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31st Galway Film Fleadh Tuesday 9th to Sunday 14th, July 2019
When is the Galway Film Fleadh?
The Galway Film Fleadh runs each year in the first full week of July. The 2019 Fleadh will run from Tuesday 9th to Sunday 14th of July.
What is the Galway Film Fleadh?
The Galway Film Fleadh is a six day international film festival that takes place across 6 days in early July each year. There are no red carpets at the Fleadh, we bring masters of the craft and everyday cinephiles together within an intimate environment to celebrate our shared passion for film.
We screen 100+ feature, 100+ short films and run a series of panel discussions, question and answer sessions and other film-related conversation events during the 6 days of the event. Every night sees us hosting a festival club in the Galway Rowing Club (more info below). Each festival sees us hosting 130+ unique events.
We are competitive festival, featuring both audience and jury voted awards. For more information on our awards and to view previous winners, please visit this page.
While the exact content of each festival varies from year to year, we focus heavily on independent fictional and factual cinema. Each year we strive to programme the best in New Irish Film premieres, Irish and World documentaries, Irish premieres of stellar European and World fictional and factual cinema along with featuring a ‘country of focus’. Past festival programmes are available to view here.
See below for more information on how to submit your film to the festival, where to book and what type of tickets are available along with more information on Galway.
How do I book tickets?
Tickets will begin to go on sale in early June for a selected number of screenings. The full programme will be available to purchase from 6p.m. G.M.T. on Tuesday June 26th.
All bookings are handled by our ticketing partner, The Town Hall Theatre Galway. Tickets may be purchased in person at their box office, by phone (091 569-777 / open 10a.m. – 7.30p.m.) or online at http://www.tht.ie or from our website on the individual page for each film.
What types of tickets are available?
Opening Film (including reception) €22.50
Closing Film (including reception) €22.50
Special Presentations €12.00 (€11.00 Conc.)
Daytime Screening (before 17.00) €10.00 (€9.00 Conc.)
Child tickets for Fleadh Families films €6.50 (daytimes only)
Evening Screening (at and after 17.00) €11.00 (€10.00 Conc.)
Fleadh Featurettes €6.50
One Minute Film Festival €6.50
Season tickets €175.00
Season tickets are available to purchase from early June from us. A form will be made available. Please use our contact form for any inquiries.
What venues do you screen film in?
The Town Hall Theatre
Houses our largest screen and the festival box office. Festivals guests need to arrive here to register.
Galway’s new arthouse cinema, housing 3 state-of-the-art screens.
How do I submit my short/feature film for potential inclusion?
Feature film submissions are open from December to March of each event cycle.
Short film submissions are open from January to May.
Each submission process happens through our submission software, Eventival. To submit, you must first sign up for an Eventival account and complete the relevant form (if open). The relevant programming team will be in touch no later than mid-June to inform you of a successful or unsuccessful application. If you are successful, you will be invited to return to Eventival to confirm key marketing and technical information. Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, we ask you to kindly wait until you hear from us in regard to your film.
How do I volunteer for your events? [APPLICATIONS OPEN]
Volunteers are an integral part of our crew, we could not run our festival without the amazing group of people who give up their free time and become part of our family for a week (or two!).
Volunteering for our festival offers you the opportunity to be part of an exciting, cultural cinema event. You’ll have the opportunity to make new friends and gain invaluable experience and insight into the organisation and running of a major festival event. If you are someone with an active interest in Irish film and/or the film industry at large, working with us provides an insight into Irish cinema exhibition. Volunteers may be asked to work in one of several areas:
- Taking tickets/ushering
- Print transportation
- Guests registration
- Working with our Press Officer
- Media production with Film Fleadh TV
- Event facilitation
Please note that you must be over 18 to volunteer.
Applications are currently open, please apply through our Eventival system on this link.
Film Fleadh TV applications take place using a different process. Applications are not yet available for 2019.
Where is the festival club?
Galway Rowing Club
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The festival club is open to all those who attend a screening at the Galway Film Fleadh in July. The club sees filmmakers and audiences mixing in a relaxed environment beside the Corrib River.
Please retain ticket stubs/proof of entry to a screening (online receipt, etc.) to guarantee access to the festival club as capacity is limited.
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CLAYTON HOTEL, Ballybrit, Galway
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CLYBAUN HOTEL, Clybaun Road, Knocknacarra, Galway
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CONNEMARA COAST HOTEL, Furbo, Co. Galway
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THE CONNACHT HOTEL, Old Dublin Rd, Galway
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GALWAY BAY HOTEL, The Promenade, Salthill, Co. Galway, Ireland
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THE OAKS HOTEL, Bishop O’Donnell Rd, Galway
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FLANNERY’S HOTEL, Dublin Rd., Renmore, Galway
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HOTEL MEYRICK, Eyre Square, Galway
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EYRE SQUARE HOTEL, Eyre Square, Galway
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IMPERIAL HOTEL, Eyre Square, Galway
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JURYS INN, Quay St., Galway
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MENLO PARK HOTEL, Terryland, Galway
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PARK HOUSE HOTEL, Forster St, Galway
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PILLO HOTEL, Headford Road, Galway
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RADISSON BLU HOTEL, Lough Atalia Rd, Galway
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SKEFFINGTON ARMS HOTEL, Eyre Square, Galway
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VICTORIA HOTEL, Eyre Square, Galway
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WARDS HOTEL, Salthill, Galway
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WESTWOOD HOUSE HOTEL, Newcastle, Galway
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General questions about Galway
How do I get to Galway?
If your local airline doesn’t land in either of those airports, Dublin Airport is only a little bit further (215km/133 miles) away and connected to Galway via motorway.
Citylink and GoBus operate regular express services between Dublin and Galway, including early mornings and late night.
Bus Eireann operate services to Galway nationwide. This website includes a very useful search feature to assist in your journey schedule.
Transport for Ireland operate a nationwide route planner if you need further assistance.
Check with the national rail carrier, Irish Rail, for up to date timetable and departure information.
Trains to Galway from Dublin are frequent with a regular train service from Heuston Station to Ceannt Station, which is located in the city centre just off Eyre Square.
It is also possible to get trains from Cork and Belfast, but you will have to change. It is not possible to get a train from Shannon Airport, but you can get a bus to Limerick city and get a train from there.
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How can I get around Galway city?
The handiest way to get around the city is by foot because the majority of pubs, clubs and restaurants are situated in a very small area. If you need to travel to the outskirts Bus Eireann operate the city’s buses. They leave from Eyre Square every twenty minutes and fares are €2.20 for any route. Weekly commuter tickets are also available, along with a top-up travel card called a Leap card. Cards are available from the main Bus Éireann station and many shops around the city.
There are several taxi ranks located around the city centre, and you can very easily hail a cab.
What else can I do while I'm in the Galway/West of Ireland region?
Start with the Wild Atlantic Way. A stunning 2,500km road trip along Ireland’s West Coast that stretches from Donegal to West Cork. The Galway Film Fleadh is proud to highlight this experience to all of our European and International visitors to experience this once in a lifetime opportunity. Fleadh film goers have embraced the many attractions the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer in County Galway from the picturesque fishing port of Kinvara to the wild magic of Connemara.
The rich tapestry of locations featured in the Atlantic Film Trail provide a unique backdrop to the festival and guests can experience the beauty of the Western coastline first hand. This is a remarkable chance to walk the trail of films such as The Quiet Man, The Field, Into the West, Poitín, Un Taxi Mauve, Man of Aran and take in the spectacular scenery that has attracted so many filmmakers. See this link for more information.
Food & Music
In addition to the striking views along the Wild Atlantic Way, there are many gastronomic delights that await you along the trail. Food lovers can discover an abundance of artisan restaurants and sustainable food producers that reflect the Western coastline and it’s lush landscape. Alongside sumptuous food, the Wild Atlantic Way is home to a wealth of music, from traditional music sessions to Galway’s vibrant contemporary music scene, there is literally something for everyone.
Check out the main ‘How To Fleadh‘ section for a selection of some of our favourite places in Galway to eat, drink and be merry.
Taking in the colour, history and atmosphere of Galway city and following the road along the magnetic coastline the Wild Atlantic Way is a must-see attraction. For visitors to the Galway Film Fleadh, this extraordinary journey brings you to the very heart of the West of Ireland in all it’s natural beauty.
What other fun things can I do while I'm in Galway?
Galway is well-known for having all the sought-after qualities of a larger city while maintaining the virtues of a smaller country town. From quaint pubs to the numerous trendy clubs scattered throughout the city, everyone will find somewhere to chill out be it sipping a pint or boogying on the dance floor.
Traditional music sessions can be heard in establishments throughout the city. Some of the more popular venues include Tigh Coili’s, Neachtains, The Crane and An Pucan.
There is a strong arts and culture tradition which appeals to both the young and old. Galway is seen as Ireland’s centre of entertainment and even a short visit to the city is testament to that. There is a huge choice of entertainment on offer geared not only towards tourists, but also the local and strong student population.
Where's good to go have a drink?
For our recommendations on where to go to have a drink, head to our Friends of the Festival section.
Where's good to eat?
For our recommendations on where to eat, head to our Friends of the Festival section.