The Galway Film Fleadh (5th-10th July) returns for its 28th edition with a programme promising plenty for audiences to enjoy. Short film at the Fleadh is a series of short film programmes which showcase the best in short film making talent. This year there were over 500 submissions resulting in a total of 14 short film screenings with the addition of four new strands and the return of some old favourites.

The Galway Film Fleadh’s Oscar® qualifying short film programme showcases an exciting mix of drama, documentary and animation, with the winners of the Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama and the James Horgan Award for Best Short Animation gaining eligibility for Oscar® consideration.

In this year’s Dramas we see directing debuts from acting star Martin McCann (Killing Bono) and cinematographer Kevin Tracey (Made in Belfast) with ‘STARZ’. We also welcome back producer Ian Hunt Duffy with his directing debut film ‘Gridlock’ starting Irish stars – Moe Dunford (Patrick’s Day), Peter Coonan (Love/Hate) and Steve Wall (Vikings). While Jimmy Smallhorne’s Ballymun-based film ‘Fingerprints’ introduces the film industry to the talents of nineteen-year-old script writer Siobhan Duffy.

Our Short Documentaries cover a diverse range of topics over two programmes: From the den of Northern Irish collage artist Sean Hillen to internet Vine sensations ‘Fuppin Eejits’ we explore how the bizarre and the traditional intersect and introduce an interesting variety of characters along the way. This year we introduce a new strand of Human Rights documentaries telling stories from conflict zones, border crossings and refugee camps. 

Speaking about this year’s short film programme Eibh Collins Coordinator said, “I’m excited that this year we are supporting short filmmakers not only with screenings but now through our new panels & networking sessions.”

In addition to screening over seventy short films in a mix of Irish, English and foreign languages, we are delighted to screen work funded by the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann including a screening of their commemorative After ’16 programme, a collection of nine short films in a mixture of live action, animation and documentary.

Sunday afternoon’s Irish Animation Premieres programme not only exhibits work from independent filmmakers but welcomes new filmmakers from IADT National Film School and Ballyfermot College of Further Education. With the World Premieres of the IFB funded Frameworks this programme represents a fantastic roundup of the thriving animation industry in Ireland today.

Galway Film Fleadh are proud to present work from West of Ireland based filmmakers in the Way Out West category and among others we welcome the return of the Galway Film Centre’s One Minute Film Festival and ‘2016 Best Of’ showcase from Little Cinema Galway. Beyond Ireland we are collaborating with Creative England to showcase some incredible productions funded by schemes including ‘iShorts 2’ and ‘Funny Girls’. 

This year’s festival will host not only shorts screenings but also panel discussions and networking events tailored towards short filmmakers, providing opportunities to meet International industry guests and their fellow filmmakers.

The short film programmes and events run across the festival from Wednesday 6th to Sunday 10th July.

For bookings call the Town Hall Theatre box office on 091 569777 or visit

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