Sunday 25 August 2019

Documentary film festival opportunities for filmmakers and artists

By Esther Hayden

The 5th Wexford Documentary Film Festival is currently looking for film submissions.

The festival which takes place from Friday, to Sunday, September 22 to 24, in Kilmore Quay has been gaining strength and popularity by providing the opportunity to see award winning national and international documentary films.

While there is a strong emphasis to screen films that explore social, political and environmental concerns, it also includes an opportunity for artists and filmmakers to submit work to be included in the festival.

Submissions can be made in the following categories: documentary films, artist, marine themed, off-site films, and the Three Minute Challenge.

This year the theme for documentary submissions is Community. The idea can be explored in the broadest sense and is open to how filmmakers and artists may wish to interpret it. These will be included in the main programming of the festival and screened in the Stella Maris centre. The deadline for submission is Monday, June 19.

Artist, marine themed and off-site flms will be screened outside the main programming of films, in locations other than the Stella Maris.

Some of the off-site locations proposed are the local chip shop, the supermarket and a number of other sites that are in the process of being confirmed.

Any genre or length is welcome and the organisers stress that these films do not need to be confined to documentary.

The deadline for submission is also Monday, June 19.

The Three Minute Challenge is a very popular category each year, often with but not confined to, submissions from students, artists and local Wexford entrants. The maximum length of each film should be three minutes. Films may be of any genre or theme and are not confined to documentary.

All films selected will be screened together and two prizes will be awarded by the festival in this category. One prize is for the best Wexford three-minute film and the other is for the best student film.

The deadline for submission is Monday, June 19 and all submissions are free. Submissions should be made through the Wexford Documentary Film Festival's webpage,

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