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30th Galway Film Fleadh 10th - 15th July 2018

Please read these rules and regulations as you will be asked to accept them upon submitting a film.

If you have any queries, please email

Rules and Regulations

Entries are invited for the following categories: feature length film including, but not limited to, documentary, animation, experimental and narrative feature film. Please fill form accurately and with as much information as possible. A feature film is considered to be 52 or more minutes in length.


  1. Submission fees:
    Deadline Entry fee
    Earlybird submission Friday, February 24th 2017 €30
    Regular submission Friday, March 31th, 2017 €40

    Methods of payment include:

    • Cheque/Postal Order (made out to Galway Film Fleadh and sent to the postal address listed in #2 below)
    • Bank Transfer
      • A/C Name: Galway Film Fleadh
      • A/C No: 18289770
      • IBAN No:  IE41 BOFI 9040 4218 2897 70
      • Branch Code:  90-40-42
      • Address:  Bank of Ireland, Industrial Estate, Mervue, Galway, Ireland.
      • Swift/BIC: BOF II E2D
    • PayPal
      If you have any queries, contact
  2. The final deadline for the festival’s office to receive the required submission material(s) is on or before March 31th 2017 at 5p.m. The festival is not obliged to view late entries. After this date, digital submission forms will be unavailable online and any physical submission materials received will not be accepted. If you are sending physical submission materials or paying via postal order or cheque, please send to:

    Features Co-ordinator,
    Galway Film Fleadh,
    36D Merchants Dock,
    Merchants Road,

    If submitting a paper entry form, please attach a statement/biography from the director of the film. Physical submissions must be marked “No Commercial Value” or they shall not be accepted. Stills must be emailed to – please ensure they are no less than 300dpi resolution and set the subject of your email as the title of your film.

  3. In all categories, any film that has been previously broadcast (television or online video-on-demand, including YouTube) in Ireland or screened at another festival shall have less priority in programming terms than those that will premiere at the festival. All competition categories are judged by the audience and/or a jury of industry professionals.
  4. The festival gives priority to World, European and Irish premieres in considering competition categories. If your film has premiered elsewhere in Ireland it will be screened out of competition if selected.
  5. If your film is accepted to screen at the festival, we will require a screening copy that must be one of the following 3 formats: 35mm / Blu-ray / DCP.



    You will be required to fill out a technical sheet detailing formatting specifications such as aspect ratios and audio levels. This is to ensure that we can provide your film with its the best possible screening.

  6. All languages of film are accepted. Submissions and screeners must contain English subtitles.
  7. DVDs, Blu-rays, USB storage devices or digital screener links are accepted at submission stage. Limit your file size to 4GB or less. Please label all physical submission materials with the film title, director’s name, length, if screener is a rough cut and available screening format(s). Online screeners will be considered but only upon receipt of completed submission form and fee. We will accept any private download or passworded link i.e. Vimeo, WeTransfer, Dropbox, Cinando, YouSendIt, etc. YouTube links are not accepted.
  8. If selected, you will be informed of the latest date at which prints must be delivered to the festival. The sender must meet the cost of shipping prints to the festival. The festival will pay for one-way return shipping of prints only. All prints will be returned during the week following the close of the festival.
  9. The entrant agrees that up to three minutes of their film (visual or audio) may be used by the festival in promotional activities. These can include screening a clip on television and/or radio and the festival’s website and/or social media presences.
  10. The festival does NOT pay screening fees for titles that have been submitted.

Feature film award categories

Best Irish First Feature (Audience Award)
Irish dramatic films by a debuting director are eligible for this category. International productions considered if the Director is Irish.
Best International First Feature (Audience Award)
Any feature length dramatic film by a first time director are eligible for this category.
Best Irish Feature Documentary (Audience Award)
Irish documentary films from new and established filmmakers are eligible.
Best International Feature Documentary (Audience Award)
International documentary films from new and established filmmakers are eligible.
Best Irish Feature (Audience Award)
Irish films from new and established filmmakers are eligible.
Best International Feature (Audience Award)
International films from new and established filmmakers are eligible.
Eligibility for the below awards is decided by the programming team:
Best Cinematography in an Irish Feature (Jury Award) Best Human Rights Feature Award (Jury Award)
Documentary and/or feature films from Irish or International directors, which explore themes pertaining to issues of human rights.
Bingham Ray New Talent Award (Jury Award)


Feature film submissions are closed for the 29th edition of our festival. Good luck to all who have entered!