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€5,000 cash prize for Irish language Short Film Proposal.

The Dingle International Film Festival is delighted to announce the 5th ‘Físín’, a call to filmmakers to submit a short film proposal in the Irish language.

The competition has been a wonderful success these past four years giving a unique opportunity to write a short script in the irish language  Organisers are also very much open to both visual and sound concepts for the screen.

Denis Buckley’s film Táimse im Chodladh premiered at the film festival in March and has gone on to be selected at other festivals and events. The winner of the 2014 prize was Niamh Lawlor of Púca Puppets with her film Béirín Beag Buí which will be premiered at next year’s festival in March 2015.

The winner of the competition will receive a cash prize of €5,000 and an in-kind prize of €2,000 worth of film equipment hire from Vast Valley Ltd. Vast Valley Ltd. provide equipment and support for feature films, TV drama and commercials. They supply cameras, lenses, accessories and grip equipment and are located in Dublin, 2 and Belfast.

Everyone from Transitional year students to professional filmmakers are welcome to enter the competition. Five filmmakers will be selected and they will each receive a free festival pass to attend the next Dingle International Film Festival in March 2015. Each of the five will be given the opportunity to pitch their proposal to a panel in the irish language during the festival. A wonderful panel has been put together, including writers Louise Ní Fhiannachta and Marina Ní Dhubháin, composer Rachel Holdstead and producer Nuala O Connor.

The opportunity has been put together by the festival to encourage writing of film in the Irish language. Tor Cotton, one of the festival sponsors came up with the idea.

The competition is aimed at people who combine a special interest in film alongside a commitment to the Irish language. The festival is keen to see proposals from all local dialects. This opportunity is open to any individual or group from Transitional students right through to professionals. The application details is available to download at or you can email Or contact Brenda Shúilleabháin on 066 9152665 / 087 2999616

The festival is open to submission now and the closing date for entries is Friday 9th January 2015.

The 5 finalist will be notified by the 6th February 2015 and will be expected to be available to attend the festival. Each finilist is also expected to attend each of the pitches and to deliver the pitch in Irish. A finilist can bring along someone on the day to assist with making the pitch in Irish. The winning pitch at the festival will receive €5,000 cash prize and will return to Dingle with their finilised film for the 2016 Festival. Each finilist will also receive a personalised commemorative leather notebook designed by Conor Holden and full access to the festival.

The festival is now also open for short and feature submissions. If you are interested in submitting a film to the festival, please visit our website for details.

The Dingle International Film Festival, established in 2007, home to The Gregory Peck Award and who’s guests have included; Laura Dern, Gabriel Byrne, Cillian Murphy, Jim Sheridan, Sir Alan Parker, Saoirse Ronan, Maureen O Hara & Sarah Miles,  will have its 9th edition next March opening the 12th March and running until the 15th March 2015.

For further information in relation to Físín please contact Brenda Shúilleabháin: on 066 9152665/087 2999616  or email