Call For: Junior Film Fleadh opens Story Pitching Competition

Young people with an idea for a film and a flair for creativity, are being asked to submit a pitch for the Story Pitching Competition at this year’s Junior Film Fleadh.

The competition, run in association with the  Galway Film Centre and, is open to those aged between 8 and 16. Entrants are invited to come up with an idea for an original feature film (or short film, TV series, documentary, web series, video game, animation, or combined media project) and pitch it to us.

So what is a pitch? Very simply, in the film industry, pitching is the way in which you as a writer, director or producer, give others a sense of your passion for the story you want to tell. When someone asks you what your story is about, and you tell them, you are verbally pitching your story to them.  If they ask you for a written version, you are submitting a written pitch.

We want entrants to submit a written pitch (no more than 500 words), and should they be one of three chosen finalists, they will be invited to present a verbal pitch before an audience and jury of industry professionals on Thursday November 9th, in the Town Hall Theatre Galway.

This year’s prize will be a drama or animation summer camp sponsored by Galway Film Centre, which will include one year’s membership to the Centre (allowing entry to the RTE short script award.) Last year’s winner 12-year-old Ely Solan from St Cuana’s NS Headford Co. Galway had this to say about his experience, ‘Winning the pitching competition meant the world to me because I have always wanted to be a director. I really enjoyed it as I got to make my very own stop motion animation short film. I did voices for Characters. I also got to edit it. Everyone there was extremely nice and helpful and though we were making short films and working hard, We had lots of fun. This was the best camp I have ever been to.’

Offering some advice to this year’s competition entrants, Junior Film Fleadh programmer Gar O’Brien said: “With its spiralling budgets, massive CGI landscapes, digitally realised superheroes and multimedia tie-ins it’s easy to forget that cinema, above all else, still relies on a good story to be successful. The art of good storytelling is a powerful skill and one that needs to be cherished, developed, and shared.”

The festival runs from 8-11th November in venues across Galway. Closing date is Friday 20th October and online entry is via


Call For: Entries Junior Film Fleadh 2017

Members of Foroige Youth Group, Ballinfoyle, Galway whose short ‘Trailers’ was highly commended at the 2016 Junior Film Fleadh Future Filmmakers Awards


The Junior Film Fleadh (8– 11th   November 2017 is looking for entries from young filmmakers from the ages of 7 to 18 inclusive for Future Filmmakers Short Film Programmes.


Today’s film students are tomorrow’s filmmakers and, in addition to a mix of workshops, script competition, and panels, the Junior Film Fleadh gives them a platform to show their work on a big screen. If you, your friends, school, college, class, youth or sports club have made a short film and would like to see it on the big screen then send it in.

The only rules are that it must be under 15 minutes and have been made in 2016/7.  A rough cut of your film as a link is totally fine at submission stage too, so you can have time to finish it off and get all those crucial special effects in there if selected.

You can send the film via VimeoYouTubeGoogle DriveDropboxWeTransfer or MyAirBridge link.


Any genre/style from Documentary, Animation, Drama, Action, Musical, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Horror, or any mix thereof is acceptable.  Entries are welcome as Gaeilge also.


Entry forms can be found at


Closing date is Wednesday 6th September 2017.







Work Shops @ 22nd Junior Galway Film Fleadh


Cartoon Saloon workshop

The Junior Galway Film Fleadh has announced an announce an exciting, engaging and entertaining programme of workshops for Galway’s young cinephiles and budding movie moguls. On Saturday 12th November.


These Workshops will help young people explore various elements of filmmaking including Special FX, Screenwriting and Storyboarding) as well as introduce them to emerging formats such as Mobile Phone Filmmaking and an Introduction to VR Film.


Special FX Make-Up for the Movies with Iwona Marciniak will teach kids popular sfx makeup tricks used in film and TV.Participants will learn to create a zombie look, scars, open wounds, blood, bruises and cuts while working in small groups in a fun atmosphere. For those budding young writers out there we have Screenwriting Basics with Shane Perez. Shane is a tutor on MA in Screenwriting Huston Film School, NUIG and this workshop will give writers an overview of just what it takes to develop a potential idea into a viable and entertaining screen story. Topics covered include: Idea generation & development, Elements of a scene, Proper screenplay format and Screenplay structure.


The Junior Film Fleadh presentsa Storyboarding Workshop with Damian O’Connor of the celebrated Brown Bag Animation, creators of Doc McStuffins, Octonauts and Henry Hugglemonster.

Damian will teach participants (Aged between 10-12) the purpose of storyboards and animatics, using a sequence from the world-renowned Doc McStuffins (rough board, final board, animatic and how the animatic translates onto screen) as well as how to start your own board (wide, med, close up)  and group excerises using Humpty Dumpty.


Making Films on Your Mobile with Cormac Cahill meanwhile will teach young people the basics of mobile phone filmmaking. Exploring the techniques and apps that can be used to capture, edit and export a final project, participants will learn everything they need to get started with Mobile Filmmaking and turn their phone into a mobile film studio.


Finally, Introduction to VR Filming with Paula Kehoe will introduce young people to the potential of Virtual Reality filmmaking.With sales of virtual-reality gear set to take off this year, we are on the cusp of a new media revolution. The New York Times shipped more than a million Google Cardboard viewers to subscribers; YouTube and Facebook already hosts 360-degree videos; and both PlayStation and Xbox have new VR Consoles coming out. Using state-of-the-art Gear VR headsets, this introductory class will explore the coming world of VR filmmaking with a showcase of exciting titles and an in-depth look at the filmmaking process ofWe are Galway 2020, a VR film by Paula Kehoe.


All of these workshops are on Saturday 12th November.


The Junior Film Fleadh runs from the 11 – 14 November.  For booking go to