OFFline Film Festival is an exciting event for film lovers and makers alike. Irish and international films are screened in an array of quirky venues around the town to enthusiastic audiences.

Every year we accept short films from all over the world to be entered into our short film competition. Prizes include Best Irish Short which wins a guaranteed distribution deal to over 80 official film clubs across Ireland; Best International Short and the Audience Award.

The festival also includes workshops on aspects of film-making given by industry professionals. One of the most fun & exciting aspect of OFFline is the short filmmaking challenge where teams of filmmakers shoot and edit a short film in Birr in a matter of days, often enlisting the help of locals in front of and behind the cameras. These films are submitted to a panel of judges and screened to the public on the final day with the winning short bagging a screening slot at Oscar qualifying Galway Film Fleadh.

We will be bringing you exciting news soon about the 2021 festival!

While Covid19 has shaken many aspects of our lives at this moment in time, we feel that a Film Festival must be more than watching streamed on-line content and we are exploring creative ways to realize the festival as a physical experience in 2021..


OFFline Film Festival Short Film Competition 2021 - Terms & Conditions

Submissions will be accepted electronically only via or via your preferred platform.
To be eligible for the short film competitions, films must have been completed since October 1st 2015 and be 30 minutes or less in duration including end credits. Films should be password protected. Films should be presented in their original versions with English language subtitles or commentary where necessary.

€13: Early Bird Deadline: Midnight GMT 1st April 2021.
€15: Regular Deadline: Midnight GMT,7th August 2021.
Please note, only one submission will be accepted per short film. If a second submission is made it will be disregarded and OFFline Film Festival will not be held responsible for losses incurred.

Films should be uploaded to minimum standard as outlined here (or via your preferred platform)
Frame Rate : 24 & 25 FPS
Bit Rate: 5,000 - 20,000kbps
Resolution of 1920X1080 px.

The entrant agrees that up to 30 seconds of their film may be used by OFFline Film Festival in promotional activities including screening a clip on television and on the Festival’s website. Acceptance of these regulations implies that you will abide by them in your dealings with the Festival and also that you are legally entitled to submit this film for consideration.

All selected filmmakers are invited to OFFline as guests of the Festival (We provide complimentary accommodation and transfers from Dublin airport). All entries will be viewed by the selection committee. Official Festival selection will be announced by the end of September 2018. Only successful entrants will be notified by email. Details of selected films will also be posted on our website. The Festival does not pay fees for submitted work. Finalists will have their films screened during the Festival and on the last day an overall winner in each category will be announced.

Filmmakers are responsible for securing all copyright clearances and music rights.

OFFline Film Festival October 2021.

Overall Rating
  • Great festival, lovely to have my film shown, thankyou.

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Rich for your lovely sentiments. Can't wait until next year when we can have guests visit us once more.

  • Gerard McAuliffe

    Great in all ways. Thanks so much.

    November 2020
  • Helen O Reilly

    I did not know what to expect from this festival but it was so much fun and so well organised. The films were screened in this gorgeous theatre and were well attended and the festival held loads of networking events. It was really great fun and Birr is a beautiful, georgian town with a castle. I will be back.

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Helen, that's so nice of you to say those wonderful things. We had great fun hanging out with you over the weekend and are delighted that you came to OFFline with your great short. Looking forward to having you back to Birr again in the coming years. Xx GH.

  • Carbonated Comet

    You could not find a more beautiful setting and hands-on staff who really go the extra mile to make sure you feel welcome. Great discussions, screenings, and atmosphere. Hope to be back again next year.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks guys. It was a pleasure having you here with us. Delighted to have such talented filmmakers in our midst! Hopefully see you next year.

  • Pierre-Louis Umdenstock

    Thank you for selecting our short "Sprain". Unfortunately we couldn't attend, but the programme looks very exciting, and communication with the team was excellent. Looking forward to visit the festival in the near future!

    October 2019