Filmmakers invited to submit short films to inaugural film festival

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This summer will see the launch of Ennistymon’s inaugural Community Film Festival, taking place on Saturday 24 August.

A Pot of Films Festival aims to celebrate local and national talent, foster creative expression, and bring the community together through the art of film.

The A Pot of Films Festival will feature a diverse range of workshops during the day followed by an evening of short films spanning various genres, culminating with the screening of award winning feature film and directors Q&A.

After 2023’s successful film screening event which took during Heritage Week in Ennistymon, Co. Clare, event organisers Aoibheann Boyle and Jo Barker saw the great appetite for films and filmmaking in the local area.

The evening saw films by local filmmakers screened alongside a teaser to a local feature film.

It finished with music from local musicians who had appeared in one of the short films leaving a palpable interest from the audience for more events in the area. 

Jo Barker, filmmaker and co-founder of both Black Bark Films and A Pot of Films Festival, said that there are a myriad of talented filmmakers in the area of North Clare.

“We would like to nurture this talent and inspire a new generation of filmmakers while also creating a space for people within the industry to connect.”

Aoibheann Boyle added that the Burren and North Clare has always been regarded as a hub for creativity with its stunning landscape rich in heritage and history.

“It feels right to further ignite the creativity of the local community and have a festival they can all come together for,” she said. 

Call for Entries: Submit Your Short Films

There is currently an open callout for submissions for short films to be featured in the festival which is free to enter.

Filmmakers of all experience levels are encouraged to participate. a fantastic opportunity to have films seen by a broad audience, including industry professionals, fellow filmmakers, and cinema enthusiasts. 

Selected films will be evaluated by a panel of judges and will be announced in July. The closing date for submissions has been extended from 1 July to 15 July. Submissions can be made to

Submission Guidelines

Film Length – Maximum of 30 minutes, including credits 

File Compression – H.264 

Eligibility – Must have at least one Irish core team member (writer, producer, director or cinematographer)

Can be of any genre

Foreign language films must have English subtitles

Format – Digital submissions only. Accepted formats include MP4 and MOV.

Deadline: – All submissions must be received by 15th July, 2024.