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.”

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

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
  • Nuala Dalton

    Thanks Louth International Film Festival, delighted Higher Ground was selected for LIFF 2021. Great films and a beautiful venue!

    November 2021
  • Was delighted to have 'Merrow' as an Official Selection and Honourable Mention amongst some superb films. Great communication and venue for the screening.
    Highly recommend.

    October 2021
  • Margaret Kane-Rowe

    Great communication. Lovely festival. Thank you LIFF for selecting our film!

    October 2021
  • I traveled from Kansas City to Ireland for this festival and would totally do it again! Thank you for believing in my documentary and not sweeping suicide under the rug. The Louth International Film Festival is above the rug 💜

    October 2021
  • Adam Howe

    A wonderful festival to be apart of! Thank you for selecting our film to be screened!! Til next time!

    October 2021