The 2021 edition of the Galway Film Fleadh & Fair will take place from July 20th – 25th. The move comes as part of a general reshuffling in this year’s festival calendar caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fleadh’s Director of Programming, Will Fitzgerald, said moving this year’s edition to July 20th buys the festival time, amidst the ongoing uncertainty around capacity for summer events, and the question mark over the opening of cinemas, to plan for our intended hybrid event. The Fleadh plans to deliver Ireland’s first hybrid film event, after being the first Irish film festival to deliver an online edition last year.

Due to continuing international travel restrictions, the Galway Film Fair will remain online for this year, after an extremely successful edition in 2020. It will once again see over 500 business meetings take place on the Film Fair’s online portal, between filmmakers with projects in development, and financiers, sales agents, distributors, broadcasters and major producers. As well as the marketplace, the Film Fair hosts many ancillary events such as masterclasses, case-studies and most notably, the Fleadh Forum: an annual industry seminar with a state-of-the-industry keynote address, networking opportunities and a range of panel discussions from industry leaders.

The Galway Film Fleadh is Ireland’s leading film event: a six day international film festival on the edge of Europe, featuring Ireland’s only film & TV marketplace, the Galway Film Fair. The Galway Film Fleadh is funded by the Arts Council.

The deadline to submit to the Fleadh’s Academy® affiliated short film competition is Monday May 10th at 5pm GMT.

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