We are delighted to announce an exciting, engaging and entertaining programme of cinematic events for the young people of Galway and beyond.  

Featuring a mix of feature films, short film programmes, and events, the Junior Film Fleadh is proud to showcase the best in World Cinema to young audiences as well as providing a platform for some of the country’s best young filmmakers to exhibit their work alongside carefully curated workshops designed to help them develop their craft.

Each year the JFF selects several titles that, in addition to being strong examples of world cinema, complement school’s language curricula.  The French title this year is Ma Révolution (ages 15+), a vibrant and colourful coming of age comedy set in contemporary Paris while our German title About A Girl (ages 15+) looks at teen suicide in a thought provoking way.  The Olive Tree (age 15+) meanwhile deals with the topic of family roots in contemporary Spain. Our Gearrscannáin programme (ages 13 – 15) features a range of shorts aimed specifically at students studying Irish for Junior Cert 2017. Study notes will be provided after each screening. 

We are also delighted to present a series of Outreach titles taking cinema into the classroom.  These include our German Language Outreach title – The Pasta Detectives (ages 12 – 14) and our Irish Language Outreach title – Eipic (ages 16+), a contemporary drama about a group of young people forming a band with a backdrop to the centenary of the1916 rising.

In addition to curriculum titles the JFF is delighted to present special screenings of the award winning documentary Life, Animated and the year’s best family film, Hunt for the WilderpeopleIn celebration of Social Inclusion Week the festival is delighted to present a free screening of Life, Animated: telling the true story of how a young boy overcame the challenges of autism through Disney’s animated films. This is a FREE SCREENING but seats must be reserved in advance. 

On Saturday we have the highly anticipated Hunt for the Wilderpeople (12), an unlikely buddy-comedy/coming-of-age drama from Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows, Thor: Ragnarok) set in the great outdoors of New Zealand. Hunt for the Wilderpeople won the audience award for Best International Feature Film at the Galway Film Fleadh in July. 

Ireland’s youngest filmmakers get to showcase their work as part of the Future Filmmakers shorts programmes while filmmaking Workshops will help young people explore various elements of filmmaking including Special FX, Screenwriting, Storyboarding (with the Oscar-nominated Brown Bag Films), Making film on Mobile Phones and an Introduction to VR Film (in association with Galway 2020). And don’t forget the Script Competition for those students who ‘have a story to tell’. 

The Junior Film Fleadh runs from the 9th to the 12th July.