Submission entries will only be accepted through FilmFreeway:

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • Best Irish Short Film –  €5,000 (Filmmaker must be Irish, or have worked with an Irish Production Company, 18 years and over on 31st December 2020).
  • Best International Short Film – €5,000 – (open to International Filmmakers  18 years and over on 31st December 2020)
  • Best Irish Language Short Film – €2,000 – (open to all age groups)
  • Best in Cork – €1,000 (only films either filmed, written or produced in Co. Cork)
  • Best Irish Student of Film & Media Studies – €1,000 (open to IRISH film studies students only)
  • Best Young Filmmaker – €500 (open to ALL filmmakers and all nationalities – aged 19 years or younger on 31st December 2020)
  • Category Awards – €500 for each of the following categories – Best Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Animation, and ArtHouse (open to ALL filmmakers of all nationalities over the age of 18 on 31st December 2020)
  • Additional Awards – €500 for each of the following  –  Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Original Music, Best Sound,  Best Cinematography and Best Editing  (open to ALL filmmakers of all nationalities over the age of 18 on 31st December 2020)

All Irish Entries ONLY:  In Association with RTÉ Culture, we are delighted to showcase the best Irish Shorts of 2020/2021, featuring them on The Short Film Channel, created in association with RTÉ Player.  This will be an ongoing honour offered to all of our Irish Shortlisted films in future.

Please note that each entry is for one category ONLY. The categories are Best in Cork, Best Irish Student of Film & Media Studies, Best Young Filmmaker (U19), Best Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Animation and Art House.

If you wish to enter two, i.e. Drama and Comedy etc., then two entries will have to be made and the entry fee will have to be paid twice. Films entered into Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Animation & Art House will automatically be eligible for all craft awards.

If a filmmaker is aged 18 or 19 on 31st December 2020 and wishes to enter both the Young Filmmaker Competition and any of the Over 18 Categories, then they may do so with the same film. The filmmaker will also need to pay the fee for each separate competition entered as stated above.  In this case there would be no need to submit additional copies of the film or the film’s promotional material.  This also applies to the Best in Cork and Best Student of Film & Media Studies.

Please note the running time for entries:

Categories: Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Animation, Irish Language, Cork & Art House – no longer than 18 mins including credits & titles.

Categories: Best Young Filmmaker (U19) and Best Irish Student of Film & Media Studies – no longer than 10 mins including credits & titles.

Please ensure that you complete as much of the entry form as possible.

  • A brief synopsis of your film (no more than 20 words).  This synopsis will be used for the festival programme.
  • A photograph/still of your film.  We must have this at time of entry.  In addition, it could be chosen as the 2021 festival image and used on posters and as the cover of the Official Festival Programme.  We do not want images of production crew but from the film itself.

Please note that only films completed on or after 1st January 2019 are eligible for entry into our festival competitions.

Please make your submissions as soon as possible to allow us to view your entries and make our selections for screenings, but take note:

Submission Deadlines

Option Dates Available COST
Entry for ALL Categories 1st October 2020 – 31st December 2020 €20

To enter, please complete the form on Filmfreeway remembering to upload your film and stills.  An email will be sent to you to confirm that all elements of your entry have been received.

Please ensure that you submit your stills and brief synopsis. The maximum running time should be as indicated above including all credits.  We will not accept entries which exceed these time limits in the specific categories.

We will contact you by 1st March 2021 to let you know if your film has been selected for competition AND screening.