Headfort School in Kells, Co Meath will house this year’s festival which runs from August 4th-7th and is accepting submissions in three categories with a deadline of Monday, May 29th.
The documentary film festival is firstly open to Irish filmmakers with feature length projects engaging with any human rights, social action and environmental issue subjects, which have been completed since January 2016 and which have not yet been broadcast.
Short documentaries are also welcome from final year film students, which are no longer than fifteen minutes and which engage with humans rights, social and environmental issues.
Next Generation is a competitive programme, which will screen a number of shortlisted outstanding films from Irish film/media students currently attending an undergraduate or postgraduate film/media studies course in either the Republic of Ireland and/or Northern Ireland. Submissions from recent graduates who made their films while still in college, will also be considered.
The prize for the winning entry will be a mentoring and shooting package, sponsored by Irish film industry companies.
Finally the festival team has introduced a new short form Irish documentary competition this year. The Short Lens competition is open to all Irish resident filmmakers, including those living abroad, with projects no longer than twenty minutes which have been completed after August 1st 2016, and which explore themes in the area of human rights, social and environmental issues.
The winner will receive mentorship on their next film project from development to production, over the next twelve months, by esteemed filmmakers connected to the Guth Gafa festival.
David Rane, Festival Director:
“We are delighted to continue to showcase great Irish documentary films as well as the work of student filmmakers. With the introduction of the Short Lens competition, our aim is to recognise the importance of the short form documentary for telling important stories.”
Visit Guth Gafa Online to Submit