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.

From April 2017 RHIFF have joined forces with Limerick Film Festival https://limerickfilmfestival.net/.
We now have a new student category open for submissions. Competition is open to Irish and International students, please supply proof of student status (student card or stamped & signed letter from your college) to rhiffsubmissions@gmail to receive your password to submit via filmfreeway at the student rate.

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.

The October Bank Holiday weekend 2017 - 26th - 30th October sees the festival screening Feature Films, Short Films and Sports Documentaries over 5 days.

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 4 categories for short film.
1. Midwest Short Film Showcase.
2. National and International short film showcase.
3. Newport Beach Film Festival Competition - our short-listed films in this category are eligible for selection for the Newport Beach Film Festival Irish Spotlight.
4. Student Competition

Awards & Prizes

Short Film Awards
Over 55 short films were screened at #RHIFF2016
(All Winners presented with the RHIFF signature Irish Slate Award)

Midwest Short Film Competition
Winner 2016 - THE SONS OF ROBERT SCHUMAN director Tommy Conlan
Winner 2015 - THE CLIMB - director Eimear O'Grady

National / International Short Film Competition
Winner 2016 - CAPER - director Brian O'Neill
Winner 2015 - LOVE IS A STING - director Vincent Gallagher

Newport Beach Film Festival Competition*
Winner 2016 - DAY OFF - directed by Steve Hall
Winner 2015 - WOMAN OF THE HOUSE - directed by Aidan Gibson
Winner 2014 - I'VE BEEN A SWEEPER - directed by CiarĂ¡n Dooley

*Newport Beach Film Festival Competition - The winner gets direct entry into the Newport Beach FF (California) Irish Spotlight in April 2018.

In 2016 we introduced some more awards categories for short films!
2016 Best Overall Short - UISCE BEATHA / WATER OF LIFE - Elaine Kennedy
2016 Best Director - CASHELL HORGAN - The Clockmakers Dream
2016 Best Actor in a Female Role - SARAH BISHOP - Late Moves
2016 Best Actor in a Male Role - OWEN ROE - Wait
2016 Special Recognition Award - JASON REDDAN - Streetlights

Feature Film Competition
2016 Winner - TREURGROND" Phoenix Films, South Africa, directed by Darrell Roodt
Get your feature screened alongside invited movies and an iconic Richard Harris Feature film.

Richard Harris International Film Festival Creative Talent Award
In 2014, RHIFF introduced "The Richard Harris Creative Talent Award", in order to acknowledge individuals of Irish extraction - both emerging and established - making a significant contribution to the world of film.

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)

RHIFF 1 Minute Monologue Competition
Winner 2016 - Owen Mulhall
Winner 2015 - Kristine O'Brien

RHIFF Style Award - Sunday 29th October 2017
Winner 2016 - Ella Harris

Our Awards night for 2017 will be even bigger and better - come walk the red carpet and meet our guests and winners of our film competitions!
The Style Award will be presented on the Night!

Rules & Terms

SHORT FILM & STUDENT SUBMISSIONS
(Please note any submissions made which do not meet the criteria for submissions will be disqualified and entry fee will be forfeited.)
We accept DCP's for screening of short films & documentaries as well as feature films.

CATEGORY 1. MIDWEST SHORT FILM SHOWCASE

All entries must be TWENTY (20) minutes or under.
There must be a tangible link to the Mid-West region - Limerick, Clare, Tipperary.
Director / producer / writer must be from the Mid West Region or filming must have taken place in the midwest of Ireland. (Contact us if you have any questions)
Only films completed on or after 1st January 2015 are eligible for entry into the 2017 Festival competition.
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 2. 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 2015 are eligible for entry into the 2017 Festival competition.
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 -NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL COMPETITION

All entries must be TWENTY (20) 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 2015 are eligible for entry into this year's competition.
The film(s) selected to screen at Newport Beach Film Festival 2018 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 4 - STUDENT COMPETITION
From April 2017 RHIFF have joined forces with Limerick Film Festival https://limerickfilmfestival.net/.
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.
Irish and International students, please supply proof of student status (current student card or stamped & signed letter from your college) to rhiffsubmissions@gmail to receive your password to submit via filmfreeway at the student rate.
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 2015 are eligible for entry into the 2017 Festival competition.
Only student films are accepted into this category.
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.

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 EACH category in the festival providing your film meets the criteria for that competition.
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, CONTACT NAME, CONTACT NUMBER, POSTER, STILLS, DURATION and EMAIL ADDRESS
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.

RHIFF 1 MINUTE MONOLOGUE COMPETITION (self-tape)

2017 sees Year 3 of this hugely enjoyable and beneficial Monologue competition. Now open to worldwide entrants; finalists will receive an official RHIFF Nomination Cert in the post, the winner will receive RHIFF Slate Award and slot on our Video on Demand Channel.

GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR MONOLOGUE SUBMISSIONS.

A fee is required upon submission.
More than one monologue can be submitted for consideration.
There is a charge per monologue submitted.
Please ensure that your monologue (self-tape) is uploaded at the time of entry.
Monologues can be from a recognized script or self composed.
Monologue duration not less than 50 seconds and not more than 70 seconds.
Please label submissions clearly with title, contact name, mobile, duration and email address.
The submission of a monologue to the RHIFF will be considered to be an acknowledgement of your acceptance of the festival's terms and conditions.
Entrants to be 14 yrs and over.
Brief intro to be included at the END of the reel (does not affect the timing of the monologue) stating name, age, address and telephone number and a brief description of the origin of your piece.
Submissions are invited from both amateur and professional actors
Recordings can be made using a smartphone or professional camera as long as the actor can be SEEN and HEARD clearly.
Shoot from the waist up.
Do NOT have a light or window behind you.
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.

The festival does not pay any travel, subsistence or accommodation costs for finalists who wish to travel to Limerick for the Awards Ceremony.
The festival does not pay any travel, subsistence or accommodation costs of the participants screening at the festival.
The Festival does not offer cash prizes at this time.

**Please check your email spam / junk folders for emails from FilmFreeway notification centre.

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.

FEATURE FILM SUBMISSIONS.

Get your feature screened alongside invited movies and iconic Richard Harris Features.

In 2015 we were 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 2015 are eligible for entry into the 2017 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.

6 Reviews

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    Philip A ramos

    Excellent! A great festival to be a part of!

    December 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Philip thanks so much for the review, hope to catch up at Tribeca!

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    Philip Shanahan

    Great venue, great line up of shorts with a great running order also, showing a great mix of shorts! Wonderful festival and always a treat to go to!

    December 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Local support is the cornerstone! Great bunch of film-makers in Munster and Mid-west. Always a joy to catch up with everyone at festival time!

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    Gemma Doorly

    So welcoming and supportive to first time film makers!

    November 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Gemma, hope to see you again at #RHIFF2017!

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    Robert Cunningham

    A festival well worth attending. It was a pleasure to have been selected and screened for the short film program. Will definitely be attending again next year, great opportunity to network with other film makers.

    November 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Great having your support each year guys, looking forward now to October 2017!

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    Ronan Cassidy

    The Richard Harris International Film Festival was absolutely great! Affordable submission fees, great communication, extremely helpful and a great networking opportunity. Great experience, I hope to submit again.

    November 2016
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    Response from festival:

    The plans are afoot Ronan, #RHIFF2017 will be a blast!