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 2024 - Terms & Conditions


All films must have been completed since October 1st 2021. To be eligible for the short film competitions films must be 15 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.

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 when possible). All entries will be viewed by the selection committee. Official Festival selection will be announced in September 2023. Successful entrants will be notified via FilmFreeway. 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.

Overall Rating
  • Romain Fleury

    Great festival and great crew. Very welcoming ! It was such a pleasure to meet you all ! We had a great week-end. Everything was perfect ! The only suggestion I can make is about the screening, the directors weren't introduced before or after, and I would've been pleased to know who was the director of what, just to go and talk more easily to them... Except that, the selection was fantastic ! So go and send your films to this fantastic crew !!! oh and Birr... what a charming town :)))

    October 2023
  • Harry Knight

    I had such a nice time being welcomed at OFFline Film Festival in the lovely Birr. I was very impressed by the standard of films and also the number of filmmakers that made it to this small Irish town. It was a real pleasure and I hope to be part of future programmes!

    October 2023
  • Deyan Angelov

    The way the festival ensures filmmakers' comfortable stay is fantastic. Terrific people, a beautiful town, a lovely screening venue. I had tons of fun, and interacting with the rest of the filmmakers was incredibly easy. I watched 30 to 40 short films from all over the world in a single day and I loved it.

    October 2022
  • Mick Hannigan

    Always a pleasure. Lovely people behind a great festival

    October 2022
  • adam collins

    A fantastic festival. Very welcoming to the filmmaker and a great curation. Highly recommend.

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Adam; we're glad you enjoyed OFFline Festival. We were delighted to welcome everyone back after the turbulent last few years. Looking forward to seeing your next work and hopefully welcoming it back to Birr! GH