The Still Voices Film Festival is a community-focused, international film festival based in Ballymahon, Co. Longford. The festival takes place every November across Longford and Westmeath.
We aim to deliver new, exciting and world-class cinema for the local community and wider Midlands region. Through our core programme, the Short Film Competition, we showcase a variety of films, including fiction, horror, dance, non-fiction, animation, student, Irish language and experimental.
Over the 5 days of the festival, we screen over 125 short films, and each year we have seen the quality of submission increase significantly. Our aim is to ensure that the work of aspiring filmmakers is given as much exposure as possible, with that in mind we make our entire short film programme free to view throughout the weekend. In addition to our short films, we run a wide variety of events, with both national and international feature films, documentaries, Q&As, panel discussions, masterclasses and workshops specifically designed for children.
The festival has become a strong voice for gender equality in the industry. In May 2019, Still Voices signed the 5050x2020 pledge an initiative led by the Women in Film and Television in Ireland in partnership with 5050x2020 Cannes Collective to encourage gender equality and transparency within the industry. Since 2018, the festival has achieved a 50/50 gender split across the short film selection, judges and guest speakers.
1. Grand Prix - €1000
2. Best Irish Short Film - €800
3. Best International Live-Action Film - €300
4. Best Non-Fiction Short Film - €300
5. Best Animated Short Film - €300
6. Best Horror - €200
7. Best Experimental / Abstract Short Film - €200
8. Best Dance Film - €200
9. Best Irish Student Film - €150
10. Best International Student Film - €150
All selected films will be in competition for both a physical award and prize money.
1. Films must not run longer than 20 minutes in length including titles and credits.
2. Your film can not have screened online or on television before the festival. Any film that does so will be removed from the festival even if they have been selected as part of the programme.
3. Only films submitted through FilmFreeway will be considered.
4. We do not pay screening fees for any short films submitted.
5. Final Deadline for submissions is July 31st, 2023.
6. Only films completed after January 2021 can be submitted to SVFF.
7. Student films must be submitted with a valid Student I.D. Any film submitted at Student Rate without Student I.D. will be automatically disqualified with no refund. No exceptions. (please upload a photo of your id with the film's images)
8. SVFF accepts digital copies through FilmFreeway only. Please include a brief synopsis of your film (Max 30 words) and a high res still, not the poster.
9. If the language of the film is not English then English subtitles must be embedded.
10. All music and image rights must be cleared for use in your film.
11. Film selection and screening schedules are entirely at the discretion of the SVFF Festival Director.
12. Films must be submitted in their final form. Films cannot be re-submitted at a later date.
13. All submissions can be included in promotional material in both print and digital media, including television, radio, online media, and all other available platforms.
13. SVFF reserve the right to refuse the screening of any film if deemed inappropriate.
14. Entry fees are nonrefundable.
15. By submitting to SVFF you, therefore, acknowledge and accept all SVFF rules and regulations.