Next Generation Student Short Documentary Competition


Calling student filmmakers from all over Ireland!

The Guth Gafa International Film Festival, which is taking place 3-7 August in Kells, Co Meath, has begun accepting submissions to our Next Generation Student Short Documentary competition.

This is a special year for Guth Gafa as the festival celebrates its tenth birthday, with an extended festival programme over five days at the earlier time of 3-7 August, and is the fourth year of the Next Generation competition.

Final year film students are invited to submit short documentaries –not longer than 15 minutes – on themes in the areas of human rights and social and environment 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 (i.e., within the last year), who made their films while still in college, will also be considered.

A jury of at least three attending industry experts and/or filmmakers will choose the best of these student documentaries and the winner will be announced following the screening of the shortlisted films at the festival.

The deadline for submission is midnight Sunday 15th May 2016.

To enter your film, please fill in the form at this link:

This competition provides a great first opportunity for young directors to present their films on screen at Guth Gafa and discuss their work afterwards.

It also demonstrates Guth Gafa’s commitment to young filmmakers – the festival’s joint Educational Partners are NUIM and DKIT – and our recognition of the importance of offering a viewing platform for students’ creative endeavours.

The winner will receive a two weeks shooting and two-day post-production package, sponsored by Irish film industry companies.  The prize must be used within 12 months of winning.


Guth Gafa is also looking for volunteers for the festival, which takes place during the summer holidays this year.

To mark our tenth birthday we are offering a free masterclass with one of our visiting filmmakers to all interested volunteers at this year’s festival.

Volunteers can apply through our website in the coming weeks.