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 shorts@filmfleadh.ie

Rules and Regulations

Short film entries for the Galway Film Fleadh Short Film programme are sought for in the following categories:

  • Dramatic Short
  • Animated Short
  • Documentary Short

Across these 3 categories there are 7 awards:

Oscar Qualifying Awards Festival Awards
  • The Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama
  • The James Horgan Award for Best Animated Short
  • Best Debut Short Drama
  • Best Debut Short Animation
  • Best Documentary Short
  • The Donal Gilligan Award (Best Cinematography in a Short Film)
  • Best Animation Sequence in a Short Film

Please see http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/rules/index.html for full Oscar rules and regulations. Where necessary, certain Oscar submission rules have been highlighted below.

    1. The Galway Film Fleadh only considers Irish shorts for programming. The festival considers films Irish when:
      1. They are of Irish initiation in a creative sense; that is, conceived, written, produced and/or directed within the island of Ireland
      2. They involve established and/or emerging Irish talent in key creative roles, i.e. director, writer, animator or producer
    2. The submission fee for the 2017 edition of the festival is €20.
    3. The final deadline for submission material(s) is on or before May 12th 2017 at 5p.m. The festival is not obliged to view late entries.
    4. Select one category only for each film submitted. The festival has both competitive and non-competitive programmes. Competition eligibility is subject to these rules and regulations and at the discretion of the festival.
    5. You must indicate if your film is a debut short, i.e. the director’s first short film. If your film is a debut dramatic/animated short it will automatically be eligible for a Best Debut Drama/Animation. This does not preclude it from winning the Tiernan McBride or James Horgan Oscar qualifying awards.
    6. Any short that has been previously broadcast (television, online or video-on-demand) shall be deemed ineligible for competition and receive less priority in programming terms.
    7. All competition categories are judged by a jury of industry professionals.
    8. DVDs, Blu-rays, USB devices or online screeners are accepted at submission stage. Note that we do not accept YouTube links. Please ensure that your disc plays in a DVD/Blu-Ray player prior to submission, and is labelled 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, fee, password (if required) and if possible, access to a downloadable copy (i.e. Vimeo, WeTransfer, etc.).
      • If you are submitting a digital file, you must keep your file below 2GB.
    9. If your film is accepted to screen at this festival, we will require a screening copy that must be one of the following 3 formats: 35mm (1.85/2.35 ratios), Blu-ray (Region 0/B) or DCP. WE DO NOT SCREEN FROM DVD. If your film is to be screened from DCP, you are responsible to ensure that it is DCI compliant and to ensure a KDM is issued if encrypted. You will be required to fill out a technical sheet detailing formatting specifications such as ratios and levels. This is to ensure that we can provide the best possible screening of your film.
    10. In submitting to the festival, the applicant confirms that they possess all rights necessary for the screening of the submitted film at the festival.
    11. Where the significant dialogue or narration of a film is not in English, please provide English subtitles.
    12. Entries should not exceed 40 minutes.
    13. Any submissions physically sent to the festival should be marked “No Commercial Value”, or they will not be accepted.
    14. 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.

The Academy will make no exception to the following rule:

  1. To be eligible for Oscar consideration upon winning a qualifying category:
    • Your film must be available as an unencrypted 2K Interop DCP, should you wish to enter it.
    • Trailers/previews of no longer than 10% of a short film’s length are permitted online.


Short film submissions are now closed for the 29th edition of our festival. Best of luck to all who’ve applied!