'Whenever I am obliged to lie with my eyes closed I see a cinematograph going on and on and it brings back to my memory things I had almost forgotten.’ - James Joyce.

Ireland’s most literary film festival is back for its forth year! After a truly amazing celebration last year, back in front of physical audiences and celebrating the centenary of the publication of Ulysses, we are now well underway in preparation for a barnstorming 2023 return of the Bloomsday Film Festival. The film festival was set up as a celebration of cinema, literature, and artistic innovation, inspired by the long reaching arm of Ireland’s patriarch of modernism, James Joyce. The festival is run in partnership with the Bloomsday Festival & the James Joyce Centre and will run between the 11th - 16th June, with screenings taking place at the historic James Joyce Centre and the IFI, as well as Online.

Last year we expanded our festival to include some new categories, and we were so delighted with what we found: introducing Poetry Shorts, Experimental Shorts, Literature Shorts and Dublin Short Stories. This year we are also excited to announce some new categories: Joycean Documentary Short & Feature Films, and Joycean Fiction Feature Films. Like last year, we will celebrate the birthday of W.B Yeats on the 13th of June with a selection of Irish and International Poetry and Literature short films; on the 14th, in keeping with Joyce’s radical and experimental spirit, we will screen the best Irish and International Experimental Films, and on the 15th, the anniversary of the publications of Dubliners, we will dedicate to Dublin with screenings of Joycean short films and Dublin Short Stories. We will also have many more special events between the 11th - 16th, as well as on Bloomsday itself (16th June) of course, and will screen the feature films in the evenings.

Most of all, we want to encourage artistic innovation within the medium, artists who do things their own way, and films that seek to push the craft forward, as Joyce did so greatly within his own craft, literature.

All winners will garner a handcrafted 'Joycean Glasses' Statuette.

Best Joycean Short - Bronze Statuette
Best Joycean Documentary Short - Bronze Statuette
Best Literature Short - Bronze Statuette
Best Irish Poetry Short - Bronze Statuette
Best International Poetry Short - Bronze Statuette
Best Irish Experimental Short - Bronze Statuette
Best International Experimental Short - Bronze Statuette
Best Dublin Short Story - Bronze Statuette
Best Overall Short - Gold Statuette
Best Feature - Gold Statuette

No premiere requirements.

Short films must be below 30 minutes running time.
Submission Fee €15.

Feature films must be above 45 minutes running time. Submission fee €25.

If selected films will be shown online and during a live screening.

Online screeners only.

We will need a downloadable MP4 or MOV in h264 codec of your film if selected. We will also need access to stills, posters, text, trailers, for marketing purposes. Depending on Venues we may also need a DCP. Please try to send in your films in a reasonable file size as we only have a small technical team.

Films will still be considered for other categories if we deem them more suitable.

If not English language film subtitles must be in English.

If work is unfinished it MUST be completed by the 1st of June to be considered.

Filmmakers must own all rights to material. (Luckily Joyce is in the public domain so don't worry about that!)

Awards will be decided by a judging committee.

Overall Rating
  • Emily Swain

    This was a wonderful festival experience. Great communication and fine viewing. Was thrilled my film was selected to take part. Thank you Tommy and Bloomsday!

    June 2022
  • Tim Bingham

    The communication was fantastic. Overall very professional and l would highly recommend

    June 2022
  • Tony Clemente Jr

    A wonderful festival to be a part of. Grateful for all their hardwork

    June 2022
  • Bernie Masterson

    A great festival to be a part of. Well organised, clear communication, and a fantastic range of films. Delighted to have had work in the line up. Thank you BFF.

    June 2022
  • Amanda Glassman

    The 2022 Bloomsday Film Festival was a terrific experience for us at the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation. The staff were generous, supportive, and passionate about their work, and our team was thrilled to connect with the many brilliant Irish and international filmmakers whose films were featured. Highly recommended!

    June 2022