Now in its 5th year, the Irish Australian Film Festival has enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity since its humble beginnings in Sydney to 2019 when it will screen in Fremantle, Penrith, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

The Festival screens thought-provoking and popular film releases direct from Ireland. Its mission is to bring contemporary Irish screen culture and entertainment to Australian audiences.

Australia and Ireland share strong bonds - almost one third of Australians claim some Irish ancestry - but celebrations of this shared heritage are rare.

The Festival launched its first Short Film Competition in 2018, to an impressive lineup of submissions. We continue to encourage entrants from Australia and overseas and support local filmmakers to again bring some remarkable shorts to the big screen.

The Irish Film Festival is fast becoming the largest celebration of contemporary Irish culture in Australia. Be a part of it!

Please see the T+Cs re short film theme requirements.

Slán agus Beannacht!

A shortlist of winning entries will be screened at a gala performance in the Chauvel cinema in Paddington and the Kino Cinema in Melbourne in May, 2019.
The winners will be announced at the Sydney screening.
Prizes will be confirmed closer to the date.

Festival Vision:
The Irish Film Festival celebrates the Irish Community in Australia through the arts and creative storytelling. In addition to screening Irish feature films in Australia, the Festival supports film makers in Australia by providing an artistic platform for Irish community members, emerging artists and accomplished professional to share their stories via short films.

Submission of film represents agreement with these Terms and Conditions.
1. Definitions in these Terms and Conditions:
a. Irish Film Festival Australia 2018 will be known as “The Festival”.
b. Person/s submitting works for consideration as part The Festival will be known as “The Entrant”.
c. Film submitted for consideration as part of The Festival will be known as “The Work”.
2. To be considered eligible for entry, The Work must:

a. Feature an Irish Key Creative -
ie. The Writer or Director or Producer or Editor or Principal Actor(s) must identify as Irish or of Irish descent.
The story should have Irish content - we actively encourages stories based on the Irish immigrant experience outside of Ireland.
b. Be up to 10 minutes long, inclusive of opening titles and credits.
c. Be original work. The entrant must guarantee that they have the rights to any material featured in the work.

d. Be submitted through the FilmFreeway website.
e.Be submitted no later then the deadline of 28 February 2018
f. Be submitted with an Aus$20 Entry fee
g. Be submitted with:
A one line synopsis
A 200 word synopsis
Two publicity images.

h. Not screen content that is defamatory, obscene, sexually, culturally or racially offensive, pornographic, or libellous.

3. The Irish Film Festival Australia takes no responsibility for any breach of copyright by other parities.
4. The Entrant grants The Festival rights to exhibit The Work in Australia in:
a. The Irish Film Festival Australia 2018 Shorts curated program of films selected from The Work submitted and as deemed appropriate by the Selection Panel.
b. Promotional purposes.

5. The Irish Film Festival Australia staff and their immediate families may enter but will be ineligible for a prize.
a. The Prize will entail the Title of Irish Film Festival Australia Short Film Winner 2018; Irish Film Festival Australia Short Film RunnerUp 2018.
b. Further prizes to be advised
6. Decision of the Selection Panel regarding final curated film festival content and prize winners is final.

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