The 24th Belfast Film Festival will take place in November 2024. We are looking for submissions from the island of Ireland for our shorts programme and our NI Independents feature film strand.

PLEASE NOTE

We only accept fiction shorts either made on the island of Ireland, north or south - or made by an Irish writer/director.

By submitting your short you are entering it into consideration for either the Short Film Competition or the New Cinema: Irish Shorts strands. If you want your film only to be considered for Competition, please make this clear in your submission on the custom form.

If you have made a short documentary, please refer to BFF’s sister festival Docs Ireland (www.docsireland.ie) https://filmfreeway.com/DocsIreland

Awards

• Short Film Competition
• Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Award
• Réalta Award (for individuals who promote social justice activism through film)

Eligibility requirements:

1. Films must be 20 minutes or under.
2. They must have been completed between the following dates: 1st September 2023 - 31st August 2024.
3. Films must have been made in Ireland, or made by an Irish writer/director.
4. Films must not have been screened before in Northern Ireland.
5. Your film must not be available in full online or have been shown on another medium e.g. TV. If your film is available in full on YouTube, etc. then it will be automatically withdrawn from the competition. Excerpts of your film, totalling no more than ten per cent of its running time are exempt from this rule.
6. Films must be available for screening as DCP or HD files
7. We want to make BFF24 as accessible as possible for younger filmmakers. To avail of our discounted 25 & UNDER submission rate, Director must be 25 or under at time of submission. Please provide DOB as proof of age.

No refunds will be given in the event of failure to comply with the terms and conditions.

If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact james@belfastfilmfestival.org.

The decision of the programming committee is final. Due to the large amount of submissions received BFF cannot enter into any discussion regarding films that are not selected for the festival.

By submitting your film you are acknowledging that you have cleared all rights for screening, and are happy for images to be reproduced for the purpose of promoting the festival.

NI INDEPENDENTS

NI Independents hosts the best in new medium-length and feature films made in Northern Ireland.

Eligibility requirements:

1. Films must be at least 30mins in length (for short film submissions see above)
2. They must have been completed between the following dates: 1st September 2023 - 31st August 2024.
3. Made and produced in Northern Ireland with the majority of the cast originating in Northern Ireland. It is important to note that this category focuses exclusively on Northern Irish film. If you have a film that does not meet these criteria but would like it to be featured at our festival, please contact james@belfastfilmfestival.org
4. Films must not have been screened before in Northern Ireland.
5. Your film must not be available in full online or have been shown on another medium e.g. TV. If your film is available in full on YouTube, etc. then it will be automatically withdrawn from the competition. Excerpts of your film, totalling no more than ten per cent of its running time are exempt from this rule.
6. Films must be available for screening as HD files.
7. We want to make BFF24 as accessible as possible for younger filmmakers. To avail of our discounted 25 & UNDER submission rate, Director must be 25 or Under at time of submission. Please provide DOB as proof of age.

No refunds will be given in the event of failure to comply with the terms and conditions.

If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact james@belfastfilmfestival.org.

The decision of the programming committee is final. Due to the large amount of submissions received BFF cannot enter into any discussion regarding films that are not selected for the festival.

By submitting your film you are acknowledging that you have cleared all rights for screening, and are happy for images to be reproduced for the purpose of promoting the festival.

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  • Sarah Ahern

    2023 was my second time attending the festival as a filmmaker and both times I have felt so well looked after and included by the festival team.

    November 2023
  • Ian Mantgani

    Fantastic, welcoming film festival in an amazing, historic city. with such a stimulating programme. Wish I could have stayed for the whole thing!

    November 2023
  • We had a wonderful time at Belfast Film Festival! The festival is run by an excellent and talented team who are very responsive. We hope to be back next year!

    November 2023
  • Had a great time at BFF, wonderful team and programme!

    November 2023
  • A great festival that improves every year!

    October 2023