IndieCork is Ireland's premiere festival of independent film and the largest festival for short film - also screening features, documentaries and special focus programmes.

We welcome all forms of film: narrative, documentary, experimental, animation and media arts. We‘re delighted to become part of the BAFTA ‘nominating festivals’ community also.

The Irish Times has cited IndieCork as "a renegade swaggering through the mainstream... there is nothing quite like this festival". Thank you Irish Times! :)

IndieCork is a member of the Short Film Conference, and is the Irish correspondent for the Euro Connection Co-Production Forum.

For those who attend our festival IndieCork offers a rich and rewarding experience, with engaged and supportive audiences and a lively social programme.

IndieCork is organised by a team with over 30 years’ experience in film programming and exhibition. We are Ireland's only festival in shared ownership. We’re a Co-operative and our Members own the company. Membership is open to all.

(For full details please read our guidelines)

Best International Short Film
Best Documentary
'Spirit of IndieCork' Award
Best Irish Short Film
Best 'Made In Cork' Short
Best Emerging Irish Female Director
art(ist)FILM award
IndieCork Music Award
* A BAFTA nominating festival

Rules and Regulations for Entries to IndieCork Film Festival 2023

Short form:
We welcome films of all genres and lengths. However, for Competition films should be 30 mins or less. Entered films should be at completed after October 2021. At least 50% of the films we screen are produced within 12 months of the current festival.

Longer form:
Full Rules & Regulations.

1. Eligibility
Films should have been completed since October 1st 2021 at maximum production time, with the festival screening 50% plus of current year productions.

We ask that screenings in Ireland before IndieCork be listed on the Entry Form so that we are aware of the screening history of your film.

We welcome short films, documentaries and independent features. All genres are welcome including documentary, animation, experimental and fiction.

Films of all lengths are welcome, but for the purposes of the Short Film Competitions, only films of 30 minutes or under are eligible for competition.

2. Preview Screeners
Films may be submitted for pre-selection through online screening formats such as Vimeo.

3. Entry Procedure and Selection
We advise entrants to make the first (cheaper) deadline of May 31st. Late entries will be accepted up to June 21st.

Selected films will be notified up to August 31st and you will be asked to provide suitable film images for publication, plus technical information, and confirmation of the screening format, if not already provided.

When a film is selected we forward a Screening Agreement to the filmmaker or rights holder. This agreement gives your commitment to screen at IndieCork and has a deadline for completion and return. This provides clarity, reassurance and protection of both filmmaker and festival.

Please note that by entering your film, we take it on your good faith, that you will honour the commitment to screen at our festival. Therefore we do not accept late withdrawal of films from the festival on the basis of other festivals selection or requests, and request all parties to abide by the Screening Agreement.

4. Screening Copies – Physical and Online
Technical requirements will be communicated upon selection.
Films not in the English language must be available with English subtitles.

5. Shipping of physical copies to IndieCork
Screening copies must arrive either digitally or hard copy in good time. This is important as all copies must be checked in advance of screening.
If a physical copy, the cost of inbound copies of films must be borne by the print source.
Screening copies that are not digital files will be returned to the shipper by IndieCork within three weeks of the screening date. IndieCork will bear responsibility for outbound shipping only.

6. Promotional Material
Participation at IndieCork implies giving the festival permission to use promotional clips of the material up to 10% of the overall running time. We guarantee that clips will be used in the context of the promotion of the festival and the film itself only.

7. Charges
We charge reasonable entry fees but if multiple films are being submitted, e.g. by a film agency or film school, please contact us at so that we can advise on a non-prohibitive rate.

Please note that IndieCork does not pay screening fees for films submitted to us.
If you need clarification on any of the above, please contact us at

Rules and Regulations for 'Irish Artist Film' graduate entries below:

* please note this is only open to Irish filmmakers working in the area of 'art film'.
Other types of films and International entries should choose alternative categories.

art(ist)FILM is a collaboration, now in its fifth year, between IndieCork and MTU Arts Office, MTU Crawford College of Art & Design, and MTU Cork School of Music to present moving image works by students and recent graduate of Irish art colleges.

IndieCork Film Festival has become synonymous with the presentation of experimental and interdisciplinary film, music, and visual art. It shares MTU's strong local and national focus, and emphasis on the development of the individual voice within a community of practice. art(ist)FILM will offer a platform for screenings and discussion in a variety of contexts and venues. Films are selected through an open application process.

By bringing together students, graduates, experienced professionals, and supportive audiences, art(ist)FILM aims to highlight and foster the artistic and professional development of a new generation working with the moving image.

Entry is open to those who are enrolled in or have graduated from a third level college on the island of Ireland in the last 6 years (since 2017).
Entry fee is €10.
For the art(ist)FILM category, film should be a maximum of 20 minutes in duration.
Selected films will be notified throughout September.
Selected competition films will screen in a dedicated screening at The Gate Cinema during festival week.
Aside from this screening, MTU Crawford select another cohort of films to screen on campus, outside of competition. Filmmakers will be notified on both counts.

IndieCork Festival will inform you of the status of your film which will be either:
a) Selected in competition to screen at art(ist)FILM during the festival OR
b) Not selected for competition but requested by MTU Crawford for screening outside of competition on campus. In this case, IndieCork will include contact details for the Crawford screening Co-Ordinator OR
c) Not selected

The awarded film will be announced at the closing awards of the IndieCork Film Festival.

Films not in the English language must be supplied with English subtitles.

All delivery, format and shipping details are the same as the rules outlined above.
Promotional Material. Participation at IndieCork implies giving the festival permission to use promotional clips of the material up to 10% of the overall running time. Clips will be used in the context of the promotion of the festival and the film itself only.
If you have any queries contact us at

Thank you! ☺

Overall Rating
  • Michael Conroy

    A great team and great selection of films. It may not be the oldest festival but I think it's one of the best.

    December 2022
  • Bill Murphy

    one of the best festivals around

    October 2022
  • Maeve Smyth

    I thoroughly enjoyed IndieCork. As a first-time filmmaker they made the process really straight-forward and were incredibly warm and enthusiastic during the festival. A very encouraging start to my film journey. Thank you!

    October 2022
  • Jason Branagan

    IndieCork is a fantastic festival. Mick, Úna and Peter really care about the films they programme and put on great week of screenings and networking for visiting filmmakers.

    October 2022
  • Toshiya Kubo

    Great film festival. IndieCork Film Festival have many perspective, also diversity.I couldn't go to Ireland from Japan, but i hope to go to IndieCork Film Festival someday.

    October 2022