As well as bringing the best in world cinema and film talent to Galway, we delight in showcasing Galway to the world of film. Aside from its reputation as the cultural heart of Ireland, Galway is very much a city of film. One of only 8 UNESCO-designated Cities of Film worldwide, the development of the film sector in Galway has been nothing short of staggering – it’s worth over €72 million to the local economy and provides over 600 full-time jobs.
First off, we are proud to present work from west-of-Ireland-based filmmakers in the Way Out West short film programme. Similarly, we welcome the return of the Galway Film Centre’s One Minute Film Festival, and we will once again screen a “best of” showcase from Galway’s premiere grassroots short film event, Little Cinema Galway.

The Irish Film Institute returns with a whole new diverse programme of films about Galway from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Amateur films of holidays in the west of Ireland play alongside 1950s public information films featuring Dr. Noel Browne and the building of TB sanatoria; the life of a Connemara farmer in 1941 contrasts with aerial footage of Ireland by Scottish aviatrix Winnie Drinkwater.
We will also present a very special screening of local filmmaker Risteard Ó Domhnaill’s Atlantic, which examines the political, economic and environmental threats to the Atlantic Ocean. (See above for more details.)
Our closing film, Sanctuary, is a wonderful, unique feature from Galway’s Blue Teapot Company. Employing a large cast of actors with intellectual disabilities, the film tackles issues such as the right to intimacy.