2022 Festival will be a blend of online & in person
Now Open For Submissions!

The Waterford International Film Festival is Waterford’s premiere film festival that showcases the works of national & international filmmakers & artists.

In 2022 the festival will be celebrating its 16th Annual event! This year the festival will be a blend of Cinema & Online Screenings.
Cinema Screenings will take place in the Odeon Cinema in Waterford City.

It has always been our goal to promote and support established, debut and student filmmakers, especially in the field of independent short films
with our annual events and competitions.

The festival welcomes all forms of short films: live-action, animation, documentaries, and music videos.

The festival has a passion to celebrate short films from around the world, bringing filmmakers together.

The Waterford Film Festival was the 1st festival in the Republic of Ireland to hold an annual short screenplay competition supporting
and acknowledging the work of short screenplay writers.

The festival also runs a movie-themed Photography Competition to support and encourage new and emerging talent in the areas of photography and art.

Each year we produce a series of events that are creative, intriguing, fun, and entertaining.

The festival hugely encourages networking. Social meetups and events are held for the audience to meet other filmmakers
over the festival weekend.

Filmmakers & Artists from across the globe have attended the festival and we always look forward to meeting and engaging with all filmmakers
and our audience.

The festival strives to promote talent from all over the world and to bring a wide variety of projects for our audience of cinema lovers to enjoy.


Best Short Film: Winners prizes include Waterford Crystal designed Award for
Best Short Film, a certificate, winners laurels, and a cash prize.
Runner Up Award for Best Short Film: Prize includes Waterford Crystal designed Award certificate and runners-up Laurels.

Best Student Film - Winner Laurels and Certificate -All Winners & Runners up will automatically qualify and be offered a distribution contract on OPPRIME.TV, video on demand platform service.

Several Special Mention Awards will be presented with a certificate and Laurels.
All selected films will receive officially selected Laurels.

Short Screenplay Competition

This competition has two rounds.

Round 1: Up to 70 screenplays will be selected as semi-finalists and writers will receive semi-finalist Laurels.

Round 2: A finalist list of up to 20 screenplays will be selected from the semi-finalist list.
All Finalists will receive Finalist Laurels and Certificates.

The Overall Winner for Best Short Screenplay will be presented with a Waterford Crystal designed Award, Laurels, a Certificate, and a cash prize.

Runner up for Best Short Screenplay will receive a Certificate and Laurels.

Several Special Mention Awards will be presented with a certificate and Laurels

Note 1: Round 1: Semi-Finalists will be notified several weeks before the official notification date.

Note 2: In Round 2: Finalists will be notified on or before October 13th, 2022.

Winners will also receive a 4-month InkTip Pro Membership.

PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

The winner will receive a free portfolio website of your work, which will be built on your behalf.

This includes one free year of hosting & domain fee will be covered. Total value of the website prize €1,000 (not a cash prize)

The winning photo/image will be displayed on the front cover of the Festival’s 2023 programme booklet, as well as all posters and promotional material and on our website and various online platforms

The winner will receive a free pass to the Opening Night of the Waterford Film Festival 2023

The winner will receive an Official ‘Winner’ Digital Certificate and Laurels.

Runner Up: Best Cinematic Image

The runner ups portfolio will be promoted (with up to five images) on our social media channels and website.
The image will be used in a section of our printed programme booklet.

The runner-up will receive a free pass to the Opening Night of the 2023 Waterford Film Festival.

The runner-up will receive an Official ‘Runner Up’ Digital Certificate and Laurels.

All Finalists will receive laurels & a Certificate

The festival runs 3 competitions. Film, Scripts & Photography. Each competition has a different set of rules, which are outlined below.

Each Project must be accompanied by an entry form and entry Fee.

IMPORTANT: This year's Festival will be a blend of Cinema & Online Presentations.

Please read all Rules & Terms before submitting.

SHORT FILMS

By entering your film to the 2022 Waterford International Film Festival you are agreeing to the rules outlined below and that your film could be presented in a venue and/or online.

Cinema Screenings will be held in the Odeon Cinema in Waterford City.

Online presentations will be subscriber-based/password protected.

No refunds will be issued if you do not wish to have your film presented online.

All films will be reviewed by the festival team/judges and their decisions are final & confidential.

Student Filmmakers must provide a valid student ID

Selection/ Scheduling of all films screened at WFF is entirely at the discretion of the Festival Team.

The festival reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.

Details on CINEMA and ONLINE screening formats are below Including DCP information.

1. All selected films whether they are presented in a venue and/or online will be considered for awards and will receive laurels.

2. Please provide a high quality still image of your film, a short summary, and feel free
to write us a cover letter or on the form to tell us more about your project.

3. Please submit to one category per film but you can let us know in the cover letter or on the form if it's a debut film from the director, writer or producer.

4. The Waterford Film Festival will accept entries of all film genres less than 20 minutes (Not including closing credits)

Filmmakers worldwide can submit their work. Non-English language films must have English subtitles.

5. Films produced from January 2020 onward will be considered.

6. We do not screen web/new media. (For example marketing presentations).
Please contact director@waterfordfilmfestival.net if you wish to have a paid video ad screened during the festival.

SELECTION AND FORMATS

7. All entries will be viewed by the selection committee. The Festival will make no cuts or changes.

Festival selections will be announced on or before the 21st of September 2022.

All entrants will be notified by email of our final decisions.

Please CHECK your email regularly during the Notification period. If your film is selected for Cinema Screenings, arrangements will need to be made for a DCP copy of your film. If emails go unanswered we reserve the right to withdraw selection.

CINEMA SCREENING FORMATS: If your film is selected for a Cinema Screening: The submitter will need to provide ( at no cost to the festival)
a DCP copy of their film on a memory stick/device ONLY.

Standard DCP will be requested for films selected for cinema screenings.
Films will be presented on a 2k projector: 2040p x 1080p
Please ensure DCP is unlocked: No KDM is required.

A member of our team will be in touch to provide the submitter with details on where to send the DCP copy of their film.

The submitter must pay for the DCP to be sent to the festival but the
the festival will send it back to the submitter and/or arrangements can be made for collection.

ONLINE SCREENINGS

If your film is selected for an online screening the submitter will need to provide a 720p HD or 1080p HD mp4 file.

The submitter can provide the files by giving the festival access to download on FilmFreeway.com or send
a downloadable link from wetransfer.com or dropbox. We ask you to please keep the files under 3GB.

Whether your film is selected for CINEMA Screening or ONLINE Screening, Please check that the video files are working correctly.

8. THE FESTIVAL DOES NOT PAY SCREENING FEES

9. Please note that No Fee Waivers will be given to the submitter. The Festival heavily relies on fees which go towards our operational costs.

10. COPYRIGHT: Filmmakers are responsible for securing all copyright clearances and music rights and
waive rights to claim royalties from Waterford Film Festival and our partners for screening selected films.

11. The Waterford Film festival has a small team and due to time restraints and the large number of submissions received,
we are unfortunately not in a position to provide feedback.

12. Please make sure to fully fill out your form and include a logline/ short story summary and
the main credits (Producer, Director, Writer), etc. If your short film is selected we will need this information for the event programs, website, etc.

13. Once a film is selected it cannot be retracted unless there is a suitable reason. Please email us directly but no refunds will be given.

14. If your film is selected for an online presentation we would prefer if there were
no Geo-blocking restrictions for the selected films but we will try and accommodate, if possible.

15. Entry into the festival constitutes permission to exhibit your work at the 2023 Waterford Film Festival
including the presentation of films in a physical cinema and or on a virtual format/ video on-demand platform.

16. The Waterford Film Festival is also hereby granted the right to utilise an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

In relation to any of the online presentations, our online platform will have security.
However, the festival can not 100% guarantee possible illegal downloads and the submitter shall indemnify
and hold harmless The Waterford Film Festival and all of our sponsors/associates of such possible actions.

By entering your film for consideration for the 2022 Waterford Film Festival, you authorise that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accepts full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein.

The application shall indemnify and hold harmless The Waterford Film Festival, employees, and all of our sponsors/associates of said entities from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening of films entered.

By submitting your film on filmfreeway.com you are agreeing to all of these rules.

SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

By submitting the online form below or on filmfreeway.com you are agreeing to these rules.

The Waterford Film Festival Short Screenplay Competition is open to people from any nationality and from any country.
Submission fees must be paid. Entries that do not include a fee will not be considered.

This competition will have 2 Rounds( please see awards section for info).
Up to 70 semi-finalists will be selected and presented with Official Laurels.

From these semi-finalists, up to 20 finalists will be selected. Please see our awards section for a breakdown of prizes. The overall winners will be selected from the finalist's list and announced on the last day of the festival.

Round 1: Semi-Finalists will be notified on or before the official notification date.
Round 2: Finalists will be notified on or before October 13th

Screenplays must be written in English. The screenplay must not be less than three pages and not exceed fifteen pages. The cover is not included.

All genres will be considered. Screenplays must be submitted on official platforms either on

The Waterford Film Festival site or on Filmfreeway and Only send PDF OR WORD FILES.
Please do not email in scripts unless requested by a member of our team.

If your screenplay is selected to be a semi-finalist or finalist, you give the Festival
permission to use your name and image in Festival promotions, press, etc.

All submissions will be judged by the Waterford Film Festival Committees appointed by the Festival Director. Their reports and decisions are final and confidential.

Writers can submit as many screenplays as they wish but they must fill in a
separate entry form and pay separate fees for each screenplay.

The Waterford Film Festival reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.
All entrants will be notified of the status of their submissions by email.

Writers retain all rights to their screenplay.
A production company can submit a script but must have the writer's approval. Writers can email their approval to the festival director at waterfordfilmfestival@gmail.com

The Waterford Film Festival will only consider UN-produced scripts but the work can have a development deal/option in place.

However, scripts must not be in production at the time of entry.

The application shall indemnify and hold harmless. The Waterford Film Festival and employees of said entities against any and all claims which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, etc.

PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

Each image entry must be accompanied by an entry form and the entry fee.

You can submit on www.filmfreeway.com/waterfordfilmfestival or at www.waterfordfilmfestival.net.

Submission will not be considered without a fee and the completed form.

Applicants can submit up to 3 images per submission if they wish. However, if applicants want to submit more than 3 images they must fill out a separate form and pay a separate fee.

Your image entry must represent film or filmmaking as outlined in our ‘about’ section above.
All submissions will be judged by Waterford Film Festival Committees appointed by the Festival Director. Their reports and decisions are final and confidential.

COPYRIGHT: Photographers/Videographers are responsible for securing all copyright clearances that may be associated with their image/photo that includes but is not limited to: actors/models releases, locations/permissions, etc. The Festival or our Venue Partners is not responsible for any copyright claim on images.

Due to time restraint, we can not provide feedback.
Once an image(s) is submitted for consideration it cannot be retracted.

The application shall indemnify (compensate for harm/loss) and hold The Waterford Film Festival and our partners, and employees of said entities from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity and loss of or damage to the images entered (this includes images used for exhibit purposes).

Artists retain all rights to their photos/images but for awarded pictures (including finalists) copyright holders grant the Waterford Film Festival unlimited non-exclusive use of high-resolution pictures for activities in all media. This includes social media, online, and print in relation to the contest, festival, and exhibition without any remuneration being due.
All artists will be notified by September 17th, if they have been selected as a finalist and are free to announce this as they so, please.

The photographer(s) must be the author(s) of the pictures submitted in his/her/their name.

We will use winning images, plus four other images for the exhibition. Pictures must meet the following specifications:
Upload images with the original pixel size (unless cropped).
Pictures must be uploaded in JPEG format with high-quality compression.
Pictures with captions/taglines must be written in English.

Entries must be submitted via www.waterfordfilmfestival.net or www.filmfreeway.com/waterfordfilmfestival. Entries sent in other ways will not be accepted.

The overall winners will need to provide frames for all of their photos/images for the exhibit. i.e framed and ready to be displayed. A member of the Festival team will be in touch with the winner to arrange transport/delivery of these materials.
Image selections will be announced on or before the 17th of September 2022. All entrants will be notified by email.

The Waterford Film Festival reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.

Pictures taken at restricted events (that is, events where only photographers commissioned by those organizing the event - for example governments, political parties, or corporations have access) are not accepted.

Adjustments of colour or conversion to grayscale are permitted.

The copyright holders represent and warrant that submission of the pictures does not breach any law and further that no third party can hold any claims or any objections regarding the rights granted to the Waterford Film Festival and our partners specified.
The entry rules and any dispute, proceedings or claim of whatever nature arising out of or in any way relating to the entry rules (including any non-contractual disputes or claims) shall be governed by Irish law.

By entering your image(s) for consideration for the Best Cinematic Image, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition at The Waterford Film Festival and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein.

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  • Hi dear sir/madam i would like to thank you for what you have done, you are really doing a great job i know how much you spend time for this beautiful Festival.

    March 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Hi shakhawan, thank you for your kind words and for sending us your project. All the best for the future!

  • Lane Shipsey

    The 2021 Waterford Film Festival was online and very well organised. Enjoyed the chance to see some really cool films. Especially liked 1000 Days and the film that Kate Perry wrote, Ruthless. Thanks to editor Chris Hurley for suggesting we enter Olive Harvest into this festival and to Stephen Byrne the festival director selecting it, and for being super calm and organised despite running the biggest Waterford Film Festival yet. Hope to enter this one again sometime, and maybe get to be in the audience in a real-live festival another time!

    February 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Lane, Thank you very much for the review and we are delighted to hear you enjoyed the festival. Best of luck on all of your projects & we hope to see you at the festival in the future.

  • Nathan Fischer

    Great experience! Thank you, Waterford Film Festival.

    January 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Nathan, Thank you for your review and for being a part of our festival. We wish you all the best for the future!

  • Chaz Parvez

    My first award! So proud and really great comms.
    Thank you.

    January 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Chaz, thank you for the review & Best of luck for all of your future projects.

  • Órla Murphy

    Delighted to have our world premiere of short doc 'Dreams Interrupted' in Waterford. Gorgeous Festival and so well run. Fantastically diverse programme well curated and a great deal of effort went in to making our experience as film-makers as good as it can be. I'm lucky to have been a finalist in their script competition before and having experienced how well things were done, when it came to submitting my short 'Dreams Interrupted' Waterford was my first choice!

    December 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your lovely review Órla and for sending us your projects. We wish you all the best for the future!