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  1. Short film entries for the Galway Film Fleadh Short Film programme are sought for in the following categories:
    • Drama
    • Animation
    • Documentary
  2. The submission fee for the 2018 edition of the festival is €20. Methods of payment are:
    • PayPal
    • Credit/debit card (processed by PayPal – look out for ‘Pay by card’ or ‘Login as guest’ while paying)
  3. The final deadline for submission material(s) is on or before May 11th 2018 at 5p.m. The festival is not obliged to view late entries.
  4. You may 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. All competition categories are judged by a jury of industry professionals.
  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. DVDs, Blu-rays, USB devices or online screeners are accepted at submission stage. Note that we do not accept YouTube links.
    • Any submissions physically sent to the festival should be labelled “No Commercial Value”, along with the film title, director’s name, length, if screener is a rough cut and available screening format(s).Send physical submissions to:
      Short Film Submissions,
      Galway Film Fleadh,
      36D Merchants Dock,
      Merchants Road,
    • If you are submitting a digital file, you must keep your file below 2GB.
  1. 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:
    • ProRes file (preferred)
    • Blu-ray (Region 0/B)
    • DCP

      If your film is to be screened from DCP, it is your responsibility to ensure 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, to ensure that we can provide the best possible screening of your film.If you require assistance in obtaining an exhibition quality copy of your film, please contact


  2. In submitting to the festival, the applicant confirms that they possess all rights necessary for the screening of the submitted film at the festival.
  3. Where the significant dialogue or narration of a film is not in English, please provide English subtitles.
  4. Entries should not exceed 40 minutes.
  5. 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:
  6. 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.

Award categories

Oscar Qualifying Awards

  • The Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama
  • The James Horgan Award for Best Animated Short

Festival Awards

  • 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 for full Oscar rules and regulations.

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