The Louth International Film Festival is proudly presented by the Louth Filmmakers Society in association with Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT). The Louth International Film Festival was established in 2019 and Patrons include Hollywood director, John Moore, and acclaimed cinematographer, Seamus McGarvey (ASC, BSC). Founded to support emerging filmmakers and celebrate creative, challenging and evocative cinema from around the globe.

Located on the East Coast of Ireland, the County of Louth is imbued with a long and rich history of arts and music, culture and folklore. This festival is a celebration of that heritage, where contemporary visual storytelling is shared through the medium of film.

Investigative, challenging and creative documentary, film drama and animation in both long and short form continue that celebration of the sharing of stories, culture and ideas. The Louth International Film Festival enjoys a diverse patronage with guests from the local community, film industry representatives, visiting filmmakers, students and film enthusiasts from all walks of life. We acknowledge the diverse, inquiring and critical audience that is our community, brought together through the arts.

The festival is made possible in part by support from Create Louth, Dundalk Credit Union and donations from the local community.

Dundalk native and Hollywood director, John Moore, had this to say about the second edition,

“I’m delighted and proud to once again support the Louth International Film Festival. The constant and thoughtful efforts of my home town and DkIT to train, support and promote all forms of visual arts speaks volumes about their deep understanding of the potential for real jobs and futures within the industry. The Louth International Film Festival provides a great opportunity to shout it from the rooftops.”

(To Be confirmed)
Best Short Fiction
Best Short Documentary
Seamus McGarvey Award for Best Cinematography
Best Student Film
Audience Choice
Best in Louth
Best Feature Documentary
Best Feature Fiction
Best Actor (gender-neutral)
Best Director
Best Short Screenplay
Best International Short Documentary
Best International Short Fiction
Best International Student Short
Best International Feature Documentary
Best International Feature Fiction

Louth International Film Festival awards are unique handcrafted art works created by local artists and craftspeople.


Films being submitted must have been completed from the 1st of January 2020 anything earlier will not be accepted.

We welcome international submissions but require that foreign-language films are hardcoded with English subtitles to a professional standard.

No premiere status is required. However, if your project falls under the category of a national, continental, or International premier, please inform us. As we will use this information to promote the film if selected.

The submission cannot be a published work that is available online (For example publicly searchable/viewable on YouTube, Vimeo, etc.).


Please link submission via a password-protected online screener (Example Vimeo).


If selected by the Festival, you will be required to submit a screening copy in Apple ProRes stereo at a minimum of 1080p via digital cloud transfer (Example: WeTransfer, Dropbox, Google Drive, Filemail). Failure to do so will result in the removal of the film from 'Final-Selection'.

It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that full copyrights and clearances have been obtained. The Louth International Film Festival will not be held accountable or bear any responsibility for any additional costs or fees incurred.

By submitting you declare that information provided is true.

Please take care not to create duplicate submissions or exceed the maximum number of submissions allowed in a given category as the festival will not take responsibility for any fees incurred. (maximum number of submissions is only in reference to the short script competition).

If you consent to the use of clips from your submitted film to help promote the festival, no action is required, but please don't hesitate to contact us if there is an issue.

Overall Rating
  • Fab! The team at Louth International Film Festival were very welcoming - great venue and a programme filled with strong films. So pleased SEASCAPE had a screening at this film-maker's festival. Good to be there in person and meet other film-makers at the cafe with the many-flavoured coffees...

    November 2022
  • Eduardo Castaldo

    Comunication was great, the festival was very well organized and I am glad my short movie GIOIA was awarded with an Honourable Mention.
    This said, once I checked who were the winners of this "International" Festival, it comes out that 9 out of 10 prizes were assigned to Irish fimakers, actors, productions, and in all of the cases, to people directly connected to Festival's network.
    That meaning this is an International Festival (as many others) only when it comes to get submission fees but then, they become strongly local when it comes to the event days and to assign prizes.
    This is a very common behaviour among many festivals, that define themselves "internationals" only to get money.
    In my opinion FilmFreeWay shoud have to check and stigmatize these very common behaviours among Festivals that define themselves International.
    This said, after I was called by the festival, and we had a very long conversation, we both concluded that to have separate categories (national/international) would be a step in the good direction, I appreciate their call and their attention, so i partially improved my rating!

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for taking to time to speak to us over the phone and for going into detail, we will of course take it on board and try to address these issues going forward. As we explained as a new festival more than 90% of submissions were from Ireland and 3 of the 11 awards went to International Films. We stand by our decisions but creating separate categories for international films might be the next logical step. Look forward to seeing your next film.

  • A fantastic, well organised film festival with exceptional presentation. It was a huge honour to have been presented ‘Best Feature Film’ for my film The Rock in the Sea. Many thanks to Jay, Lorcan, Colm, Sinead, Paul and everyone on the festival team for their professional work ethic in organising a streamline and exciting event. Looking forward to future participation in this festival which celebrates creative, challenging and evocative cinema.

    October 2022
  • Western Front Studios

    It was an incredible festival. We were treated so well by the team and the quality of the films were top notch. Thank you for our Best Directors award.

    October 2022
  • Kevin ó Flatharta

    It was great to attend and screen our short film at LIFF 2022. A really friendly vibe; combined with a great selection of shorts and features, led to a great atmosphere.

    October 2022