This October Bank Holiday Weekend (24th-27th) we celebrate the 18th annual Clones Film Festival, up here in the hills of County Monaghan, Ireland.

A highlight of our festival weekend is our competition of short fiction, short documentary, and for the third year, short animation. During the Sunday (27th October) morning/afternoon we screen all of the selected short films in the setting of the "Old Post Office" on the Town's central Diamond. After the judging, the winners of each category are announced at our closing event, to a full house, in Clones Courthouse.

The winner in each category will go home with a much sought after "Francie" Award. The Francie Awards are named after Clones Author, Patrick McCabe's, character, Francie Brady, from his much acclaimed novel, The Butcher Boy. The book was then adapted to a Neil Jordan Screenplay and filmed in Clones in 1997.

All those selected for screening at Clones Film Festival will receive 2 free tickets for our closing awards ceremony where you could lift a Francie if you are picked as the overall winner by our judges.

A maximum length of 30 minutes for short submissions

To submit a short film for competition, please use FilmFreeway.
Alternatively, you can upload your file (best copy) to your Dropbox account and share it with You can email a downloadable link from Vimeo; (please note links from YouTube are not accepted.)

We will also require the usual production information and a few stills from your short film, together with your submission fee of €10/$15 (PayPal using and a signed rights form.

Overall Rating
  • Jing Sun

    Love the relaxing atmosphere in their event day, the music part is amazing! It's sad I couldn't attend this time! However, I do appreciate what you guys have done. Films, music, ceremony, everything is so great, thank you:)

    November 2019
  • Pawel Kleszczewski

    I love this festival, all is perfect, people, Town, hospitability , film.
    I highly recommend !

    November 2019
  • Carbonated Comet

    Thank you so much, Clones Film Festival. Well done! See you next year.

    November 2019
  • Siobhan King

    Absolutely brilliant film festival in unique town , where Butcher Boy was set . Very atmospheric and really friendly people , great film selection and easily accessible. Loved it - will be back !

    November 2018
  • Erik Trujillo

    We are very happy for "Intersection" to have been selected in the festival. Communication was excellent. We could only make it to the screening, which was in a great venue and lovely turnout. I'm looking forward to visiting Clones again, it is really a great small festival.

    November 2018