Deadline for short film submissions to Galway Film Fleadh approaches

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The deadline for submissions of short films to the Galway Film Fleadh is creeping up as the world famous film festival approaches.

Each year the Galway Film Fleadh shows nearly 100 Irish short films, across six days, including drama and documentary, live action and animation, and everything in-between.

The fleadh doesn’t puts a strong emphasis on supporting emerging talent, and over the years many Irish filmmakers have gotten their start making a short film for Galway.

Submissions for the short film competition must be in by Friday, May 17 at 5pm, and the entry fee is €20. For further information or to submit a film click here.

As of last year, the festival has broken with its tradition of screening only Irish-made shorts and now invites international short filmmakers to join their Irish peers at this oscars qualifying event.

A number of short films from the 2017 and 2018 fleadhs qualified for consideration at the 91st Academy Awards last February including A Drowning Man (Denmark, UK, Greece), My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes (USA), 2018 Tiernan McBride Award winning film, The Wren Boys (UK), 2018 James Horgan Award winning film, The Wiremen, and 2018 Best International Animation winner, The Driver was Red (USA).

Winners of the James Horgan award for Best Irish Animation and the Tiernan McBride Award for Best Irish Short Drama will qualify for Academy Award consideration without the standard theatrical run.

The Galway Film Fleadh is a six day international film event in the West of Ireland, comprising a film festival, film conference and Ireland’s only film marketplace.

The Galway Film Fleadh will take place over a week from Tuesday, July 9 to Sunday, July 14.

As well as short films the Fleadh has competitions for feature length films and also rewards first time directors in drama and animation, as well as the Donal Gilligan Award for Best Cinematography in a short film.

Winners through the years include Lenny Abrahamson, Kirsten Sheridan, Ken Wardrop, Rebecca Daly, as well as DOP’s Kate McCullough, Tim Fleming, and many more.

In addition to screenings, the festival also delivers panels and networking events tailored towards short filmmakers, providing opportunities to meet with international and industry guests.