OFFline Film Festival Animation Residency 2018

OFFline Film Festival has announced a 6-month Animation Residency which will kick off in May, culminating in a showcase of the work created, at OFFline Film Festival in October 2018. If you’re an ambitious Animator who is ready to take the next step, but you need the headspace, work space and support to work on your passion project, or even to kick start your own animation studio, then this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss!

This summer, two Animators will embed themselves in the beautiful Georgian town of Birr, with accommodation, a stipend and studio space with industry standard software and computing technology provided. Birr is the cultural hub of the Midlands, with a vibrant arts community and the benefit of super-high speed broadband. The Animators will receive ongoing mentoring, as well as post-production services, from award-winning animation studio Piranha Bar. This exciting inaugural Residency is open to Animators working individually, or to dynamic duos planning to collaborate on a project. You will also be introduced to local enterprise resources should you wish to take the leap into setting up your own studio once the Residency finishes up.

Funded by The Trench Trust and Offaly County Council, the OFFline Film Festival Animation Residency will be an annual opportunity for Irish and International Animators to create and showcase their work to an audience of filmmakers and film fans.

How to apply:


To apply go to

Applications will close on Friday 30th March 2018 at 1pm.     


Shorts Programme Annouced for 2017 OFFline Film Festival

24 Irish and International short films have been selected to screen at the 2017 OFFline Film Festival next month.

This year’s festival runs from Wednesday October 11th- Sunday October 15th across Birr Co. Offaly and the surrounding region.

Nine Irish shorts, including Oscar Winner Ben Cleary’s new offering, have been chosen while 15 International shorts from the UK, USA, France, Italy, Germany, Greece, The Netherlands, Finland, Mexico and China have made the cut.

The films will be screened (free of charge) on Saturday 14 October at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre.

The full programme for this year’s OFFline Film Festival will be officially launched this Friday 22 September as part of Culture Night at Spinners on Castle Street in Birr at 7.30pm.

For more information, check out

Full list of selected shorts for OFFLine 2017:

MARKY’S BAD WEEK / Daniel Holmwood
GRETA / Robert Maguire
WAVE / Ben Cleary
PEEL / Annika Cassidy
JANUARY HYMN / Katherine Canty
My Father, My Blood / John Robert Brown
THE LADIES / Jake McKone
THROWLINE / Mia Mullarkey

RHAPSODY IN BLUEBERRY / Gaelle Denis / France
ABOUT THE BIRDS AND THE BEES / J.J. Vanhanen / Finland
DANCE OF THE NEURONS / Jody Oberfelder / USA
THE BOY BY THE SEA / Vasily Chuprina / The Netherlands
WHACK / Syni Pappa / Greece
MUM, I’M BACK / Dimitris Katsimiris / Greece
ROAKE / Joan Cobos / UK
A GREEK IN BERLIN / David Desideri / Germany
NOTURNO / Eduardo Mattos / Germany
CONTACT / Katy Wang / UK
IT’S RAINING / Ciro D’Emilio / Italy
THE VIDEO SHOP / Kyran Davies / UK
THE GOOD MOTHER / Sarah Clift / UK / Mexico


Call For: Filmmakers for 57 Hour Filmmaking Challenge at the 2016 OFFline Film Festival



Take your first step on the road to The Oscars and get involved in the 57 Hour Filmmaking Challenge at the 2016 OFFline Film Festival, which runs from Wednesday October 12th to Sunday October 16th in Birr, Co Offaly and the surrounding region.


Teams of filmmakers will register on Thursday 13th, then will shoot and edit their short film in and around Birr. They’ll have access to equipment, locations and a database of local actors and extras.


On the evening of Saturday 15th, films are submitted to a panel of judges and screened to the public on Sunday 16th October, with the winning short film guaranteed a coveted slot at the Galway Film Fleadh 2017 (a feeder festival to potential Oscar glory!) It’s not just great fun, it’s a great chance to mix with other filmmakers and film industry professionals from Ireland and overseas.


First Prize: €3,500 post-production studio rental and equipment rental as well as a slot in the 2017 Galway Film Fleadh.


Second Prize: €1,000 equipment rental voucher


Register Now: and click on the Challenge tab!


Call For: Submissions for OFFline Film Festival 2013


OFFline Film Festival 2013 is still Open For Submissions.


The first deadline is for SHORT FILMS on 30th of August.


€1500 worth of equipment rental goes to first place and the runner up gets €500 in equipment rental.


ALL the films participating are going to be screened to the public on the final day of the 4th annual OFFLIne Film Festival, which takes place in Birr 9-13 of october.


To submit your short film, go to


There is also a second call for filmmakers, to make and edit their short film in Birr during the festival! OFFLine team will provide the equipment, help with locations and create a database of local actors and extras. Teams will compete for prize funds worth €6,000 and the winning short film is guaranteed a slot in The Galway Film Fleadh 2014!


Details of Offline Film Festival Announced

Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan and Marcella Corcoran KennedyTD (Chairperson of OFFline Film Festival)

OFFline, Offaly’s Film Festival which takes place 10 – 14 October 2012, was officially launched by Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht recently who complimented the organisers on their success and hard work and wished them well.


Festival Director, Gary Hoctor ( pointed out “Offline has punched above its weight right from the start, so it’s no wonder that we’re seeing great interest in our festival again this year. Because our festival winner qualifies automatically forGalway- and its winner could eventually qualify for the Oscars, we’re seeing entrants who are daring to dream of the big prize…and why not?!”
The Festival consists of three strands:
Filmmaking challenge which sees teams from Ireland and abroad make short films over a three day period with the winning film netting a cash prize and a guaranteed slot in the Galway Film Fleadh short competition – itself now a feeder festival for the Oscars.
Workshops – specialised master classes giving filmmakers the opportunity to learn from the best in the industry on various topics including directing, acting, make-up, editing and camera technology etc.
Screenings of a selection of Irish and International films for all Festival goers to enjoy. Some Q&A sessions with directors/producers are scheduled. A youth screening programme of accessCINEMA’s Zoom programme is scheduled alongside a selection of films for primary school children curated by Katharine Simpson, (Discovery Film Festival, Scotland’s International Film Festival for Young Audiences and is a recent recipient of an Europa Cinema Award for Young Audience Activities).
In addition to these three strands, OFFLine 2012 will introduce an Industry Day which will see industry professionals discuss the advantages of shooting in the regions. Filmmaker Michael Fortune will also deliver a stop motion class to selected primary schools in the run up to the festival with completed films being screened as part of the Festival.
A final addition to the 2012 festival is the introduction of OFFLine ON SET, a youth driven filmmaking programme funded by the Arts Council Youth Ensemble Scheme, that sees 14 – 17 year olds learn the ropes of filmmaking over July and August and have their short film screened on the opening night of OFFline 2012.
The Festival is funded by Offaly Local Development Company, The Arts Council, Offaly County Council, Birr Town Council, Birr Theatre & Arts Centre and supported by Offaly County Enterprise Board, Shannon Development, accessCINEMA, Filmbase, and The Chestnut, Birr.


OFFline Film Festival Filmmaking Challenge Now Open

The Filmmaking challenge is now open for applications and will see teams of filmmakers shoot and edit a short film in a matter of days at the OFFline Film Festival in Birr Co Offaly 10th – 14th of October.

The winning short will win a slot at the 2013 Galway Film Fleadh as well as €1500 cash and equipment and studio rental. If you’re not up for the Challenge but would like to see your short screened at OFFline, the Short Film Competition is open to any short made in the last two years. The winning short will win €1000 in equipment rental.

OFFline Film Festival in association with  Film Offaly are feeding hungry film fans at the Galway Film Fleadh on the Saturday 14th July from 12 midday to 3p.m. in the Rowing Club . Take a quick break between films and come and grab a free burger – just around the corner from the THT. OFFLine Film Festival will take place in Birr, Co Offaly 10th – 14th October.

Here is a link to our Facebook event page

OFFline Film Festival is proudly supported by  The Arts Council and Offaly Local Development Company.


Increased Prize Money for Best Short Film at OFFLine Film Festival

The OFFline Film Festival which takes place in Birr from Thursday, 13th October until Sunday, 16th October have announced a significant increase in prize money for Best Short Film.

The prize fund is now €4000.

The break down of the prizes is:
1st place: €1500 cash and €1000 equipment/studio rental plus a slot at the Galway Film Fleadh
2nd place: €1000 equipment/studio rental
3rd place: €500 equipment/studio rental

The deadline for submissions is Monday, 26th September.

Other events at the festival include screenings at the Birr Theatre and Arts Centre, The Edit Shed and The Chestnut Bar and workshops with industry professionals on all aspects of filmmaking.

For more details visit


The OFFline Film Festival in Birr are calling for submissions

The OFFline Film Festival which takes place in Birr from Thursday, 13th October until Sunday, 16th October are looking for submissions, deadline is Monday, 26th September.

The prize for the Short Filmmaking Competition is €1,000 and a slot at the Galway Film Fleadh. Other events at the festival include screenings at the Birr Theatre and Arts Centre, The Edit Shed and The Chestnut Bar and workshops with industry professionals on all aspects of filmmaking.

For more details visit