GAZE is Ireland's national queer film festival, running longer than homosexuality has even been legal in our country. in 2022 we celebrate our 30th Anniversary.

GAZE celebrates LGBTQ+ storytelling. Our exciting programme of films and events engages filmmakers and audiences in a vibrant social experience.

GAZE programmes thematically to explore the many facets of queer life worldwide, expressly including films which deal with the challenges facing our LGBTQ+ siblings wordwide.

In 2021 we launched GAZE West, with funding with the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. Please see the criteria for submitting to GAZE West.

Spirit of GAZE Award
Audience Award

Jury Awards:
Best Irish Short
Best Feature Documentary
Best International Fiction Short
Best International Documentary Short

1. GAZE International LGBT Film Festival is presented in association with our sponsors Accenture Ireland, the Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin City Council.

2. The aim of GAZE film festival is to showcase the latest and greatest of international LGBTQ+ cinema, and to help foster and promote the Irish LGBT filmmaking community.

​3. GAZE is an annual event taking place in the Light House Cinema and Irish Film Institute, Dublin, with an online component created in 2020.

​4. Feature films, documentaries and short films of any genre or subject matter are open for unsolicited submission to the festival via FilmFreeway.

​5. Feature film, documentaries and short films of any genre or subject matter are also selected by invitation by the festival.

​6. Entries to GAZE Film Festival must have been produced within the last two years. Priority is given to Irish premieres. However, this is not prerequisite to selection for the festival. Films which are available online, or have received a theatrical or video release in Ireland, will not be considered for the festival.

​7. Viewing material is accepted via online link (password protected) or downloadable file. If you do not have an online link or downloadable format for the film, please contact us directly.

​8. GAZE bestows a number of awards at the end of the festival – Spirit of GAZE, Best Feature Documentary, Best Irish Short, Best International Fiction Short, Best International Documentary Short and the Audience Award. Please note that these awards are symbolic and have no monetary value.

​9. All foreign language films that are submitted to the festival must be subtitled in English. Films in the English language should be provided with Closed Captioning for Deaf and hard-of-hearing audience members.

​10. GAZE Film Festival will not alter selected films in any way for their festival screening.

​11. Excerpts from films will only be shown for promotional purposes if permission is obtained from the producer.

​12. GAZE Film Festival is a public event, with a number of accredited filmmakers, jury members, distributors, film programmers and press in attendance.

​13. The regular submissions deadline for GAZE Film Festival is 5pm on June 1st 2021. The late submissions deadline is May 22nd 2021. Films should be submitted online through FilmFreeway. Selection notifications for the festival will be made by July 22nd 2021. (Please see separate criteria for GAZE West)

​14. Submission of a film represents agreement with the regulations set forth here.

Overall Rating
  • Simeon Costello

    We were so sad we couldn't make it over but so happy to have our film Shuttlecock screen at GAZE. Communication was excellent, it was very nice to receive a personal email informing us about the selection. The festival looks absolutely excellent, and I hope we can visit in the future. Would love to submit again with future projects!

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Simeon for such kind words xx

  • Rioghnach Ni Ghrioghair

    A festival with a lot of heart. The team at Gaze created such a buzz around the festival, the first in-person festival in Dublin we'd been to since the pandemic. The quality and curation of the festival is tough notch and the audiences are the best. We had a great time - in person and online - with Gaze x**

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    We are nothing of course without our brilliant filmmaker. Thank you so much x

  • Shaun O Connor

    We were so happy to be a part of GAZE this year, and the online edition of the festival was just fantastic. Kudos to everyone involved on the organizational and technical side. Looking forward to next year!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Shaun for your wonderful contribution to our programme!

  • Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu

    GAZE did a great job of organizing the festival under difficult conditions. We were delighted to share our film from Hawai'i, and appreciate the International Short Audience Award.

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank YOU for creating your beautiful film! We wish you every award possible!

  • Eoin Maher

    Great festival with lovely people working at it and a really good audience. I love showing my films at Gaze because I find people are really interested in new filmmakers and what they have to offer. Also just a lovely space to show in.

    August 2018