About Us

* Please Note - We are planning for a hybrid event in 2021. Some screenings will be online and some in-person, restrictions permitting *

Who We Are

The Still Voices Short Film Festival is a community-focused, international film festival based in Ballymahon, Co. Longford. The festival takes place every November across Longford, Westmeath and Roscommon. What started out as a showcase for local filmmaking talent in 2014 has grown into a festival which is recognised both nationally and internationally.

The Still Voices Film Festival aims to deliver new, exciting and world-class cinema for the local community and wider Midlands region. Through our core programme, the Short Film Competition, we showcase a variety of films, including fiction, non-fiction, animation, student, Irish language and experimental.

What We Do

Throughout the weekend of the festival, over 150 short films are screened, and each year we have seen the quality of submission increase significantly. Our aim is to ensure that the work of aspiring filmmakers is given as much exposure as possible, with that in mind we make our entire short film programme free to view throughout the weekend. In addition to our short films, we run a wide variety of events, with both national and international feature films, documentaries, Q&As, panel discussions, masterclasses and workshops specifically designed for children.

In addition to the annual festival, Still Voices hosts year-round events in Longford, Westmeath and the wider midlands areas. including the Still Voices Film Society, in partnership with Access Cinema.

Our Priorities

The festival has become a strong voice for gender equality in the industry. In May 2019, Still Voices signed the 5050x2020 pledge an initiative led by the Women in Film and Television in Ireland in partnership with 5050x2020 Cannes Collective to encourage gender equality and transparency within the industry. Since 2018, the festival has achieved a 50/50 gender split across the short film selection, judges and guest speakers.

Still Voices has a strong commitment to being a fee-paying festival for artists. We pay our speakers and guests taking part in our panel discussions, Q&A’s and workshops. Still Voices is also proud to support the National Campaign for the Arts in Ireland. The success of the festival is largely due to our strong relationship with Creative Ireland. Funding from Creative Longford, Creative Westmeath and Creative Roscommon is key to the development and growth of the festival. Our partnership allows continued expansion of both the festival and ancillary events.

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Screening Venues

Ballymahon Library

Ballymahon Library

Beautifully refurbished three-bay two-storey former court house and market house, built between c. 1819 - 1826 and now Library

Bridgeways Ballymahon

Bridgeways Ballymahon

Bridgeways FRC provides a full range of activities for the whole community. Bridgeways believes in justice, equality and inclusivity.

mullingar arts centre

Mullingar Arts Centre

Mullingar Arts Centre opened on November 19th 1998. It comprises a 378 seat auditorium, hospitality area and 3 workshop areas.

dean crowe theatre

Dean Crowe Theatre - Athlone

A professional theatre and arts centre with strong community links located in Athlone town. Comprising a 442-seat theatre, art gallery and bar, the Dean Crowe hosts a wide range of events every year.

dead centre brewery

Dead Centre Brewery - Athlone

Dead Centre is not a faceless corporation…milking the beer industry for all it’s worth. We’re a tight knit crew that relies on friends, family and colleagues to create a product that we can be proud of.

roscommon arts centre

Roscommon Arts Centre

Roscommon Arts Centre is a vibrant, purpose-built arts space, which is committed to presenting a dynamic and ambitious multi-disciplinary programme of events.

Latest News

Check out our news section below for all the latest updates on Still Voices!

terence davies directing masterclass

Terence Davies & Pat Collins Directing Masterclass

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 22 September, 2021

Terence Davies & Pat Collins Directing Masterclass at Still Voices 21

distant voices, still lives

Distant Voices, Still Lives screening at Still Voices 21

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 22 September, 2021

Distant Voices, Still Lives screening at Still Voices 21 followed by Q&A with Director Terence Davies.

terence davies

Terence Davies to Attend Still Voices 21

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 22 September, 2021

Acclaimed Director Terence Davies to attend Still Voices Film Festival 2021.

FYI

Check below for more info on the festival, including official tickets and programme.

Tickets

Tickets will be made available at a later date.

2021 Programme

Our 2021 Programme will be announced at a later date.

Partners

Check out all the wonderful organisations whose support makes Still Voices possible each year.

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Visit Still Voices

Located in the Irish midlands, Still Voices is at the heart of Irish film.

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Our Wonderful Partners

Without the support of these amazing organisations, Still Voices would not be possible.