The Pete Walsh Critical Writing Award is designed to highlight the importance of critical engagement with film, by showcasing an outstanding piece of writing. In this case, any theatrically released film from 2016 can be the subject, and anyone can submit their review or article.

The IFI will be accepting submissions until Tuesday the 28th of February 2017, and then the judging panel will assess the entries to choose the best of the year. This winner will get their review published on the IFI website and will also get access to a year’s free screenings at the IFI with their very own Gold Card!

All you have to do to enter is send your favourite piece of writing about any film which was released in cinemas in 2016 to petewalshaward@irishfilm.ie before the 28th of February. Submissions should be under 800 words but otherwise you can write in any style you like.


The Judging panel for 2017 includes:
– Tara Brady, Film Critic, The Irish Times
– Gráinne Humphreys, Festival Director, Audi Dublin International Film Festival
– Neil Sinyard, Emeritus Professor of Film Studies, University of Hull
– Tony Tracy, Lecturer in Film History and Digital Media at Huston School of Film, NUI Galway

You can read more about the award over here, and make sure to get your submissions in before the 28th of February


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