GAZE Dublin International LGBT Film Festival

Illustration: Adeline Pericart

GAZE Dublin International LGBT Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its 2012 festival and are especially looking for new Irish LGBT film. This year, GAZE celebrates its twentieth anniversary and wants to feature Irish LGBT film as much as possible in this year’s programme.

Information on submissions can be found on out


‘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:


Increased Prize Money for Best Short Film at OFFLine Film Festival

The OFFline Film Festival which takes place in Birr from Thursday, 13th October until Sunday, 16th October have announced a significant increase in prize money for Best Short Film.

The prize fund is now €4000.

The break down of the prizes is:
1st place: €1500 cash and €1000 equipment/studio rental plus a slot at the Galway Film Fleadh
2nd place: €1000 equipment/studio rental
3rd place: €500 equipment/studio rental

The deadline for submissions is Monday, 26th September.

Other events at the festival include screenings at the Birr Theatre and Arts Centre, The Edit Shed and The Chestnut Bar and workshops with industry professionals on all aspects of filmmaking.

For more details visit