Call For: Short Films for Kerry Film Festival


The Kerry Film Festival, which will take place from 19th to 23rd October, is now inviting entries for its short film competition in categories such as Best Narrative, Best Documentary, Best Animated Film, and Best Original Score.

KFF has previously featured successful shorts such as the Oscar short-listed Head over Heels in 2012, the 2014 Oscar winner Mr Hublot and in 2015 the Academy Award winner Stutterer by Ben Cleary.

Emerging filmmakers are at the core of the Kerry Film Festival programme, with the short film competition geared towards showcasing their work and bringing it to a wider audience both at home and throughout a growing network of partner festivals across the globe.

Filmmakers have the chance for their work to be seen by a panel of adjudicators which has in recent years included leading lights such as Richard Baneham who is an Academy Award and BAFTA winning Animator, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Screenwriter Mark Bomback, Directors Lenny Abrahamson and Paul Greengrass, and Producer Finola Dwyer.

With an early bird deadline of 11th May and a final closing date for submissions to the 2016 competition on 11th July, there’s plenty of time to send your film.

Check out for full details on how to submit your entry.




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


Looking for funding?  Want to submit your work to festivals. Keep an eye on upcoming deadlines here


MOF call for entries (1)




Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) has announced AFTER ’16, a once-off initiative to fund up to 8 short films commemorating, celebrating and ruminating on 1916 and how the events of Easter Sunday and beyond forged the landscape of the following century.

The IFB would like to invite filmmakers to give their response to 1916 and the hundred years since. The IFB is looking for stories, both fact and fiction, which illuminate, surprise and even provoke on the wide subject of 1916 and what it is has left in its wake.

These stories can be contemporary or period, live action or animation and we welcome projects in both English and Irish language.

Applications from established filmmakers as well as newer talent will be welcomed.

The stories should be ambitious and imaginative with the ability to appeal to both local and international audiences.

The films must be ready for delivery no later than JANUARY 2016.

Funding Available:

Up to €70k each for up to four fiction films between 8 and 12 minutes in length.*

Up to €40k each for up to four documentary films between 8 and 12 minutes in length.*

To read the guidelines and make an application please visit the Funding Programmes section of the website.

Applications can be made online using the ‘Make an Application’ button from Friday, 6th February.



Clones Film Festival shorts submissions deadline

Clones Film Festival is inviting submissions of short films for this year’s short film competition at the Clones Film Festival. The entry fee this year is €20 and all films must be received no later than 15th September 2009. Please contact for details and regulations.

Films received before 20th July will also be considered for a screening at the Flat Lake Literary and Arts Festival. (Click here for details:


Underground Movies

Descending into the murky bowels of Filmbase on Thursday evening, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this vagabond ensemble, offering two hours of entertainment to the general public – free of charge! Having battled the wind and rain, my spirits were lifted as I was greeted with a bottle of beer and an atmosphere of enthusiastic chatter.

Kicking off the programme of nine short films were two very short pieces by Thomas Hefferon. More akin to TV comedy sketches, they raised a good chuckle from the fast settling crowd.

Next up was A Love Song for Cedric P. Perlmutter, a quirky comedy in the style of the silent era. Nice production design and a couple of very funny sequences, but this film would have been better delivered in a more compact form.

Malarkey, a pseudo-documentary about an Irish musician searching for his roots in rural Australia, was a little acidic at times. Quite amusing, though, in its account of the invented family mythologies of the older generation.

A change of atmosphere invaded as short, sharp, shocker Cannon Fodder pulled no punches. I could hear Sharon McCoy’s panic-stricken screams for days after…or maybe that was my tinitus.

This was my second time to see Cian McGarrigle’s Detatched, and it was equally entertaining this time. Nicely shot and didn’t seem to drag at any point. ‘I’ve had that dream too’. Brilliant!

Shane Cowley’s story of two guys down on their luck and their run-in with the Junior Night Manager of a 24-hour petrol station was nicely put together and had some funny moments. Although my prayers for a bloodbath ending were not answered, I suspect the filmmakers knew what they were doing.

Another piece from the National Film School, The Draft, was approximately what would have transpired had Ed Wood and Sam Raimi made a film together. Some excellent cinematography – Cavan never looked spookier.

The final film of the evening was Through the Trees, from the event organisers, Aidan Beatty and Declan Nugent. A fictional drama with a documentary feel, the tribulations of adolescence were effectively evoked. Kids can be so cruel…

The evening finished as it began, with people chatting excitedly about their film, somebody else’s film, and about film in general. Although the event was, unfortunately, rather poorly attended (it seemed to be mostly the filmmakers themselves) the concept was sound and an example to other budding filmmakers. Pooling resources and taking advantage of affordable venues such as Filmbase is a great means of self-promotion. I expect and look forward to attending more such events in future. Kudos!