* Please Note - We are planning for a full live event in 2021. However, in preparation for potential Covid-19 lockdowns, we may need to move the Short Film Competition online. If this is the case we will once again use industry leader Shift72 to deliver a high-class online festival *

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 19th - 22nd 2021.

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, we also host 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 Prix - €1000
Best Irish Short Film - €750
Best International Live-Action Film - €300
Best Non-Fiction Short Film - €300
Best Animated Short Film - €300
Best Experimental / Abstract Short Film - €200
Best Irish Language Short Film - €200
Best Children's Film - €150
Best Irish Student Film - €150
Best International Student Film - €150

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, 2021.

5. Only films completed after January 2019 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 still, not the poster.

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.

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  • Thank you for selecting our film "I can't stay here anymore".
    Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, you were able to organize a successful online event.

    September 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for submitting Daniele! Looking forward to seeing more of your work in the future.

  • Nuala Dalton

    Thanks so much for screening my short doc Higher Ground. I was delighted to be selected. I greatly enjoyed the screenings and I discovered a lot of filmmakers whose work I really loved.. (I'm giving 5 for networking as I know if not for Covid it would have been great)

    August 2020
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    Response from festival:

    We were delighted to have your film as part of our 2020 selection Nuala. Well done again.

  • Bonnie Dempsey

    A brilliantly organised and lovingly curated festival. Great communication and media presence. Really looking forward to attending next year. Well done all involved.

    August 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Well done to you Bonnie on winning Best Children's Film at the 2020 festival. Hopefully, we can meet in person in Ballymahon at the 2021 festival!

  • Rebekah Louisa Smith

    LOVE this festival incredible communication, professional and thank you so much for screening our film THE CUNNING MAN 🧡

    August 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Rebekah, we were delighted to have The Cunning Man as part of Still Voices 20. Looking forward to seeing more of your work at future festivals.

  • Maeve McGrath

    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
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    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!