The Foyle Film Festival, now in its 34th year, delivers a year round programme of feature films, workshops, short films, competition screenings, outreach and special events.

The 2021 Foyle Film Festival will take place from Friday 19th to Sunday 28th November in Derry-Londonderry.

Over the last 34 years, the Foyle Film Festival has become renowned for attracting top industry professionals to Derry-Londonderry. Past guests have included Richard E Grant, Ray Winstone, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Christie, Neil Jordan, Jim Sheridan, Wim Wenders, Stephen Frears to name but a few.

Foyle Film Festival is one of only a handful of International festivals with Oscar® affiliation, BAFTA and BIFA recognition. The festival offers filmmakers, animators and artists a unique platform to screen their films, network with industry professionals and gain access to the international market.

The prestigious Light In Motion (LIM) competition, sponsored by City of Derry Crystal, will reopen to filmmakers and animators across the world on Friday 16th April 2021.

The three competition categories under Foyle Film Festival Light in Motion Awards 2021 are:

· Best Irish Short

· Best International Short

· Best Animated Short

Recipients of the LIM Awards qualify for consideration in the Live Action and Animated Short Film categories of the Academy Awards® without needing the standard theatrical run. Foyle Film Festival is also an IMDb Qualifying Festival, granting all eligible film submissions a fast-tracked title page on IMDb.com.

Previous Foyle Film Festival winners and competitors who have proceeded to win the Oscar® include: Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman for Skin (2019), Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton for The Silent Child (2018), Terry George for The Shore (2012), Martin McDonagh for Six Shooter (2006), Andrea Arnold for Wasp (2004), Adam Elliot for Harvie Krumpet (2003), and Eric Armstrong for Chubbchubbs (2002).

Previous Foyle Film Festival winners and competitors who have proceeded to win the BAFTA include:
Paloma Baeza, Ser En Low for Poles Apart (2018), Nina Gantz, Emilie Jouffroy for Edmond (2016) and Grant Orchard, Sue Goffe for A Morning Stroll (2012).

Funded by the Department for Communities through Northern Ireland Screen and by Derry City and Strabane District Council; Foyle Film Festival delivers a comprehensive programme of documentaries, short films and feature films from all over the world; a full programme of educational events for schools, youth, and adults and a variety of industry networking events and panel discussions.

The Festival is the flagship project of the Nerve Centre, Northern Ireland’s leading creative media arts centre which delivers a diverse range of cutting edge projects, training and production opportunities, state of the art production facilities and creative learning centres in Belfast and Derry-Londonderry.

Award Plaque & accreditation laurels for Oscar and BAFTA qualifying category winners.

Conditions of Entry:
By submitting to Foyle Film Festival it is mutually understood that competitors have read and are bound to abide by the rules and regulations of the Festival and that they have pre-cleared all materials that comprise the film, as an authorised holder of the intellectual property of the work.

Rule 1: SHORT FILM DEFINITION:
All films submitted for competition must be completed after 1 July 2020 and have a running time of 40 minutes or less including credits.

Rule 2: SUBMISSION DATES:
Foyle Film Festival is open for competition submissions from Friday 16th April 2021.
Regular Deadline: Friday 23rd July 2021
Late Deadline: Friday 20th August 2021
Extended Deadline: Friday 3rd September 2021

Rule 3: PREMIERE STATUS:
Due to limited space available in all competition categories, the Festival will prioritise programming short films and animations that are Northern Ireland premieres where possible.

Rule 4: MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS:
Competitors should only enter their submission in one category. If you are a film collective or distributor entering more than one film please pay a separate fee for each film and list them in the appropriate category, providing a separate Online Screener for each film. Group discounts may be applicable in some cases but please note that Foyle Film Festival DOES NOT PAY ANY SCREENING FEES FOR ANY SELECTED FILMS.
For further information on group submissions contact the Competition Manager directly: e.king@nervecentre.org

Rule 5: FORM & CATEGORY DESIGNATION:
The Festival reserves the right to place films into alternative categories if it feels it is to the benefit of the filmmaker. This will be discussed with the filmmaker before any decision is made.

Rule 6: ONLINE EXHIBITION & PROMOTIONAL TRAILERS:
Foyle Film Festival does not accept films freely available to view in full online. If your film is available to view publicly in full on YouTube, etc. then it will be automatically withdrawn from the competition. Excerpts of your film, in the form of a promotional trailer totalling no more than 10% of its running time are exempt from this rule. Competitors agree that promotional trailers of their film may be used by the Festival as part of the festivals PR campaign on Foyle Film Festivals website and social media channels.

Rule 7: SUBTITLES:
The significant dialogue or narration of all films must be in English, or the entry must have English-language subtitles. Exceptions can be made for films that contain little or no dialogue.

Rule 8: SUBMISSION FORMAT:
For submission purposes, Foyle Film Festival will accept films via online platform FilmFreeway. We do not accept submissions other than via this platform.

ONLY SEND THE FINAL COMPLETED VERSION OF YOUR FILM. WE DO NOT ACCEPT RE-EDITS OR WORKS IN PROGRESS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES ESPECIALLY AFTER FILMS ARE SUBMITTED INTO COMPETITION.

Rule 9: SUBMISSION COSTS & DEADLINES:
Regular Deadline: Friday 23rd July 2021
Regular Deadline Fee: USD $40

Late Deadline: Friday 20th August 2021
Late Deadline Fee: USD $40

Extended Deadline: Friday 3rd September 2021
Extended Deadline Fee: USD $40

All fees must be paid. FFF takes failure to pay the relevant and correct fee very seriously. An email from the CM will be sent to the entrant in this event. After a warning, failure to pay will result in disqualification.

WAIVERS are not granted to submitters in any circumstances, as a policy. PLEASE DO NOT SEND UNSOLICITED EMAILS REQUESTING WAIVERS. ALL REQUESTS OF THIS NATURE ARE DECLINED.
The exception to this policy is filmmakers who have been invited to screen at the Festival or who may have had previous work screened at the festival, this is only done so at the discretion of the Competition Manager and Festival Director.

Rule 10: FILM ACCREDITATIONS & CATEGORY DEFINITION:
The categories of Best International Short, Best Irish Short and Best Animation are Academy Award and BAFTA affiliated.

Winners of each competition categories at Foyle Film Festival are eligible to qualify for Oscar consideration without the standard theatrical run. For more information on Academy Award eligibility visit: www.oscars.org

For BAFTA consideration, British short films and animations which screen as part of the LIM Awards at Foyle film Festival are eligible for consideration in the Short Film Awards at BAFTA. For more information on BAFTA eligibility visit: www.bafta.org

International Short: Foyle Film Festival accepts live action short films under 40 minutes in duration which have been produced after 1 July 2020. In keeping with Academy rules, we do not accept documentary short subjects in this category.

Irish Short: Foyle Film Festival accepts live action short films less than 40 minutes in duration, which have been produced after 1 July 2020. In keeping with Academy rules, we do not accept documentary short subjects in this category. An Irish short film should be creatively led and produced by teams from the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland and produced by an ROI/NI registered production company.

Short Animation: Foyle Film Festival accepts animated shorts for this category less than 40 minutes in duration, which have been produced after 1 July 2020. Animation must figure in no less than 75 % of the picture's running time.

Rule 11: PUBLICITY
The Festival reserves the right to use extracts from submissions for TV, online and radio coverage or any other publicity that is used in the promotion of the Festival. Competitors agree on submission that promotional trailers of their film may be used by the Festival as part of the festivals PR campaign on Foyle Film Festivals website and social media channels. Please ensure that uploaded stills and headshots are of print quality and that you have permission to allow the Festival to use these for promotional and press purposes in perpetuity.

Rule 12: EXHIBITION FORMAT:
Films selected for screening during the Festival should be in digital format such as Pro Res or High Res MOV or AVI encoded MPEG-4 video or H.264/H.265; 4k/8k UHD reduced to 1080 x 2048 resolution. Please note Foyle Film Festival does not accept DCPs.

The audio should ideally be 5.1 channels for exhibition and the minimum for a non-mono configuration of the audio shall be three channels left, centre, right ideally.

If your film is selected for screening, please note that we accept all regions and aspects for Blu-Ray exhibition also (NTSC, PAL and SECAM). We would prefer regions 0, 1 (USA) or 2 (UK). Please see the category technical requirements for a complete list of acceptable regions. Please make sure that your exhibition copy plays in a DVD/Blu-Ray player before sending it to us. The film festival is not responsible for fixing badly transferred data.

ONLINE EXHIBITION PLATFORM
Foyle Film Festival will also exhibit competition films securely via the Festival Eventive platform. Please note screenings will be Geo-Blocked to the UK and Republic of Ireland for the duration of the Festival dates 19th - 28th November 2021.

PLEASE NOTE: IF YOUR FILM WINS AT FOYLE FILM FESTIVAL AND SUBSEQUENTLY QUALIFIES FOR ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATION, IT MUST BE AVAILABLE ON 35MM or 70MM FILM OR IN A DCP FORMAT ACCORDING TO THE DIGITAL QUALIFICATION STANDARDS IN PARAGRAPH III.A.1 IN THE RULES & ELIGIBILITY TERMS OF THE ACADEMY SHORT FILM AWARDS AND THE BAFTA SHORT FILM & ANIMATION AWARDS. THE PRINT OR DCP OF THR SHORT FILM SUBMITTED MUST BE IDENTICAL IN CONTENT AND LENGTH TO THE QUALIFYING FORMAT.

For further information on rules, eligibility and technical specification please visit:
http://www.oscars.org/oscars/rules-eligibility
http://awards.bafta.org/entry

Rule 13: FESTIVAL SELECTION PROCESS:
Successful Submitters will be notified of the final selection for festival inclusion by Friday 1st October 2021.

Special juries nominated by the Festival management select the films for the Festival programme. The Festival management may invite films for the competition and main festival programme. Films go through several rounds of selection by panel. Please do not assume that provisional shortlisting guarantees you a place on the final shortlist. All successful applicants will be notified via FilmFreeway on Friday 1st October 2021. The selection committee's decision is final.

Unfortunately, emails can be mislaid occasionally, so please assume if you have not heard from us via FilmFreeway by the specified notification deadline of Friday 1st October 2021 that you have been unsuccessful at this time.

All qualifying films will be announced on the Foyle Film Festival website in late October when the full Festival programme is launched. Unfortunately, due to the sheer volume of submissions, the Festival cannot offer individual feedback on films that are not selected for the programme.

The category winners will be announced at the closing evening LIM Awards Ceremony, Sunday 28th November 2021. Absent winning filmmakers will be contacted by telephone or email. Winners in all categories will receive a Light In Motion (LIIM) Award Plaque and certificate. If you cannot be present at the ceremony, your LIM Award will be mailed to you.
Competition Contact:

Ms. Eavan King
Competition Manager
Foyle Film Festival
Nerve Centre
7-8 Magazine Street
Derry-Londonderry
BT48 6HJ

T: 028 71260562
E: e.king@nervecentre.org

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  • Michael Vukadinovich

    Great films and people, this was a really wonderful festival!

    December 2020
  • Adam O'Keeffe

    An absolute pleasure to be involved. A gorgeous festival that provided a fantastic platform for our film and an engaging programme to be a part of.

    December 2020
  • Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu

    Foyle did an admirable job of running the festival under difficult Covid conditions. Bravo!

    December 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Mahalo Hinaleimoana!

  • Fabulous festival and honoured to have had my film selected for it. Looking forward to submitting future projects!

    December 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Great to meet you Tommy and wishing you well with the film!

  • Wonderful festival, feel very honoured to have my short film shown. thank you.

    December 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Rich!