Submissions Call for Film Festival

18th Waterford International Film Festival
18th Waterford International Film Festival:
Call for Submissions Now Open Worldwide
The 18th Waterford International Film Festival is thrilled to announce the opening of submissions for filmmakers & artists worldwide. This event invites filmmakers, screenwriters, photographers, and graphic designers to showcase their work.
The Hybrid event is scheduled to take place from November 22nd to 29th, the festival provides a platform for emerging talents and established artists alike to share their creative visions with a global audience. With categories including Short Film, Short Scripts, Photography, and Graphic Design.


For the second time, the festival is proud to be hosted by the renowned House of Waterford Crystal. Nestled in the heart of Waterford, Ireland, the venue provides a fitting backdrop for several of our annual events including film screenings, mixers & networking opportunities.
In addition to our live events, we are excited to partner with, an innovative film and media festival platform co-founded by Jon Fitzgerald. With a track record of directing esteemed festivals such as Slamdance, AFI, and Santa Barbara, Jon brings a wealth of experience to Filmocracy’s gamified platform. This unique approach rewards users for rating films, ensuring that standout works receive the attention they deserve.
Film Distribution Opportunities : Winning filmmakers will be offered to have their films submitted for consideration for distribution with our partners at Filmocracy/Hoopla. Winners will have the opportunity to be showcased on Hoopla, although Hoopla reserves the right to reject a film if it does not fit their guidelines. It will be up to the filmmaker if they wish to have their film put forward for consideration and any deals with Hoopla will be non-exclusive. Full details will be provided to the winner’s post-event.

Hoopla: Reaches over 7 million customers and is accessible through libraries across the United States. Your film will have the potential to captivate a diverse range of viewers, expanding your reach and impact.

 Categories 2024: Categories for this year’s festival include;
  •  Best Short Film
  • Best Short Screenplay
  • Best Cinematic Image (Photography Contest)
  • Best Student Film or Debut Film
  • Best International Short Film
  • Best Music Video
  • Best Animation
  • (NEW)Best Short Documentary
  • (NEW) Best Trailer ( Winner announced before the festival)
  • (NEW) Best Film Poster (Winner announced before the festival)
Filmmakers are encouraged to submit their entries via or
For more information about the festival and submission guidelines, please visit
Submissions Call for Film Festival