'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 third year, and a very special one indeed as 2022 is the centenarian celebration of the publication of Ulysses (1922). The film festival was set up to be 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.

Over the previous two years we brought Bloomsday to you with our online programmes filled with Ulyssean cinematic delights in our Joycean Shorts programme. Though we loved the connection this gave us to the global Bloomsday community, it has always been our vision for the BFF to be an exciting live event, and to marry it with other Bloomsday traditions, e.g dressing up, live performances & readings. So this year, fingers crossed, we are very happy to be welcoming live audiences for the first time and hope that the festival will become an unmissable map point on the day’s adventure. So because of this, this year’s festival will be a hybrid event, online & physical.

The Bloomsday week (11th-16th June) hits a number of important dates in the Irish literary calendar. The birthday of W.B. Yeats lands on the 13th, the publication of Dubliners the 15th, and of course Bloomsday on the 16th. So accordingly, we will be celebrating Yeats' birthday, and poetry as a whole, on the 13th with programmes of poetry shorts, made locally and around the world; on the 15th we will be celebrating all things Dublin with the Dublin Short Stories; and the Experimental, Literature, and Joycean programmes will be celebrated throughout as well. As will feature our new exciting competition ‘The One Minute Odyssey’ (Details on how to enter coming soon). It will be an exciting and diverse week, climaxing with a selection of the winners screening at the IFI on Bloomsday (16th).

We want to encourage artistic innovation within the medium, and films that seek to push the craft forward, as Joyce did so greatly within his own craft, literature.

Best Overall Short - The Ulysses Award
Best Joycean Short - The James Joyce Award
Best Literature Short - The Stephen Dedalus Award
Best Poetry Short - The W.B. Yeats Award
Best Experimental Short - The Proteus Award
Best Dublin Short Story - The Dubliner Award
Best 1 Minute Odyssey - The Odyssey Award
Best Actor - The Leopold Bloom Award
Best Actress - The Molly Bloom Award

No premiere requirements.

We accept all genres, must be below 30 minutes running time.
Submission Fee €10. Except 1 Minute Odyssey which is free.

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.

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 May 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
  • Conor Tobin

    So good to see a festival based around all things Joycean. Joyce himself was a massive fan of the cinema, and this festival shows that for me and the other Filmmakers included, the feeling's mutual! The organisers were kind and helpful and facilitated connecting with other Filmmakers, even during those lockdown times. Can't wait for the next one!

    November 2021
  • John-James Schley

    Really great festival with really great people. Thoroughly enjoyed being part of it. 100% would recommend.

    October 2021
  • I had an absolutely amazing experience with this wonderful festival. Despite the fact that the festival had to take place online, I enjoyed the professional and nice atmosphere. As I was lucky and honored to be awarded, I also got a really great statement from the top-class jury, which was a great recognition for the whole crew. I would recommend this festival anytime.

    October 2021
  • Gerard Faherty

    A wonderful festival that managed to create a good atmosphere despite being an online festival. I was honoured to take part in it and I loved all the Joycean films on offer

    June 2021
  • John McGarrigle

    Thank you Bloomsday Film Festival for showing my film and your support for film makers and creatives.

    June 2021