The National Irish Science Fiction Film Awards (THE GOLDEN BLASTERS) is a film festival open to entries from across the world and is dedicated to the art of the short film and screenplay in the genres of Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy.

It is our aim to bring greater recognition and attention to those Film makers and Screenwriters who create speculative fiction in the format of the short film.

The Festival will be held this year as part of Dublin 2019 - An Irish Worldcon, to be held in Dublin on the 15th - 19th of August 2019. In Celebration we will be awarding our coveted Blaster trophy in three categories

Best Picture ( Golden Blaster)
Audience Award (Silver Blaster)
Short Screenplay (Golden Blaster)

Each film and Screenplay selected are nominated for the award and have the right to also list themselves as nominees in that category.

Submission Requirements

Script Format
As this is a short competition , Screenplays can be up to 20 pages in length but must be in the correct screenplay format ( Courier, Font size 12)

Short Films
Films can be as short as you like, however the ideal maximum running time should be between 12 to 18 minutes. This festival is after all dedicated to the art of the short . However we will consider films that run one or two minutes longer than this for nomination if the selection committee consider their quality high enough.

Short Film Exhibition Format
Films can be filmed on any format but entries must be presented as download (preferred), or on DVD or CD-ROM for consideration. The Same for Exhibition; however if submitting via DVD or CD-ROM, we request two copies

There are three awards
Best Picture (Golden Blaster)
Audience Award (Silver Blaster)
Short Screenplay(Golden Blaster)

The Golden Blasters for Best Picture and Short Screenplay will be decided upon by a select panel of judges.
The Silver Blaster will be decided by the audience.

Terms and Conditions
You agree that we may screen your film publicly during the festival and that we may use clips and stills on our website or elsewhere for promotional purposes only.
No fee waivers.
All non English Language films must include English language subtitles.
All films accepted must arrive by July 15th with shipping , custom duties and taxes pre-paid.
You agree that entry does not guarantee acceptance as per the above requirements. No Materials shall be returned under any circumstance.

Overall Rating
  • Vijay Varman

    I had a wonderful experience with Golden Blasters. While I wasn't able to attend the final awards ceremony, the great communication I received from them in the lead up was very appreciated. One of the best festivals out there!

    October 2016
  • Marco Checa Garcia

    Our short film "2BR02B: To Be or Naught To Be" was nominated to the Best Picture award but unfortunately we couldn't attend to the festival.
    Reading the Facebook and Twitter posts about the festival is clear that everybody enjoyed the festival and it was a total success.

    I'll try to go for sure if I ever get nominated again.


    October 2016
  • Nathan Ludwig

    There are at least two great things from Bray County, Wicklow, Ireland - Finn Balor/Prince Devitt and the Golden Blasters! We were finalists in the short screenplay competition in 2015 and were very honored to be part of such a cool fest. We even got an IMDb credit for our nomination! Too sweet!

    June 2016