Call For: Submissions from Secondary School Students in Longford, Westmeath and Cavan.

Harp Media Student Short Film and Screenplay Competition

The Harp Media Student Short Film and Screenplay Competition is a Broadcasting Authority of Ireland sponsored initiative aimed at promoting filmmaking amongst secondary school students in the midlands. It will will welcome submissions from secondary school students in Longford, Westmeath and Cavan. The competition will have two categories: Best Short Film Screenplay (Maximum 12 pages) and Best Short Film (Maximum 12 minutes). There is a prize of €250 for each category as well as filmmaking equipment.  

The objective of the competition is to facilitate and nurture a new range of voices in the midlands by encouraging students to create their audio visual work. Training sessions will be held in early 2019 that will look at screenwriting, film production and the current Irish film landscape. If you would like to attend one of these sessions, please register your interest by emailing

Terms and conditions for the Harp Media Short Film and Screenplay Competition in partnership with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland are:

    • Entrants must be a student in one of the participating midlands counties – Longford, Westmeath or Cavan.
    • Short films should be no more than 12 minutes.
    • Scripts should be no more than 12 pages.



  • Scripts accepted via email. Films can be sent via Vimeo or YouTube links, as well as via file sharing platform WeTransfer.

For further details, head over to website or follow  on Instagram @harpmediafilms, Facebook @harpmediafilm and Twitter @harp_media.



Call For: Submissions from all Young Short Filmmakers


 Open Call for submissions from all Young Short Filmmakers 


Are you aged between 12 and 24 and interested in making movies? Then this could be the opportunity for you!

Budding young filmmakers across Ireland and abroad are invited to submit short films of all genres in an Open Call for Short Films to the 2019 First Cut! Youth Film Festival which takes place in Youghal, Co. Cork from March 6th – 9th.

Whether you are an individual filmmaker or part of a school, college or youth group, First Cut! Film Festival wants to see your work.

Every type of short film is welcome including fiction, documentary, animation and music video. Prizes will be awarded to Open Call Short Films in several categories including best film, best director, best schools’ film, best animation, best documentary, best music video and ‘Spotlight’ best film by a young adult. The First Cut! Youth Jury will also present an Award.

The deadline for submissions is fast approaching! So, if you’ve made a short film with a running time of less than 15 minutes, or think you might have one completed by January 14th 2019, get your entries in to ! It is Free to enter!


First Cut! Youth Film Festival is an annual event dedicated to showcasing new films by young film makers from across Ireland and abroad.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2019, the Festival which will take place over four days from 6-9 March, offers screenings of short films by Ireland’s youths, workshops, and talks by film industry professionals in a friendly atmosphere where young filmmakers can meet and mingle with their peers. There’s also a primary schools animation programme, and YMVC, (the very successful Youth Music Video Competition), mentored by Brendan Canty, the Cork director who had a worldwide hit with his video for Hozier’s Take Me to Church.

The festival is based at the Mall Arts Centre in the seaside town of Youghal, Co. Cork and this year for the first time, screenings and events will also be held in the state-of-the-art Regal cinema, with the most up-to-date and advanced technology available.

Commenting Mary McGrath, Festival Director of First Cut! Youth Film Festival, said, “The Festival aims to inspire creativity and involvement in the arts in young people, and encourage film as a hobby or potential career. It’s about giving young people a voice and a chance to work in a medium they are very comfortable with and clearly enjoy. Many of young people we’ve worked with over the years have gone on to work in the industry. Film is a powerful tool for self-expression. Last year we showcased an incredible selection of short film entries from all over Ireland and Internationally – comedies, music videos, dramas, documentaries and some remarkable animations, it’s amazing to see the talent out there. A free festival like this provides access and opportunity ” 

“ At First Cut! young filmmakers can gather together in a vibrant festival atmosphere for a rare chance to network and showcase their work. They can also take part in events and discussion panels hosted by film experts and receive feedback on their film. It’s a fantastic opportunity for everyone- it can inspire and motivate… not everyone’s going to be an Oscar-winner, but who knows?”

Each screening is accompanied by a panel discussion with young filmmakers where young people can share their experiences and take inspiration from their peers, who have a similar passion for making films.

First Cut! Youth Film Festival receives core funding from the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Cork County Council and is supported by the business community in Youghal and by Cork Film Centre.

For more information on the festival or to submit a short film for the Open Call got to


Call For: Feature Film Submissions for the 31st Galway Film Fleadh

Feature film submissions are now open for the 31st Galway Film Fleadh, taking place between  9th–14th July, 2019.

The Film Fleadh is Ireland’s leading film festival, known internationally as the discovery place of New Irish Cinema, and host to the boldest new films from around the world each July. The Film Fleadh is also host to the Galway Film Fair, Ireland’s only film marketplace.


Are you a filmmaker with a work-in-progress or completed work, ready to debut in 2019? Why premiere your film at another film festival, when you could premiere at the world’s only Film Fleadh?


The Galway Film Fleadh awards feature films selected for competition in the following categories:

  • Best Irish Debut Film
  • Best International Debut Film
  • Best Irish Film
  • Best International Film
  • Best Irish Documentary
  • Best International Documentary
  • Best Cinematography in an Irish Film


Winners in recent years include The Dig,KatieGutland,Michael Inside, God’s Own Country, Sanctuary, A Date for Mad MaryandThe Young Offenders, among others.


Early bird deadline: Friday January 18th, 2019 at 5p.m. G.M.T.

Early Bird entry fees are at a discounted rate of €30.


After the Early Bird Deadline, the fee will increase to the Regular price of €40.

Regular deadline: Friday March 15th, 2019 at 5p.m. G.M.T.


Further information and the link to submit via Eventival can be found at



Call For: Applications for SDGI ARRI Take Competition



The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland  (SDGI) have launched the 6th year of the SDGI/ARRI ALEXA LF Take, an annual initiative that gives directors the opportunity to tell stories with full camera equipment, casting and location support.

If you have a story to tell that’s visually challenging and want to give it a cinematic look, then apply for the SDGI/ARRI ALEXA LF Take.

Make a short film, trailer, music video or shoot a promo for your next project with a full ARRI ALEXA LF camera and Teach Solais lights package.

If a director does not have a DOP of their own for their project then check out the Irish Society of Cinematographers(ISC) and SDGI who will work with ISC to help the director find a DOP. A camera assistant trained by ARRI will also be provided to support the DOP and shoot.

The ARRI ALEXA LF Take allows for 3 shooting days, which includes transport.

Entry Deadline: 11 January 2019
Application Results: 18 January 2019
Shoot dates: 22nd April – 6th of May 2019

Application Process:

This initiative is director focused so just send  a short, max one page, outline of your idea including how many days you need for shooting, as well as your location.

Send your outline by 6pm on 11 January 2019 to the SDGI team at The decision will be finalised by 18 January 2019 and then will work with directors to find a suitable date within the shooting timeline.


Call For: Applications for Centre Culturel Irlandais’ Annual Residency Programme

Centre Culturel Irlandais’ annual residency programme offers great opportunities for artists of all disciplines to tap into the resources of the CCI and the city of Paris, as well as being an important means of showcasing Ireland’s dynamic contemporary culture on an international stage.


  • Applicants must be Irish citizens or normally resident on the island of Ireland, with professional involvement in creative practice.
  • Residencies of 1 to 3 months will be awarded for the period August 2019 – June 2020.
  • Travel from Ireland, accommodation and a monthly stipend are included.


Centre Culturel Irlandais is pursuing partnerships with Irish cultural organisations to support the 2019-2020 residency programme:

Music Network – 1 month residency
Contemporary Music Centre – 1 month residency
Design and Craft Council of Ireland – 3 month residency
Visual Artists Ireland –  2 month residency
Literature Ireland – 1 month residency
Draíocht – 1 to 2 month residency

Graphic Studio Dublin – 1 month residency

The Well Review – 1 month residency

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Arts Office – 1 month residency

Limerick City and County Council – 1 month residency

Kilkenny Arts Office – 1 month residency

Ealaín na Gaeltachta – 1 month residency 


CCI and these partner organisations share the costs of residencies enabling the Centre to increase the number of residencies on offer for Irish artists.


Full guidelines, terms and conditions available on our website:

Applications to be made on-line by Thursday 10 January 2019, 5pm GMT

Centre Culturel Irlandais, 5 rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris


Call For: Submissions for Newport Beach Film Festival


The 20th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) announces a Call for Entries for Irish Cinema. From April 25 – May 2, 2019, the NBFF will celebrate its 20th Anniversary with a special Irish spotlight to take place on Sunday, April 28th. The Festival features 55,000+ attendees, red carpet premieres, nightly galas, filmmaker Q&A sessions and engaging networking opportunities.

The NBFF will celebrate its 20th edition with the largest celebration of Irish Cinema on the West Coast. Highlights include an Irish Spotlight event, screenings of Irish feature-length narrative, documentary, short and animated films, along with the participation of Irish filmmakers, actors, musical performers, culinary brands and film industry organizations.

We are tremendously excited for the 20th Anniversary of the Festival and the Irish Showcase, we encourage all Irish Filmmakers to enter their films and become part of the largest celebration of Irish Film and creativity in the Western United States,” says Gregg Schwenk, CEO of the Newport Beach Film Festival.

2019 NBFF Submission Deadlines:

Thanksgiving Deadline: Friday, November 30th, 2018

Regular Deadline: Friday, December 21st, 2018

Late Deadline: Friday, January 25th, 2019

UK & Ireland Deadline: Friday, March 1st, 2019

For information or to submit a film visit



Call For: Entries for JETS 2018


JETS stands for Junior Entertainment Talent Slate and unites 1st, 2nd and 3rd feature film filmmakers with German, British, Irish, Finish, Canadian and American producers, sales agents, finance and distribution companies during a pitching session with the aim of Co-Production during the International Film Festival Berlin 2019 (venue to be announced at later date). 20 – 24 projects from emerging filmmakers will be selected for the JETS Initiative.

The JETS Co-Production Initiative organised by WEP Productions & WEP UK Productions is funded and supported by Screen Ireland, Telefilm Canada, HessenFilm & Medien GmbH, nordmedia, FilmInvest and the Finnish Film Foundation.

Deadline for Applications: 20 December 2018.

For details on how to apply as well as the conditions of participations, please click here


Call For: Submissions for Irish Film Festa


The 12th IRISH FILM FESTA, which will take place in March 2019, is now open to submissions for short films from Ireland. In order to be eligible for IRISH FILM FESTA competition, films must be under 20 minutes in length, and produced or co-produced in Ireland.

Accepted categories are Drama (all genres), Documentary and Animation (all techniques).

Entries must be submitted as an online screener to or as a DVD to
Associazione Culturale ARCHIMEDIA
via Segesta 16
00179 Roma (Italia)

Deadline is January 10th, 2019.
No fee requested. DVDs sent by post will not be returned.

Out of all the accepted entries, IRISH FILM FESTA will select – at its sole and absolute discretion – a shortlist of films for the competition. IRISH FILM FESTA will notify all the authors of selected films; not-selected applicants won’t be notified.

Within a week after admission, authors of selected films must provide:
• a high-definition copy of the film for the festival screening (DCP/DVD/Blu-Ray);
• a timecoded dialogue list *;
• a high-resolution still from the film, a brief synopsis, and a full-credits list to be used for the festival catalogue.
* Please note that this is mandatory. If the timecoded dialogue list won’t be provided, the short film will be disqualified from the competition.