Foyle Film Festival


Years running: 36 (since 1988)

Foyle Film Festival

International Film Festival in Northern Ireland.


From its earliest days, festival has pursued an integrated development strategy, linking together the different art forms - film, music, animation, new media - across the interlocking sectors of production, training, education and exhibition. The key elements of Foyle Film Festival are its thematic content, diverse programme strands and special industry events which have been developed to meet the evolving interests of its audience.  Festival targets schools and colleges with a series of curriculum based screenings, workshops and presentations which runs for five days of the event. The Festival is also committed to showcasing indigenous work and providing opportunities for the local industry to meet and hear leading experts from the film industry in a masterclass and workshop situation. These have included workshops with special effects experts, composers, writers, cinematographers, actors and animators plus film historians and film journalists. 


  • Best International Short,
  • Best Animated Short,
  • Best Irish Short

Winners of each competition categories at Foyle Film Festival are eligible to qualify for Oscar consideration without the standard theatrical run.


  • You can only enter your film into one category;
  • Due to limited space available in all competition categories, the Festival will prioritise programming short films and animations that are Northern Ireland premieres;
  • All films must be completed after 1 July 2022.
  • Your film must not be available in full online or have been shown on another medium e.g. TV.
  • All Short films should not be more than 40 mins. long.
  • All entries are to be made throughFilmfreeway. No exceptions.
  • For submission purposes, we will accept Secure Online Screeners via VIMEO or a posted DVD for the Festival Competition.
  • Subtitles language: english

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

  • Bernie McLaughlin (Festival Director & Programmer);
  • Eavan King (Competition Manager). 



United Kingdom

Official Website


The Nerve Centre
7-8 Magazine Street
Derry N. Ireland BT48 6HJ
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)28 7126 7432
Fax: +44 (0)28 7137 1738


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    March 10, 2023
  • Earlybird Deadline
    June 09, 2023
  • Regular Deadline
    August 11, 2023
  • Late Deadline
    September 08, 2023
  • Notifications
    October 09, 2023
  • Event Dates
    17 — 26 November 2023
Categories & Fees

An animated short which runs for not longer than 40 mins.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $45
  • Late Deadline — $55

A film which runs not longer than 40 minutes. Open to filmmakers internationally.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $45
  • Late Deadline — $55

A short film not longer than 40 mins.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $45
  • Late Deadline — $55
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