In celebration of Galway Film Fleadh once again being named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of its “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee,” we’re extending our feature film submission deadline until the end of the month.

 Ireland’s leading film festival, and the discovery place of New Irish Cinema, last year’s online edition of the Fleadh reached 43,000+ viewers, with many taking part from 34 different countries, as registered delegates of the Galway Film Fair, Ireland’s film & television marketplace.

While the Fleadh awaits government guidelines around large gatherings this summer, 2020 has demonstrated that whatever restrictions may be in place, the next edition of the celebrated event will take place regardless.

The Galway Film Fleadh awards both Irish and international films selected for competition in the following categories:

  • Best Film
  • Best First Feature
  • Best Documentary
  • Best Human Rights Film

There are also individual awards including:

  • Galway Hooker Award for Outstanding Achievement
  • Bingham Ray New Talent Award for new/emerging talent
  • Award for Best Cinematography in an Irish Film


Winners in recent years include Redemption of a Rogue, Henry Glassie: Field Work, Extra Ordinary, For Sama, Gutland, A Bump Along the Way, The Dig and Katie among many others.

Early bird deadline: Friday January 29th, 2021 at 5p.m. G.M.T.

Regular deadline: Friday March 26th, 2021 at 5p.m. G.M.T.

There will be a late deadline of Friday, April 9th 2021, the fee for which is €50.

The deadline which was originally scheduled for April 9th, has been extended until 5pm (GMT) Friday April 30th, the fee for which is €50.


The Galway Film Fleadh is funded by the Arts Council.