OFFline Film Festival is an exciting event for film lovers and makers alike. Irish and international films are screened in an array of quirky venues around the town to enthusiastic audiences.

Every year we accept short films from all over the world to be entered into our short film competition. Prizes include Best Irish Short which wins a guaranteed distribution deal to over 80 official film clubs across Ireland; Best International Short, the OFFline Audience Award and Best Irish and International Short Animations.

The festival also includes workshops on aspects of film-making given by industry professionals

BEST IRISH SHORT - Distribution Deal to 80 Film Clubs across Ireland

OFFline Film Festival Short Film Competition 2022 - Terms & Conditions

Feature films must be the first feature of either a writer, director or producer.

Submissions only via FilmFreeway.
All films mist have been completed since October 1st 2019. To be eligible for the short film competitions films must be 25 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.

Please note, only one submission will be accepted per short film. If a second submission is made it will be disregarded and OFFline Film Festival will not be held responsible for losses incurred.

Films should be uploaded to minimum standard as outlined here (or via your preferred platform)
Frame Rate : 24 & 25 FPS
Bit Rate: 5,000 - 20,000kbps
Resolution of 1920X1080 px.

The entrant agrees that up to 30 seconds of their film may be used by OFFline Film Festival in promotional activities including screening a clip on television and on the Festival’s website. 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.

All selected filmmakers are invited to OFFline as guests of the Festival (We provide complimentary accommodation and transfers from Dublin airport). All entries will be viewed by the selection committee. Official Festival selection will be announced by the end of September 2022. Only successful entrants will be notified by email. Details of selected films will also be posted on our website. The Festival does not pay fees for submitted work. Finalists will have their films screened during the Festival and on the last day an overall winner in each category will be announced.

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

OFFline Film Festival October 2022.

Overall Rating
  • Paireac Keane

    Had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend at Offline Film Festival. And as a filmmaker, I've never been as well looked after at a festival. Free Accommodation at Spinners Guest House, free whiskey, free beer and free pizza. What more could you ask for? Birr theatre is a class venue to screen films in and the town itself is well worth a visit. Would highly recommend submitting to this festival. Thanks a million, Offline Film Festival for a great weekend!

    November 2021
  • Therry Rudin

    Great Festival with lots of local happenings and activities. National and International short films, some wonderful selection. Maybe to many films at the same time on same day it was difficult to make decisions. Well attended and promoted maybe some screening venues where a little less prominent although loved where my screening was but little PR for it. But I strongly recommend the Festival as there is a lot of passion behind the Festival and much work was hidden away from the venues.

    October 2021
  • We were fortunate enough to be the animators in residence this year and also have our film selected for Offline Film Festival. Cannot rate the guys behind Offline Film Festival high enough! So welcoming, great to communicate with and just a pleasure to work with. Looking forward to next year's festival already. Highly recommend everyone get to Birr to watch some class films and soak up a great atmosphere!

    October 2021
  • Jared D. Weiss

    Wish I could have attended but the festival was very communicative and supportive, hope one day to return in person.

    October 2021
  • Paul O’Flanagan

    We had a great weekend at Offline. A warm, welcoming festival, packed with fantastic films. I'd highly recommend a visit to Birr.

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Paul for your kind words. It was great to have you and other filmmakers visit in 2021 - especially after our virtual hiatus last year. We'd love to welcome you back again next year and beyond.