Welcome to GAZE: Ireland’s International LGBTQ+ Film Festival.

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

We celebrate new queer storytelling and our exciting programme of screenings and events engages audiences and artists in a vibrant social experience here in our home town of Dublin, Ireland.

2022 is a milestone year, our 30th anniversary. We have been going strong since before homosexuality was even made legal in Ireland, and we are still here with our vibrant community.

We welcome the submission of films across our three categories of Irish Short Film, International Short Film, and Feature Film.

The GAZE Jury will award prizes for Best Irish Short Film, Best International Short Film, Best Feature Film, and Best Documentary (of any length).

Good luck, sláinte is táinte!

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

Spirit of Gaze Award:
Awarded by the Board of GAZE

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 LGBTQ+ 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 ordinarily 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, 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. The regular submissions deadline for GAZE Film Festival is midnight on June 6th 2022. Films should be submitted online through FilmFreeway. Selection notifications for the festival will be made by the end of July 2022.

​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