Established in 2014, The Still Voices Short Film Festival is an international film festival based in Ballymahon, Co. Longford. This year the festival takes place from Aug 15th-18th 2019.

Now in its fifth year, Still Voices continues to grow from strength to strength. What started out as a small showcase for local filmmakers, has grown into a weekend festival screening both Irish and international short films.

This year, in addition to Best Irish and Best International Short Film, we have expanded our categories to include Best Animation and Best Non-Fiction.

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

We accept submissions from both Ireland and abroad.

Best Irish Short Film - €1000
Best International Short Film - €1000
Best Non-Fiction Short Film - €500
Best Animated Short Film - €500

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, 2019.

5. Only films completed after January 2017 can be submitted to SVSFF.

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

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

8. All music and image rights must be cleared for use in your film.

9. Film selection and screening schedules are entirely at the discretion of the SVSFF Festival Director.

10. Films must be submitted in their final form. Films cannot be re-submitted at a later date.

11. All submissions can be included in promotional material in both print and digital media, including television, radio, online media, and all other available platforms.

12. SVSFF reserve the right to refuse the screening of any film if deemed inappropriate.

13. Entry fees are nonrefundable.

14. By submitting to SVSFF you, therefore, acknowledge and accept all SVSFF rules and regulations.

Overall Rating
  • Still Voices Short Film Festival was superb! It was arranged brilliantly with friendly organisers, fantastic speakers and filmmakers who could all mix easily in the small town setting, and at my doorstep which was a huge bonus. I got to see 3 of the 6 feature Screenings, nearly all of the panel discussions and I was delighted to be part of the Made in The Midlands programme. There was a great kids section too, which my young sister really enjoyed. Congratulations to everyone involved, I will definitely be about next year!

    September 2018
    Response from festival:

    It was great meeting you, Mary and we were delighted to have your film as part of Made in the Midlands. We hope to see more work from you in the future. Well done again and all the best.

    Still Voices Team

  • Paireac Keane

    Good festival. We were there on Saturday and had a great time. The festival is well organized, great programme, and we really enjoyed the nighttime social gathering at Skelly's Bar. Would definitely recommend it and full credit to the festival organizers.

    September 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the review Paireac and we're glad you enjoyed the festival. We hope to see you back in Ballymahon again soon!! All the best, Still Voices Team!!

  • Louise Bagnall

    Had a lovely time at Still Voices festival! The team there did a good job making everyone feel welcomed.
    It was also great to meet and chat with the other filmmakers

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    It was great having you and Nuria down at the festival and well done on your award win, it was thoroughly deserved. We hope to see you back at future festivals. Warm Regards, Still Voices Team.

  • Had an amazing time at Still Voices! The festival helped arrange our accommodations and were extremely hospitable. I met a lot of wonderful filmmakers and really enjoyed the well programmed assortment of shorts, features and panels. My favorite aspect of the festival was their dedication to gender parity in their selection and judging, as well as their overall inclusivity in terms of programming.

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    It was great meeting you and your mother Christian and we sure hope to see you guys back in Ballymahon at future festivals. Thanks again for coming over and chat soon. All the best, Still Voices Team

  • Rik Gordon

    It was great being part of this festival! The festival is very well run, with lots of great short film programmes, panels and events. The festival organisers were excellent in their communication and helped us out with accommodation. The Film Makers Feast was a great social event and was the perfect opportunity to met and socialise with other filmmakers from Ireland and further afield. Hope to be back next year!

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    It was great meeting you and Kerri-Ann and we definitely hope to see more work at future festivals and have you back in Ballymahon again soon.

    All the best
    Still Voices Team