IFTA (Irish Film & Television Academy) Affiliated International Film Festival located in Limerick, Ireland.
We strongly believe that the Irish film-making Diaspora should be encouraged to showcase their work here in Ireland.
We are currently the only Film Festival in Ireland which specifically encourages Irish Filmmakers abroad to return and showcase their work.

We now have a new student category open for submissions. Open to current students and recent graduates, please upload a copy of your student ID / signed stamped letter from your college when submitting your film to FilmFreeway. Any queries can be directed to rhiffsubmissions@gmail.com

As an international film festival, we also of course have short and features categories open to non-Irish film-makers and welcome entries from all over the world. We accept DCP's for screening of shorts as well as features.

Extending to 7 days in 2019 - 22nd - 28th October sees the festival screening Feature Films, Short Films, Documentaries and of course a Richard Harris Retrospective Screening.

Screenings include Feature and short films chosen from International entries (with priority given to entries from the Irish Diaspora), a Richard Harris retrospective screening and the winner of SFF Oddalenia Dublin (Polish Film Festival).

There are 3 categories for short film.
1. National and International short film showcase.
(Please mark clearly on your submission if your film has a tangible link to the Midwest of Ireland as an Award for this category will be presented at #RHIFF2018)

2. Newport Beach Film Festival Competition - our short-listed films in this category are eligible for selection for the Newport Beach Film Festival Irish Spotlight.

3. Student Competition - Open to current students and recent graduates, please upload a copy of your student ID / signed stamped letter from your college when submitting your film to FilmFreeway. Any queries can be directed to rhiffsubmissions@gmail.com.

Short Film Awards
Over 125 short films were screened at #RHIFF2018
(All Winners presented with the RHIFF signature Irish Slate Award)

BEST OVERALL SHORT
2018 Winner - DETAINMENT - Vincent Lambe
2017 Winner - THE OBSERVER EFFECT - Garret Walsh
2016 Winner - UISCE BEATHA / WATER OF LIFE - Elaine Kennedy

NATIONAL INTERNATIONAL CATEGORY
Winner 2018 - SASHA OF THE SEA - Sammy Nutt
Winner 2017 - WAVE - TJ O'Grady & Benjamin Cleary
Winner 2016 - CAPER - Brian O'Neill
Winner 2015 - LOVE IS A STING - Vincent Gallagher

NEWPORT BEACH FILM CATEGORY
Winner 2018 - TAKING STOCK - Siobhan McMahon
Winner 2017 - LOST MEMORIES Eamonn Murphy
Winner 2016 - DAY OFF - Steve Hall
Winner 2015 - WOMAN OF THE HOUSE - Aidan Gibson
Winner 2014 - I'VE BEEN A SWEEPER - Ciarán Dooley

ANIMATION CATEGORY - SHORT FILM
Winner 2018 - Fire in Cardboard City - Phil Brough

STUDENT CATEGORY
Winner 2018 - Pernicio - Dave Fox
Winner 2017 - LULA - Aoife O'Kelly

AUDIENCE AWARD - SHORT FILM
2018 Winner - TOAST - Aaron Moloney
2017 Winner - THE SECRET MARKET - Martina McGlynn

MIDWEST SHORT FILM CATEGORY
Winner 2018 - PENPALS - Ray Fennelly
Winner 2017 - UNSEEN - MD Neely
Winner 2016 - THE SONS OF ROBERT SCHUMAN - Tommy Conlan
Winner 2015 - THE CLIMB - Eimear O'Grady

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
2018 - ANDREW KAINEDER - A Lunar Cycle
2017 - STIL WILLIAMS - Kubrick by Candlelight - David O'Reilly

BEST DIRECTOR
2018 Winner - VINCENT LAMBE - Detainment
2017 Winner - KEN WILLIAMS & DENIS FITZPATRICK - Gustav
2016 Winner - CASHELL HORGAN - The Clockmakers Dream

BEST ACTOR IN A FEMALE ROLE
2018 Winner - LAURA O'SHEA - Hold the Line
2017 Winner - MARTA KANE - Lula
2016 Winner - SARAH BISHOP - Late Moves

BEST ACTOR IN A MALE ROLE
2018 Winner (Joint) - ELY SOLAN & LEON HUGHES - Detainment
2017 Winner - EMMET KELLY - Lost Memories
2016 Winner - OWEN ROE - Wait

BEST WRITING (NEW CATEGORY 2018)
2018 Winner - RANDALL CHRISTOPHER - The Driver Is Red

BEST EDITING (NEW CATEGORY 2018)
2018 Winner - PHILIP SHANAHAN - Hold The Line

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD

2017 Winner - GERARD STEMBRIDGE - For Contribution to Film in Limerick & Ireland
2016 Winner - JASON REDDAN - Winner MYRODEREEL competition 2016

BEST FEATURE FILM
2018 Winner - THE STOLEN PRINCESS - Oleg Malamuhz
2017 Winner - MIGNON MOSSIE VAN WYK - by Darrell Roodt.
2016 Winner - TREURGROND - Darrell Roodt

RHIFF 1 MINUTE MONOLOGUE COMPETITION
Winner 2018 - Paul Fitzgerald
Winner 2017 - Luke Andrew Feeney
Winner 2016 - Owen Mulhall
Winner 2015 - Kristine O'Brien

RHIFF STYLE AWARD - Sunday 29th October 2017
Winner 2018 - Aoife Danagher
Winner 2017 - Dora Gola
Winner 2016 - Ella Harris

JUDGES SPECIAL MENTION
2017 - DIARMUID NOYES - Chancer - Patrick Maxwell

Richard Harris International Film Festival Creative Talent Award

Winner 2017 - Dominic West
Winner 2016 - FIONNULA FLANAGAN, (Some Mothers Son, Star Trek, The Guard, Life's a Breeze)
Winner 2015 - PATRICK CASSIDY, Composer (Hannibal, Kingdom of Heaven, Calvary)
Winner 2014 - JACK REYNOR, (Transformers, What Richard Did)

SHORT FILM & STUDENT SUBMISSIONS
The 20 minute duration of the film, must include the credits and opening sequences.
Films published online before festival screening are not eligible for submission.
Please note any submissions made which do not meet the criteria for submissions will be disqualified and entry fee will be forfeited.

CATEGORY 1. NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM SHOWCASE

All entries must be TWENTY (20) minutes or under.
Worldwide entries are accepted.
Any films that are not in English must have subtitles.
Only films completed on or after 1st January 2017 are eligible for entry into the 2019 Festival competition.
Exclusively the participant shall pay all fees in relation to the uploading or transportation of submissions from their place of origin to the address of RHIFF. ALL taxes and duties must be prepaid.
All packages should be clearly marked - FOR CULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY, NO COMMERCIAL VALUE.
** PLEASE MARK CLEARLY UPON SUBMISSION IF YOUR PROJECT HAS A CLEAR CONNECTION TO THE MIDWEST OF IRELAND.

CATEGORY 2 -NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL COMPETITION

All entries must be FIFTEEN (15) minutes or under.
Only Irish shorts are accepted.
The Director or Producer of the film MUST be Irish.
Any films that are not in English must have subtitles.
Only films completed on or after 1st January 2017 are eligible for entry into this year's competition.
The film(s) selected to screen at Newport Beach Film Festival 2020 will be notified as soon as NBFF have contacted us. You will then receive further details.
Newport Beach Film Festival / RHIFF does NOT pay any travel, subsistence or accommodation costs of the participants screening at the festivals.
DCP's accepted for screening.
Exclusively the participant shall pay all fees in relation to the uploading or transportation of submissions from their place of origin to the address of RHIFF. ALL taxes and duties must be prepaid.
All packages should be clearly marked - FOR CULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY, NO COMMERCIAL VALUE.

CATEGORY 3 - STUDENT COMPETITION
We now have a new student category open for submissions.
Students of L.I.T. please contact your course tutor for update prior to submitting your film.
Open to current students and recent graduates, please upload a copy of your student ID / signed stamped letter from your college when submitting your film to FilmFreeway. Any queries can be directed to rhiffsubmissions@gmail.com.

All entries must be TWENTY (20) minutes or under.
Worldwide entries are accepted.
Any films that are not in English must have subtitles.
Only films completed on or after 1st January 2017 are eligible for entry into the 2019 Festival competition.
Only student films are accepted into this category.
Exclusively the participant shall pay all fees in relation to the uploading or transportation of submissions from their place of origin to the address of RHIFF. ALL taxes and duties must be prepaid.
All packages should be clearly marked - FOR CULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY, NO COMMERCIAL VALUE.
** PLEASE MARK CLEARLY UPON SUBMISSION IF YOUR PROJECT HAS A CLEAR CONNECTION TO THE MIDWEST OF IRELAND.

GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR SHORT FILM SUBMISSIONS. (All Categories)
A fee is required upon submission.
There is a charge per film submitted.
You can enter ONLY ONE category in the festival.
You can enter more than one film into each category.
There is a charge per film submitted to each category.
Please ensure that your film is uploaded at the time of entry.

Please label submissions clearly with FILM TITLE, DIRECTOR(S), CONTACT NAME, CONTACT NUMBER, OFFICIAL FILM POSTER, STILLS, DURATION, EMAIL ADDRESS - all requirements are clearly marked on FilmFreeway in your submission form.

The submission of a film to the RHIFF will be considered to be an acknowledgement of your acceptance of the RHIFF festival terms and conditions.
Do not use copyrighted material without the relevant permissions.
You must have full rights for the music in the film and written permission may be requested.
If music or additional film material used in your film is not original, then permission from source must be obtained. The responsibility for this rests entirely with the filmmaker. Failure to obtain clearance could result in your film being withdrawn from the Festival. In this event, RHIFF will not be liable to refund the fee or return the materials entered.
Any films that are not in English must have subtitles.
If a film is selected for screening you must provide Blu-Ray or Digital File. The successful entrant is responsible for delivering the correct format for screening.
Submission to the Richard Harris International Film Festival does not guarantee a screening.
You will be bound by all terms and conditions of the official competition.
RHIFF reserves the right to use clips from selected entries to promote the festival.
Submissions in hard copy or those which do not follow the guidelines outlined here will not be accepted or returned. Late submissions will NOT be accepted.
RHIFF will not be responsible for damage to submitted media during the process of the film festival.
Exclusively the participant shall pay all fees in relation to the uploading or transportation of submissions from their place of origin to the address of RHIFF. ALL taxes and duties must be prepaid.
All packages should be clearly marked - FOR CULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY, NO COMMERCIAL VALUE.
The Festival will not be responsible for the cost of receiving any additional materials i.e. DVDs, posters, photos, etc.
The festival does not pay any travel, subsistence or accommodation costs of the participants screening at the festival.
The Festival does not offer cash awards.
Films previously entered into and screened at our festival are not eligible for re-entry in subsequent years.
All films to be screened at the festival will be notified via email.
**Please check your email spam / junk folders for emails from FilmFreeway notification centre.
All packages should be clearly marked - FOR CULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY, NO COMMERCIAL VALUE.
The decision of the selection panel is final. RHIFF reserve the right to refuse to screen any submission deemed by the Festival to be inappropriate.
Submissions to the student category require a letter confirming your placement in college/school & must be submitted the film festival by email to the following address rhiffsubmissions@gmail.com to receive your password to submit.

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
A fee is required upon submission.
There is a charge per film submitted.
You can enter ONLY ONE category in the festival.
You can enter more than one film into each category.
There is a charge per film submitted to each category.
Please ensure that your film is uploaded at the time of entry.

TV PILOT COMPETITION - DETAILS COMING SOON

FEATURE FILM SUBMISSIONS.

Get your feature screened alongside invited movies and iconic Richard Harris Features.
Thrilled to Screen Several European and Irish Premieres.

The selected entries will receive "RHIFF Official Selection" Laurels and winner of the competition will receive RHIFF Slate Award.

GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR FEATURE FILM SUBMISSIONS.

All entries must be FORTY (40) minutes or more duration.
Only films completed on or after 1st January 2017 are eligible for entry into the 2019 Festival competition.
Any films that are not in English must have subtitles.

A fee is required upon submission. There is a charge per feature film submitted.
Please ensure that your film is uploaded at the time of entry.
Please ensure an up to date movie poster and 3 production shots are uploaded with your entry.
Please label submissions clearly with film title, contact name, mobile, duration and email address
The submission of a film to the RHIFF will be considered to be an acknowledgement of your acceptance of the festival's terms and conditions.
Do not use copyrighted material.
You must have full rights for the music in the film and written permission may be requested. If music or additional film material used in your film is not original, then permission from source must be obtained. The responsibility for this rests entirely with the filmmaker.
Failure to obtain clearance could result in your film being withdrawn from the Festival. In this event, RHIFF will not be liable to refund the fee or return the materials entered.
If a film is selected for screening you must provide Blu-Ray or Digital File. The successful entrant is responsible for delivering the correct format for screening.
RHIFF are not responsible for any Customs or Excise Duties.
Submission to the Richard Harris International Film Festival does not guarantee a screening. You will be bound by all terms and conditions of the official competition.
RHIFF reserves the right to use clips from selected entries to promote the festival.
Submissions in hard copy or those which do not follow the guidelines outlined here will not be accepted or returned. Late submissions will NOT be accepted.
RHIFF will not be responsible for damage to submitted media during the process of the film festival.
The festival does not pay any travel, subsistence or accommodation costs of the participants screening at the festival.
The Festival does not offer cash awards.
The Festival does not pay screening fees.
Exclusively the participant shall pay all fees in relation to the uploading or transportation of submissions from their place of origin to the address of RHIFF. The Festival will not be responsible for the cost of receiving any additional materials i.e. DVDs, posters, photos, etc. Please ensure all taxes and duties are prepaid.

Films previously entered into and screened at our festival are not eligible for re-entry in subsequent years.
All films to be screened at the festival will be notified via email.
**Please check your email spam / junk folders for emails from FilmFreeway notification centre.
All packages should be clearly marked - FOR CULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY, NO COMMERCIAL VALUE.
The decision of the selection panel is final. RHIFF reserve the right to refuse to screen any submission deemed by the Festival to be inappropriate.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Thank you to the Richard Harris Film Festival for including our film. At the last minute I was unable to attend. I missed the networking, festival experience and a journey to Limerick England. The festival is very supportive of filmmakers, offering a discount with their hotel sponsor! very helpful. Thank you!

    May 2019
  • Luke Brabazon

    A wonderful, quickly-growing festival in Limerick, Ireland. The standout from other festivals in Ireland is its amazing awards show on the final night, definitely something worth bringing out the suit and tie for. Highly recommended. Thank you for screening 'The Last Miner' at the 2018 festival!

    February 2019
  • Micheal Fleming

    Such a great time in Limerick and delighted to have shown Vegetable as part of the Richard Harris International Film Festival. I look forward to submitting more work in the coming years!

    November 2018
  • Laura O' Shea

    Amazing festival. Really becoming one of the best in Ireland! The organisers and volunteers are so helpful and the quality of shorts is really great. Def has the best awards show, it was really fun to see everyone in Black tie and having a great time! Thanks to the Festival for awarding us with ‘Best Actor in a Female Role’ and ‘Best Editing’. See you next year!

    November 2018
  • Adam O'Keeffe

    Great festival. Proud to be involved.

    November 2018