The Wicklow Stories Film Festival is based in the ‘garden of Ireland’ County Wicklow on Ireland’s east coast. The Festival in 2022 and 2023 was a complete success, bringing industry professionals as well as film fans to the Whale Theatre in Greystones in droves. Local Press as well as dignitaries were happy to grace the red carpet, while filmmakers had an opportunity to showcase unique storytelling and Wicklow landscapes.

The Wicklow Stories Film Festival aims to highlight local filmmaking talent, local stories, and Wicklow as a county.

The Festival will hold Live Screenings on xxxxxxx.

There will be a total of 6 Films Selected.
The only mandate for selection is that the film was shot in Wicklow County. We do not have an age limit for the films, and the films can be publicly available and still be eligible.

The selected films will be screened in front of a live audience at this red carpet event in Greystones, Ireland. This is an excellent way to network with other filmmakers and industry professionals.

Submissions:

To be eligible for Live Screenings, films must be 20 minutes or less in duration including end credits. Films should be password protected. Films should be presented in their original versions with English language subtitles or commentary where necessary.

All films not in English must have English Subtitles.

All Films must have been filmed in County Wicklow, Ireland (at least 60%).

You can submit your film made in any year.

DEADLINES & FEES
Please note, only one submission will be accepted per short film. If a second submission of the same film is made it will be disregarded and the Wicklow Stories Film Festival will not be held responsible for losses incurred.

Filmmakers can submit more than one Film into the competition.

All Fees must be Paid with Submission. Failure to pay will mean your Submission will be disregarded.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

Films selected for screening during the Festival should be in digital format MPEG-4. Please note Wicklow Stories Film Festival does not accept DCPs at this time. Selected films should be made available for download by the Festival.

USING EXTRACTS OF THE FILM FOR PROMOTION
The entrant agrees that up to 30 seconds of their film may be used by Wicklow Stories Film in promotional activities including screening a clip on television, on the Festival’s website and social media.

Acceptance of these regulations implies that you will abide by them in your dealings with the Festival and also that you are legally entitled to submit this film for consideration.

ONLY SEND THE FINAL COMPLETED VERSION OF YOUR FILM. WE DO NOT ACCEPT RE-EDITS OR WORKS IN PROGRESS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES ESPECIALLY AFTER FILMS ARE SUBMITTED FOR SELECTION.

Deadline for Submission: 15th June 2023
Submissions received after the Deadline will be disregarded.

SELECTION & NOTIFICATION
All selected filmmakers are invited to attend Wicklow Stories Film Festival. The Festival cannot subsidise or pay for any expenses for travelling, accommodation etc.

The Wicklow Stories Film Festival will provide you with a Free Pass for ONE, to attend the festival.

All entries will be viewed by the selection committee. Official Festival selection will be announced on 1st September 2023. Only successful entrants will be notified. Details of selected films will also be posted on our website and social media.

The Festival does not pay fees for submitted work.

Official Selection films will have their live screening during the festival.

COPYRIGHT
Filmmakers are responsible for securing all copyright clearances and music rights.

FEE
€15 per film submission
Email for a DISCOUNT. Email: wicklowstoriesfilmfestival@gmail.com

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  • noel keane

    Honoured to have our short film 'Skedaddle' screened alongside some excellent productions. This is a great festival in a wonderful venue and very well run by enthusiastic and supportive organisers.

    October 2023
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Noel. We loved sharing your wonderful film with our audiences, and it was our pleasure to showcase your excellent work.

  • Brian Riordan

    I couldn't have picked a better film festival to show my first film. The event was run by an amazing team, all their hard work was rewarded with a great night showcasing local films. I Look forward to attending again next year!

    October 2023
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your very kind words Brian. It was also an honour to have your first film as part of our programme at the festival. As you know, the audiences loved your work. Well done and we look forward to seeing you again next year.

  • Zeff Lawless

    Delighted that my short film “BINGO!” was made an Official Selection at this wonderful festival. The venue was superb and the organisers were so enthusiastic, all along the way. I plan to go back again next year, I guess that says it all. Thanks Wicklow Stories!

    October 2023
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Zeff, thank you so much for your very kind and supportive words. It was our pleasure to screen your film BINGO, the audiences at the two screenings loved your film. We look forward to seeing more of your work at future festivals. Congratulations on your success.