Frequently asked questions

How to apply? Where to stay? Where to eat, drink and be merry? We've got you covered.

24th Galway Film Fair Thursday 9th - Sunday 12th July 2020

When does the Film Fair take place?

The 23rd Galway Film Fair takes place from Thursday 12th to Sunday 14th of July, 2019.

Who can take part in the Galway Film Fair?

The Galway Film Fair is an industry focused cinema event. Whether your industry experience is just beginning, or decades long, there is something for everyone.

Please see the questions related to each type of event below for more information.

Where does the Film Fair take place?

Primarily in the Galmont Hotel. Other events may take place in other venues throughout the city, more information on these events will be available closer to the event in July.

The Galmont Hotel & Spa

Lough Atalia Rd, Galway, H91 CYN3
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+353 (0)91 538 300

How do I apply to 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. Click here for more information and to find out how to apply.

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

How do I attend the Forum?

The Forum is 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.

The Forum is open to all. Attendance details will be announced closer to the event.

How do I apply to a masterclass?

Masterclasses are announced and applications made available in mid-June. Further information will be made available in this section. You can also use this link to look through our archive of past masterclasses.

How do I apply to pitch a script?

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.

Applications will be available in the coming weeks. More information is available on this page.

Do any other events run during the Film Fair?

Yes. The Film Fair runs a variety of open and invite-only events throughout its run. Events will be announced closer to the festival. More information and an archive of previous events is available at this page.

Where is the festival club?
Galway Rowing Club

The Waterside,
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How do I book tickets?

It is not possible to book tickets for the Film Fair. Attendance must be arranged via Marketplace application, pitching competition entry, Masterclass application or event R.S.V.P.

How do I volunteer for your events?

Volunteers are an integral part of our crew, we could not run our festival without the amazing group of people who give up their free time and become part of our family for a week (or two!).

Volunteering for our festival offers you the opportunity to be part of an exciting, cultural cinema event. You’ll have the opportunity to make new friends and gain invaluable experience and insight into the organisation and running of a major festival event. If you are someone with an active interest in Irish film and/or the film industry at large, working with us provides an insight into Irish cinema exhibition. Volunteers may be asked to work in one of several areas:

  • Taking tickets/ushering
  • Sales
  • Print transportation
  • Guests registration
  • Working with our Press Officer
  • Media production with Film Fleadh TV
  • Event facilitation

Please note that you must be over 18 to volunteer. 

Applications will be available 2 months before the event. Please note that it is not possible to volunteer solely for the Film Fair, volunteers will be asked to work a variety of shifts and events, which will include the events taking place as part of the Galway Film Fleadh. More information will be available shortly.

BARNACLES, Quay St, Galway
(091) 568644

KINLAY HOUSE, Eyre Square, Galway
(091) 565244

SLEEPZONE, Bothar na mBan, Galway
(091) 566999


ARDILAUN HOTEL, Taylor’s Hill, Galway
(091) 521433

CLAYTON HOTEL, Ballybrit, Galway
(091) 721900

CLYBAUN HOTEL, Clybaun Road, Knocknacarra, Galway
(091) 588 088 |

(091) 592108

THE CONNACHT HOTEL, Old Dublin Rd, Galway
+353 (0)91 381 200

GALWAY BAY HOTEL, The Promenade, Salthill, Co. Galway, Ireland
+ 353 (0) 91 520520 

THE OAKS HOTEL, Bishop O’Donnell Rd, Galway
(091) 589680

GLENLO ABBEY HOTEL, Bushypark, Galway
(091) 526666

FLANNERY’S HOTEL, Dublin Rd., Renmore, Galway
(091) 755111

HOTEL MEYRICK, Eyre Square, Galway
(091) 564041

EYRE SQUARE HOTEL, Eyre Square, Galway
(091) 569633

(091) 569600

IMPERIAL HOTEL, Eyre Square, Galway
(091) 563033

JURYS INN, Quay St., Galway
(091) 566444

MENLO PARK HOTEL, Terryland, Galway
(091) 761122

PARK HOUSE HOTEL, Forster St, Galway
(091) 564294

PILLO HOTEL, Headford Road, Galway
(091) 513200

THE GALMONT HOTEL, Lough Atalia Rd, Galway
(091) 538300

SALTHILL HOTEL, Salthill, Galway
(091) 522711

(091) 563173

VICTORIA HOTEL, Eyre Square, Galway
(091) 567433

WARDS HOTEL, Salthill, Galway
(091) 581508

(091) 521442

ADARE GUESTHOUSE, 9 Father Griffin Place, Galway
(091) 582638

LISKEA HOUSE, 16 Whitestrand Avenue, Salthill, Galway
(091) 584381

General questions about Galway
How do I get to Galway?

By air

Shannon Airport (85km/53 miles) and Knock Airport (89km/56 miles) are the closest airports to Galway. Both handle UK and European arrivals, while Shannon also handles some transatlantic traffic.

If your local airline doesn’t land in either of those airports, Dublin Airport is only a little bit further (215km/133 miles) away and connected to Galway via motorway.

By car

Galway is:
215km/133 miles from Dublin and Dublin Airport
85km/53 miles from Shannon Airport
203km/126 miles from Cork Airport
383km/238miles from Belfast Airport

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By bus

Citylink and GoBus operate regular express services between Dublin and Galway, including early mornings and late night.

Bus Eireann operate services to Galway nationwide. This website includes a very useful search feature to assist in your journey schedule.

Transport for Ireland operate a nationwide route planner if you need further assistance.

By rail

Check with the national rail carrier, Irish Rail, for up to date timetable and departure information.

Trains to Galway from Dublin are frequent with a regular train service from Heuston Station to Ceannt Station, which is located in the city centre just off Eyre Square.

It is also possible to get trains from Cork and Belfast, but you will have to change. It is not possible to get a train from Shannon Airport, but you can get a bus to Limerick city and get a train from there.

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Where's good to eat?
For our recommendations on where to eat, head to our Friends of the Festival section.
How can I get around Galway city?
The handiest way to get around the city is by foot because the majority of pubs, clubs and restaurants are situated in a very small area. If you need to travel to the outskirts Bus Eireann operate the city’s buses. They leave from Eyre Square every twenty minutes and fares are €2.20 for any route. Weekly commuter tickets are also available, along with a top-up travel card called a Leap card. Cards are available from the main Bus Éireann station and many shops around the city.

There are several taxi ranks located around the city centre, and you can very easily hail a cab.

Where's good to go have a drink?
For our recommendations on where to go to have a drink, head to our Friends of the Festival section.
What else can I do while I'm in the Galway/West of Ireland region?
Start with the Wild Atlantic Way. A stunning 2,500km road trip along Ireland’s West Coast that stretches from Donegal to West Cork. The Galway Film Fleadh is proud to highlight this experience to all of our European and International visitors to experience this once in a lifetime opportunity. Fleadh film goers have embraced the many attractions the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer in County Galway from the picturesque fishing port of Kinvara to the wild magic of Connemara.

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Atlantic Film TrailThe Quiet Man

The rich tapestry of locations featured in the Atlantic Film Trail provide a unique backdrop to the festival and guests can experience the beauty of the Western coastline first hand. This is a remarkable chance to walk the trail of films such as The Quiet Man, The Field, Into the West, Poitín, Un Taxi Mauve, Man of Aran and take in the spectacular scenery that has attracted so many filmmakers. See this link for more information.

Food & Music

Galway Oyster Festival

In addition to the striking views along the Wild Atlantic Way, there are many gastronomic delights that await you along the trail. Food lovers can discover an abundance of artisan restaurants and sustainable food producers that reflect the Western coastline and it’s lush landscape. Alongside sumptuous food, the Wild Atlantic Way is home to a wealth of music, from traditional music sessions to Galway’s vibrant contemporary music scene, there is literally something for everyone.

The kind folks of The Wild Atlantic Way have prepared A Feast Of Food Stories and also have a section on where to catch music along the Irish west coast, to help in guiding you.

Check out the main ‘How To Fleadh‘ section for a selection of some of our favourite places in Galway to eat, drink and be merry.


Taking in the colour, history and atmosphere of Galway city and following the road along the magnetic coastline the Wild Atlantic Way is a must-see attraction. For visitors to the Galway Film Fleadh, this extraordinary journey brings you to the very heart of the West of Ireland in all it’s natural beauty.

Wild Atlantic Way

What other fun things can I do while I'm in Galway?

Galway is well-known for having all the sought-after qualities of a larger city while maintaining the virtues of a smaller country town. From quaint pubs to the numerous trendy clubs scattered throughout the city, everyone will find somewhere to chill out be it sipping a pint or boogying on the dance floor.

Traditional music sessions can be heard in establishments throughout the city. Some of the more popular venues include Tigh Coili’s, Neachtains, The Crane and An Pucan.

There is a strong arts and culture tradition which appeals to both the young and old. Galway is seen as Ireland’s centre of entertainment and even a short visit to the city is testament to that. There is a huge choice of entertainment on offer geared not only towards tourists, but also the local and strong student population.