Call For: Entries for Cinemagic

Cinemagic, the international film festival for young people based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has opened call for entries for their 2016 edition.

The festival was established in 1989 and over the years it has developed a worldwide reputation for excellence in children’s programming and is currently the largest award-winning children’s film festival in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The festival includes international film screenings, movie premieres, industry Q&A’s, discussions, competitions and master classes in all aspects of filmmaking.

Cinemagic is a competitive festival with prizes for:

  • Best feature film for a young adult audience (The Golden Reel Award) – judged by a jury of young people aged 18-25.
  • Best feature film for a teenage audience (The Silver Reel Award) – judged by a jury of young people aged 15-17.
  • Best feature film for a youth audience (The Emerald Reel Award) – judged by a jury of young people aged 12-14.
  • Best feature film for a junior audience (The Golden Star Award) – judged by a jury of young people aged 10-11.
  • Best feature film for a young audience (The Silver Star Award) – judged by a jury of young people aged 8-9.
  • Best feature film for a children’s audience (The Emerald Star Award) – judged by a jury of young people aged 6-7.
  • Best short film for a primary school audience (Jury’s Out Award 8+) – Judged by primary schools (ages 8+)
  • Best short film for a secondary jnr school audience (Jury’s Out Award 12+) – Judged by secondary jnr schools (ages 12+)
  • Best short film for a secondary school audience (Jury’s Out Award 15+) – Judged by a secondary schools (ages 15+)

Films made within the years 2014 – 2016 are eligible for competition. Cinemagic has stated that they are interested in all types of films and programmes for children and young people from preschool through to young adult.

For entry form and regulations as well as details on how to apply,

Deadline for entries is 25th July, 2016. All entries will be judged by a previewing committee. Successful entrants will be notified by 26th August 2016.


Call For: Entries for Fastnet Film Festival


The Fastnet Film Festival have announced a ‘Call for Entries’ for their 8th Film Festival, which will be held in Schull 25th-29th of May 2016. Prize fund €8,000+

Submission guidelines

  • All submission entries must have been completed no earlier than 1st January 2014
  • The submission entry should not have been entered into FFF in previous years.
  • All submission entries will be watched and evaluated by our team of Selection Judges. Submitters will then be advised if their film has been selected to go further in the competition.
  • All entries submitted will be screened at least 5 times throughout the village of Schull during the festival, as long as the film abides by the rules and regulations.
  • Submissions through or

Important dates

  • 31 October 2015 – deadline for earlybird special €20
  • 31 January 2016 – deadline regular submission €25
  • 7 February 2016 – deadline late entry €30
  • 14 February 2016 – deadline last entry €50
  • 25 May 2016 – 8th Annual Fastnet Film Festival Opens
  • 28 May 2016– Short list in each category announced
  • 29 May 2016– Short listed films screened
  • 29 May 2016– FFF 2016 Awards ceremony

2016 Category prizes 

BEST OF FESTIVAL – Cash Prize €2,000 and an original Pat Connor sculpture
BEST IRISH SHORT FILM – Cash Prize €1,250
BEST YOUNG FILMMAKER (Under 22) – Cash Prize €1,250
BEST JUNIOR FILMMAKER (Under 17) – Cash Prize €500
BEST MADE IN CORK – Cash Prize €500 (Sponsored by Cork County Council)
BEST DRAMA – Cash Prize €200
BEST COMEDY – Cash Prize €200
BEST DOCUMENTARY – Cash Prize €200
BEST ART HOUSE – Cash Prize €200
BEST ANIMATION – Cash Prize €200
BEST DIRECTION – Cash Prize €250
BEST SCREENPLAY – Cash Prize €250

Further info please visit


Call For: Entries

Illustration; Adeline Pericart

After the massive success of last year’s festival, the UnderGround Short Film Festival have announced that they are open for submissions for the UnderGround Short Film Festival 2012.

UnderGround is a completely new beginning for Cork Filmmaking. Forget other Local Festivals, UnderGround is a Festival 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.

To help filmmakers, each entry, regardless of selection to the event or otherwise, will receive a detailed evaluation and analysis from our panel of expert judges.

UnderGround Short Film Festival will run from 10th – 18th August.

Deadline for Entries:
Early Bird Deadline (€5): 20th May 2012, Final Deadline (€10): 17th June 2012

Please visit for more details


Call For: Entries for the European Film Academy Young Audience Award


Illustration: Adeline Pericart


Submit your film now for the


On Young European Audience Film Day on 10th June, three films will be screened to a young audience (10 – 13 year-olds) in Amsterdam, Belgrade, Copenhagen, Erfurt, Stockholm and Turin. The nominations will be determined by a committee of directors of children film festivals. And it is the young audience in the six cities that will act as a jury and vote for the winner right after the screenings. The presentation of the award will take place on the same day in Erfurt, Germany.

Eligible for this newly introduced award are European  feature-length fiction, animation and documentary films intended for children between 10 and 13 years. The films must have had their first official screening  (be it at a festival or at a regular cinema) after 1 March 2011.

Submission deadline is 15th March 2012

If you have any questions please contact Maria von Hörsten at +49 30 887 16 70 or


The European Film Academy Young Audience Award is organised and presented by the European Film Academy and EFA Productions with the support of the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM). The national Young Audience Film Day events will be organised with the support of the respective national partners.


Call For: Entries

Illustration: Adeline Pericart

A new short international film festival  taking place in Thurrock, Essex, UK in June this year is now accepting entries from Ireland.

The festival is an open competition that anybody can enter and there are two international categories as well as student/documentary/animation/music video and under 16 categories that can be entered by anybody worldwide.

Additionally the festival is  looking for a feature film not in the English language to screen at our festival, and are looking to find a film that could have it’s British Premiere at the festival.

There is a 300-seat screen secured for this  full HD screening facilities.

Thurrock International Film Festival
24-30th June 2012


Call For: Entries


Oscar-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes, will lend his support to Cast Away, an international pod-cast challenge for young people, being organised by Cinemagic Film Festival and Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic Visitor Experience.
As part of the celebrations to mark the opening of Titanic Belfast, in spring 2012, and to recognise the legacy of Titanic in its centenary year, creative young people worldwide, under 25, are being asked to participate in this multi-media event and submit a short video/film pod-cast, themed around Titanic. The genre of the pod-cast can take any form- fact or fiction, contemporary or period drama, news programme or documentary.
Entries will be shortlisted in three age categories, 10-14, 15-17 and 18-25 and a panel, including Julian Fellowes, will decide upon a winner in each category. Prizes will be awarded to the winning entries including film and television set visits and New York Film Academy are sponsoring  the prize for the 18-25yr old category, where its winner will be offered a one week scholarship to any of its programmes worldwide!
Julian Fellowes said ‘After writing the new four-part ITV drama about the Titanic, I know how absorbing this noble ship and its fatal voyage can be.  There is no limit to the way the story can be investigated, examined, re-invented, and I very much look forward to viewing the work of these talented young filmmakers.’
Joan Burney Keatings, Cinemagic Chief Executive said “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Titanic Belfast to offer a fantastic opportunity to young people to create a short film about their interpretation of the Titanic Story in the lead up to its centenary year.
We are also honoured to have Julian Fellowes involved in the initiative and as Cinemagic’s ethos is to inspire and motivate young people through moving image; collectively we want to encourage participants to use easily accessible recording devices to create their submissions, web-cams, mobile phones, and camcorders-  anything they can get their hands on, to tell a story.’
Tim Husbands, Titanic Belfast’s CEO, added ‘Titanic has been celebrated in film for the past century, with the first Titanic movie produced in 1912.
‘Titanic’s story has captivated generations because it works on a variety of levels, from incredible stories of heroism and survival to the ingenuity of the men who built her.  This is a great opportunity for a new generation using new technology to be inspired by Titanic’s legend and I’m looking forward to seeing how 21st century creativity compares with what’s gone before.’
 The competition is open to anyone aged 25 and under worldwide.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, 27th January 2012. Entry to the competition is free.

For more information on how to enter and to download an entry form please visit  or or email


Mid-Ulster Film Festival Call for Entries

The Mid-Ulster Film Festival will be accepting entries until 19th March 2009. The festival, which takes place 1–3 May, is non-competitive and aims to nurture first-time filmmakers and offer them the chance to screen alongside award-winning films. For more information and information on how to apply please click here.


Vauxhall Auteur Theory Award

The 6th London Short Film Festival is looking for the next Scorsese, Spielberg or Tarantino who can produce, write, direct, shoot, act, edit and/or has written the music for their short film to qualify for the Vauxhall Auteur Theory Award.

The festival wants to hear from talented filmmakers who have worked on at least three aspects of the filmmaking process for the chance to win £1000 in prize money and have their film shown at Curzon Soho.

The Vauxhall Auteur Theory Award, created by Lucia Helenka, a London-based artist and filmmaker, is looking for talented, undiscovered filmmakers with a strong and personal vision and hands-on approach to filmmaking. The award, which is presented at the 6th London Short Film Festival in January, is in conjunction with car company Vauxhall who continue their commitment to driving emerging talent in short film. To qualify for the competition filmmakers must have worked on at least three areas of the filmmaking process including producing, writing, directing, camera, acting, editing and/or music composing. The film must also be under 10 minutes long.

Those shortlisted for the award will have the chance to see their film shown at the 6th London Short Film Festival and win prizes of £750 for first place and £250 for second place towards their next film project.

To enter all filmmakers need to do is simply fill in the application form at and submit their film on DVD.

Deadline for entry: 15th December 2008