Welcome to the only Irish American film festival in the world! We focus on films from Ireland and films with an Irish American focus. We're looking for features and documentaries, WE DO NOT SCREEN SHORTS, DON'T SEND THEM.
Filmmakers chosen to screen their films will receive round trip airfare to Chicago and luxury hotel accommodations for the weekend of the Hooley. We screen only 3 films each year so you will be in great company and your film will be screened in the best indie house in Chicago.
About the Hooley
We are out to discover the next John Ford, Ed Burns, Preston Sturges, John Huston, or John Patrick Shanley, i.e.; Irish American filmmakers who epitomize Irish American pride, bravado, and legendary storytelling.
Hibernian Transmedia NFP and The Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago.
Call for Entries
We welcome your submission of feature length narrative or documentary films. Submissions must be premieres, preferably World, American, or minimally Chicago premieres.
All work submitted should represent the best of the Irish American experience on screen. If the filmmaker is not Irish American, then the content must be Irish American related. Work submitted that features a script, producer, or lead actor who is Irish American will also be considered.
Please send us a link for online screener to
or 2 DVDs of your film to
Hibernian Transmedia NFP
PO Box 5650
River Forest, IL 60305.
Please send any promotional material with the film.
The submission must be the original work of the Filmmaker.
The entrant submitting the film must hold all legal rights for the submission, as well as all necessary clearances, including all music clearances, for public exhibition.
The Filmmaker retains all submission and intellectual property rights. DVDs will not be returned.
All films must be in English, or in Irish with English subtitles.
The Hooley is not responsible for any damage to materials that occurred while in transit. If your film arrives damaged, we will contact you to request another copy.
The entrant agrees that up to three minutes of their film may be used in promotional activities, including television and on our website.
Please do not send press kits unless otherwise requested.
Your film must have a total running time of between 55 and 150 minutes, or it will not be considered. We cannot screen shorts.
Terms and Conditions
Submission implies unconditional acceptance of all of the above and all Terms and Conditions and that you are legally entitled to submit this film for consideration.
Deadlines & Entry Fees
Early Deadline April 15, 2021 Entry Fee $10
Regular Deadline May 31, 2021 Entry Fee $20
Late Deadline July 5, 2021 Entry Fee $25
The three films chosen to premiere in September will be notified by August 30, at the latest.