UPDATE: TRFF 2021 will be returning as Trí Rivers At Home due to the ongoing pandemic.

The 2021 Trí Rivers Film Festival will take place from Saturday 20th to Sunday 21st November online.

Trí Rivers are looking for filmmakers who champion innovative and inspirational work, whether you're an established or an emerging filmmaker - we want to hear from you. We aim to showcase work across all genres, produced and directed by filmmakers from Ireland alongside those from around the globe.

After the success of our launch in 2020, albeit digital due to COVID-19, we are thrilled to be returning for the second edition of our festival. We hope to celebrate the fantastic talent we have locally and further afield, with film screenings, networking events, Q&A’s with selected filmmakers, and an Award Ceremony to wrap up an amazing weekend.

Our previous judging panel has included BAFTA-winning and nominated filmmakers, academics, up-and-coming stars, and leaders in education. These include Ben Mallaby, Cheri Darbon, Eavan King, and Mustapha Kseibati.

At the core, TRFF encourages collaboration and diversity across the border and the wider filmmaker community. We hope to see submissions from a diverse range of filmmakers on a vast array of topics. We are keen to receive submissions from LGBTQ+ and black filmmakers and their stories for 2021.

More Information:

Trí Rivers Film Festival is a not-for-profit organisation based in Strabane in Northern Ireland and was founded in January 2020. We created Trí Rivers with the initial key aim to bring the arts to the local community of Strabane, an area that is somewhat lacking in opportunities for those who want a career in film and TV. We are so passionate about this as Ethan, the Festival Director, grew up in Strabane and saw first hand how little opportunities there were, and has taken it upon himself to fill that space for others moving forward.

The name of our festival, Trí Rivers, was chosen as a link to the local community describing the three rivers which bring the town of Strabane together, with the ‘three’ written in Gaelic, to symbolise us linking the local community, and embracing Irish culture.

Our main aim when starting Trí Rivers was, and still is, that we could encourage the film industry in an area that was somewhat deprived of it and to show the local community that becoming a filmmaker is, in fact, an achievable goal. We are also insistent on being non-for-profit because we want to put our all into supporting uprising talent and the bigger our festival becomes, the more we will be able to put back into the industry and its rising new talent.

-Best Animation
-Best Comedy
-Best Documentary
-Best Drama
-Best Experimental
-Best Family Friendly
-Best Horror
-Best Thriller
-Trí Minute Quickie Award
-Trí Rivers Award (Local Filmmaker) + £500*
-People’s Choice Award
-Rogha na Féile (Best of the Festival)

We accept submissions of short films across 10 genres: Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family Friendly, Horror, Thriller, Trí Minute Quickie and Trí Rivers (Local Filmmaker)

Conditions of Entry:
By submitting to Trí Rivers Film Festival, it is mutually understood that competitors are bound to abide by the rules and regulations of the Festival and that they have pre-cleared all materials that comprise the film, as an authorised holder of the intellectual property of the work.

All films submitted for competition must have a running time of under 20 minutes.

The significant dialogue or narration of all films must be in English, or the entry must have English-language subtitles. Exceptions can be made for films that contain little or no dialogue.

TRFF does not have a premiere requirement. We will accept submissions of films that have previously screened elsewhere, including at other festivals and online.

All entries must obtain the appropriate copyright clearances (i.e. music, archive footage, images, etc). Failure to do so will result in the entry being disqualified from the competition.

TRFF reserves the right to place films into alternative categories if it feels it is to the benefit of the filmmaker. This will be discussed with the filmmaker before any decision is made.

For submission purposes, Trí Rivers Film Festival will accept films via online platform FilmFreeway. We do not accept submissions other than via this platform.

Trí Rivers Film Festival is open for competition submissions from Friday 14th August 2020.
Lightning Deadline: Monday 14th September 2020
Earlybird Deadline: Saturday 31st October 2020
Regular Deadline: Thursday 14th January 2021
Late Deadline: Sunday 14th February 2021
Final Entry: Sunday 14th March 2021

Lightning Deadline: Monday 14th September 2020 £5
Earlybird Deadline: Saturday 31st October 2020 £7
Regular Deadline: Thursday 14th January 2021 £10
Late Deadline: Sunday 14th February 2021 £12
Final Entry: Sunday 14th March 2021 £15
Please note that Trí Rivers Film Festival does not cover licensing or pay any screening fees for submitted work.

If you have previously entered your film to Trí Rivers Film Festival, please do not re-enter it.

All marketing materials should be made available to be used for our marketing purposes by Sunday 14th March 2021. Filmmakers must include a brief synopsis of the film in no more than 150 words. Filmmakers need to provide at least one high resolution still (1920x1080 or higher) from their submitted film. More stills are recommended so we have a choice.

Trí Rivers Film Festival reserves the right to use extracts from submissions for TV, online and radio coverage or any other publicity that is used in the promotion of the Festival. Competitors agree on submission that promotional trailers of their film may be used by the Festival as part of the festivals PR campaign on Trí Rivers Film Festival website and social media channels. Please ensure that uploaded stills and headshots are of print quality and that you have permission to allow the Festival to use these for promotional and press purposes in perpetuity.

Films selected for screening during the Festival should be in digital format such as Pro Res or High Res MOV or AVI encoded MPEG-4 video or H.264/H.265.

To be considered for the 'Trí Rivers' short category the filmmaker should reside within the following county borders: Antrim, Armagh, Cavan, Derry, Donegal, Down, Fermanagh, Monaghan and Tyrone. If you need more information on this please contact submissions@tririversfilmfestival.co.uk

*The winner of the Trí Rivers Award (Local Filmmaker) will receive a £500 grant from Pickle & Co. Productions, which is headed by Festival Director, Ethan McDowell. This grant will be overseen by Pickle & Co. Productions and must contribute towards a future project.

Overall Rating

    Very poor communication. Event was constantly scheduled then rescheduled 2-3 times with 0 clarity on when festival took place. I still don't even know if its happened this year, according to filmfreeway its over. Would not recommend.

    December 2021
  • Sean O'Neill

    Glad to have been selected but I can't find any evidence that this festival took place; nothing on their social media pages and no announcements from the festival.

    November 2021
  • Will Webb

    Very happy to have my film selected, but the festival failed to occur on the dates specified, was rescheduled, and then again failed to actually happen. No online or in-person events, no communication about that. Would recommend that you not apply to this festival.

    November 2021
  • Sam Hotson

    Great festival, handled the 2020 constraints well and will definitely apply again!

    December 2020
  • Jordan Vukomanovic

    took part in 2020 with great success. 2021 however has been a different matter. It was rescheduled or cancelled. they haven't replied to emails. their social media has gone inactive for a year. Very strange and hope to find a resolution soon.

    October 2020