Film Festivals 2020 – Here & Abroad

Keep an eye on film festivals here and Irish film festivals abroad.

This list will be updated throughout the year as festival dates are announced.

If there’s a festival you are involved with or know of that we haven’t listed, please do let us know at

Film Festivals in Ireland:

Dublin Smartphone Film Festival (25 January 2020)

Silk Road Film Festival Dublin ( 21 – 25 January 2020)

Psychoanalytic Film Festival (31 January – 1 February 2020)

Rathmullan Film Fest Donegal (20 – 23 February 2020)

Dublin International Film Festival (26 February– 8 March 2020)

Irish Adventure Film Festival  Westport, Co. Mayo (29th February  2020)

Cork French Film Festival (4 – 8 March)

First Cut! Youth Film Festival (11 – 14 March 2020)

Little Italian Film Festival Dublin (19 – 21 March 2020

The Catalyst Film Festival Limerick (20 – 21 March 2020)

Animation Dingle (20 – 21 March 2020)

Killarney Mountain Festival  (27 29 March 2020)

See You Next Thursday Festival  Dublin (TBA)

Dingle International Film Festival (TBA)

Fresh Film Festival Limerick (23  28 March 2020)

International Student Documentary Festival  Cork (TBA)

East Asia Film Festival Ireland Dublin (TBA)

Belfast Film Festival (1 – 9 April 2020)

Japanese Film Festival (TBA)

Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival Dublin (TBA)

Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival Cork (20 – 24 May 2020)

Korean Film Festival Ireland (TBA)

China Ireland International Film Festival (TBA)

Beara Film Fest (TBA)

Galway Film Fleadh (7 – 12 July 2020)

IFI Family Festival Dublin (TBA)

Radical Film Network Conference Dublin (TBA)

GAZE International LGBT Film Festival Dublin (30 July – 3 August 2020)

Still Voices Short Film Festival Longford (13 – 16 August 2020)

Dublin Feminist Film Festival Dublin (TBA)

Charlie Chaplin Comedy Festival Kerry  (21 – 23 August 2020)

Ireland Wildlife Film Festival Cork (TBA)

Underground Cinema Festival Dublin  (TBA)

Clare Island Film Festival (TBA)

Guth Gafa Meath (TBA)

IFI Documentary Festival  Dublin (TBA)

Disappear Here Film Festival Donegal (TBA)

Spook Scene Cork  (11 – 13 September 2020)

Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival Belfast TBA)

Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival (TBA)

Dublin Arabic Film Festival (TBA)

Kilkenny Animated (TBA)

IndieCork (4 – 11 October 2020)

OFFline Offaly (TBA)

Dublin Greek Film Festival  (TBA)

Dublin Animation Film Festival (October TBC)

Kerry Film Festival (15 – 18 October 2020).

The Clones Film Festival (TBA)

Richard Harris International Film Festival Limerick (20 – 26 October 2020) Deadline for Submissions is 8th July 2020.

IFI Horrorthon Dublin (TBA)

Light Moves Festival (TBA)

Dublin Independent Film Festival (TBA)

Cork Film Festival (12 – 22 November 2020)

Carlow International Film Festival (14 – 17 November 2020)

Iffy Short Film Festival Dublin (November 2020 TBC)

Waterford Film Festival (TBA)

Subtitle European Film Festival (23 – 29 Nov 2020)

Luminous Void Experimental Film Festival Cork (TBA)

Junior Galway Film Fleadh (10 – 14 November 2020)

Foyle Film Festival Derry (TBA)

IFI French Film Festival Dublin (TBA)

KINOPOLIS Polish Film Festival Dublin (TBA)

Irish Film Festivals Abroad:

Irish Film Festival New Jersey (1st February 2020)

Capital Irish Film Festival Washington (27th February – 1st March 2020)

Chicago Irish Film Festival (27th February – 1st March 2020)

Toronto Irish Film Festival (28th February – 1st March 2020)

Irish Film Festival Boston (22 – 24 March 2020)

Irish Film Festa Rome (March 2020)

Irish Film Festival Ottawa (3 – 5 April 2020)

Irish Film Festival Sydney (13 – 17 May), Melbourne (21 – 24 May 2020)

Irish Reels Film Festival Seattle (TBA)

Celtic Media Festival  Quimper  (2 – 4 June 2020)

Baton Rouge Irish Film Festival (26 – 27 July 2020)

Milwaukee Irish Fest (13 – 16 August) 2020

British & Irish Film Festival (TBA)

Syracuse Contemporary Irish Film Festival (TBA)

Festival of Irish Cinema Warsaw (TBA)

San Francisco Irish Film Festival(TBA)

The Irish American Movie Hooley   (TBA)

Irish Reels Film Festival Seattle (TBA)

Irish Screen America Los Angeles(TBA)

Irish Screen America New York  (TBA)

Irish Film Festival London(TBA)

Vancouver Irish Film Festival (TBA)

This list will be updated throughout the year as festival dates are announced.

If there’s a festival you are involved with or know of that we haven’t listed, please do let us know at


Film Festivals 2018 – Here & Abroad

Keep an eye on film festivals here and Irish film festivals abroad

Film Festivals in Ireland


Dublin Smartphone Film Festival (27th January 2018)

Subtitle Film Festival Dublin (1st February – 4th February)

Psychoanalytic Film Festival (2nd February)

Rathmullan Film Fest  Donegal (15 – 18 February)

Audi Dublin International Film Festival (21 February – 04 March)

Dublin University Film Festival (23rd – 25th February)

Cork French Film Festival (2 – 7 March)

Killarney Mountain Festival  ( 11 March)

Silk Road Film Festival Dublin (7 )

Fresh Film Festival Limerick (20  25 March)

Dingle International Film Festival (22  25 March)

East Asia Film Festival Ireland Dublin (5 8 April)

Belfast Film Festival (12 21 April)

Japanese Film Festival ( 8 21 April)

First Cut! Youth Film Festival (25  28 April)

Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival Dublin (10 20 May) 

Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival Cork (23 – 27 May)

March on Film Dublin (4th June)

Korean Film Festival Ireland (7 – 9 June)

Beara Film Fest 2018 7th July

Galway Film Fleadh (10 – 15 July)

Guth Gafa Meath (20 – 22 July)

Radical Film Network Conference Dublin  (27 – 29 July)

GAZE International LGBT Film Festival Dublin (2  6 August)

Respect Human Rights Film Festival Belfast (5 – 11 August)

Fingal Film Festival Dublin (10 – 12 August)

Still Voices Short Film Festival Longford (16 – 19 August)

Charlie Chaplin Comedy Festival Kerry  (23 – 26 August)

Underground Cinema Festival Dublin  (31st August – 3rd September)

Clare Island Film Festival  (31st August – 2nd September)

Wexford Documentary Film Festival (21 – 23 September)

IFI Documentary Festival  Dublin (27 – 30 September)

Disappear Here Film Festival Donegal (28 – 30 September)

Spook Scene Cork  (6  9 September)

Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival (5 – 7 October)

Dublin Arabic Film Festival  (5 – 7 October)

IndieCork (7 – 14 October)

OFFline Offaly (10 – 14 October)

Dublin Greek Film Festival (18  21 October)

Kerry Film Festival (18  21 October)

The Clones Film Festival (25 – 28 October)

Richard Harris International Film Festival Limerick (25 – 29 October)

Limerick Film Festival (25 29 October)

IFI Horrorthon Dublin (25 29 October)

Light Moves Festival   (8  11 November)

Cork Film Festival (9 – 18 November)

Subtitle European Film Kilkenny (19 25 November)

Feminist Film Festival Dublin (21 22 November)

Waterford Film Festival (30th November  2nd December)

Luminous Void Experimental Film Festival Dublin (30th November  2nd December)

Junior Galway Film Fleadh (6 – 10 November)

Foyle Film Festival Derry (TBA)

IFI French Film Festival Dublin (TBA)

KINOPOLIS Polish Film Festival Dublin (TBA)


Irish Film Festivals Abroad

Irish Film Festival New Jersey (23 – 24 February)

Capital Irish Film Festival Washington (1 – 4 March)

Chicago Irish Film Festival (1 – 4 March)

Toronto Irish Film Festival (2 – 4 March)

Toronto International Film Festival (2 –4 March)

Shebeen Flick Berlin (15 – 18 March)

Shebeen Flick  Düsseldorf  (24  25 March)

Irish Film Festival Boston (22 – 25 March)

Irish Film Festival Penrith (18th April), Paddington (19  22 April), Melbourne (26  28 April)

Irish Film Festival Ottawa (23  25 March)

Irish Film Festa Rome  (21  25 March

Irish Reels Film Festival Seattle (TBA)

Celtic Media Festival Isle Carmarthenshire (2 – 4 May)

Syracuse Contemporary Irish Film Festival (September TBC)

Baton Rouge Irish Film Festival LA (27 – 28 July)

Kansas City Irish Fest  (1st August – 2nd September)

Festival of Irish Cinema Warsaw (14 – 16 September)

British & Irish Film Festival  (19 –29 September)

San Francisco Irish Film Festival (27 – 29 September)

The Irish American Movie Hooley (28 – 30 September)

Irish Reels Film Festival Seattle (TBA)

Irish Screen America Los Angeles (25 – 27 October)

Irish Screen America New York (19 – 21 October)

Irish Film Festival London (21 – 25 November)

Vancouver Irish Film Festival (7 – 9 December)


This list will be updated throughout the year as festival dates are announced.

If there’s a festival you are involved with or know of that we haven’t listed, please do let us know at


You’ve Made a Short Film; So Now What? – Part II



Gary White continues his look into what you should be doing with your short film to best get it seen. In this second of three parts, Gary examines the world of festivals and offers his advice.


The entire world of festivals may seem daunting at first but they all follow similar procedures and are usually very straight forward. The process will typically involve these steps:

1) Register your film on their website or through a third-party website like WithoutABox or Reelport;

2) Complete entry forms, pay the entry fee and fill in all of the details for your film;

3) Submit a “screener”; a copy of the film for them to review, usually either by posting a DVD or uploading a file through their website.

Generally, the earlier you enter the cheaper the entry fee. Most festivals have “early bird” options, so planning ahead is a great idea. Don’t bother with elaborate press packages, graphic design or marketing pitches at this point; they literally have thousands of short films to watch, and you will be accepted or declined on the merits of your film alone, they simply do not have time to wade through additional material. The best favour you can do for yourself at this stage is to make it as easy as possible for them: Make sure the disc works, print the title and duration on the front or use neat handwriting, and make sure it is packaged to survive. After a few weeks or months you will get a reply, and if you are accepted they will explain their delivery requirements.

Which festivals you should enter depends largely on your film and resources. If you have a very strong film with broad appeal and Oscar potential, and sufficient resources, then you should head straight for the biggest and most prestigious festivals you can find; Tribeca, Venice, Cannes, Berlin, Sundance etc. Competition is high for the bigger festivals, but once you screen in one or two, you will find yourself getting invitations from different festivals around the world, including fee reductions and fee waivers—just like celebrities; the more successful a film is the more places it gets into for free! I have it on good authority that the programmers of these festivals are a tight-knit group, they keep each other informed on films that have caught their eye, so it is often just a question of getting your foot in the door.

If your film has more niche appeal, or your resources for entry fees are more modest, you will need to be more careful about which festivals you choose to enter. There are a number of festivals dedicated to promoting short films as a format—Bristol Encounters, Clermont-Ferrand, Palm Springs—that should probably be on any short film’s festival list. There are also genre-themed festivals—horror, Sci-fi, etc—which should be targeted if your film qualifies. Some festivals are exclusively dedicated to animation or documentary, so targeting these can also boost your chances.

Keep in mind also the fact that festivals will favour films with a premiere status: A world premiere is best, then region (North America/Europe etc), then country, then city. This means you should strategise; don’t blow your North American premiere on a no-name festival if you have a real chance of getting into Tribeca a couple of weeks later. Some festivals, such as Cannes or Venice, will only accept a short as a world premiere; if you screen anywhere else they will not even consider it. Don’t be afraid of contacting relevant publications about your film’s successes too, they will often be happy to do articles on short film that are doing well, which can only boost the profile of your film. Once you start getting into festivals, winning awards or making headlines you are likely to attract the attention of a distributor, which then leads you into the next phase of the film’s lifespan.

Gary concludes on Friday by taking a look at distribution.

Click here to read Monday’s article, in which Gary examines what you should keep in mind during the production stage.

Gary White is Media Content Manager for Network Ireland Television – an international distributor for TV and film, primarily selling to TV broadcasters around the world.