Europe 2020 Online Short Film Competition


The European Commission Representation in Ireland and the Darklight Film Festival invite you to make a short online film on the theme of ‘Europe 2020’ – and what it means to you.


What will Europe look like in 2020? Is yours a dystopian or Utopian vision for the future? Will the issues around Climate Change have been tackled? Will unemployment / poverty be a thing of the past? Or has the Global Recession worsened? Will we all have flying cars or will have everyone have reverted to a bicycle? Will the Information Age have ended and will we enter a new previously unimagined Age? We want to know your thoughts.


….the proposition

Make a short film, one inspired by the notion of ‘Europe 2020’. Go on… It doesn’t matter if you record it on your mobile phone, a state of the art digital video camera, or create your own DIY animation – the idea’s the thing. Make it a comedy, a tragedy, a documentary, an animation – whatever takes your fancy. It’s about self-expression. And if it gets people thinking, even better.


…the prize

The winning entry will win a state of the art HD Digital camera worth €1200 and have their work screened this October at the 2011 Darklight Film Festival.  There are also runners up prizes for highly commended entries.


…the web

As this is an internet competition, your entries need to be uploaded onto a video hosting site – You Tube, Google Video, Vimeo… Any online video hosting site will do nicely.  Once you do that, submit your link, along with your details, on the “Entry” page. NB: Don’t forget to check out the terms and conditions of this competition.



Entries must be submitted by email by the 14th of October.



…the criteria

The winner will not only be selected on the basis of the best film produced, but also by the number of hits their video gets. 75% of the marks for the movie will be given over to creativity and imagination, and 25% for building an audience.


…the panel discussion

We will also be holding a free panel discussion on Saturday 22nd October 2011 as part of the Darklight Festival, discussing the future of Europe and the future of filmmaking in Ireland. It does not matter if you are a novice or experienced filmmaker, you will be sure to learn something on the day.


….check out our virals

You can check out previous European Commission / Darklight Online Short Film Competition winners, finalists and other virals to get you thinking, and also find out more about this competition at


For further information on the ‘Europe 2020’ strategy:



Darklight Film Festival – Deadline Extended!

This year’s Darklight Festival is going to be held from 21-22 October at The Factory, 35A Barrow Street.

Final submission deadline will be 31st August, but do get in touch sooner as the programme is designed around your availability to attend the festival, including your stories as collectives as well as your films and videos.

Darklight is Ireland’s premier festival celebrating independent, DIY and artist films. This year’s festival will look at all aspects of grassroots filmmaking, whether that is crowd funding, production, distribution, alternative screening spaces.

You can submit your work via email or by post. Make sure to include information about how the group came together, what kind of work interests you and who the members are. You can send youtube /vimeo links etc to info at darklight dot ie.

Alternatively, you can post DVDs to Submissions, Darklight Festival, The Factory, 35a Barrow Street, Ringsend, Dublin 4


Darklight: State of The Nation

On Friday, 10th December at 9 p.m. in the Goethe Institut, 812 7th Street NW, Washington DC 20001, Darklight Festival Director Nicky Gogan has hand-picked a collection of films that she thinks reflects Ireland’s current social climate as well as the state of independent Irish film-making today.

In an interactive session that will include input from fellow producer and director, Paul Rowley, as well as a live video link up with Irish guerrilla musician (and director of Nun’s Fight Club), Declan De Barra, Nicky will lead us through her perspective on Irish cinema.

The line up consists of:

Fall directed by Paddy Jolly

Columbarium directed by Tony Kenny

Let Me Be Frank directed by Niamh Murphy

Rag Order directed by Damien O’Donnell

Old Fangs directed by Adrien Merigeau

Lady On The Rock directed by Jessie Ward

Gravity Loop directed by Paul Rowley & David Phillips

Musicvideo directed by Tu Me Tues

Take ‘Em Up directed by Eoghan Kidney

Untitled Revolution directed by Istvan Laszlo

Nuns Fight Club directed by Declan De Barra

Excerpt from One Hundred Mornings directed by Conor Horgan

Excerpt from His & Hers directed by Ken Wardrop

Divestment directed by Paul Rowley & Nicky Gogan

Rialto Twirlers directed by Annmaree Barry

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Darklight Heroes: DC Edition

There will be a Darklight Film Festival and Still films showcase at the Capital Irish Film Festival, Washington this Friday, 10th December at 7 pm at the Goethe Institut, 812 7th Street NW, Washington DC 20001.

Darklight heroes is when some of the festival alumni and contributors from past editions get together to think of the artists who inspire them most from any field and invite them to curate a session in the festival; with Berlin-based animator David O’Reilly being this session’s hero.

Titled ‘Mixtape of Doom’, David has declared his film line-up as top secret and a collection of logic-bending neuro-masochistic short films from the past, present and future with early animation, modern rarities, lost television shows among those being screened.

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