*** Update Regarding Still Voices Short Film Festival 20 ***

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Still Voices Short Film Festival as a live event for 2020.

While it is incredibly disappointing to have to cancel, people's health and safety is the number one priority for us.

For the filmmakers who have submitted their films, we still plan on announcing our Official Selection on June 26th and will work with the selected filmmakers to screen their films digitally over the original dates August 13 - 15, with the award winners announced via social media on August 16th.

We hope to be back in full in 2021 and, once again, bring the best in Irish and international films to live audiences here in Ballymahon.

Until then, take care and stay safe.

The Still Voices Team

Founded in 2014, and growing to a weekend festival in 2017, The Still Voices Short Film Festival has established itself as one of Ireland's premier short film festivals. Based in Ballymahon, Co. Longford the next edition of the festival takes place from August 13th - 16th 2020.

Still Voices continues to grow from strength to strength. What started out as a small showcase for local filmmakers, has grown to a weekend festival screening the best of both Irish and international short films.

In addition to the short film competition, there will also be exciting panel discussions, Q&As, feature films and workshops for children and adults alike, all of which will make it an enjoyable weekend for filmmakers, film-lovers, and everyone in between.

Grand Jury Prize - €1000
Best Irish Short Film - €750
Best Irish Language Short Film - €350
Best International Live-Action Film - €350
Best Non-Fiction Short Film - €350
Best Animated Short Film - €350
Best Student Film - €200
Best Children's Film - Award Only

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 May 31st, 2020.

5. Only films completed after January 2018 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.

7. SVSFF accepts digital copies through FilmFreeway only. Please include a brief synopsis of your film (Max 30 words) and a high res image.

8. If the language of the film is not English then English subtitles must be hard-coded.

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.

Overall Rating
  • Sidhe Company

    This was the premiere of our film in Ireland and we were thrilled to have the screening at such a well organised and respected festival. Still Voices Festival screen the films in the heart of Ballymahon and alongside talks and panel discussions, you get to meet other film makers and network. It was a pleasure to screen at this festival and would highly recommend submitting to Still Voices in the future.

    March 2020
    Response from festival:

    We were delighted to host the premiere of your fantastic film and to meet Maeve. We hope to see more work in the future and meet at future festivals!

  • Jamie Goldrick

    Fantastic festival with a wonderful crew running it, looking forward to next year.

    January 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Jamie, we look forward to having you back in Ballymahon for future festivals.

  • Two Balloons

    We were unable to attend but the communication with the festival organizers was great. Hope we get to attend in the future.

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Brilliant film and thoroughly deserving of the Best Children's Film Award!!

  • Roisin Kearney

    Lovely festival with an amazing number of brilliant films. Great venue and you could not meet a more friendly group of people.

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    We're delighted you had a great time Roisin, we look forward to seeing more work in the future!!

  • Laura O' Shea

    While I wasn’t able to attend the festival this year, I still found the festival organisers to be a pleasure to deal with. Great for keeping filmmakers in the loop with what’s happening at the fest and really good management of social media too! By all accounts, it’s a wonderful festival to aren’t. I won’t be missing it next year.l!

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much, Laura, we loved the film and hopefully, we will see you down at future festivals!!