The Boyne Valley International Film Festival is set against the beautiful backdrop of the Boyne Valley, in the medieval town of Drogheda. The festival is produced by Droichead Arts Centre in partnership with LOVE Drogheda BIDS and is curated by acclaimed filmmaker and Boyne Valley native Frank W. Kelly and Collette Farrell, Droichead Arts Centre Director. This three day event features the best short films from around the country, and the world and has a special focus on films made in the region.

The Festival also features a Filmmaker in Focus. In 2022 we screened the work of talented writer, director and producer Roisin Kearney, with a selection of her shorts. In 2023 the Award went to actor, writer directors Clare Monnelly and Aaron Monaghan.

The festival also has a Short Script Bursary. Three to four finalists are chosen each year and each received €500. The overall winner is award a further €2500 and 6 months free studio space.

The history and natural beauty of the Boyne Valley lend themselves perfectly to the medium of film, and our Made in the Boyne programme screens a selection of shorts made in the region by filmmakers from the area, showcasing the skill and talented in the area.

BVIFF wants to create an environment for filmmakers and audiences to connect, and celebrate film.

The Awards:

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM - Cash Prize of €1000

FILMMAKER IN FOCUS - BVIFF will choose a filmmaker and screen a curated programme showcasing their work, followed by a Q and A. The Filmmakers are also awarded a bursary of €2000.

SHORT FILM BURSARY - Entrants are invited to submit a one or two page pitch for a short film script. Three filmmakers will be shortlisted by a panel, awarded a bursary of €500, and each will be invited to present their short film idea to the panel during the festival. One lucky filmmaker will be chosen, and further awarded a bursary of €2,500 to write the script, plus a studio space for 6 months in Droichead Arts Centre, Barlow House.

We welcome applications from filmmakers whose voices are currently under represented in the Irish film sector. The award application will be completed outside of this portal, for more information re this submission please email
Dates for submissions for the Short Film Bursary will be announced in April.

Please read the rules thoroughly before entering. Thank you.

Films must have been made after January 1st 2021.

BVIFF only accepts short films of NO LONGER than 30 minutes. (Including titles & credits)

Filmmakers must be over 18 years old.

We do not accept Student Films.

(We define a student film as a film made by a student in full-time education and/or a film made through, or with the support of, an educational body, ie. anything in the third-level education sector consisting of universities, institutes of technology, and colleges of education.)

By submitting to BVIFF 2023 you are agreeing to a physical screening of your work. The programming team will discuss this in more detail closer to the event.

Each submission must be accompanied by a HIGH RES STILL IMAGE, A POSTER (if one exists) a LOGLINE and a SHORT SYNOPSIS. If your film is selected we may also request a HEADSHOT of the director and actors and short bios for each. Please include a cover note if possible. We are keen to know more about you and your film.

For the Made in the Boyne Valley programme your film must have been made in the Boyne Valley Region, and the filmmaker must be from the Boyne Valley region. It is not required that the filmmaker be resident in the Boyne Valley.

Withdrawal will only be refunded if requested within in two weeks from being submitted.

At the moment submissions are not open to student filmmakers in full-time or part-time education, or to filmmakers under 18.

Films not in the English language must have English subtitles.

The selection and scheduling of all films screened at BVIFF 2023 is entirely at the discretion of the Festival Directors and the Judging Panels.

Due to the large amount of submissions received and limited resources BVIFF cannot enter into any discussion regarding films that are not selected. The festival is unable to send personal emails regarding films that are not selected and notification regarding the status of selection will be made via FilmFreeway notification. We appreciate your understanding on this.

Selected films will be announced on the BVIFF website and in the media.

Short Film Screening Files (Once Selected):

If selected the festival will request

A H.264 file with the following specifications:
Frame size - 1920 x 1080
Frame rate - 24fps or 25fps
Bit rate - 12000kbps to 35000kbps.

Audio 48khz 24bit stereo


a ProRes 422 or ProRes LT Quicktime file with the following specifications only:

Frame size - 1920 x 1080
Frame rate - 24fps or 25fps

Audio 48khz 24bit stereo or 5.1

If selected, any web links used to transfer accepted formats should remain active until we have confirmed that we have downloaded and tested the film. Alternative versions will be required where it is evident that the technical requirements are not being met.

Please watch the file of your film IN FULL before sending to us. Our technician will not be able to check your file for errors. Failure to adhere to the technical requirements may result in films not being screened.

BVIFF will liaise with the filmmaker regarding screening formats after final decisions have been made. Please check the email you submit your film with regularly. This is the method we will use to contact you. If there is no response to our emails, BVIFF reserve the right to withdraw selection.

Images and press packs will be requested upon selection. These will be used for promotional purposes not limited to press, online media, television, radio and any other media platform.

Television and Internet broadcasting: Taking part in BVIFF implies allowing broadcasting on Irish and foreign televisions and on the Internet (extracts limited to and not exceeding 1 min) for the purpose of promoting the festival.

BVIFF does not pay screening fees for submitted work.

We request that applicants submit to Boyne Valley International Film Festival only through the FilmFreeway portal. *(The Short Film Bursary is not included on this platform). We do not accept DVDs, online links by email or social media messages etc. The festival has a small seasonal staff and we are not in a position to accept submissions in any other way. This allows our judging panel to view and select films in a fair manner and insures that nothing is overlooked.

All the films are viewed by the panel of industry professionals and the judges make the final decision.

If entering your film to BVIFF you must have the authority and licence for any music soundtrack on/in your film. You and/or the artists who own the music and/or their representatives waive rights to claim royalties from BVIFF for screening selected films.

Bullying and harassment toward filmmakers, audience members, volunteers, press, industry professionals, staff, board members, and beyond, including demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behaviour or speech, including but not limited to personal insults, sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ageist or ableist language or any language that insults or demeans the characteristics of any person will not be tolerated by the festival on any level.

At Boyne Valley International Film Festival, we appreciate, respect, and honor the vibrant diversity and viewpoints of our world community of guests and staff and hold steadfast in a commitment to freedom of creative expression. We encourage the open exchange of ideas and perspectives in a mutually respectful environment that provides guests and staff with a safe and enjoyable experience while attending our film festivals and events.
We ask that everyone—artists, audiences, volunteers, press, industry, staff, board members, and beyond—maintain an environment that is welcoming to all.

On submitting to the festival the applicant understands that he/she/they has a legal right to submit the film including ensuring all clearances have been obtained. By submitting to the festival the applicant agrees to the rules and terms.

Overall Rating
  • Mary Claire White

    A small, intimate festival that packs a punch above its weight when it comes to quality of programme, networking and hospitality. Definitely one for the diary. Filmmakers were made extremely welcome and the filmmaker Q&A's after every screening was an added benefit. We premiered our film at this festival and got chatting to lots of other filmmakers and industry. Overall an excellent experience.

    October 2023
    Response from festival:

    So lovely to hear this and have you with us Mary Claire, and delighted this film has gone on to meet new audiences.

  • Sarah Ahern

    A gorgeous festival, Collette, Frank and Jackie took such excellent care of our film and made us feel very well looked after. A lovely atmosphere to boot.

    September 2023
    Response from festival:

    Delighted to have you with us Sarah, we hope to see you again soon with new work! Keep making beautiful films.

  • Nicolas d'Autryve

    It was a great moment ! Thank you again for the welcome and for the selection of all great films !
    Hope to see you next year !

    August 2023
  • Edelle Kenny

    This festival was nothing short of a pleasure! Great communication in the lead up. Felt so incredibly welcomed when I arrived and in such great company!

    August 2023
    Response from festival:

    The pleasure was all ours!

  • Such a gorgeous festival planned with care & attention you could feel the love of film & filmmakers the organizers have in every single detail. Thoroughly enjoyable delighted to have Sparkle screened here. Highly recommend! Hope to be back next year ✨✨✨

    August 2023
    Response from festival:

    Andie, you're a star! Thanks for coming down, and for you brilliant film! Come back to us!!