Poster for An Cluiche, the winner of the first Fisín award. Cathal O Cuaig via

€5k up for grabs for Irish language short film

Dingle Film Festival is launching its third scheme to support a fresh new short idea… as Gaeilge.

THE ORGANISERS OF the Dingle International Film Festival are offering €5,000 cash and €2,000 worth of film equipment use to the winner of their short film contest.

The festival, held in March every year, aims to represent Irish-themed and Irish-made films, especially those with a local flavour. To this end, the fest awards a bursary to one short film maker every year who produces an Irish language short. This short is then premiered at the Dingle Film Festival. Last year’s winner was Cathal Ó Cuaig and his film An Cluiche (The Match). It has since toured film festivals in the US and Ireland since it was first shown in Dingle earlier this year.

The film equipment hire is being supplied by Vast Valley Ltd and everyone from transition-year stucents to professional film-makers is invited to enter the competition. Five film-makers will be selected and each will pitch their proposal to a panel during the Dingle International Film Festival. The next panel includes writers Louise Ní Fhiannachta and Marina Ní Dhubháin and director Cathal Watters.

If you’re interested in entering Fisín, download an application here or email Closing date for entries is 12 December 2012. The winning entrant’s film will show at the 2014 festival.

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