Galway Film Fleadh



The Galway Film Fleadh – Ireland’s leading film festival, is a six day international film event held every July and welcomes a mad diversity of filmmaking from around the world. The Fleadh is very much a film lovers’ festival, and attracts directors, actors, cinematographers and artists of all generations and cultural backgrounds. The Fleadh’s diverse audience is made up of the general cinema going public, film buffs, industry professionals and invited guests.

the Galway Film Fair is an umbrella term for the many industry events taking place during the festival:


Audience Awards:

  • Best Irish First Feature
  • Best International First Feature
  • Best Irish Feature Documentary
  • Best International Feature Documentary
  • Best Irish Feature
  • Best International Feature

Eligibility for the below awards is decided by the programming team:

  • Best Cinematography in an Irish Feature(Jury Award) 
  • Bingham Ray New Talent Award(Jury Award) 
  • Best Human Rights Feature Award(Jury Award)


A feature film is considered to be 52 or more minutes in length.

In all categories, any film that has been previously broadcast (television or online video-on-demand, including YouTube) in Ireland or screened at another festival shall have less priority in programming terms than those that will premiere at the festival. 

The festival gives priority to World, European and Irish premieres in considering competition categories. If your film has premiered elsewhere in Ireland it will be screened out of competition if selected.

DVDs, Blu-rays, USB storage devices or digital screener links are accepted at submission stage. If submitting a file transfer, please limit your file size to 4GB or less. Please label all physical submission materials with the film title, director’s name, length, if screener is a rough cut and available screening format(s). We will accept any private download or passworded link i.e. Vimeo, WeTransfer, Dropbox, Cinando, YouSendIt, RightsTrade etc. YouTube links of any kind are not accepted.

Screening formats: 35mm/ Blu-ray / DCP.WE DO NOT SCREEN FROM DVD or STANDARD DIGITAL FILE (avi, mp4, mkv, etc.).

All languages of film are accepted. Submissions and screeners must contain English subtitles.

Premiere Requirements

National premiere required.




Official Website



Feature Film Submissions
Galway Film Fleadh,
36D Merchants Dock,
Merchants Road,
H91 CX8H,

Phone: +353 (0)91 562200


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    September 30, 2021
  • Earlybird Deadline
    March 14, 2022
  • Regular Deadline
    April 18, 2022
  • Late Deadline
    May 09, 2022
  • Notifications
    June 03, 2022
  • Event Dates
    5 — 10 July 2022
Categories & Fees
  • Earlybird Deadline — $28
  • Regular Deadline — $34
  • Late Deadline — $40

Feature length film including, but not limited to, documentary, animation, experimental and narrative feature film. A feature film is considered to be 52 or more minutes in length.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $57
  • Regular Deadline — $57
  • Late Deadline — $57

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