Published: 2 Mar 2017

Apply now for ‘a creative momentum project’ support to participate in Galway Film Fleadh

Creative Hotspots

a creative momentum project aims to connect micro-enterprises and SMEs in the creative and cultural industries sector to increase transnational activity, which will hopefully lead to collaboration as well as increased international trade. Participating in Creative & Cultural Industry Events in other partner regions will help creatives to connect with potential markets and audiences, as well as provide networking opportunities.

The cost of participating in such events however can be high.  Therefore a creative momentum project has selected five established events ‘Creative Hotspots’ across the five partner regions and  will fund relevant creative enterprises from the other partner regions to participate.

So far the project has supported 33 creatives to participate in three Creative Hotspots

  • Urkult folk festival, August 2016, Sweden
  • Digital DNA, September 2016, Northern Ireland
  • Arctic Design Week, February 2017, Northern Finland

Call for Applications

We are currently seeking applications for support to participate in the Galway Film Fleadh – Ireland’s leading film festival which takes place in Galway, Ireland during 11-16 July 2017 (including travel applicants would need to be available 10-17 July). We are seeking applications from Northern Finland, Mid-Sweden, North East Iceland and South East of Northern Ireland.

Applicants can be:

  • Filmmakers who wish to submit a feature length film (minimum 52 mins long) including, but not limited to, documentary, animation, experimental and narrative feature film for consideration for screening during the Fleadh
  • Filmmakers/Producers who have a well-developed project and are seeking to meet with international financiers during the Marketplace
  • Writers, Actors, Directors who wish to take part in masterclasses and debates
  • Film Festival Professionals who wish to connect with and participate in the Galway Film Fleadh

To Apply

  • Register on MyCreativeEdge.eu (if not already registered)
  • Login
  • Click the Application Form ‘Creative Hotspot – Galway Film Fleadh’ on your dashboard & complete the online application form (a Word version can be downloaded in the Downloads section of this page to help you prepare answers but applications must be submitted online)
  • e-mail your CV to support@mycreativeedge.eu

If submitting a film for consideration for screening you must also e-mail the separate Submission Form with the film and screener details  to support@mycreativeedge.eu (Submission Form can be downloaded in Downloads section of this page).

Deadline for applications is midnight, Sunday 26 March 2017



Galway Film Fleadh

The Galway Film Fleadh 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.

Now in its 29th year, the central goal of the Galway Film Fleadh remains unchanged: to bring together audiences and filmmakers within an intimate environment, and share a common experience – the wonder of cinema. The Fleadh’s diverse audience is made up of the general cinema going public, film buffs, industry professionals and invited guests.

Screening approximately 100 Feature Films and 100 Short Films over the course of six-days in July the Fleadh is also an Oscar Qualifying Festival in Short Animation and Drama categories.

The audience selects awards for:

  • Best International First Feature
  • Best International Feature
  • Best International Feature Documentary
  • Best Irish First Feature
  • Best Irish Feature
  • Best Irish Feature Documentary
  • Human Rights Cinema Award
  • The Bingham Ray New Talent Award

The themes of particular interest to this year’s Fleadh are:

  • Human Rights
  • Culinary
  • Music
  • Female-driven
  • Virtual Reality

Galway Film Fair

The Marketplace at the Galway Film Fair, the industry arm of the annual Galway Film Fleadh, is a unique opportunity to meet with the world’s leading financiers in an intimate and informal atmosphere, allowing new talent to be discovered and long term partnerships to be made.

The Marketplace at the Galway Film Fair (13th-16th July 2017) takes place during the Galway Film Fleadh (11th-16th July 2017) and co-ordinates pre-scheduled meetings between filmmakers with projects in development and/or completed films and invited Film Financiers, Distributors, Sales Agents, Broadcasters, Film Funds and Major Producers.

A pre-selected group of Irish and European producers with feature films/documentary projects will have the opportunity to meet with representatives of these companies. A project book will be available for all decision makers and in the case of completed films viewing facilities will be available.

The Marketplace’s unique selling points:

  • Transatlantic Bridge
  • Intimate and informal atmosphere
  • Privileged access to the world’s leading financiers
  • Showcasing new European and International cinema to leading Film Buyers, Distributors and Festival Programmers

Alongside the Marketplace many other industry events take place at the Galway Film Fair including conferences, seminars, masterclasses, debates, workshops and much more.

a creative momentum project

a creative momentum project is a three-year, transnational project co-funded by the EU Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) Programme. It supports the development of the creative industries sector in regions across Europe’s Northern Edge.  The project is being implemented in five regions – Mid-Sweden, Northern Finland, South East of Northern Ireland, West of Ireland and North East of Iceland. There are six organisations implementing the project.

Nature of a creative momentum project support

a creative momentum project will select a number of applicants from each of the four regions to participate in Galway Film Fleadh. Applicants will be selected through an open, competitive call for applications.  a creative momentum project will cover the following costs for each selected applicant:

  1. Economy return airfare and land transport for one person;
  2. Accommodation costs;
  3. Festival ticket/cost of participation in masterclasses/Marketplace;
  4. One group meal.

Application Conditions

To apply, applicants must

  • Be based in:
    • Mid-Sweden (Västernorrland)
    • Northern Finland (Lapland, North Ostrobothnia)
    • South East of Northern Ireland (Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council, Ards & North Down Borough Council, and Newry, Mourne & Down District Council areas) or
    • North East Iceland (Akureyri, Dalvíkurbyggð, Eyjafjarðarsveit, Fjallabyggð, Grýtubakkahreppur, Hörgársveit, Langanesbyggð, Norðurþing, Skútustaðahreppur, Svalbarðshreppur, Svalbarðsstrandarhreppur, Tjörneshreppur or Þingeyjarsveit)
  • Be registered members of MyCreativeEdge.eu  and have published a Profile (http://mycreativeedge.eu/)
  • Operate in the Arts, Crafts, Design or Media & Technology sectors.
  • Submit a CV with their application by e-mailing to support@mycreativeedge.eu.

Conditions for submitting a Feature Film for consideration for screening

  • Films can be submitted in the following categories: 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.
  • 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. All competition categories are judged by the audience and/or a jury of industry professionals.
  • 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.
  • If your film is accepted to screen at the festival, we will require a screening copy that must be one of the following 3 formats: 35mm / Blu-ray / DCP. WE DO NOT SCREEN FROM DVD or STANDARD DIGITAL FILE (avi, mp4, mkv, etc.).
  • You will be required to fill out a technical sheet detailing formatting specifications such as aspect ratios and audio levels. This is to ensure that we can provide your film with its the best possible screening.
  • All languages of film are accepted. Submissions and screeners must contain English subtitles.
  • DVDs, Blu-rays, USB storage devices or digital screener links are accepted at submission stage. 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). Online screeners will be considered. We will accept any private download or passworded link i.e. Vimeo, WeTransfer, Dropbox, Cinando, YouSendIt, etc. YouTube links are not accepted.
  • If selected, you will be informed of the latest date at which prints must be delivered to the festival. The sender must meet the cost of shipping prints to the festival. The festival will pay for one-way return shipping of prints only. All prints will be returned during the week following the close of the festival.
  • The entrant agrees that up to three minutes of their film (visual or audio) may be used by the festival in promotional activities. These can include screening a clip on television and/or radio and the festival’s website and/or social media presences.
  • The festival does NOT pay screening fees for titles that have been submitted.

Feature film award categories

  1. Best Irish First Feature (Audience Award): Irish dramatic films by a debuting director are eligible for this category. International productions considered if the Director is Irish.
  2. Best International First Feature (Audience Award): Any feature length dramatic film by a first time director are eligible for this category.
  3. Best Irish Feature Documentary (Audience Award): Irish documentary films from new and established filmmakers are eligible.
  4. Best International Feature Documentary (Audience Award): International documentary films from new and established filmmakers are eligible.
  5. Best Irish Feature (Audience Award): Irish films from new and established filmmakers are eligible.
  6. Best International Feature (Audience Award): International films from new and established filmmakers are eligible.


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