MIFF is dedicated to supporting independent filmmakers and smaller production companies by offering a dynamic platform to showcase new work. MIFF accepts submissions from all over the world, and all filmmaking styles and genres are welcome. Selected films will not only screen at a historic venue and be considered for awards, but will also be promoted across all available channels.

Though MIFF is an international festival, one of its main aims is the promotion of the West of Ireland, and specifically Mayo, as a filmmaking location. As an initiative of the Linenhall Arts Centre, it also aims to encourage the development of filmmakers and crew based in the West.

Judged by a team of industry professionals including Academy Award nominees, trophies and mentorship opportunities will be awarded to winners in each of the following categories:

- Best Irish Short (Live-Action)
- Best Irish Short Documentary
- Best International Short (Live-Action)
- Best International Short Documentary
- Best Animation
- Best of Mayo
- Best Feature (Live-Action)
- Best Feature Documentary

***FEATURE FILMS***
Feature films of all genres are accepted, including drama, thriller, horror, sci-fi, comedy, action/adventure, arthouse, etc. Films should not exceed 120 minutes.

***FEATURE DOCUMENTARY***
Feature documentaries should not exceed 100 minutes.

***SHORT FILMS (LIVE-ACTION AND DOCUMENTARY)***
Short films of all genres are accepted. Films should not exceed 40 minutes.

***ANIMATION***
Animated films of all styles are welcome. Animated films should not exceed 30 mins.

***BEST OF MAYO***
This award includes feature, documentary, short films and animations. Please submit to this category if you wish to be considered for this award, regardless of whether your film is a feature, short, documentary or animation. Films should fulfil EITHER 1 OR 2 as follows (if a film fulfils both, this will be looked upon favourably):

1. Film was produced in County Mayo, Ireland.
-Where a film features more than one location, Mayo should be the primary location.
-Where a film is shot indoors or otherwise non-identifiable location, evidence will be required to show that production took place in Mayo.

2. Key crew either born in Mayo OR currently based in Mayo.
-Writer, Director and Producer roles qualify as key crew. It is sufficient that only one of these roles fulfil the criteria, though more than one will be looked upon favourably.

All films must have been completed after 1st Jan 2019.

Judges include Academy Award nominee Darragh O’Connell (Brown Bag Films), celebrated documentary filmmaker Vivienne Dick, producers John McDonnell & Brendan McCarthy (Fantastic Films), Ruán Magan (independent director, producer and writer), producer Niamh Fagan (Lunar Pictures) and award-winning filmmaker Paul Webster, with more judges to be announced!

Trophies and mentorship opportunities will be awarded to winners in each of the following categories:

- Best Irish Short (Live-Action)
- Best Irish Short Documentary
- Best International Short (Live-Action)
- Best International Short Documentary
- Best Animation
- Best of Mayo
- Best Feature (Live-Action)
- Best Feature Documentary

***FEATURE FILMS***
Feature films of all genres are accepted, including drama, thriller, horror, sci-fi, comedy, action/adventure, arthouse, etc. Films should not exceed 120 minutes.

***FEATURE DOCUMENTARY***
Feature documentaries should not exceed 100 minutes.

***SHORT FILMS (LIVE-ACTION AND DOCUMENTARY)***
Short films of all genres are accepted. Films should not exceed 40 minutes.

***ANIMATION***
Animated films of all styles are welcome. Animated films should not exceed 30 mins.

***BEST OF MAYO***
This award includes feature, documentary, short and animated films. Films should fulfil EITHER 1 OR 2 as follows (if a film fulfils both, this will be looked upon favourably):

1. Film was produced in County Mayo, Ireland.
-Where a film features more than one location, Mayo should be the primary location.
-Where a film is shot indoors or otherwise non-identifiable location, evidence will be required to show that production took place in Mayo.

2. Key crew either born in Mayo OR currently based in Mayo.
-Writer, Director and Producer roles qualify as key crew. It is sufficient that only one of these roles fulfil the criteria, though more than one will be looked upon favourably.

(note: If entering Best of Mayo, there is no need to enter another category for your film. All work submitted in this category will still be considered for other relevant awards).

PLEASE READ ALL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA, RULES, TERMS & CONDITIONS BEFORE ENTERING AS NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN.

Entries are invited in the following categories:⁣

- Feature Films⁣ (under or equal to 120 mins)
- Feature Documentary (under or equal to 100 mins)
- Short Films (under or equal to 40 mins)
- Short Documentary (under or equal to 40 mins)
- Animation (under or equal to 30 mins)

Premiere Status:⁣
-All films selected will be Mayo premieres. Though not required, if a film is an Irish or European premiere, this will be looked upon favourably.
-Films that are available to purchase are NOT eligible; this includes DVD/Blu-ray/VOD formats.
-Films that have previously been publicly screened, broadcast or otherwise made publicly available (including online) in Ireland will NOT be considered.⁣

Conditions for Entry⁣:
-Films should be presented in their original versions with English language subtitles or commentary where necessary.⁣
-Films must have been completed after 1 Jan 2019.
-Please note that films submitted through an incorrect category will not be considered.
-THE FESTIVAL DOES NOT PAY SCREENING OR OTHER FEES FOR SUBMITTED FILMS.⁣

Criteria for Best of Mayo Submissions (at least 1 of the followed should be fulfilled):
-*Filmmakers who are based in Mayo⁣
-*Filmmakers born in Mayo but based elsewhere⁣
-Films shot in Mayo (or mostly in Mayo)
*For this purpose, 'filmmakers' include the roles of Writer, Director and Producer only.

(note: If entering Best of Mayo, there is no need to enter another category for your film. All work submitted in this category will still be considered for other relevant awards).

Non-English language films⁣:
To qualify for selection, all non-English language films must have an English-subtitles.⁣

How to send your film⁣:
Please submit your film via the online submission platform, FilmFreeway.

The Festival cannot offer feedback regarding films that are not selected for the programme.

Screening Fees
THE FESTIVAL DOES NOT PAY SCREENING OR OTHER FEES FOR SUBMITTED FILMS.⁣

Using extracts of the films and film stills for promotion⁣:
The entrant agrees that up to three minutes of their film may be used by MIFF in promotional activities. Please ensure that uploaded stills and headshots are of print quality and that you have permission to allow the Festival to use these for promotional and press purposes in perpetuity. ⁣

If you are a cultural institution or college or have a number of films you would like to enter at once, the Festival may be able to offer a discount; please email miff@thelinenhall.com to request.

General⁣:
Acceptance of these Terms and Conditions implies that the entrant will abide by them in their dealings with the Festival and also that the entrant is legally entitled to submit the film for consideration. Entry to the Festival implies that the entrant has the right to do so, has pre-cleared all materials that comprise the film, and is an authorised representative of the team that holds the intellectual property in the film.⁣

Entering a film to MIFF implies the acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.⁣

The Festival reserves the right to change the Terms and Conditions at any time.⁣