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, Westmeath and Roscommon. What started out as a showcase for local filmmaking talent in 2014 has grown into a festival which is recognised both nationally and internationally.
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.
Throughout the weekend of the festival, over 150 short films are screened, 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.
In addition to the annual festival, Still Voices hosts year-round events in Longford, Westmeath and the wider midlands areas. including the Still Voices Film Society, in partnership with Access Cinema.
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 - €750
3. Best International Live-Action Film - €250
4. Best Non-Fiction Short Film - €250
5. Best Animated Short Film - €250
6. Best Horror - €150
7. Best Experimental / Abstract Short Film - €150
8. Best Irish Language Short Film - €150
9. Best Family-Friendly Film - €125
10. Best Irish Student Film - €125
11. Best International Student Film - €125
12. Best Dance Film - €125
13. Made in The Midlands - €100
*Please note, going forward from 2022 all films will be in competition. However, not all films will receive an in-person screening. Some films will screen in-person and all films will screen online via our online platform Shift72. The choice of films screening live will be at the sole discretion of the Still Voices Selection committee.*
1. Films must not run longer than 25 minutes in length including titles and credits.
2. Only films submitted through FilmFreeway will be considered.
3. We do not pay screening fees for any short films submitted.
4. Final Deadline for submissions is June 30th, 2022.
5. Only films completed after January 2020 can be submitted to SVSFF.
6. 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)
7. SVSFF 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.
8. If the language of the film is not English then English subtitles must be embedded.
9. All music and image rights must be cleared for use in your film.
10. Film selection and screening schedules are entirely at the discretion of the SVSFF Festival Director.
11. Films must be submitted in their final form. Films cannot be re-submitted at a later date.
12. 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. SVSFF reserve the right to refuse the screening of any film if deemed inappropriate.
14. Entry fees are nonrefundable.
15. By submitting to SVSFF you, therefore, acknowledge and accept all SVSFF rules and regulations.