Irish Australian Film Festival launches Irish Diaspora Short Film Competition
Now in its 6th year, the Irish Australian Film Festival gets bigger every year. They screen in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth; bring Irish Directors to Australia for the festival, and their opening night parties are the stuff of legend.
This year they have launched the world’s FIRST Short Film Competition devoted to IRISH DIASPORA everywhere. They encourage those with Irish heritage around the world to submit films covering all subjects. Especially stories expressing your ‘Irishness’, and how that informs your immigrant experience, through film.
The event comes from the realisation that the diasporic life is a unique embodied experience. The competition is an acknowledgement of the fact that the Irish diaspora share more with their fellow diasporic members in various countries around the globe than they do with their peers back in Ireland. The competition is a way to encourage the members of the Irish diaspora to articulate the experience of being Irish but also Australian/American/French etc.
My experience living in Britain and Australia showed me that I often empathised more with fellow migrants than I did with Irish people. I thus had stronger links with my friends from Cambodia and Indonesia, for example, than I did with my old friends in Ireland. The short film competition is a way to explore and affirm this unique experience of migration with other members of the Irish diaspora around the world.
Irish Australian Film Festival director, Dr Enda Murray
You don’t need an Irish Passport to be
eligible. So, even if your Irish connection is way back in your family, as long
as you consider yourself to be of Irish heritage you are eligible for this
competition. You do however need to be a member of the Irish diaspora to
enter and so a stipulation is that your home address must be OUTSIDE of
Ireland. Irish based filmmakers are thus ineligible.
PLEASE NOTE: IAFF will screen Selected and Winning Short Films before each feature throughout the Festival, so film length limit is STRICTLY 10 minutes or less. They CANNOT consider any work which is over 10 minutes.
Awards & Prizes
There will be two Awards: Best Locally-Produced (Australia) Short Film; and Best-Globally Produced Short Film.
Winning and Selected Short Films will be announced and screened at a Gala Screening in the Palace Chauvel Cinema in Paddington, Sydney, May 17 2020.
Winning and Selected Short Films will also be screened at the Palace Kino Cinema, Melbourne on May 20, 2020.