Welcome to GAZE, Ireland’s International LGBTQIA Film Festival.

GAZE 2024 will take place from Thursday 1st to Monday 5th August.

Every year since 1992 we have screened an eclectic programme of new international cinema that explores the experience of being an LGBTQIA person.

We celebrate new queer storytelling and our exciting programme of screenings, talks and events engages audiences and artists in a vibrant social experience here in our home town of Dublin, Ireland. We also select films to make available online to the whole of Ireland.

We have been around since before homosexuality was decriminalised in Ireland, and we are still going strong with our vibrant community.

We are excited and honoured to receive your work.

From the films selected for our festival, the GAZE Jury will award prizes for:

Best Irish Short

Best International Short

Best Documentary

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

2. The aim of GAZE is to showcase the latest and greatest of international LGBTQIA cinema, and to help foster and promote the Irish LGBTQIA filmmaking community.

​3. GAZE is an annual event taking place in the Light House Cinema and Irish Film Institute, Dublin, as well as an optional online component for Ireland only.

​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 films, 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. We welcome Irish premieres but this is not prerequisite to selection for the festival. Films which are available online, or have received a theatrical, streaming or DVD release in Ireland, will not ordinarily be considered for the festival.

​7. Viewing material is accepted via online viewing link only. Please include a non-embedded Vimeo link or similar for Jurors to view.

​8. GAZE bestows a number of awards at the end of the festival, selected by a jury. 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. Submission of a film represents agreement with the regulations set forth here.

Overall Rating
  • Pradeep Mahadeshwar

    I am glad to be part of GAZE International LGBTQIA Film Festival

    September 2023
  • Sarah Ahern

    Our short film Late Bloomers had a wonderful premiere at GAZE Film Festival. Beautifully projected in Light House - Screen 1, Greg and Tom made us feel well looked after. A gorgeous festival home for our film.

    September 2023
  • Jack Warren

    The programming at GAZE was some of the best I have ever had the privilege to be a part of. Great feature films that were a treat to see (The People's freakin Joker!) and thoughtfully put together short blocks. Our short's block was sold out (!!!) to a wonderful crowd and included some of my favorite short films ever. So honored to have been a part of this.

    September 2023
  • Jonathan Hughes

    A really great festival to be part of. Communication with staff before and during the festival was a joy. Screening event itself was a big success. Would recommend in a heartbeat. Thanks for everything.

    August 2023
  • It is an honor to have our documentary screened at such an important festival.

    August 2023