March On Film

March On Film challenges entrants to complete a movie within the month of March, from first draft script, right through to final edit. The competition is open to everyone. Screenings of films entered in the completion will be held in April, with a final Awards Night in the Sugar Club in Leeson Street, Dublin, to be held in May.

Kristian O’Neill, Festival Director since its inception said “It’s a thrill to launch the March On Film competition again this year. March On Film gives aspiring filmmakers the chance to launch themselves in the industry. We pride ourselves on being open to movies shot with anything from a smartphone to the latest cinema camera. There’s loads of talent and ideas out there waiting to be turned into a movie, and March On Film has given all sorts of people a platform to be able to tell their stories visually.”

Oscar-nominated Director Juanita Wilson has agreed to be Directing Judge this year. Additional judges and sponsors for this year’s contest will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

March On Film also offers training and film making workshops to help interested groups and people learn the skills necessary to make movies.

To Enter teams must register at before the 1st of March.

There are 10 free entries to the students teams who register before February 18th . To avail of this use the promotional Code MOF2018STU when registering.

For more information on how the competition works go to


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Call For: Short Films for March On Film



The 2016 March On Film filmmaking competition is looking for entrants.

All entered Films will be shown at Irish Film Board Sponsored screenings and the Top 10 finalists will be in with a chance to win film-related prizes including a Film Making Package, which includes a 1000 euros worth of Film Equipment Rental, a year’s honorary membership to the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland and mentoring from some of Ireland’s top industry professionals.

To take part teams must be registered at, and have until the 31st of March to submit their finished films. On March 1st all registered teams will receive 3 elements (a line of dialogue, a prop and a character name) that they must include in their film.

For more information and to register for this year’s March On Film – Film Making Competition/Festival go to


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Report: March on Film Festival


PIC: Director Elijah Egan, winner of the Best Film Award for First Kiss


Ellen Murray reports from March on Film Festival, which highlights Ireland’s burgeoning filmmakers.


It is said that necessity is the mother of invention, and if the March on Film competition proves anything, it’s that nothing gets the creative juices flowing like a deadline.

The concept behind the competition is simple; aspiring filmmakers, young and old alike, are given the month of March to create a short film between 3-6 minutes in length. To ensure that the finished work was made specifically for the competition, the filmmakers must all incorporate one prop (a candle), one line of dialogue (“Say that again?”), and one character name (Andy Connolly) chosen by the event’s organisers into their films. Rather than limiting, however, the diverse execution of these requirements in each film highlight that, in filmmaking, the director’s individual vision can be everything.

The screening of the top ten finalists’ films last Sunday acted as a showcase of everything the Irish film industry could be – certainly, if anything is lacking, it’s not talent! From comedy to horror, every genre was explored. After a few initial technical glitches, the night was kicked off with a screening of the hilarious ghost-hunter mockumentary Ghostly Truths from the Ectoplasm team (“We are not orifices for your pleasure!” may be one of the most memorable lines I’ve heard in a film this year).

The bar was set high from the get go, and while each film did undoubtedly vary in quality, the skill and thoughtfulness each team brought to their prospective work was clear. Other standout films of the night included Team Gibson Karate’s Tapped – with its clever plot and engaging dialogue it snagged the award for best screenplay and won third place overall in the competition.

Sir Paul Coolcat Productions’ mind-bendingly intelligent Creativity Requires Courage also swept the awards, with director Diarmuid Hayes scooping up the Best Director and Best Editing honours, plus sharing the Best Production award with fellow teammate Sarah B Wicker. Utilising different filmmaking techniques, such as animation, this is a work with many layers. Both Hayes and his film are ones to watch.

The Best Film Award ultimately belonged to the Seven Figure Films team and their powerful piece First Kiss, directed by Elijah Egan. A perfect blend of grit and emotion, plus a great soundtrack, this film shows that a talented director doesn’t need a big budget or an extended deadline to tell a good story.

Festival founders and organisers Kristian O’Neill and Julie Hannon have created an event that shows off the potential this country has to create a strong and vibrant film industry. The main thing to get excited about- this is only the beginning.

The March On Film Finalists Screening and Awards Ceremony took place at The Sugar Club on 10th May  2015


March On Film Competition

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March On Film is a Film Making Competition/Festival that encourages aspiring filmmakers to get out there, and within the period of a month, make a film from start to finish.

2015’s March On Film Competition Competition welcomes New Judges/Mentors director Kieron Walsh and producer Connor Barry coming onboard and The Irish Film Board getting involved.

Get involved and submit your short film – 3-6 mins, must include 3 compulsory elements, any genre, made in the Month of March.

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Call For: Entries for March on Film Competition

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New Filmmaking Competition Offers a Pedestal for Aspiring Irish Filmmakers

 1st – 31st March, 2014


Calling all aspiring filmmakers. Get out your cameras, DSLRs or Iphones and get shooting.


“The March on Film Competition is open to everyone” says Kristian O’Neill, shooting director, who returned from New Zealand with the idea for the competition.


The concept behind March on Film is to create a film making contest that will encourage all aspiring filmmakers to get out there, and within a period of a month, make a film from start to finish.


“Along with a film mentorship programme aimed at helping people break into the industry, we have film related prizes and most important of all it will give all entrants the chance to see their work on the big screen.”


Kristian came up with the idea for March On film while traveling in Australia. There they have a similar competition called Tropfest which started small and has expanded into a large national event. In this competition people had a finite amount of time to make a film specifically for the festival.


“What I liked about this concept was that it encourages people to get out there and actually make films.  As is too often the case people have good ideas for short films, and may even get to writing scripts, but because they have no deadline they end up talking about finishing their film instead of doing it. So this is the first big goal of the March On Film competition, to encourage people to bring their ideas to life! Whether this is with expensive kit or just an iphone and a laptop, the first wrung on the ladder to film making success is to get out there and do it!


In accordance with this philosophy the organisers have set up a mentor scheme in which aspiring filmmakers who have proven talent, such as the winners of the competition, could benefit from the experience and advice of already established film makers.   The panel of Mentors/Judges is made up of film makers who are at the top of their game in the Irish Industry such as writer/director Kirsten Sheridan and cinematographer Tim Fleming.


Teams must be registered, via the website, ( by the 1st of March, and have until the 31st to submit their finished films. Entrance costs 30 euros per team and is free for 2nd and 3rd Level Students and the unemployed.


On March 1st all registered teams will receive 3 elements (a line of dialogue, a prop and a character name) that they must include in their film.  “This way we know that all films were made specifically for the competition and not beforehand!”


All entered films will be screened at the Trinity ATRL in Dublin on the 26th of April followed by an awards ceremony which will include awards for best teen film, best script, best director etc. For a video explaining how the competition works check out the link below


Call For: Entries for March On Film

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March On Film is a filmmaking competition conceived to encourage novice and newbie filmmakers to, within the period of a month, make a film from start to finish. The March On Film festival is open to everyone, from weekend guerrilla filmmakers to complete novices with only an iPhone and a laptop – anyone can enter and be in with the chance to win prizes.

All films entered will be judged by industry professionals with the top 20 being screened in a cinema. March On Film will be held over the month of March and teams who have registered on the contest website beforehand will receive an email detailing the elements that they must include in their film. All the films must be made specifically for this competition.

Entrants must be registered for the competition by 28th February. Visit for more details.