23rd Galway Film Fair Thursday 11th - Sunday 14th July 2019

€3000 Prize for Best Marketplace Project

The Galway Film Fair, in association with Bankside Films, are excited to announce a €3,000 cash award for the best project at this year’s Marketplace. The Marketplace at the Galway Film Fair (11th - 14th July 2019) takes place during the Galway Film Fleadh (Festival)...

Pitching Competition Late Deadline: June 7th

Since it’s inception in 2005, The Pitching Competition at the Galway Film Fleadh - in association with 101 Films International - has emphasised that good writing is still the backbone of the audio-visual sector and has provided many writers with an opportunity to get...

The Marketplace

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. Applications will be available shortly.

Early bird deadline Friday April 12th at 5p.m. Fee per delegate €195
Regular deadline Friday May 31st at 5p.m. Fee per delegate €250

The Forum

A one day industry seminar, occurring annually as a key component of the Film Fair. It is a platform to explore and share ideas about what is happening in the audiovisual industry, creating an opportunity for filmmakers to come together and exchange news and views.

Details will be available closer to the event.

Pitching competition

We invite writers of all skill levels to compete in a script pitching competition for a chance to win €3000. Writers are invited to submit a 500 word synposis of their script. A shortlist of 10 writers will be chosen from the pool of entrants and invited to pitch their idea in front of a panel of judges and live audience.

Regular deadline: Friday May 31st, 2019 at 5p.m. G.M.T. Fee €40
Late deadline: Friday June 7th, 2019 at 5p.m. G.M.T. Fee €50


Each year, we host a series of masterclasses, drawn from across a variety of film industry professions. These masterclasses offer you, the audience, a chance to get up close and personal with and ask questions of successful cinema industry luminaries. Looking for acting tips? Want to find out how the director got that shot? Needing notes on how to progress that script?

Applications open in June.


Alongside our 4 main events, we also host a series of seminars, workshops and debates.

Our Events

The Galway Film Fair

Comprised of events for industry professionals, from entrant to decade-long participant. This event takes place alongside the Galway Film Fleadh in July of each. Events include Ireland’s only film marketplace, an annual state-of-the-industry conference called the Fleadh Forum, a series of filmmaking-craft masterclasses, a script pitching competition and a host of panel discussions, seminars and other talks.

The Galway Film Fleadh

A six day international film event in the West of Ireland, hosting 200+ feature and short films, along with a series of public panel discussions and Q&A sessions in each festival edition. Every July, we welcome a mad diversity of filmmaking from all around the world, here to the very edge of Europe. There are no red carpets at the Galway Film Fleadh, we bring masters of the craft and everyday cinephiles together within an intimate environment to celebrate our shared passion for film.

The Junior Film Fleadh

A film festival to entertain, educate and inform young people, taking place in November of each year. Along with screening a programme of educational syllabus aligned feature films and a programme of young adult orientated new cinema, we host a series of workshops aimed at teaching filmmaking fundamentals.


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